HOW TO FIGHT RIGHTLY


HOW TO FIGHT RIGHTLY

I could vividly remember I wrote a short article on July 23, 2015 entitled HOW TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT and in that article I failed to emphasize what exactly we are to fight and what we are not to fight. As I write this short article, I humbly accept the fact that I have always thought, as Christian, all we need do is to fight SIN and the DEVIL. But nowhere in the Scripture were we instructed to fight SIN and the DEVIL. The word fight occurred 96 times in the Old Testament and 11 times in the New Testament and out of these 11 occurrences in the New Testament only once were we commanded to fight. Paul wrote to Timothy:

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.” 1 Tim 6:12 (KJV, emphasis supplied)

In the Old Testament it is clear that it is God that was doing all the fighting directly or indirectly through His angels and men. In one occasion Moses said:

“The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Ex 14:14 (KJV).

The Devil is far stronger than any of us. He is 100% smarter than the smartest man on earth. He has over 6000 years of experience to tempt us into sinning. To tempt us is very easy for him. The devil does not come knocking at our doors. He knows if he does that we will shut the door at his face.

How then does he come?

He comes through our weakness and the problems we face daily. He gets us to concentrate on our weakness and faults instead of looking unto Jesus and depending on His allpowerful strength. When Satan sees that we are busy doing this then we open a door for him to strike. With this great opportunity he strikes like a venomous adder.

I am writing from a deep experience of falling and rising, falling and rising. Such a life is not a victorious Christian life, but a defeated life. I often focus on how to overcome my sin and my habit instead of me focusing on how to create a strong relationship with Christ. The victory cannot be won by my techniques. The victory was won by Christ and will be won in our life through Him.

THE BIG DIFFERENCE

There exist a big difference between the fight of Faith and the fight of Sin. The Bible has called all believers to fight the good fight of Faith. God has not called any mortal to fight the fight of Sin. If we try to fight Sin and the Devil in our own strength, we will loss the battle every time we make an attempt to do so.

As intelligent as brother Paul and as mighty as he was in Scripture, he tried to fight sin in his power and this is what he end up writing:

“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:15-24 (KJV)

This experience of the Roman 7 shows that Paul had not yet understood what he should be fighting. This passage reveals that Paul was fighting the wrong fight, he was fighting sin. He was doing the Job of Jehovah. Not until he cried out for help did salvation came to him. He exclaimed: “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” He himself gave the answer to his own desperate question on who was to deliver him in the next verse: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 7:25 (KJV)

Unless we depend fully on Jesus, as Paul later did, and realize that Christ is the only one who is able to give us victory, we will continue to struggle with sin.

WHAT THEN IS THE FIGHT OF FAITH?

Morris L. Venden puts it beautifully:

“What is the fight of faith? It is the life of relationship with God, the striving to set aside time day by day for the purpose of getting acquainted with the Lord Jesus. This fight of faith is the only fight for the Christian spoken of in the Bible.”—The Faith that works, p. 195.

Many people don’t understand that faith is not passive or inactive. Faith is action or I can simply say faith is action at work. Let me illustrate this with an example very familiar to us. When the destroying angels came to Sodom and Gomorrah they told lot and his family to get out of the city for they were about to destroy the two cities. Lot and his family believed the words of the angles (we call that faith). They also believed the words of the angels as a result of the miracle of blinding the debased people of Sodom at the entrance of the door who wanted to have sex with them.

Now if i may ask, would believing in the words of the angels without getting out of the city save them? Certainly not! If they had believed the words of the angles and still decided to sit in their house, the Lord would have rained fire upon them.

Faith in the word of God which was mixed with action of getting out of the doomed city saved them. In fact Lots wife believed but she didn’t get out but she looked back and perished.

Sister White puts it best in this form:

Let no man present the idea that man has little or nothing to do in the great work of overcoming; for God does nothing for man without his cooperation. Neither say that after you have done all you can on your part, Jesus will help you. Christ has said, “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). From first to last man is to be a laborer together with God. Unless the Holy Spirit works upon the human heart, at every step we shall stumble and fall. Man’s efforts alone are nothing but worthlessness; but cooperation with Christ means a victory. Of ourselves we have no power to repent of sin. Unless we accept divine aid we cannot take the first step toward the Saviour. He says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 21:6) in the salvation of every soul.”— Selected Messages Book 1, p. 381

Again she said;

“Christ is able to save to the uttermost because He ever liveth to make intercession for us. All that man can possibly do toward his own salvation is to accept the invitation, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).”— Ibid, 343.

