Fight The Good Fight!

The Bible tells us to “fight the good fight of faith.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

According to the Greek translation this scripture actually means ; to contend for with your adversary and labor fervently in your battle for good, virtuous, honest and moral convictions of the truth concerning Jesus Christ for salvation.

The Lord is telling us to lay hold of or seize eternal values. To strive to attain God’s abundant life.

In another scripture we are told that we wrestle with the evil darkness of this world who we are called to resist steadfast in the faith. (Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:9)

In other words the Lord wants his people to oppose the darkness and wage war against the gates of hell. We have been given according to scriptures everything that pertains to life and godliness. All we need to accomplish this command is laid out for us in the word of God. (2 Peter 1:3)

The weapons of our warfare according to scriptures are not natural human weapons. They are mighty powerful Holy Spirit empowered weapons! These weapons are used to pull down demonic strongholds which Satan tries to build up in the mind.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

The mind is where the real battle is. When Satan can create a false narrative by using circumstance then he is able to bring disillusionment, fear and unbelief.

In order to counter act Satan’s deception we are told in the scriptures to take up our mighty Holy Spirit empowered weapons and fight.

What are these weapons? In Ephesians Chapter 6 the Lord tells us to gird ourselves with truth. God’s word, the Bible is the truth. All his promises are yes and amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20)

We are told to put on righteousness like a breast plate. We are made right or justified by the blood of Jesus if we have been born of God. We are called to wear that victory acquired for us as a sign of godly status! Let the devil know who we are in Jesus Christ! Redeemed! Bought and paid for by the blood of the lamb!

When we do fail we can ask God to forgive us. The blood of Jesus will continually forgive us as long as we acknowledge our sin and turn from it. (1 John 1:9)

When our feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace what that means is that we are always prepared, always ready to give an answer for our faith in Jesus Christ. Always ready to bring the good news of reconciliation between God and man where ever we go. (1 Peter 3:15)

Preaching the gospel is a powerful weapon against the evil one. Declaring the word of God into the darkness of this world brings God’s light and faith to all who have been given ears to hear.

The shield of faith is important to withstand Satan’s attacks. When those fiery arrows are sent to try to destroy us we can stand on God’s word. What the Lord has promised he is able also to perform. (Romans 4:21)

Then with the sword of the Spirit we can make an offensive attack against the evil one.

Has God really said? IT IS WRITTEN !

The sum of Your word is truth,And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)

You can’t do that! IT IS WRITTEN !

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13.)

You are not important! IT IS WRITTEN !

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)

Then finally we turn always to prayer. Presenting our needs to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ the Son.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Fight the good fight of faith! Lay hold and seize on to eternal life, for in Jesus the Savoir abundant life is manifest to all who believe and to all who receive.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-17)

God in the Flesh

The diety is something that most of us have a hard time wrapping our heads around.

The Bible specifically describes God as being a Godhead, divinity or substance of the divine. (theotés)

Colossians 2:9 tells us that in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form.

Christ was filled with or filled up with God. (plērōma)

God himself took on flesh. That means that God was incarnate in a body.

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me. ” Hebrews 10:5

The Pharisees went builistic when Jesus told them he was the I AM. They could not grasp such a thing.

In fact this is the very reason that the Pharisees had Jesus arrested. For the “crime” of Blasphemy under the law.
John 10:33

Scriptures tell us that
God was in Christ reconciling himself to the world.

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19

That means that God himself was in Mary’s womb placed there by God the Holy Spirit himself. Luke 1:35

God’s body, his blood, his very nature came into the world through the vehicle of a human but God was not human in the sense that we are human.

He had flesh and blood but his flesh and blood were not contaminated by sin. Nor was God created out of the earth like Adam.

Jesus was called the second Adam because his body was created by God the Holy Spirit but he was God himself in that body.
1 Corinthians 15: 45-47

God was incarnate in flesh or dwelling in a body that was created by God the Holy Spirit.

God came to save that which was lost. He had to take on flesh in order to do that but his flesh was not the same as our flesh. His flesh was sinless.

1 Peter 1:18-20
For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

While Jesus the Christ or redeemer anointed with the Holy Spirit was confined to a body he was still very much God.

In the Psalms David talks about a body being prepared for him.
Psalm 40:6

The blood of Jesus that was shed on calvary was God’s own blood. It was not human blood.

Jesus’ blood was divine. It was not from human origins. 1 Peter 1:19

The Bible says that Jesus was the exact expression of the likeness of God.
Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3

Jesus told his disciples that by looking at him they could see the Father. The Holy Spirit dwelt in Jesus and did all the miracles.
John 5:19
John 14:9,10

In other words Jesus represented on earth all the Godhead fully.

