Stepping Up in Your Faith: Are You Up For The FIGHT of Your Life?
We live in a world where we are constantly faced with a fight or battle for something. These battles vary in nature – some are small while others are great. It could be a personal battle ( for popularity, acceptance, recognition or admiration) or an internal complex we fight daily that others may not know about. There are also the physical battles we fight too, such as life-threatening illnesses, body weight issues, or even just mustering up the strength to pull oneself out of bed each morning to face what the new day has in store. In an even bigger arena of life, we fight opposing worldly perspectives, politics or beliefs daily. We spend so much of our time fighting so many different battles, it is no wonder why we sometimes find ourselves drained and exhausted spiritually, mentally and physically.
As a new Christian, many of us may have mistakenly thought now that Jesus is on our side, going forward would be smooth sailing, only to get attacked and realize the happily ever after we expected to experience is different than what we had in mind. We quickly find out that the enemy has a plan and he tries to get in our way by manipulating our thoughts and convincing us of things that aren’t true. He tries to deter us along our journeys from what God has in store by scheming, plotting and setting us up for pitfalls only to delight when we plunge. The enemy is nothing more than a mischievous thief whose mandate as described in John 10 is to steal, kill and destroy. He causes destruction and demise wherever he goes. But, what is even more grander is that regardless of all this, God has a perfect, bigger and better master plan to see us through all the battles we face. We just have to be willing to step up for the fight of our lives – the fight we call our Faith Fight.
If we look for examples from scripture of people who also faced challenges, we cannot talk about trials, afflictions, and hardships without thinking of Job in the Bible. This servant of God faced the worst of battles and misfortunes- even what we may say is more than what anyone should have to face. Yet, he kept faithful and got to know who God is in the most intimate ways through his time of immense testing. In our lives today, we may personally be facing a huge battle and struggling to hold on to our faith. Yet, if we, like other faith-filled people who have gone through different tragedies yet remained faithful to God, hold on to Jesus’s words in Matthew 11:28 when He says, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” then, we can draw from His strength, peace and comfort to press along a little further, fight a little harder, and persist a little longer to ultimately see the victory of the battle He has already won. As Christians, we personally learn through experiences that life is a battlefield and we are all soldiers in the fight however the splendour in the story is that notwithstanding all that we face, God has already gained the victory in the end, we can call on Him, truly believe in 1 Peter 5:10 and overcome by faith to answer “YES” to the Faith Fight!
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Joy Sibanyoni is a self-proclaimed Jesus girl from South Africa. Daughter of the only true King, she lives for spreading the message of God's grace and love. She's a university graduate and leader of Project Any Girl focused on sharing and celebrating real inspirational life stories. A few of her favorite things are reading, traveling, good food and taking long naps on any day!
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