There was A LOT of fighting that went on in “The Rogers House” when I was young! Growing up as the youngest of 4 sons, I had to learn to defend myself… I was punched, kicked, & even had my head busted open with a lead pipe by one of my brothers. YES, you read right, LEAD PIPE! We could fight each other, but nobody else better mess with one of us! (That’s another blog for another time.)
With 3 brothers, fighting was a part of life. Of course, in all other areas of life we are encouraged not to fight. In our Christian walk we are even taught, to turn the other cheek. I’ve discovered through my years of ministry, that most people DO still fight, but they are fighting the WRONG enemy (spouse, family member, church member, coworker, etc…).
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
There are times in life when we not only have a right to fight, but a RESPONSIBILITY to fight.
The following is an excerpt from a recent blog I read by Chris Johnson. Chris and his wife are in a battle right now for their little girl Naomi. Learn more about their story, and how you can pray for them here.
If you are in a battle right now, I hope his words will encourage you like they did me.
I was thinking back to some knowledge I gained very recently… that even though God has given us the victory, we still must fight for that victory. He gave His people victory time after time, yet they still had to go do battle to claim it. Well… now it’s time to once again stand in the power that comes from Christ alone. The Lord is a warrior, and if we belong to Him, we must be warriors too. Faith is one of the weapons we wield. Thru faith, we can face the mountain, or the sickness, and say “move”, take heart and be brave, for if the King of kings and God of gods would be for us, then who can stand against us? On this battlefield, I will not run. I will stand. I will fight for my daughter. I will use the weapons that God has given me, none of which belong to my enemy. Faith. Love. Peace. Prayer. The word of God. The cry of victory and the call of destiny is too often lost, unheard in the heated cries of battle. I know that call because I turned my face to Him long before the battle started. We know that victory because we stand in the middle of that which is impossible. Naomi is God’s, and we stand as one, all around the world believing that our cry to God is heard, understood, and acted upon. God has given us the victory, we know it. We have heard the promise. We see it in our daughter that should not be here, yet is, as a miracle gift from God. WE WILL NOT BE AFRAID. I stand on the promise of a Holy God. We are His warriors in this fight. Now raise your voices to the Prince of Peace and STAND FOR NAOMI… stand for YOURSELVES and BELIEVE.
I’ve done some fighting TODAY!
I’ve waged war against an enemy that is out to steal, kill and destroy…
So put on the full armor of God, you have THE RIGHT TO FIGHT.
Just remember who your ENEMY is!