We fight clean, but we Christians DO fight. Our weapons are not of this world and they can destroy the enemy’s devises and schemes.
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.
Having a good name is important. We need to remember that we are ambassadors for Christ; we stand for Him. When people see us, they need to see Christ in and through us. How we fight is an important way to identify us from the world. There are a few lists that give us a good idea of how the world fights:
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Ephesians 4:31
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. Titus 3:3
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Romans 1:29-31
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions… Galatians 5:20
As ambassadors for Christ, how are we supposed to fight? Paul tells us:
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
What weapons might they be? I will list them and then include the Scripture references below:
Love, grace, wisdom, prudence, insight, understanding, knowledge, discernment, faith, goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness (moral authority), kindness, tenderness, compassion, and the two greatest of all: THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER!
Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit
Proverbs 1:1-6 The seven pillars of wisdom
2 Peter 1:5-7 Increasing measure
Ephesians 6:14-18 Armor of God
If I were to pick out a favorite passage for this morning, it would be Philippians 2:1-5. Let’s look at it:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…
- Be encouraged, be comforted, be one in the Spirit, be tender, be compassionate, be like-minded, have the same love in the Spirit, be humble.
- Christ considered us more valuable than His own life. We are have that same attitude and mindset toward others.
As we can see, our task is daunting WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT’S HELP. Now, we see why it is important for us to get with Him early in the morning so that He can lead us and help us all through the day. Let’s be faithful to Him KNOWING that He will be faithful to us.
Abba, thank You for the promises in Your Word that You will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and that You will tell us what to do and say in our hour of need (Matthew 10:19). May You create in us all of the weapons necessary to combat the enemy. Make us to be JUST LIKE JESUS. Amen.