I Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
As a youngster, growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I bore witness to the rise of boxing great, “Iron” Mike Tyson. I can remember discussing, with my classmates, if anyone would ever be able to defeat him. Countless times Tyson would march down to the ring, with an intimidating scowl on his face, and demolish opponents, one-by-one; with precision and ferocity.
Tyson truly did seem unstoppable, until the night of February 11, 1990, when he was KO’d by James “Buster” Douglas.
In the ring of life, we have a ferocious adversary, who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy mankind. He strikes with jabs of doubt and fear. For some opponents, he will use the “rope-a-dope” strategy, made famous by Muhammad Ali, by allowing an individual to believe that they are completely self-sufficient; with no need for God’s guidance, only for the person to realize too late that they’ve been fooled, when they are Ko’d by a death blow from the Evil One.
At some point all of us have felt the onslaught of the devil’s attacks, in some form or fashion. Many of us may have been knocked to the mat by feelings that we are worthless. Others deal with the stronghold of substance abuse. While many others find that every time they try to take a step forward, their temper always gets them into trouble. While many people may find their faith waning, as a result of unanswered prayers, or the answer coming in a manner which they feel is unfair. Just to name a few things.
While we will all have to sustain some cuts and bruises in life, and sometimes we will get knocked for a loop, the truth is that there is someone who does offer us not just hope of winning, but He offers us a guarantee of victory. He is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus has conquered death, hell, and the grave; and now through the power of His Holy Spirit, He offers us the power to fight back against Satan’s attacks.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
If any person has any hope of winning the battles of life, the first thing we must do is accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Doing good deeds isn’t enough. Being the pastor’s buddy, and dropping lots of money into the collection plate won’t be enough. Living off the prayers of our grandparents, parents, or any other person who is interceding on our behalf, isn’t enough. Each of us must make this decision for our self.
Next, just as a World Class Boxer communicates with their trainer, we must communicate with the Lord, by maintaining a daily prayer life.
We then study God’s Word, where we can learn from the decisions made by various individuals such as: Abraham, Sampson, David, Daniel, Ruth, Ester, the Disciples, and many others. As we study the Word, we must ask the Lord to give us revelation of what we are reading, and ask God to supply us with the strength to apply these lessons to our life.
Our muscles, bank account, college degrees, and powerful human friends will not intimidate Satan. The Word of God is what Jesus used to defeat the Evil One in the wilderness, and the Word of God is the only offensive weapon that will put Satan in retreat mode.
Finally, we should ask the Lord to direct us to a church, where the true Word of God is being preached. This will enable us to be around other believers, who can encourage us and whom we can encourage.
No matter what battles you are currently facing, as a child of God, Jesus Christ is in your corner. He will strengthen you, and supply you with the stamina to win the fight. Stand tall, and fight the good fight…Not relying on your own might, but on the might of God.
II peter 1:10-11:
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 4:7-8
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.