C.C. fighting the good fight #190

With conflict and violence a part of everyday life, it seems imperative for you and for me to know how to defend ourselves, how to protect those we love, how to fight for the oppressed, the overlooked, how to fight for the right – how to survive. How do we fight fair or fight to win or fight to survive? There are all kinds of self defense classes and martial arts classes available. I could learn judo or karate or boxing. Assuming the correct stance or posture is essential if I am going to succeed when I engage with my opponent or enemy in conflict. The position or posture I take makes all the difference in the outcome.

In 1 Timothy 6:12, I am told, “Fight the good fight of the faith.” How do I do that? What does that even look like?

At this point, I confess, dear readers, a song is running through my head, playing loud and clear in my mind. I am even singing along because I love the words so much. Here are some of them,

“So when I fight, I’ll fight on my knees, with my hands lifted high, O God – the battle belongs to You! Every fear I lay at Your feet, I’ll sing through the night – O God the battle belongs to You!” (Phil Wickham “The Battle Belongs”)

On my knees, is definitely not the posture I would pick to gain an advantage over my opponent. And hands lifted high in the air, is definitely a posture of surrender to, not victory over my opponent. Or is it? Things are not always as they seem. In this scenario, my surrender is not to my enemy but to God, my Heavenly Father as I cry out to Him in prayer. And as you may have guessed, on my knees, is the posture of prayer before God. Babbie Mason’s song, “Pray On” says this,

“Stay on your knees, for that’s where the battle is won.” Ephesians 6:18 instructs me with these words,

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

This instruction comes after my enemy is identified and I am told how to prepare to fight against him with these words,

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:11-13)

Most often, I am called to take my stand, by taking a knee – actually by bending both my knees and bowing in prayer before my Heavenly Father, who is able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within me. (Ephesians 3:20)

So my fighting posture is one in which I am on my knees before my Heavenly Father, Almighty God. You see, the battle isn’t even mine – it is God’s. In 1 Samuel 17:47, I read what David acknowledged when he fought Goliath, the Philistine giant, saying, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”

There is an account in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20 of another battle that had to be fought. There were vast armies coming to invade Israel. In response to this alarming news King Jehoshaphat “resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.” (2 Chronicles 20:3) Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel and he spoke these words, “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. . . . Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’ ” (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)

Then the story continues, getting really interesting. Next we read, “Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘ . . . Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld;’ . . . Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.’ As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” (2 Chronicles 20:20-22)

With the weapons of prayer, obedience, gratitude and praise to God, Israel defeated the enemy without a physical fight. Truly, the battle is the Lord’s. And when I join Him in His battle, I am told to fight it on my knees. I am told to pray for my enemies, to overcome evil with good, darkness with light, lies with the truth. I can do all that from a posture of humility and dependence upon God, the posture that puts me on my knees. Like the song says, when I fight, I will fight on my knees with my hands held high, reaching out to my Heavenly Father. This must be the posture I take when I do battle with the enemy. I want to be able to say along with Paul,

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

to that end, I will – “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you (and me) in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

fighting the good fight, sincerely, Grace Day

2 thoughts on “C.C. fighting the good fight #190

  1. Never would I have thought to have fought on bended knees! I guess I always thought those ancient battles were different than the ones we face today! How wrong I was!

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