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Fight the Good Fight

Fight The Good Fight of Faith.

We can use the armor of God in our spiritual battle against the principalities in heavenly places. The fight is not about the flesh and blood but the spiritual battle in the arena of the mind. We are equipped with armor and these are God’s belt of truth, the body armor of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, salvation as our helmet, and the sword of the Spirit. Paul describes these Armor in his letter to the Ephesians—6:12-17.

When we have the Armor of God and equipped with the Word, the evil cannot be closer to us or snatch us from the hands of God.  When we have Him in us and us in Him, no one can be against us because we have the sovereign God on our side. Again we have to be mindful that we are wrestling against “wicked spirits in high places.” So, we need the protection of the Holy Spirit as the battle goes on.

Christians are at the battlefront on three different fronts. We must be vigilant and aware of any danger from any division of these evil forces. The enemies can use their expertise to anyone with their deceitful act.  We should not take anything easy especially when they play being compassionate, it is just a show, an act to get our weaknesses. If they cannot get you to surrender to their evilness they will use something else. These are evil that are deprived of sleep unless they do evil things.

We must not neglect potential threats from these enemies of our faith, and we must be on guard all the time; confidence, trust, and courage will boost our defense and always acknowledge the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in every battle, and they will flee before we even notice that they did not even start the attack and they are already a loser.

The forces of evil and how we can overcome:

FIRST: The devil and his fallen angels’ objective is to defeat and destroy every son of God, mature and immature with the Word, with every chance they could. The potential of us to be gods is their concern because they will not win any battle against gods established by God of righteousness. We are sons of God, heirs of the kingdoms on earth to be ruled by the King of kings.

The devil hates the chance that was given to us as children of the highest a kingdom of our own domain to rule.  It has never been offered to them before to be a member of the godhead— the Trinity. They envy us and now they are more aggressive to devour us when given a chance—1Pet. 5:8.  To counter this attack is to resist the prince of the air or his minions to enter into our space. They cannot fight us where there is light.

SECOND: Vanity.  Solomon said that life is meaningless! if we are in that situation declaring that life is meaningless, it is a sign for the devil to attack us because showing that our confidence is losing grip and the trust is not there anymore, the enemy may think that we are abandoned child of God and the strength to defend our fortress is there no more.  They would think we are defenseless, but we have to prove to them that they are definitely wrong.  God promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us especially in a time when our defense starts to fall. They do not realize that once we are in God’s possession no one can snatch us anymore from His hands.

THIRD: God promised that He will not give us the spirit of fear but strength and authority; we will be more courageous in the defense of our bodies. We will be equipped with more powerful weapons against human weaknesses such as jealousy that can cause an emotion of anger, resentment, and admiration; greediness for wealth, power, or food; and stubbornness or pride which is not acceptable to God.  All human nature by God’s word will have no match because we are given the willpower to overcome all these weaknesses.

FOURTH: Awareness on how our pride and greediness have captured our souls and from there we can learn how to fight back especially in our own backyard. Prayer is our constant communication with the Father, sharing God’s word, meditation, and imagination when time permits, and fasting is also an overcomer.  Only through regular prayers, Bible study, meditation, and even occasional fasting which our body always craves for foods, drinks, money, and luxury lifestyle. We are a child of God that would be able to overcome these attacks.

FIFTH: This world is ruled by the prince of the air, and they want us out of their way if we will not join them.  This world lies in wicked acts and anything outside of wickedness supports God. I John 5:19. God gave this earth to Adam and we have the right to reclaim it as inheritors. That is a very strong statement of mankind against the powerful forces of evil. We are just confident that the Holy Spirit of God within us will be the bridge to call for reinforcement from the forces above us.

 Lies, deceit, and temptations are all they have and we have all in all and above all God with us. The forces of heaven are always on alert when we can no longer maintain our position.  Make no mistake about it as people of God are at war since the fall of man.

The battle is over and Jesus won that battle; and now we are at war!  It is a war that not only Christians are involved, but it is an all-out war by mankind against the forces of evil. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; our God and Father will do the rest—Judgment Day the end of the ages, the end of their existence if they choose that path.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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