The Fight of Your Life
We are in a fight. Every day, we are engaged on a battlefield. Every day we face an enemy who seeks to destroy us. I’m not writing about a physical fight or altercation. I’m writing about a war that is much more serious. It’s a battle for your soul and your relationship with God.
Paul warns us in Ephesians 6:12 that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Peter warns us in 1 Peter 5:8 that we should “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Paul and Peter warn us, in no uncertain terms, that we are facing a spiritual battle against an enemy that seeks to destroy us. Yet, the battle does not stop there. This enemy also seeks to destroy our marriages, families and the other relationships that we cherish in our lives. If you have something good and worthy in your life, you can rest assured that the enemy seeks to destroy it.
This battle looks different for each of us. We all have different struggles and temptations. My battle will often look different than yours. Some of us wrestle with fear. We are afraid of the past, present and future. We are afraid of the known and unknown. We are paralyzed with fear and it hurts our trust in God. Some of us fight the battle with rejection. We have been hurt in past relationships. We’ve had our hearts broken and our spirits crushed. We don’t want to trust God or anyone else. Some of us battle anger. We lose our cool too often and too harshly. We have left a wake of hurt feelings and damaged, broken relationships. Our anger has cost us more than we care to admit. Others of us wrestle with complacency. We tend to be lazy and distracted. We settle for far less than we should and fail to strive to do our best for the glory of God. Others of us wrestle with addictions that have wrecked our lives and deepest relationships. We’ve sought peace at the end of an alcohol or pill bottle, comfort in the arms of another, satisfaction in front of a computer screen or some sense of validation at a gambling table. Nothing has satisfied us or quenched our thirst and we are trapped in a web of addiction. Still, others of us battle depression. This disease has attacked us on many fronts and we struggle to get up each day and do what we need to do. Life seems pointless and our spirits our low. Nothing seems to matter and we just want relief.
We are all facing some kind of battle in our lives. Rest assured, the person you are sitting next to in your pew and the faces you will see at lunch today, are fighting a fight against an opponent you may or may not know something about. They are in a spiritual fight for their life and their soul hangs in the balance.
Next Sunday, we will begin a sermon series at Fairlane, entitled “The Fight of Your Life”. We will talk about these battles we are fighting and how we can overcome these various opponents. We will discuss how God will give us the victory over the enemies we face. If you know someone, who is fighting a difficult battle (and we all know someone who is) I encourage you to invite them to worship with you (or at least get them the CD or have them listen on-line).
The battle is real. The enemy is fierce. But God will give us the victory. Join us, as we discuss “the fight of your life” at Fairlane.