Fight the good fight of Faith!
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tighty to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. (New Living Translation) So there you go, we are all in a battle whether we know about it or not. If you do, that’s half the battle. Imagine a soldier getting beaten up and he/she can’t identify what is the source of the full out attack, let alone be able to combat and defend against it!
This is what “Women Warriors Raise Your Swords” intends to do. Showing you through the word how much God has given us to combat and defend against the enemy of our souls, being, but most importantly against our spirit. The best part of this message is how the battle has already been won because of the sacrifice that Jesus became for us thousands of years ago. This is a historical fact that I am not going to get in a discussion on this page about, although I will point out two books that helped me get this straightened out in my heart: “More Than a Carpenter” by Josh and Sean McDowell and “Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel. Josh McDowell was a former non-believer and Strobel identified himself as an atheist journalist out to disprove the Christian faith.
Returning to the main topic of this page, You might not even see that you my dear friend are in a battle. I was like this, floating along through life trying my best to be ” a good girl” which for the most part I was. I always spoke the truth as best as I could, didn’t cheat on homework or tests, went to my local church and Girl Scouts, but there were some things that just didn’t jive with my wanting to be a true follower of Christ.
I was not a loving big sister to one of my brothers for the greater part of us growing up. I wouldn’t defend him in school or even act like he was my brother. I remember telling him when I was an upper classman and he was a freshman embarking on his high school years, that he could not hang with me or my friends or even act like he knew me.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, I also remember stealing a hairbrush from a local store, drinking alcohol at a fairly young age, lying to my parents, having a horrible temper, and doing things with boys that I shouldn’t be doing.
It is only by the grace of God that I can sit here now and remind myself not to be enslaved again by the things of my past (and a phone call to my mom to help me off the ledge helped). We all have a past and I’m sorry to say that some of them are way more tragic then mine and my heart cries out for those who are still held bondage by a past that the blood of Jesus so willingly paid for.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” NIV ALL…that means your neighbor across the street, the mailman, the teacher, the nurse, and yes, even the perfect girl with the curl in her hair. ALL. So you’re probably wondering at this point why I had to go on this self-confession rant. It was to show that we are all in a battle. From the moment you were born the innocent cute little baby I’m sure that you were, right up until this moment.
Knowledge, it can make such a difference. I had to know that I had done wrong but then I also had to discover that there is a payment that needs to be made for sin and that Jesus paid it for us by dying on a cross at Golgotha. No other man could have done this , been a sacrifice to pay a price that he didn’t owe. He was part God and part man. He could have called a myriad of angels to rescue him from that cross. He could have decided that going to Hell and taking the keys to a jail cell of death the enemy could no longer hold over us was too big a price to pay, but he didn’t. All my young life going to Sunday school, vacation bible school, confirmation classes I heard that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but I didn’t understand the why!
For me, no one explained it in a way I could understand until I heard the basic salvation message at a church in the town of Oxford, Mississippi. That was when my life became transformed and new, along with the realization that I was in a battle and I surrendered. Surrendered everything about myself to God. Accepted Jesus’ payment for a debt that I could never pay (because my blood was no longer holy and without blemish).
We are told by Jesus to “go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15 NIV
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18 NIV
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV
This is the battle we are in: to get God’s message of freedom to everyone we can. “The thief comes only to steal and kill an destroy, I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 NIV
Oh, and the swords are for what God calls the Sword of the Spirit which is his word. More to come on that later. :0)