Dec 28, 2012
Why am I surprised when the fight of faith is hard? When trials come? When I face difficulties?
After all, Jesus promised tribulation (John 16: 33), and Paul described the Christian life as a wrestling-match (Eph 6:12).
That’s why I love the following quote from C. John Miller, who was a seminary professor, church-planter, and powerful author.
A Take-No-Prisoners Kind Of War
“Let me urge upon you the importance of cultivating faith if you are to be able to walk in love and spiritual power.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, and those who believe are given more grace than they can handle.
“Believing is to expect God to be with you and change you and to change others.
“Therefore expect great things from God; and attempt great things for God …
“Think of it this way. All the powers of hell and earth are ranged against the gospel and your ministry. They will not compromise.
“Therefore don’t expect it from them. Don’t expect the enemy to coddle you. He will continue to attack from every quarter. At night. On the streets. In your meetings. Wherever.
“This is a take-no-prisoners kind of war, and we must not compromise with the uglies and with evil in any form.
“Therefore resist, fight with all your heart against evil in yourself and others, seek holiness through faith in the blood of Christ, and live boldly out of your union with Christ.
“You are in Him and He is in you. Don’t doubt it.” (The Heart of a Servant Leader, pp.62f.)
Notice his focus on cultivating faith. Like Paul said — the fight is a fight of faith. That IS the battle — fighting to trust all that God has promised to be to me in Christ Jesus.
So when you are tempted, or doubting, or discouraged, or drifting — don’t try to overcome these by will-power.
Instead, fight the fight of faith —
- Come to God as you are, trusting that because of Christ He welcomes and accepts you (Luke 15:20).
- Confess whatever sin needs confessing, and trust His promises until you are fully assured of forgiveness (1 John 1:9).
- Ask for the work of the Spirit to strengthen your faith and show you Jesus’ glory (Luke 11:13).
- Meditate on God’s promises and the truth of Christ until you feel the Holy Spirit changing your heart (Gal 3:5).
When you see unbelief in your heart, be ruthless. Take no prisoners. Use the Sword of the Spirit and kill it.
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