Jesus was fully God incarnate in flesh. One with the Father and the Holy Spirit even when he was on the earth.

God himself took on flesh and gave his body and blood as a sacrifice for sin.

God was able by his sacrifice to reconcile humanity which had been lost back to himself. 2 Corinthians 5:19

Those who are born of God are now in him and he is in them. John 3:3, Acts 2:38

Only God himself can save you from sin. If you believe and turn to him with all your heart God will save you and reconcile you to himself through the body and blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:15
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Jesus is God incarnate in the flesh.

1 Timothy 3:15

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

To Walk With God

To walk with God in Hebrew is halak.
This is an action word which means to live life in a manner that keeps pace with, follows, goes forth, continues on, moves along, travels, goes to and fro with and turns with in a form of weakness or dependence.

According to Scriptures, God was walking in the garden of Eden in the cool of the day. Adam heard God walking in the garden but he was not walking with him.

In fact scriptures do not say that Adam and Eve walked as in halak with God. What scriptures do say is that Adam was alone and God saw that it was not good so he created Eve to be a helper to him.

What did he need help with? In doing what he was created to do. Which was to be a care taker and watchman of the Garden. (Genesis 2:15)

Adam did hear God’s voice. He heard the instructions given to him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

However he did not listen. Why?

Could it be because Adam was not walking with God? As in halak.

Eve obviously was not walking with God or she would not have been deceived by the devil.

Eve wanted to be wise. She lacked guidance. Hebrew saw-kal’ for wise means to be instructed in prudence, to be skillful, have good success, to understand, to be guided.

Doesn’t sound like some one walking with God. Those are the things God does for us!

Even after Adam and Eve sinned Adam still could hear God’s voice.

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Genesis 3:8-10

When Eve was deceived by the serpent it was because she did not listen to her husband. Adam was the one God told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God gave Adam that instruction before Eve was even created.

Eve did not get the information from God directly. She heard her husband’s commandment which was given to him by the Lord.

Why did Adam then listen to Eve instead of God? Could it be that although Adam could hear God’s voice he was not walking with him in halak ?

Adam knew God and heard his voice but he did not obey God. His relationship with God was not a surrendered one.

Let’s take a look at those who did walk with God.

According to the Bible, Enoch walked with God in perfect step by faith and this pleased God so much that Enoch walked straight into the spiritual realm.
(HEBREWS 11:5, Genesis 5:24)

Noah walked with God. Noah heard God’s voice telling him to prepare for judgment that was to come and by faith he obeyed. (Genesis 6:9)

How many times do we hear God’s voice speaking to us from scriptures and yet do not listen? Is it because we are not really walking with God? (James 1:23)

Scriptures tell us that those who walk after the Holy Spirit will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. (Romans 8:1)

If we are having struggles with sin and our life is not blessed is it because we hear God’s voice and yet do not obey his commands?

Adam heard God directly. Eve heard God’s commands indirectly but still they disobeyed.

Since scriptures give no reference that Adam walked with God like Enoch or Noah did in halak we can only assume that Adam knew God, heard his voice but did not walk in halak with him.

He could have chosen to eat from the tree of life had he wanted halak but for some reason he did not. (Genesis 2:8,9)

After Adam and Eve sinned they still heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. All Creation speaks of God’s existence. Even the unsaved hear God’s voice.

Adam and his wife then hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)

Sin separated God’s creation from himself. When the Lord found Adam he was hiding in guilt and condemnation from God. God then had to sacrifice a sheep and cloth them with a temporary covering to atone for their sin.

After Adam and Eve sinned they were cast out from the presence of the Lord. No more could they live in a perfect sinless life.

This act never did restore Adam to sinless perfection but what it did do was make a covering to appease God’s wrath for disobedience so that he did not destroy Adam and Eve and the whole earth, by his righteous judgment.

In conclusion we can see that it is not enough to just hear God’s voice. We must obey God’s voice. We must walk by his Holy Spirit completely dependent upon him.

This comes by becoming born of God and given new life, being made alive unto God.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3

If you do not yet know God then ask Jesus the Savior to save you from wrath as you turn away from your sins.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  Roman 5:9

Ask God to make you born of his Holy Spirit and fill you with his Holy Spirit.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:18-20

Then walk with God as he leads you in halak, relationship.

Obey his word the Bible as the Lord helps you every day!

Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Deuteronomy 13:4

Declaring God’s Word!

