You Need To Get Your Fight Back

Are you in a fight right now where you are getting tired and feel like you are starting to lose momentum and want to give up?  Well then you need to get your fight back.  You need to get that fight (drive, power, motivation) back that makes you want to stand up and fight for the blessings and promises that God has for you that the enemy is trying to deceive you out of.  Sometimes the enemy will try to hit you with everything that he can knowing he will lose the fight, but he gets joy out of seeing you want to give up and quit.  You see the devil fights dirty.  The devil is already aware of how and where to hit you to hurt you the most.  he already has knowledge of where you are weak and the exact time when you are most vulnerable to be hit and hurt at the same time.  he will use this information to his full advantage and try and knock you out.  When you see he is trying to do this in your life, you need to remember that God is on your side and you need to fight the devil God’s way.  It says in Psalm 144:1 (NLT) Praise the Lord, who is my rock.  He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.  Who better to train you for a fight with the devil than God?  He will train you and give you the skill to defeat the enemy in the fight.  The fights you face in life are fixed fights, with God bringing you out in victory every time when you do it His way.  You will never lose a fight because God never loses a fight.  If your fight looks like you are losing, then know that it’s not over and there is still one more round.  God has the final say about when your fight is over.  Until you come out a victor, then you are still in the fight.  It says in Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?  So if God is for you and no one can be against you and win, then there is nothing the devil can hit you with that you can’t recover from.

Have you been hit so much and so strong that you are ready to quit and give up?  Well if you are ready to quit, then you are ready to tell the devil “he wins” in your situation.  Are you really ready to tell him that?  Just because you get knocked around or down in life, you need to get back up again and get back in the fight.  Yes, it is so easy to get discouraged when you have been in the fight for so long and you’re not sure how many rounds it will be till you win.  You need to keep the faith and know that God won’t let you leave the ring until your arm is up in the air and you are announced as the winner of the fight that you are in.

How would you rate your fight skills in your current situation?  Are you winning fighting God’s way or are you allowing yourself to be defeated by the trash talking and low blows that the enemy is throwing at you.  Realize it is the enemy fighting you in your life right now, for he comes to steal, kill and destroy you and your life.  he wants to steal your hope, kill the purpose that God has placed inside you and destroy your future.  That’s why he is hitting you so hard right now.  If you are feeling down and you are dealing with a defeated mentality, then you need to be encouraged by God’s word to gain the courage you need to get back in the ring and fight the devil on your knees.

Just look at the sport of boxing, both people are in a fight with each other believing they will win but there can only be one winner.  How do you win a fight God’s way when God is fighting for you.

  1. Equipment: Make sure you have the right equipment on to fight against the devil. Ephesians 6:11-13 (NLT) Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty power in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing. Wearing the armor of God will help you resist the devil which will protect you from the devil.
  2. Technique:  These are the things you can do to fight the devil: Punch/Sucker Punch the devil by encouraging someone else, speak the word of God, pray, fast from wrong thinking, read your bible, attend church when you don’t feel like it, do something to bless someone else, etc. Knockout the devil by praising God in advance of winning the fight and worship God like the fight has already been won. Defend yourself against the enemy by speaking God’s word back to him and be determined to stay in joy and peace during the fight. God’s peace can shield you from any blow that the devil tries to throw that was meant to hurt you.

Are you practicing the fighting techniques I just described in your situation?  If your answer is no, then you have some work to do if you want to win this fight the right way.  The only way to win the fight the right way is to do it God’s way.

Endurance means the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.  It also means the ability to continue or last while doing something difficult for a long period of time, despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.  Building endurance is part of your development in Christ.  Romans 5:4 (NLT) And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  The fights we enter increase our endurance and God wants to teach us how to endure during the fight.

Muhammad Ali said, “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”  You need to tell yourself that you’re the greatest because of the greatness God has placed inside of you.  1 John 4:4 Greater is He who is in you, than He who is in the world.  God would never let you be in a fight you couldn’t win.  Anything you have authority over, you can win against.  Luke 10:19 (NIV) I have given you authority to trample snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  So trust in God to get you to a winning position, because He has given you authority over the enemy to win.  When your fight is over, God wants you to be able to say 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Now go get your fight back!!!

