Fighting the Good Fight of Faith!!!
|Paul said for us to, “Fight the good fight of faith!“
As we quickly learn in life, this world is a battleground of unseen spiritual forces; and we, as spiritual beings ourselves (who are created in the image and likeness of God), it is impossible that we should hold ourselves neutral and stand apart from those forces that are in conflict. We must stand on one side or the other of the battle array.
Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me,” and since we must be in the conflict whether we will to be or not, it behooves us to be on the right side.
When we know that we are on the right side, then the thing of greatest importance to us is the method of our warfare. Since we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and powers of evil, it is not strange that our weapons should be “not carnal” weapons, which are effective against material foes; but we must train ourselves to use those spiritual weapons that are “mighty through God.” Selah
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Whenever opposition arises, God’s grace thrives in us.
Think about what happens to a tree when a great storm beats violently against it. The wind threatens to uproot the tree and carry it away. It breaks off branches and blows away its leaves. It loosens its roots and blows off its buds. And when the storm is over, things look hopeless.
Yet, look closer; the same storm that opened crevices in the earth around the trunk of the tree has helped the roots go deeper. The tree now has access to new, deeper sources of nutrition and water. And it has been purged of all its dead branches.
The buds may be gone, but others will grow back more fully. I tell you, that tree is now stronger, growing in unseen ways. And just wait till harvest—because it’s going to bear much fruit!
Maybe you’re in a storm right now. The wind is blowing hard, shaking you violently, and you think you’re going down.
Beloved, don’t panic! You’ve got to know that in the midst of the tempest, you are putting down deep spiritual roots. God is developing in you a deepening humility, a greater mourning and sorrow for sin, a heightened hunger for his righteousness.
God is making you a seasoned soldier of the cross—battle-scarred, but battle-smart and courageous.
You may get down on yourself at times—but the Lord never does. The fact is, he could have acted sovereignly at any time to pluck you out of your struggle. But he didn’t—because he saw it producing in you a greater thirst for him!
Romans 5:3 says, “Tribulation worketh patience.” The word worketh means “to accomplish.”
In 2 Corinthians 4:17 we read, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
The word worketh in this verse is the same as in Romans 5:3.
In the heat of battle it is normal that perspectives change, that while we are feeling the flames, and as our attention is being drawn to the obstacles and challenges at hand, we sometimes can get discouraged as though God maybe has forgotten us; but as we place our faith in God’s Word, He tells us there that in the life of every believer there are unseen forces at work, out of sight and below the surface, to cause every circumstance, every situation and problem that we face, to work together for our good; in order to strengthen us and to better prepare us for our future ministries, and all that God has prepared for us in order to fulfill our destiny, which lies up ahead.
King David faced many times like this, when circumstances just seemed so overwhelming. It was at times like this that he had to remind himself who was in control, and to whom his life now belonged.
When life’s problems were pressing in on him, this is when the Psalmist learned to encourage himself in the promises of God’s Word and then he would say: “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5
Before I close, I want to leave you with these encouraging words, because quite often the enemy will come and try and make us believe that the reason for our trials and the seeming distance (in our minds) between us and God, as though God is no longer hearing our prayers, is because of our unworthiness, and because we have sinned; but 1 John 1:9 tells us that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness!“
So consequently God has removed all leverage from Satan, in that the sin issue between us and God has been settled once and for all at Calvary’s cross; and it is not our righteousness that is at issue, that gives us access to God; but rather it is the righteousness of Jesus, that is now ascribed to us… for each one of us has been clothed in the Righteousness of Christ!!!
September 14, 2010. Those who have believed in Me and follow after Jesus have been given the gift of righteousness. Their hearts have been washed clean. They are the pure in heart.
I tell you their own earthly and worldly righteousness is as filthy rags. But I am a transforming God who takes a speck of dust or a piece of clay and creates and fashions something beautiful.
You are the most precious of all My creation. One day My glory entered your heart as you made the choice to die to yourself and receive My transforming life.
The result is that you received the fruit of My righteousness, which has now become your righteousness, bearing the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Peace abounds. Ras Robinson
Proverbs 14:34 (NASB) “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.”
September 14, 2010. Presently in your life there have been some good and bad things happening side by side, but hasn’t it been this way for quite a while? I see you have chosen to concentrate on the good and not get caught in the downward spin of the bad. You have chosen the high road and not the low road. Watching you do this brings Me great pleasure. I see you growing in maturity and of course this is the right way to live. It will keep you healthy… body, soul, and spirit, and also give encouragement to those around you. It teaches them the godly way to process things good and bad. Bev Robinson
Philippians 2:5 (AMP) “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.”
The Psalmist often would place the following word at the end of his psalms, “Selah.”
In Hebrew Selah, [celah], is from the primary Hebrew root word [calah] which literally means ‘to hang,’ and by implication to measure (weigh). This is readily understood because in Biblical history, money, food and other valuables were ‘weighed’ by hanging or suspending them on a type of balance (the equivalent of our measuring scale) to determine their value. So seeing that this Hebrew word [calah] means to ‘measure,’ as in weighing something in the balances, we better understand how the word Selah [celah], which is derived from it, is illustrating that we should measure or value what has been said; or in other words we are being admonished to take a moment of pause, and calmly think and reflect about what has just been said.
So with that, I will just close today’s lesson and say… Selah!
Have a blessed day.