Declaring God’s word is an important aspect of spiritual warfare.

To declare, confess or preach God’s word is a scriptural concept throughout the Bible. It is the literal use of the sword of the Spirit used in offensive warfare.

To declare in Hebrew is nâgad which means to announce out of the mouth. This can be done in various ways. Such as making a decree or prediction of what God is going to do, (a forth telling prophecy) to praise or declare who God is, what he has done and what he will do, to expound upon a revealed word or message God has given, to profess or testify, to make a report or declare God’s message or to prophecy.

The term confess (homologeō) is used in the New Testament. This means to declare, give thanks or praise, to make a legal declaration.

To preach in the New Testament is euaggelizō, which means to declare, to announce, bring forth God’s message.

(Psalm 9:11, Psalm 22:31, 1 Chronicles 16:24, Isaiah 12:4, Isaiah 21: 6, Jeremiah 51:10, John 17:26, Acts:20:27, 1 Corinthians 15:1, Hebrews 2:12, 1 John 1:3)

All this must be uttered through the mouth to be a declaration but that declaration can be written down as a testament or legal documentation.

We can see this spiritual principal operating in the book of Genesis when God created everything.

Notice that in Genesis Chapter 1: 1 that darkness was on the face of the deep. Some Bible scholars believe that a chaotic event occurred in which God had to create the earth from out of a place of darkness but whatever that may or may not be, what we do know is that darkness was there in the beginning of creation.

Out of that darkness God’s Holy Spirit began to move and then God said “let there be light” and then there was light.

Notice how God’s Spirit had to move first before God spoke. Many times Christians or those claiming to be Christians want to declare their word. Then they hope it will come to pass if they just say it enough.

In order for God’s word to bring forth life it must be initiated by the Holy Spirit. This may come through divine inspiration but it can also come by declaring what God has already said in his written word.

Keep in mind though that because God is perfect and he adheres to all his spiritual principles, his word spoken out of his mouth will always come to pass.

However out of someone else’s mouth many times there are conditions to the fulfillment of God’s word. Some examples from the Bible are, “If my people shall…if you are willing and obedient…if you go and sin no more…if you open wide your mouth…if you give then it will be given to you,” and many more.

(1 John 5:14, Isaiah 1:19, Roman’s 8:13, Ephesians 4: 27-30, John 8:11, luke 6:38)

A divinely inspired utterance through the mouth of a child of God will come to pass if conditions are met. These conditions are set out in scriptures.

There are times however when the Holy Spirit will move on someone to say…”This is what I am going to do or I will do.”

(Genesis 26:27, Isaiah 41:4, Genesis 28:13, Psalms 46:10)

Every time you hear the word” I AM GOING TO”
Then most probably that word is straight up with no conditions attached. The person bringing the word may be an imperfect vessel speaking the word of God but still that word will come to pass if it’s a Holy Spirit word.

God declared his word into the darkness in order to create the natural realm. His said, “Let there be light.” In other words he declared or made a decree.

God’s word declared into a dark situation can change the situation. With faith in God’s inspired word life will be brought forth out of the darkness .

In John 1 it says that in the beginning was the word. God’s word was made flesh. God declared his word into the natural realm through Jesus Christ.

Jesus also declared God’s word to the devil, “It is written!” he said.

After Jesus rose from the dead he commissioned his people to declare his word into the natural realm. (Luke 9:60, Acts 16:10, Galatians 1:16, 2 Timothy 4:2)

By declaring God’s word into the darkness of this world we are agreeing with what God says about a situation and if God said it then his word will come to pass. ( Isaiah 43:26)

Many times people want to know God’s will for their life and how to get help for their problems but they have no faith or trust in God’s word.
They run around to counselors, prophets and even secular so called experts but they don’t realize that God said in the Bible that HE has given us everything that pertains to LIFE and godliness.
(2 Peter 1:3)

God does and can use prophets, teachers and even secular people at times to help us but if we are living on just that then we are not going to live victorious in Jesus Christ. We are then chronically dependent on another person’s walk with God. (Ephesians 4:12, 1 Peter 2:2)

We can’t survive on just ice cream! Running to meeting sand conferences all the time to get a spiritual pill to see us through. It’s nice here and there but God wants us to drink the milk of his word, eat his bread, drink his wine and even go on to chew a steak!

God’s word spoken through our mouth has the power to change our life! If we believe his word then we will have what we say or declare into the darkness of this present world! (Mark 11:23)

Speak God’s word into your dark situation and believe that his promises are yes and amen. Light will surely come by Holy Spirit power and change your life!