Uncharted Territory

Uncharted means not recorded or located on a map, chart or plan.  It also means unknown or unexplored.  In relating this spiritually to life, it is when you are in a place in your life where you have never been, seen or experienced before.  It is a time in your life where things seem unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unrecognizable, strange and different.  Sometimes when you are in this kind of situation it can cause you to feel unsure about yourself, to doubt God, lose hope and just plain want to give up and throw in the towel and say I quit.

Paraphrasing Matthew 14:22-33 – it talks about Jesus walking on water and when the disciples saw him they were immediately terrified because they thought he was a ghost.  When they called Jesus a ghost he said “Don’t be afraid, take courage.  I am here!”  Peter called to Jesus and said “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”  Jesus said “Yes, come”.  Peter began to walk on the water toward Jesus, but when he saw the strong winds and the waves, he became terrified and began to sink.  He called to Jesus “Save me, Lord”.  Jesus reached out and grabbed him and said “You have so little faith, why did you doubt me?”  Walking on water was an uncharted territory for Peter.  He had never walked on water before.  It wasn’t until he took his focus off Jesus that he began to sink into the water.  Are you focused on God and walking on top of your situation or are you like Peter focusing on your situation and sinking into your problems more and more?  Stay focused on God.  Colossians 3:2 (NIV) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Keep your mind focused on Him and let Him do the leading.  It says in Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Let Him instruct you and lead your feet where to go since He is the one who orders your steps.  He knows the exact path that you should take, so He would be better to lead than you.

Yes uncharted territory can be scary because it is unknown to you and uncomfortable for you to be in.   All you have is the promise God made to you and the hope that comes from it.   You are unsure about: what you will have to walk through for you to go where He is calling you, what you should be doing to prepare for where He is taking you, and what your destination will look like once you arrive at it.  When you don’t know what to do, where you’re going, or how to prepare for your next destination, you need to turn to God.  He is the ultimate guide for where your life is going.  If you are in uncharted territory and need direction pray Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT) Show me the right path O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you. God does not want you to be afraid while going through uncharted territory, He wants you to be strong and courageous as it says in Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT) So be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.  For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Turn to God to gain direction and momentum in this season.  The territory you are in may not be on your map but it is on the map that God has for your life or you wouldn’t be in the situation.

When you experience uncharted territory situations it is an opportunity for God to remove any dependence you have on anything or anyone other than Him.  God wants you to be solely dependent on Him and trust in Him because He is the only one who can help you out of any situation.  God is trying to teach you how to trust Him in an area of your life where you haven’t had to trust Him before or you forgot how to trust Him in this area.  This is a strength training moment.  In order for you to gain strength in any area of your life, you have to keep training so that you become stronger.  God wants to grow you out of your immature ways of trusting Him, and make you stronger in this area of your life.

This is a growth opportunity for you because growth and comfort cannot co-exist at the same time.  You can’t grow in an area of your life without first having to be uncomfortable.  Through your life God is going to call you out of your comfort zone, so you might as well get use to sometimes being uncomfortable on this journey called life.  Through these uncomfortable situations you gain so many things including more trust in God, experience a deeper relationship and understanding of God, wisdom, courage, strength, hope, peace, joy and so much more that there is not enough room on this page to name it all.  Having to be in uncomfortable places in life is actually a benefit to you because of all you gain from the process of getting through the situations.  It is only a deficit or loss to you when going through these kinds of situations because you have taken your eyes off of God.  When you take your eyes off of Him, you can lose sleep, lose right perspective, lose wisdom, lose hope, lose peace, lose joy, and lose God’s guidance through the storm.  When you go through uncomfortable places in your life (for all of you who don’t want to experience these type of situations at all, just know there is no escaping uncomfortable places in your life), wouldn’t you rather experience the benefits of being uncomfortable?

In uncharted territory, you should never be trying to be a captain and a passenger of your ship at the same time.  Just allow God to be your captain and navigate you through your situation, while you play your role riding behind the captain as a passenger during the journey.  Quit trying to figure out what God has already worked out for your situation.  For we walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV).  In uncharted territory situations you have to use faith to get through it because it is unlike anything you have seen before.  Keep the faith and know where to keep your focus at all times.