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Fight Plan

March 28, 201216 Comments

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (Eph 6:10-11)

Everybody is familiar with a game plan, but are you familiar with a fight plan?  God gave the children of Israel their fight plan for Jericho, and all the cities they conquered.  Unfortunately, under King Saul and in the face of Goliath they didn’t have a fight plan, they “shook in their boots”, it took a little ruddy fellow, who was out to deliver some goods to take his fight plan right to the head of the Giant Goliath.  Paul wrote that the saints shouldn’t be ignorant of the Devil’s devices, in our fight plan, we will not only know but be prepared.  Game plans are to make sure you win, fight plans are to make sure you survive.

Our battle is a spiritual battle, with a spiritual enemy, who seeks to render us spiritually ineffective. Our fight plan laid out here is how you survive the battle!

In the Army before you are entrusted with the gear of a soldier, you are first strengthened and made a soldier.  It’s God’s desire that we be strengthened as well, “be strong in the Lord and the power of His might”.  The Apostle Paul prayed that we would be strengthened with might in our inner man through the Spirit (Eph 3:16).   Abiding in Christ is not just about relationship, it’s about being strengthened with the might we need.  Devoted times of being in God’s presence is so valuable, I know we can talk to Him anywhere, but Jesus did say in your “secret place”, getting alone with God is vital and has its rewards.  David spoke a lot about encouraging himself in the Lord, here we can be strengthened in the Lord.

Twice we are urged, put on the whole armor of God.  After being in war, I know the reality of having all of your armor on; to give the enemy an easy target is not to your advantage, furthermore its foolishness.  Our armor has been given because our enemy is real, along with the danger he presents.  Also, God shows his care for us because He gives us the “whole armor”, nothing is lacking for us to survive, but we must put it on!

In the “day of evil” having done all to stand, having girded ourselves with truth and having put on the breast-plate of righteousness.  There is no attack from our enemy that is truthful, it might have remnants of truthfulness to it, but overall it’s a lie.  We must know the Truth, Jesus; the book of Acts offers a glimpse into what happens to people who know religion, but don’t have a real relationship with Jesus (Act 19:13-17).  Then we have to know God’s word, so that the variations that Satan offers will be seen.  This is how Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness temptation. The enemy will come hissing condemnation, kind of like Job’s friends, we can stand only under the righteousness that has been given to us by God.  God’s righteousness that has appeared to all men is our faith in Jesus Christ. (Rom 3:21-22)

Even in the day of evil we must have our feet fitted like shoes with the Gospel of peace.  While we are set in war, our mission to bring reconciliation and peace with God to the world must continue (2 Co 5:18).  Like any battle hunkering down is not how you win, there has to be advancement; for us souls have to be reconciled to God. We carry that message, it’s of peace to them, all set in the midst of spiritual war against us.

Above all, we must have our shield, we must keep the faith.  Paul said “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim 6:12), they’re not just flowery words. If We have been convinced of the life of Christ, His death and power filled resurrection, then we must continue to believe what God has given us evidence of (Heb 11:1). Jesus spoke a parable about this, how the enemy comes to still away the word that’s been planted in our hearts by God (Mat 13:19).

Taking the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Salvation; knowing our final destination, can keep our heads in the fight.  John the Baptist wondered was Jesus really who he was after being tossed in prison.  After taking some blows by our adversary we can wonder too. However, our salvation and all that it entails is enough protection for our sanity.  The word is our spiritual sword, a sword is only skilled in skillful hands.  Skill comes with time and use, we must study and pray, also during times of attacks we must know that the one weapon God gave us is our only chance at striking a blow to our enemy.

It’s my prayer for you and me, that we take the time to be strengthened by God, that we’d put on our whole armor, and that we can echo the Apostle Paul’s words, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7

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  1. Beautifully written. I enjoy your thoughts and conviction to God’s Holy Word.

    God bless you.

  2. We as Christians should always remember the spiritual battle we are in. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Yevette says:

    “Abiding in Christ is not just about relationship, it’s about being strengthened with the might we need.” This one statement ensures that each of us must move beyond our complacency into a deeper walk with Christ. Wonderfully stated.

  4. sunflower says:

    Amen! As I am getting ready to head out to school, this is really encouraging.
    I’m geared up and ready to fight, in the name of Jesus!

    Cheers,
    S.P.

  5. RealGOoDCup says:

    Amen! Very powerful!

  6. This one made me think. I am glad that I do have a “Fight Plan.” I have my whole amour on,and I’m ready! Thank you for this post, it is very uplifting and motivating. You write some really, really good stuff!

  7. Mel says:

    I LOVE these verses. You’ve expanded upon them SO well here. Awesome post!! 🙂

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