How then can we drink of the water of life freely? Because it is by drinking from the free water of life freely that we are to do our own part in the salvation process.

Ellen White writes:

“He (God) would have us realize our dependence upon His constant care, for He is seeking to draw us into communion with Himself. In this communion with Christ, through prayer and the study of the great and precious truths of His word, we shall as hungry souls be fed; as those that thirst, we shall be refreshed at the fountain of life.”—Thoughts from the Mount of blessing, p. 113

Thus to fight the good fight of faith is to communion with Christ through prayer, studying and witnessing to others. God has never promised to seek Himself for us. He has never promise to do our Bible study, Prayer and witnessing for us. But He has promised to fight SIN, SATAN and the HOST OF DARKNESS for us. That is His job. We are to face ours.

The Bible says, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37 (KJV). Note: It is through Jesus Christ that we are more than conquerors and not through us. Jesus will conquer for us if we can do our part by communing with Him daily through prayer, studying of the Word and Witnessing.

As we fight the fight of faith, through unceasing prayer, constant Bible study, witnessing, God will send the host of heavenly angels to fight Sin and Satan on our behalf as He promised to do in His word. He will keep us from falling and by this we will constantly live a sanctified and holy life that we desire.

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thess 5:23-24 (KJV).

YES HE WILL DO IT! BUT WILL YOU DO YOUR PART?

ENOUGH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT


WHICH IS BETTER: HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT OR HAVING ENOUGH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

This question may sound stupid. Yes it may sound stupid! But we all need to ask ourselves this question:

“Do I have the Holy Spirit or do I have enough of the Holy Spirit to carry me through the trying hours of midnight that is to come upon the earth soon?”

One good example we have in the Bible is to look at the Parable of the 10 virgins in Matt 25:1-13. It’s a popular parable so I need not tell you all in the passage. You need to read it yourself for new Revelation.

5 were foolish while the other 5 were wise.

We need not look at all the characteristics of these 10 virgins. They are faithful Christians who have the word of God in their hands which is represented as the lamp (Psalms 119:105).

Two unique characteristics is that they all have the burning lamp (the Bible) and the oil (the Holy Spirit) is already in their lamps. But the difference is that 5 wise virgins had ENOUGH Oil (Holy Spirit) to carry them through the trying hours in case the bridegroom (Jesus Christ) might delay his coming.

These wise virgins were regarded wise due to this one differentiating factor. The other 5 foolish virgins only have the Oil (Holy Spirit) in their lamp for that particular period of time. They did not make earnest effort to carry enough oil with them for the trying hours ahead, they feel comfortable with the degree of Spirit in them. They feel self-sufficient.

“But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.” Vs 5. They all faced weariness. They were all tested. They were all tempted. They all passed through the trying hours at midnight which is to come upon the Church of God.

But the differentiating factor is that the wise had ENOUGH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT to carry them through when the the test shall come upon them. The foolish virgins, though believers in the Bible, in Christ, in all the doctrine taught by Christ, they do not have enough of the Holy Spirit to stand the test. Due to this lack, the foolish virgins begged the wise to transfer little into their lamps, but friends, the Holy spirit CANNOT BE TRANSFERED to another.

ALL must resolve to have enough of the spirit to carry them through this last days. We all, must individually asked for the Holy Spirit to baptize us daily, hourly and every minutes. Before the foolish virgins went out among the true Church who have the Holy Spirit to buy from those who sell fake oil (false pentacostals who claim to have the spirit), they asked the wise virgins to give them part of their Oil but the wise replied: “No, lest there should not be ENOUGH FOR US and you.” (Matt 25:9, 10).

Character, grace and The Holy Spirit  can not be transferred by any mortal to another. When the Master, the Lord, the Bridegroom came In while they went to buy this oil, the Lord had shut the door (their was a close of probabtion) and they that were foolish were lost even though they had done so many good in the past for the Lord. We shall all be tested. It is only the fullness of the spirit in us that will see us through the coming sunday law crisis and the daily crisis we all face. If you think Christianity is just to have the Holy spirit once in a while, you had better think twice. I have always think in this manner not until I see this parable in this light. We all must have enough of the Holy spirit like Enoch to the point where the things of this earth will be swallowed up by Christ thoughts in us. It is in time of crisis that we reveal our character as the foolish virgins. Do you have the Oil in you or  you have enough Oil to carry you through in every temptation and test that will come upon you? You may think your morning devotions is enough for the day, my dear, when the test comes you will fall like withered leaf if you don’t have enough of the Holy spirit. Read the following:

“Character is revealed by a crisis. When the earnest voice proclaimed at midnight, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him,” the sleeping virgins roused from their slumbers, and it was seen who had made preparation for the event. Both parties were taken unawares, but one was prepared for the emergency, and the other was found without preparation. Character is revealed by circumstances. Emergencies bring out the true metal of character. Some sudden and unlooked-for calamity, bereavement, or crisis, some unexpected sickness or anguish, something that brings the soul face to face with death, will bring out the true inwardness of the character. It will be made manifest whether or not there is any real faith in the promises of the word of God. It will be made manifest whether or not the soul is sustained by grace, whether there is oil in the vessel with the lamp. Testing times come to all. How do we conduct ourselves under the test and proving of God? Do our lamps go out? or do we still keep them burning? Are we prepared for every emergency by our connection with Him who is full of grace and truth? The five wise virgins could not impart their character to the five foolish virgins. Character must be formed by us as individuals. It cannot be transferred to another, even if the possessor were willing to make the sacrifice.”– Review and Herald, September 17,1895.

“It is God’s purpose that everyone shall be tested and proved, to see whether he will be loyal or disloyal to the laws which govern the kingdom of heaven.”– selected message vol 3, 414.

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” Matt 25:13 Ask for the baptism of the holy spirit every minutes as you eat, talk, dress, read, sit, or do anything because no one knows when that trying hour shall befall us. This is not the time for us to sleep or be lukewarm regarding this matter. It’s is a matter of life and death. The wise virgins were saved while the foolish virgins were lost. They were all Christians, having the save bible, doing all that is expected of them. They were all sincere in there service but God will not accept any thing less than fullness of the spirit in us to overcome all the cultivated and inherited propensities to sin. Keep the lamp burning by filling yourself with ENOUGH SPIRIT till Christ shall come again. Amen!

JESUS’ GREATEST TEMPTATION


His greatest temptation was not the temptation to turn stones into lovely heavenly baked bread or to jump from a very tall temple.

His greatest temptation was not to fall down prostrate worshiping Satan or to turn His back on the world he came to die for in Gethsemane and take the next bus to heaven.

His greatest temptation was not from without; from the pharisees, Sadducee, His families and friends.

No No No . . .

Since all of the above were only suggestion of sinful things from Satan and those around Him and these things were not appealing to Him.

HIS GREATEST TEMPTATION was to pull away from the control of the Holy Spirit and His Father and from the possession of heavenly agencies to depend upon His own strength and power to do all things.

He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19 (KJV)

In some other places He said:

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30 (KJV)

“I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” John 8:28 (KJV)

Even the people testify among themselves and say:

“If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.” John 9:33 (KJV)

No wonder the following was written 114 years ago:

“Those who realize their weakness trust in a power higher than self. And while they look to God, Satan has no power over them. But those who trust in self are easily defeated.”– RH 16-12-1902

Christ temptation was the temptation to depend on His own innate and self possessed power to do righteousness, miracle, and other good deeds and not to depend on His Father.

If Christ has depended on His own divine strength for any act or deed without the help of heavenly agencies then He could not have been a Good example for us. It would have been infinitely impossible for us to live a sanctified and perfect life. His humanity was merged with His Father’s strength. though Christ was still God in the Highest fullnest but His divinity was clothed with the garb of humanity. He never did anything which was impossible for us to accomplish. In His might and strength, if we fully surrendered to Him, we shall live a victorious Christian life daily.

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-24 (KJV)

“Satan is well aware that the weakest soul who abides in Christ is more than a match for the hosts of darkness, and that, should he reveal himself openly, he would be met and resisted. Therefore he seeks to draw away the soldiers of the cross from their strong fortification, while he lies in ambush with his forces, ready to destroy all who venture upon his ground. Only in humble reliance upon God, and obedience to all His commandments, can we be secure.”– Great Controversy, 530.1.

Christ is telling you and I today:

“For without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 (KJV)

And say this to yourself in regard to your temptations with and without:

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Phil 4:13 (KJV)

All things include overcome the temptation and sin of the heart and lifestyle. All things include anything your mind seeks to achieve because you are doing it in the strength of Christ.

Do not let go your hands from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit because these “heavenly trio . . . will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ.”– Evangelism, 615.1.