A New Standard of Living

The New Covenant given through Jesus Christ has a new standard with new laws and commands.

(Hebrews 10:20)

We are not under the law of Moses which was the written code of standards given to the Jews for behavior, religious conduct and rites. These are now done away with because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The old has passed away and the new has come.

No longer do we have to observe the OT law including the ten commandments for our justification.

We are now justified by faith in Jesus Christ and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. However, the Bible tells us that if we are truly born of God our life will reflect it by our behaviour. We now are held to a new standard. (Romans 5:1)

The old covenant has been replaced with a new covenant. A covenant is an agreement between two parties. Instead of trying to live up to the letter of the law in our own power through the fallen human nature and then having to have animals sacrificed on our behalf because we have blown it we can now live as new creatures in Jesus Christ under the new system set up for us by God. (Hebrews 10:19-25)

This might surprise some but we can’t become a Christian and then live any way we want to!

In fact Christians now have been given a new standard of living according to the Bible.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was the way in or entrance to a new way of living. Our justification was through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Some Christians stop there but in reality the resurrection of Jesus Christ brought a new and living way for the Christian to live by. (Hebrews 10)

But does that mean we are still under laws? Yes! What are laws anyway you may be wondering ? A law is a regulation or a principle. A standard in which we conduct our life. If we obey a law there are benefits but if we disregard a law there is always a consequences.

According to the Bible Christians are now under the law of the Spirit of life and liberty in Christ Jesus and the law of faith.

(Roman’s 8:2, Romans 3:27)

Upon these two principles the Christian must conduct their lives. Through life and liberty in the Holy Spirit by the principle of faith a born again believer now becomes a living epistle read by all. (2 Corinthians 3:1-3)

In other words if the Christian yields to the Holy Spirit who dwells in them then they will live a life that pleases God and reap all the benefits of obedience but if the Christian quenches the Holy Spirit, forbids him from operating, insults him, grieves him, resists him then the Christian will find himself or herself living a defeated life bound up by sin and reaping all the consequences of disobedient behaviour.(Galatians 5)

Disobedience will find themselves in the fire being refined, going through endless trials and hardships and maybe eventually die if there is no repentance.

The Holy Spirit is speaking to you today. Do not harden your heart in the wilderness of your life experience.

It is only the yielded to the Holy Spirit life that brings God’s blessings. Only through the Holy Spirit of promise given to the believer can we overcome the flesh and the devil. (1 John 5:4)

If we continue to do our own thing even if we use God’s name in vain in order to justify it then we will find ourselves in a whole heap of trouble.

Things may look alright now but the Bible is clear that whoever sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption. In other words our own ways will come back to bite big time. (Galatians 6)

How can I know God’s will? One good indicator of whether we are in the truth or not is to examine ourselves in light of the scriptures and that is the scriptures illuminated by the Holy Spirit as we spend time in his presence seeking him.

Reading the Bible is not an indication of being in the truth. Remember that Satan can quote scripture. He will even twist it to fit into his agenda. Human nature does that too. We can find all kinds of scriptures to twist for our own benefit.

That is why the Bible says that the Spirit and the word always agree together.

Not many Christians have wanted to live the surrendered life and that is why we have lived such defeated lives void of Holy Spirit power. The church has made a lot of noise but not a lot of impact. (James 1:22-25)

For a time the Lord has let us go our own way. This was to show us that doing things our own way leads only to failure. Are we ready to listen now?

Another law that we need to adhere to in order to live a life that pleases God is to operate by the principle of faith. (Hebrews 10)

The Bible says that faith is the substance or physical material construct of things hoped for but not yet realized. In other words, when God says something to us through his Holy Spirit and confirms it by his written word then we believe it to be true regardless of whether we see it manifest for a time.

Faith in God will always be tested according to the Bible but God has declared his promises to be Yes and Amen.

When we believe God’s word without actually seeing with the natural eye then faith in God ignites the reality of the thing hoped for to be manifest in our natural world in God’s time.(Hebrews 11)

Doubt and unbelief is the enemy of God. It says, “Has God really said?” Satan’s lie received by people is what causes sin, death and destruction in their lives. That age old lie limits God so that he CANNOT do any mighty works.

So then as Christians under the new covenant we are called to adhere to the law of faith and the law of the Spirit of life and liberty in Christ Jesus. When we follow these two principles we will not only reap eternal rewards but live in godly freedom under an open heaven of both spiritual and material blessings.

Galatians 5
2 Corinthians 3
Romans 8
Romans 3 
Hebrews 11