Have you ever been in a fight? Any kind of fight? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in many, too many to count really. AND if I were actually trying to keep a record, I’ve been in at least 16,425 fights X 3-4 times that, if not more (in other words, at least one a day since I’ve been born). I don’t know about you, but secretly, depending on the battle – I like to fight. Others, I’ll flea every time if I can.
I guess it depends on what you call a fight. It could be an altercation, argument, brawl, controversy, disagreement, dispute, feud, scuffle, skirmish, dissension, free-for-all, combat, war, or even something worse – intentional silence, passiveness, or apathy.
I’m lucky though. I’m alive and well, I’ve not been seriously harmed physically. I have some mental bruises, a couple of significant emotional hiccups with deep scars. BUT, I’m normal and you are too.
Proverbs 17:17 reads, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Adversity is defined as misfortune or difficulty. How great is it that our Father in Heaven does not want us to be alone. In other words, who is your friend who can help you during times of challenge, times of trials, time of hardships. If you don’t have one, get one!
In my past, I considered adversity the battle ground. The fight. When, in reality, it was and still is the opportunity for me to not be self-reliant. So, as I see adversity coming (and don’t we all see it coming), I need to remember the scriptures:
- Psalm 119:36 – Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
- Proverbs 18:1 – An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgement starts quarrels.
- Philemon 2:3 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
- James 3:16 – For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
Do we see each battle from a spiritual perspective?
A spiritual battle, requires obedience to the scriptures. It is where we will find real peace and real security. We may not always understand God’s logic, his ways, but when we surrender to the scriptures, convictions are forged and hearts are refreshed.
Vince Lombardi once said, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
What is a good cause that provides this fulfillment? It has to be personal, it has to be a pursuit, and it has to be what drives us. Matt 28:18-20 gives us direction, to evangelize the nations in our generation. But the personal touch can be found in Ps 119:1-3, “Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— they do no wrong, but follow his ways.”
If we remember the basics, the blessedness spoken of here in the ancient writings is superlatively happiness. Complete and utter joy. Peace. Security. Contentment. Satisfaction. So what does it take?
Dennis Prager said, “Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.”
We have to choose to fight our own nature, to deny our sinful nature, and to choose to not be alone. Typically, it is when we are alone that Satan strikes hard and fast. Let’s not give him a foothold, be open with our lives, and share with other the joy set out before us – the message of Christ, his Kingdom, and the power of His death and resurrection that gives us the freedom from the bondage of sin.
Should we fight then?
Let’s take our direction the Apostle Paul regarding the “Word” of God, who writes in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5,“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Obedience to Christ – the supreme challenge and the great reward. Let us live in Peace, Real Peace with Real Security.