To continue fighting the good fight means we are in this whole thing for the long haul. It means that every day we get up, put on our battle gear and head to the battlefield. The preparation for fighting those battles is done long before walking out the door. The preparation is done in your time alone with God, our General, as we listen for His marching orders. He always has a battle plan and He is faithful to give us instructions on how, when and where to fight. To win the battles in the world, we must first win the battle of our will. The battle of the will is a battle that must be fought out before the Lord as we learn to submit to His will and battle plan. Oswald Chambers says it well – “Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world. The Spirit of God seizes me and I am compelled to get alone with God and fight the battle before Him. Until I do this, I will lose every time. The battle may take one minute or one year, but that will depend on me, not God. However long it takes, I must wrestle with it alone before God, and I must resolve to go through the hell of renunciation or rejection before Him. Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.”
Is there a battle still raging in your heart? It’s time to hoist the white flag and surrender to God in everything you say and do. Take a step back and look at the things around you from His perspective. He sees all. We are too close to the problem to see the solution. Let His perspective fuel the war machine in your heart and the enemy WILL fall.
The Pilgrimage continues….