The Good Fight

 

You know, there are times when I feel unworthy of this walk with Christ.  For example, there are moments of weakness when I fall in sin.  Instantly, my Spirit is convicted as I stand in shame of that sin.  However, I know that I do not have to dwell in sin, and that our Father in Heaven is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9).  When we confess and repent for our sins, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness, and for that, I am eternally grateful; however, it is often difficult to live in this flesh while I am are here on earth – this flesh that fights against the Spirit:

“The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” Galatians 5:17 (New Living Translation)

This is why we must be faithful in the daily reading of the Bible, and we must pray.  How much should we pray?  The Bible says that we must pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  If you don’t know what to pray about, then say what is in your heart.  In other words, cry out to Him and tell Him you love Him.  Read His Word (The Bible) and repeat back to Him His own holy scripture. Meanwhile, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 10:25).  Yes, God will fight our battles, but we have to fight as well:

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 (New King James) 

In summary, we must “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12).  Remember, we cannot fight this battle in the flesh.  We can only fight this battle in the Spirit through the reading of the scripture, prayer, and supplication (Ephesians 6:12).  Keep up the fight!  Peace~

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2 thoughts on “The Good Fight

  1. Amen. WIthout the Word, we are on our way to fail. Without pray we are a few steps to defeat. But thanks be to God…who leads us into triumph in Christ Jesus…every time we seek Him through His word and through His throne of grace.

    Great post calling the believer to do what they are called to do…at all times: Prayer and Scripture reading.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

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