Fight For It

No matter what “it” is, we get to choose what we will fight for. When a person is trying to get in shape, it is a fight to continue to go to the gym and work out. When raising children, it is a fight to teach them right and wrong. When married, it is a fight to resist Satan's marriage-sabotaging overtures. Challenges in life abound and it is a fight to overcome each one. It is a fight to be able to stand at the end.

Paul said, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”  He said, “Take up the whole armor of the Lord to be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. Stand therefore…” (Eph. 6:10-16). So, Paul says, "Fight!”

We must fight for the principles of righteousness and godliness. In a world whose values are completely opposite to righteousness and godliness, we are called upon to fight for them. If we don’t stand up for righteousness and godliness, who will? With the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, we, like Jesus, say, “It is written,” then show people what is written. “It is written” is the defense Jesus used to withstand the overtures of the devil. The word is quick and powerful. It reveals thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12).

We must fight for our homes. The home is the basic and most fundamental unit of society. If the home fails, society fails. We see the effects of broken homes in our world. Home with dads who are absent. Homes where children are born to one mother, but each child has a different father. Our families are the most precious people in our lives. When we fight to save lives, it is their lives we fight the hardest for. God made them male and female.  Adam and Eve had no issue with their gender. Today, the devil is trying to destroy our homes. He knows if he can destroy them, he will succeed in destroying the church and the rule of law. He doesn’t have to attack the church on a frontal assault. He knows if he destroys the home, then the people in that home who comprise the church will fail also. 

The great thing is we get to choose what we fight for. If it is worth anything, fight for it. If it is worthy, fight for it, then don’t give up when it gets hard. If it is worth time, effort, commitment, energy, and sacrifice, then persevere.

Battles will come and go. They will not all be pleasant. In fact, most of the time they are not. There will be times when we fail. We will get knocked down and want to give up. Just remember that God’s grace shines the brightest in the darkest moments. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we ask and can bring victory when defeat seems imminent (Eph. 3:20). Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:19). If it is worth loving, fight for it and overcome the fear to conquer. In those moments when we do fail, remember that failure is not permanent. It is the power of faith, hope, and love, and the greatest is love that wins the battle (1 Cor. 13:13).

Rickie Jenkins