Helping struggling churches in remote areas
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fast in the Last Days
FIGHTING THE GOOD
FIGHT OF FAITH
" Looking at the christian
6:12- "Fight the good fight
main scripture reading today is found in First Kings chapter
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?
are five things we want to look at in
order to fight the good fight of faith.
Remembering evil workers makes us aware of how the devil works.
Running from God is carnal and causes chastisement.
Requesting the easy way out of every problem isn't going to happen.
Receiving instructions from the Lord before moving
Revealing the will of God by prayer and
(A)- By Looking.
Looking at hurtful things they do is a reminder of how
the Devil works.
Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain
all the prophets with the sword."
Listening and refusing to go along with the
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.
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
preach, the christianity we practice and the good fight of faith we
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
We are made of the
same mortal flesh as Elijah and he ran from the Lord.
1- Kings 19:3- "Went
for his life"-
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!
down brings defeat.
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
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
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
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
he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my
life; for I am not better than my fathers."
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
the days are
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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:".
19:12- "And after the earthquake a
fire; but the LORD was not in the
fire: and after the fire a
still small voice.
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?
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.
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
GOD REVEALES HIMSELF 3 WAYS.
BY A STILL SMALL VOICE.
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
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
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."
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
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.