Fighting For God's Word
There's a fact that I have come to know that says, "God's Word stands on its own or "God doesn't need any help.
I realize this is a true statement that is backed up by the very Scriptures we have placed our trust in.
Isaiah 55:11 says, "God's Word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish the purpose for which He sent it.
10 "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Message Bible reveals that the words in this Bible we have are on assignment [task, duty and obligation] or they have a specific mission to accomplish before they return to God giving Him a report of what they did.
"So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They'll do the work I sent them to do, they'll complete the assignment I gave them.
The Bible has inherent within itself the ability to produce what it says. The promises contained within the precepts and principles are Truths that have power to transform and revolutionize our lives if we will believe it and fight for it.
As I have grown in the things of God I have found that we will eventually come to the place where we realize that the fulfillment of the Word of God will not just happen because "we believe it, quote it or pray it. Each of these components is necessary, but to think that we can do either of these and have instantaneous manifestations every time is delusional.
This may hold true when you are a new Believer and God is proving Himself true to His Word; but as we grow the faith He has given us, that same faith is going to have to be used for the fulfillment of what the Scriptures say.
The fact is the very Scriptures we hold dear to our hearts is always challenged in our lives. Often this challenge comes to deter our system of belief and get us to doubt God.
The tactic of satan is the same he has used since the formation of man whereas he told Eve in the Garden of Eden, "Has not God really said.
The seed of doubt in our minds eventually produces doubt in our hearts which nullifies the Word that we trust God to fulfill in our lives.
Because of these simple truths, we have to fight for the fulfillment of God's promises.
The reality is that John conveys the heart of God in III John 2 saying,
"Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. To prosper, God wants our lives to flourish, thrive, succeed and grow.
This desire of God has been fought against by many in society and some people have taken a stand so strongly against it that they have made it their personal mission in life to disprove this very message of God.
Accepting what one would say about this and placing the words of a person above the Word of God causes you to doubt the very thing God gave us to live the life of an overcomer.
How can you use the Word to fight for something the Word says you are supposed to be experiencing when you don't believe what the Word says? You will not fight for what you don't believe in. In essence, you have become a house divided against itself and it's clear that this type of house "¦will not stand.
As we have been in the trenches we have come to this place where we know that "We have to fight for the fulfillment of God's Word.
What promise from God have you wrapped your faith around or what promise do you desire to see fulfilled in your life? For each of us we are trusting God for different promises or different variations of how we would like to see the promises fulfilled.
The first thing we must do is separate our wishes from what God promised. To have a wish without having what you want based on the Word of God is like a ship that has no sail or anchor. "You will go anywhere and when you finally arrive at your destination, not recognizing it you will either crash [into your island] or wander helplessly by it.
In Luke 19:44, Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he knew it would not respond to His coming and declared this would happen "¦because you did not know the time of your visitation.
We must know the time and timing of God as He wants to fulfill certain promises in our lives. We often reject them because they do not come in the manner we envision it.
Each of us has dreams and desires we want to see become a reality in our lives. You may need healing; deliverance from a habit; financial need; relational desire; peace; strength; or any number of things.
Because of opposition live with these things for a number of years and often lose sight of the fact that this is not how God wants us to live.
Because we don't know this:
- we walk in poverty without fighting to get out
- we tolerate sickness and disease for years on end
- we give up hope that our family will be reconciled
- we think that we are living a life of mere existence and that God has relegated us to never have a life that's free from drama, pressure and turmoil
However the truth is, God has revealed His will in His Word and we must know it and make it our life. If we are not willing to fight for what God said, we will forfeit the very things that Christ secured for us on the cross.
Putting first things first, for some of us we have to fight for the peace God said we are supposed to have concerning being saved.
It's heartbreaking for us to walk around each day and go to church each week and still not have security in our hearts about spending eternity in heaven with God as He said we will.
Some Christians read reports of people dying suddenly by various storms, earthquakes and tornadoes; how people have car accidents or any other number of accidents they may see in newspapers and on the internet and they wonder "What will happen to them.
They fear the unknown and have a sense of hopelessness because they haven't settled their eternal life on the Word of God for themselves.
They said the prayer and were told what God expected of them after that. They began to do what they were instructed to do yet they allowed the enemy to steal the peace they were supposed to have concerning their future.
This principle is the same with every promise God made to us. Knowing that you are supposed to have something will never produce the peace God gives unless you fight against the negative thought that comes to steal that very promise from you.
The promise of eternal life with God stands and you are heaven-bound but the fear associated with this not happening in some of our lives is real.
We must find out what God's Word says and settle the fact once for all. Speak what God says, embrace the principles of heaven and never give in to the lies of the enemy.
As I said, this principle holds true for every promise God made and satan is committed to disprove each one. Therefore we have to fight to make them a reality.
The promises of God are certain and we must know that each one is for us and our children after us. As we establish Christ's rule and dominion, we will see each one fulfilled. As we take this ground, our children will also walk in this same authority and power long after we leave this earth. For God's promises to us are for us and our children and our children's children!
In First Timothy 6 we have God revealing the importance of fighting and reveal the biggest fight we are experiencing “ the fight of faith.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,
Exercising faith is not something that we turn on or off, it is our very lifeline as Christians. We are to be so filled with the Word of God that we operate in faith even when we don't think about exercising faith. In essence, it should be natural for us to "Walk by faith and not by sight.
The fight we are fighting is a fight of faith. To think that we will operate in Biblical faith without two other components is deceptive as "faith works by love and "we inherit what God promised through faith and patience.
These three things are the very foundation of our experiencing all that God has for us. Therefore part of our fight to establish God's Word in us is to fight to walk in love and fight so that our patience can be matured which ensures that we experience the fulfillment of what God promised us in His Word.
9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
As verse 10 says, God knows what you are doing. He knows how much you love Him and have a desire to please Him. He's there encouraging you on to completion and says "¦He will not forget what you are doing and how you consistently extend love to those who may have hurt you.
But because He's cheering us on, He still says this may take a little longer than you think. So, don't become sluggish [inactive, slothful or lazy] but find out how others that went before us operated and imitate, copy or mimic how they got through utilizing the gift God gave them of faith and patience which is a surety of God's promises fulfilled in your life.