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?