Professional fighters have trainers. Winning the match requires a good trainer and the fighter’s dedication to the process. Life can often feel like a battle, and we can often feel like we’re loosing. Without a “trainer” and without dedication to the process of learning how to fight we will most likely not make it to the next round in very good shape.
When 2 fighters fight in a match there’s a referee and rules, and there are time limits in each round. But in life there’s no referees, and especially no rules or time limits to the length of that round. In life, most battles are fought in the common places like home, work, neighborhood, and in social media In life it’s harder to survive the battle.
I believe there are two strategies the enemy uses in our daily battles.
Distraction and intimidation.
Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you… Colossians 2:8 (The Passion Translation)
Any good fighter will tell you the best weapon is knowing their opponent’s strategies. We know our opponent’s strategies. Distraction and intimidation.
The enemy of our soul uses these two weapons to rattle our faith and weaken our resolve to follow Jesus. We doubt His words and begin to be led by our own efforts and plans.
Haven’t we all felt that sudden shift from our complete trust that God has things under control to a fierce drive to respond with some strategy we come up with on our own?
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. For if you embrace the truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.” John 8:31 (The Passion trAnslation)
In Jesus we have our very best personal trainer. He knows our strengths and weaknesses. Through his word we know the strategies of our opponent. He is the one who strengthens us every day. He is the one who encourages us as we walk through the process of getting stronger in our faith, becoming more spiritually mature.
In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him! Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him! Colossians 2:6-7 (the Passion Translation)
Surviving the battles in life start with these two things.
Stay with Jesus and let him lead and guide you.
Improve your discipline where your opponent works to get you off track.
We’ll look at practical steps to walking this out in the next blog. Meanwhile be blessed and be encouraged that you already have everything you need in Jesus.
In the battle with you.