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  FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
" Looking at the christian warfare"

1-Timothy 6:12- "Fight the good fight of faith,"

My main scripture reading  today is found in First Kings chapter 19:1-18.

We have here the story of a man of God named Elijah who like many Christians fought spiritual wickedness in high places to the point of being exhausted; he was burned out spiritually. Have you ever been there? There are five things we want to look at in order to fight the good fight of faith.
 
1- Remembering.

Remembering evil workers makes us aware of how the devil works.

2- Running.
Running from God is carnal and causes chastisement.

3- Requesting.
Requesting the easy way out of every problem isn't going to happen.

4- Receiving.
Receiving instructions from the Lord before moving forward.

5- Revealing.
Revealing the will of God by prayer and supplication.

1- REMEMBERING EVIL WORKERS.
(A)- By Looking.
Looking at hurtful things they do is a reminder of how the Devil works.

1 Kings 19:1- "And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword."

(B)- By Listening.
Listening and refusing to go along with the accuser of the
brethren.
The devil is always hoping to discourage God's people and is described
as an accuser of the Brethren all the way back to the beginning when he caused Adam and Eve to Sin, plunging the entire human race into sin and separation from God!


(C)- By Living.
Living with facts that the devil hates the child of God.
I
n the dispensation of Grace the sword of the spirit are the weapons of our warfare which are not carnal but mighty through God unto the pulling down of strongholds. We need to place every battle into the hands of the Lord because we are no match for the devil. Evil hates the child of God for the gospel we preach, the christianity we practice and the good fight of faith we maintain!.
2-Corinthians 10:4- "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;" The battle is God's and we have to rely on Him to help us fight our battles!

2- RUNNING FROM GOD BRINGS CHASTISEMENT.
 

(A)- Elijah's example of running from the Lord.
We are made of the same mortal flesh as Elijah and he ran from the Lord.
1- Kings 19:3- "Went for his life"- Elijah took his eyes off The Lord, fright set in and he ran. When we take our eyes off the Lord, fear dominates our thoughts and we certainly are no stronger than Elijah and if we don't trust the Lord and follow his leadership, we are sure to fall short of the Lord's expectations for our lives!

 
(B)- Letting your guard down brings defeat.
Encouragement from God commands his people to Stand upon His strength and not our own!

Ephesians 6:13-
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand". James 4:- "Resist the devil and he will flee from you". "Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you".

(C)- Problems left unchecked brings discouragement.
Encouragement comes from Godly fellowship and good Spiritual singing. The songwriter produced these words: "Standing on the promises of God- We shall not fall". But the problem is that we often lose sight of that reality and become like Elijah and begin to run from life's problems when the answer we need might be just a prayer away.


3- REQUESTING TO DIE IS THE EASY WAY OUT.
 
(A)- Wanting out when times are hard.

First Kings 19:4- It looks like in these last days the forces of evil are more on the rampage than ever before since Satan knows his time is almost up. We are seeing more and more children of God in mental breakdown situations or on the verge thereof as if life seems to have lost it's meaning. People are saying, I have lived in this wicked world long enough and I just wish God would let me die and you feel you would be better off if God let you die like Elijah requested in I Kings 19:4. 

I- Kings 19:4- "But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers."
(B)- Wanting out when troubles are imminent.
God isn't pleased with his people sitting down even when it seems hard, when they should be serving the Lord.

(C)- Wanting out when the days are evil.
Thinking you would be better off if you were dead
is no new phenomenon. It happened to Elijah and it can happen to anyone but hold on, God is in charge here. The devil would not care if you were dead. In fact it would make him happy!

4- RECEIVING GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS IS THE BEST ANSWER.

(A)- By Looking for leadership.

The song writer said it aptly; "God leads his dear children along".
First Kings 19:7
- The Lord gave Elijah directions for the days ahead.
"And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him". Some of us most likely need a visitation from heaven like Elijah had. If we let the Lord direct our lives we will be much better off!

(B)- By Learning from experience.
God's word helps us know where to look for instructions.
Psalms 37:23-
"The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord".

(C)- By Obedience. (Not by being hearers only but doers of God's word)!
Take
Heed to God's word.
Second chance instructions assure us of God's direction in life.

I Ki. 19:7- "And said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee".
The second time the Lord tells us something should let us know that God means business and we need to get moving but some of us are too stubborn to hear His instructions it seems!

(D)- By Listening.
Hear God's voice.
A God sent message reveals God's will if we only listen.
A God sent message should get the least of us motivated in my opinion.
Psalms 95:7- "For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand, to day if ye will hear his voice".

5- THINGS GOD DOES NOT USE FOR GUIDANCE.
 
(1)- THE
WIND.
1 Kings 19:11

(2)- An EARTHQUAKE.
1 Kings 19:12

(3)- A FIRE.
1 Kings 19:13


I- Kings 19:11- "And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:".
I- Kings 19:12- "And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
I- Kings 19:13- "And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Many people are looking for the extraordinary things to equate to God's leadership and many churches seem to cater to false directives to impress a carnal audience. Especially the so called pentecostal movement. Speaking in tongues is not the evidence of salvation as they suppose nor does it represent spirituality but if you could show me 5,000 souls saved and 3,000 more saved as it was in the book of Acts; I would believe that god made them speak in a language that sinners could understand.  God said that he would not share his glory with any man!  Many church groups seem to glorify men above God as the main theme of their existence! One preacher told a friend of mine that he raised a man from the dead the other day at the hospital and my friend's reply was; why don't you go down to the funeral home? They have more dead that need raising than they do at the hospital! All these kind of self glorification preachers will answer to God for their actions if truly they are saved. Let us who mean business for the Lord get on with serving him without straying off course and be found faithful when Jesus comes!


CONCLUSION:

GOD REVEALES HIMSELF 3 WAYS.


(1)- BY A STILL SMALL VOICE.
God revealed himself in a definite manner:
"A still small voice". I-Kings 19:12 "And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
(2)- By THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT.
John 16:13- "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth":

(3)- BY GOD'S WORD.
We are made aware that we are not alone in God's service. Just when Elijah thought that he was the only one serving God- God revealed to Elijah that there
were 7000 still serving the Lord. I Kings 19:18- "Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him."

When we begin to think we are the only ones left who are serving God we need to be reminded of Elijah's experience. There are some who are still doing the will of God even though we might not be in the same region as they. The Church will prevail and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it so keep your eyes on Jesus and focused toward the eastern sky because; behold He cometh quickly to receive his own unto himself.

BY JAMES TYSON SR.