Exhortation

Fight the Good Fight

March 11, 2014

There are some days when it’s hard to keep fighting. For the Christian, bad news seems to be coming in at every turn we get tired and down-trodden. We lose the will to fight for what’s right, for our families and our nation. But please understand, we can’t afford to take our eyes away from what’s important, we have to stand up and fight for what our beliefs.

Aren’t these things worth fighting for?

Christ has some special promises for the believer. He has promised he will never leave them, promised them a home with him in heaven, plus he answers their prayers and has already assured them of future events.

Did you know the Bible already tells us what’s going to happen in the future, and that Christ is victorious?

Shouldn’t that give confidence and encouragement enough to keep fighting?

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 19:11-20:10

Just before the 1,000 year reign of Christ and peace on earth, there will be a great battle. Christ will come down with his army to meet the kings of the earth and their armies, and will slay all of them. Then he’ll throw Satan into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years and will reign with his believers. After that, Satan will be loosed one more time, and he’ll gather another great army and surround the beloved city. This time God won’t even entertain a battle of any kind, he’ll just eliminate Satan’s entire army with fire from heaven.

I’m telling you all of this for a very good reason. Remember that believers will be victorious with Christ in the last day. Believers won’t have to go through the second death like those that reject Christ.

Christians are winners!

But today, during this time, Christians have a job to do, a calling to perform.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
I Peter 2:21

Christ came to this earth, lived a perfectly sinless life, went to the cross in our place, died, was buried, rose again the third day, and ascended back to the father. The example we should follow is Christ. Following that example is quite difficult, nonetheless its the calling of every believer, as we have just seen in the scriptures.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 10:34-39

Christ himself said he didn’t come to earth the first time to send peace, but to fight. You see, Christ is a divider of men.

Why is that?

Its because he forces a decision, and commands those who choose him to live for him. That division isn’t referring to arguments between spouses or parents, that’s bound to happen every now and then. The kind of division I’m talking about is in regards to Christ. He is talking about issues that come up due to the believer’s faith in Christ, standing up for right and for Christ in a sinful world.

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:37

So it doesn’t matter if it is a family member, a friend, a government leader, a pastor or anyone else. Believers are to uphold the principles of God regardless of who is breaking them. They should not make any exceptions for sin regardless of the rank or position of the person who does it or promotes it.  God isn’t a respecter of men, and when it comes to fighting for Christ, believers shouldn’t be either. After all, those without Christ will die in their sins, whether they are kings or dirt poor. They need someone to tell them how to be redeemed, and how to live for Christ.

And Christ demands the very top priority in our lives, even above our spouses, parents, children and friends.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Matthew 10:38

He’s given each of us a purpose and a job to do, a specific calling on our lives. That calling is to be performed through one of his churches and with the ultimate end of reaching lost souls for him, and teaching them to do the same.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 28:18-20

This is the work of the church and every believer within it.

God commanded Timothy to fight.

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
I Timothy 1:18-19

God has likewise commanded believers to fight.

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.
I Timothy 6:12

So here’s the primary question that I wanted to come to…

Why are believers not fighting?

Have they given up?

Do you start ministries or projects expecting them to fail?

Have you already written America off as hopelessly lost and unable to change?

I hear this talk from other believers all the time….

“America, we’ve gone too far, the judgment has to come.”
“It’s never going to change.”
“That’ll never happen.”

These types of statements show their hearts.

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Matthew 12:34b

What you say and how you say it reflects your heart. I’m fed up with defeated attitudes. It’s probable that the faith is being held back (in the US) by these rotten attitudes. Do you know what it comes down to?

A lack of faith!

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Romans 14:23

Believers need to get serious with God. They need to stop blaming the government, other people or whatever else they may be using as an excuse to keep them from fighting for God.

God has promised to bless the spreading of his word, and if Christians don’t believe him, then God won’t bless as he could. Remember the passage we started off with in Revelation? If you’re a Christian, then you’re already a winner, and should start acting like it.

But if you don’t know Christ as your personal savior, you haven’t asked him to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart, then you’re still on the losing side. Click here to learn more about becoming a Christian and a winner.

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