Fighting for Freedom
When I considered the title of this devotional, I questioned, what are the freedoms for which we are fighting? I realized the answer differs depending on the individual. Some of us are fighting to be set free from addictions, others from the bondage of legalism, while others are simply fighting the things that hinder their productivity in their walks with the Lord. Whatever the case there a few things we must consider.
Typically, when we think of a fighter we assert a soldier, warrior, combatant, boxer, mercenary etc. Usually this person does not easily admit defeat in spite of difficulties or opposition. Likewise, in Kingdom work, we are called to fight the good fight of faith, and to be meek not weak. Let us observe three aspects of this fight.
Who are we fighting against, who is the enemy?
A good fighter knows his opponent and learns him well. The Bible is clear about who is the enemy, and fellas it’s not who you think! Hate to break the news it is not our wives, not our children, not our bosses, it is not our colleagues, not our pastors etc…
Paul is clear,
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
We have a deceitful, crafty enemy and he has been a thorn in humanity’s flesh for years. Learn your enemy!
Stand firm in the fight!
Living in an urban community, you are sometimes faced with realities that might impose potential danger. One night, I heard a knock at my door at 2:00 a.m. and without hesitation I jumped up and ran to the door ready for combat. Thank God it was not as bad as it could have been; a false alarm. But I knew that night that there was nothing on the face of this earth that I wouldn’t try to do protect my family. However, the bigger question remained: will I fight myown selfishness, unrighteous anger, bad attitude, issues, carelessness, and the like in order to protect them from myself…Stand firm!
What are we fighting for?
“But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love ,perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
To be effective witnesses for Christ, our testimonies ought to represent new life, and not just life in the present, but eternal life. This is our reasonable service to finish the work that Christ began in us. We have an eternal rest in knowing that we are fighting the good fight, and when get to a place in the fight when our sole purpose is to honor God with our lives that is true victory. Fight on Freedom Fighters! Juan Mendez serves full-time at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. He is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Think About This:The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves that he has no brains of his own.Charles Haddon Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12