Keep Fighting the Battle
I want to encourage each of you in what the Bible calls “the good fight of faith.” Remember that we're all called to be warriors, and that we are “more than conquerors,” as Romans 8:37 says. We can't sit the battle out, as that has serious consequences.
Think of II Samuel 11, and what happened to David. The Bible puts it this way: “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, ...David remained in Jerusalem.” You see, David thought he'd take a break from all the fighting. We can all understand the desire to rest. Yet what happened as a result of taking it easy is that he fell into sin with Bathsheba. Like David, if we're not constantly battle-ready, spiritually speaking, then we're vulnerable.
In Luke 14:16, Jesus begins telling a parable about a king who threw a great banquet, and sent out invitations. Here, the kingdom of heaven is likened to a feast. When I first became a believer, I accepted the invitation, knowing there were great blessings awaiting me. Indeed, being a believer has been a continuous feast.
At the same time, Jesus went on in Luke 14:31 to discuss a king about to go to battle with another king, who needed to count the cost first. You see, being a believer is all about a big banquet, but it's also all about battles. I never initially realized that this life of faith would mean being a fighter. Naturally speaking, I've never been a fighter. But as a believer, I've had to change in order to fight the good fight of faith, and see victories.
II Timothy 2 tells us that we are soldiers, whether we realize it or not. Like me, you may have entered the Kingdom of God seeking forgiveness, eternal life and blessings, not realizing you were enlisted in God's Army! So, go forward in battle, using the weapons discussed in the Broken Chains Seminar, knowing that God is for you (Romans 8:31).
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