FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” [Genesis 1:28]
1. Almighty God is Jehovah Sabbaoth
Jehovah Sabbaoth means the mighty man of war. The Bible says: “And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel” [Joshua 10:14] God fought for Israel and she prevailed over her adversaries. God made man in His own image, blessed him and gave him clear mandate to subdue the earth [Genesis 1:28] To subdue means “to bring somebody, thing or things under forcible control”. To subdue means “to contend and overcome”. To subdue means to “fight and prevail. Every bona fide child of God is a fighter and conqueror. Our weapons are not tongue, fists, guns or nuclear bombs. The Bible says: “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;“ [2 Corinthians 10:4]
2. Satan is the adversary.
The Bible says: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not;…And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” [Revelation 12:7-9] In the deep recesses of time, Satan rebelled against God, he lost and was exiled to this world. The Dragon turned the earth and her unseen regions to a fortified fortress and evil empire. The old serpent crowned himself god over the earth. He dispenses favour to those who worship before him and is a ruthless foe to those who deny him. He went against the Lord Jesus Christ, boasting and offering riches and glory of kingdoms of this world, if Jesus would bow before him, as it is written: “…All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” [Matthew 4:8-10] The Lord rejected his offer and battle was joined.
3. The battle is joined.
Satan boasted before the LORD, as it is written: “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life” [Job 2:4] Satan already lost his “life” and place in God’s presence. His objective of his warfare is to drag you down to the pit, forever separated from God. The battle is for your life, not your parish, tribe, nation, business, etc. Your life is not your heart beat. It is the image, likeness and inheritance of God in you [Genesis 1:26 28] Satanic warfare leaves no room for umpires or spectators. The shrill cry of the new-born baby is not of pain but the war cry of a soldier going to battle. As we grow older, the choices we make determine outcome of the battle. I am a fighter; I fight for my life to be reunited with God. I fight to stake my claim to eternal life. If you are not fighting, you are doomed to; “…everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matthew 25:41] If your battle is not for your life, you are a damned loser, as it is written: “… what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” [Mark 8:36]
4. Fight the good fight.
The Bible says: “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” [Ephesians 6:12] The battle for your life is not against family members, business rivals, neighbours, etc. Those who spend their lives fighting for material riches, power, fame, science, nature, and the like, are ignorant and short-sighted. It is written: “…Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” [Luke 12:15] Your life is the measure of likeness of God in you, not your bank statement. Fighting for your life is the good fight. I encourage you to fight the good fight, as it is written: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,…” [1 Timothy 6:12] Fight, because no man may fight for you. Fight to “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” [Philippians 2:12]
5. Put on the armour of God.
The Bible says: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” [Ephesians 6:11] Satan is not man, he is spirit. His battle plan is to get you to fight him on his own terms. The Devil wants you to fight him with flesh and earthly weapons. God is Spirit and any man that will put on His armour must be in spirit. Your preparation for battle begins with shedding fleshly muscles for spiritual biceps. This requires that the natural man/old man give way for the spiritual man/new man. It is written: “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” [Ephesians 4:22-24] The new man is born when you turn your life over to Jesus Christ [John 3:1-5] The new man is born of God and equipped to overcome the world including Satan and his hosts, as it is written: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” [1 John 5:4]
6. You must fight to win.
The Bible says: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” [Matthew 28:18] The power and munitions you need to fight and win are in Christ. Thus says the Lord: …in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” [John 16:33] Jesus not only has all power, He has overcome the world. His purpose on earth is to lead you to victory over the Devil, as it is written: “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” [1 John 3:8] If you are a fighter, hold on, victory is certain. If you are ready to jump in the fight, the template for victory is Jesus Christ. The first step is to confess and repent of your sins and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. The second step is to grow in the: “…knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” [Ephesians 4:13] The battle is won as you grow in the Lord. Beloved, Christ in you is victory and hope of glory [Colossians 1:27]