- Behind the façade of the material world lies the unseen world of disembodied spirits and diverse spiritual personalities. Though the two dimensions are worlds apart, they intermingle seamlessly in the SOUL. Man, as you may well know is a SPIRIT domiciled in FLESH, governed by a LIVING SOUL. The FLESH is subject to the laws of nature. The SPIRIT is the AGENCY of God in you. Expectedly, the priorities of the FLESH are opposed to the objectives of the SPIRIT. The SOUL, also called MIND, is the BATTLEFIELD where FLESH and SPIRIT CONTEND for supremacy. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the ISSUES OF LIFE” [Proverbs 4:23] The HEART, in this context, is your MIND where the; “…FLESH LUSTETH AGAINST THE SPIRIT, and the Spirit against the flesh: and THESE ARE CONTRARY THE ONE TO THE OTHER: so that YE CANNOT DO THE THINGS YE WOULD” [Galatians 5:17] If the FLESH wins, the POTENTIAL of God in you to LIVE forever is lost. Do not kill yourself because your spouse left you, do not die because your business collapsed or you lost your job; the BATTLE you must FIGHT TO WIN is within you!
- The BATTLE you must FIGHT TO WIN is aggravated by a CHALLENGER who vowed before God to take your LIFE, as it is written: “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, ALL THAT A MAN HATH WILL HE GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS LIFE” [Job 2:4] Satan, having gained access to the SOUL through SIN, daily CORRUPTS the SOUL with perfidious THOUGHTS and IMAGINATIONS in EXCHANGE for rotten pleasures of the FLESH. Those who succumb to his temptations LIVE to satisfy the passions of the FLESH. That is not the LIFE Satan FIGHTS to take from you. He is determined that your SOUL will not align with the SPIRIT in obedience to God and by so doing activate EVERLASTING LIFE. The ADVERSARY will gladly give you ANYTHING on earth in EXCHANGE for your SOUL. He will also cruelly take what you treasure most if it will cause you to bow before him. His WARFARE has no room for a truce and there are no SPECTATORS. You must FIGHT TO WIN, the alternative is ETERNAL IRRELEVANCE, as the Bible says: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, and LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?” [Mark 8:36] I know you are fighting, what are you fighting for? This world or your SOUL?
- If you must FIGHT and WIN, there are two things you need know. ONE, the ENEMY exercises POWER of DEATH over the FLESH. TWO, no man, from Adam right down to John [the Baptist] ever defeated the CHALLENGER! Abraham, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Daniel, etc., fought very hard, as men but the ENEMY is a SPIRITUAL PERSONALITY. The wisest, strongest and most prayerful among men has no chance of victory against the MAIN CHALLENGER, without superior SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY. So then, the Bible says: ““Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of FLESH and BLOOD, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that THROUGH DEATH HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL;” [Hebrews 2:14] This is a MYSTERY, God was manifest in Jesus Christ to experience our daily struggles in the FLESH. Jesus Christ overcame the FLESH and destroyed the POWER of DEATH. His NAME is our BATTLE AXE and, “…AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of things IN HEAVEN, heaven, and things IN EARTH, and things UNDER THE EARTH” [Philippians 2:10] The men of old fought with descriptive titles of God in BATTLE and lost. I challenge you to FIGHT in the NAME of Jesus Christ and obtain the crown of EVERLASTING LIFE.
- I can tell you are fighting, everyone does, one way or the other. Listen, it is easy to lose focus of the MAIN BATTLE in midst of pressing personal skirmishes and lose the WAR. Remember, we are not fighting; “…AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST principalities, against powers, against the RULERS OF DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, against spiritual wickedness in high places” [Ephesians 6:12] The ENEMY is relentless and unforgiving. You must not allow your SOUL to be overtaken by needless RAT RACE and reckless demands of this decadent generation. I assure you, the ENEMY will not be defeated with money and has no regard for fame and titles. Your only chance of victory is to be BORN AGAIN of God and FIGHT in FAITH in the NAME of Jesus Christ. The Bible says: “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] I admonish you to be BORN AGAIN and be reconfigured to FIGHT the “…GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH, LAY HOLD OF ETERNAL LIFE,…” [1 Timothy 6:12] The GOOD FIGHT commences right now, if you will accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
- Beloved, it is easy to imagine everybody FIGHTS TO WIN. With the benefit of hindsight, there are more DELUDED LOSERS than WINNERS. The Bible says: “And for this cause GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, BUT HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS” [2 Thessalonians 2:11] The NAME of Jesus Christ is TRUTH and our BATTLE AXE. Outside His NAME no man has a chance of victory over SIN, DEATH and HELL, as it is written: “For the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 6:23] The BATTLE has been long, the end is at hand. This is not the time for anyone to be DELUDED by fleeting pleasures of unrighteousness. I testify, the EXPIRY DATE of this world is fast approaching when the Lord Jesus Christ shall crown WIINERS with EVERLASTING LIFE and apportion LOSERS their place in “…everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matthew 25:41] I hope this sermon helped you to reassess your PRORITIES and BATTLES. Whatever you think, make sure you FIGHT TO WIN, amen.