”12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” –Ephesians 6:12
“8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
If you stop fighting…YOU. WILL. LOSE.
Right now you are in a fight. It’s a matter of life and death. It’s a matter of where your soul will spend eternity. This fight means EVERYTHING. You’ve got a tough opponent. They are one of the roughest and toughest in all the heavens and the earth. They are scheming and crafty. They won’t give up, and they will do anything to win.
So tell me…if you stop fighting, what do you think will happen? Do you think your opponent is going to stop too and call a truce? NOPE. They are going to keep fighting, they are going to take you down, they are going to win, and YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE.
What is this fight? For all of us Christians, this is the spiritual fight we face every day. We fight Satan day in and day out every day we breathe on this earth. Until we breathe our last, we have our fists up against Satan until our father in heaven finally calls us home.
For some of us, we face this fight in other ways don’t we? If you have depression, you are fighting. If you have anxiety, you are fighting. If you struggle with addiction, you are fighting. So many battles we face in these physical forms, and there are many more not mentioned here. Wow, that’s a lot of fighting. It gets tiring doesn’t it?
I feel you, I get it.
If I stop fighting against self harm urges, I will relapse, and I will lose.
If I stop fighting depression and let it win, I will give up, and I will lose.
If I stop fighting those suicidal thoughts and let them in, I will believe them
….and I will lose…..
There is no winning if you stop fighting. Your opponent will not give up too and call a truce. Your opponent will keep going, and your opponent will take you down.
AND YOU WILL LOSE.
If you stop fighting….YOU. WILL. LOSE.
It might seem harsh to say someone lost the fight instead of they stopped fighting, but these wars we battle in every day are a serious matter of life and death. Addiction and mental illness are tough battles. If you stop fighting and instead allow the illnesses and afflictions to win…you will lose. Satan wants to take you down at any cost. He’s waiting for you to get weak so he can take advantage of you and take you to the ground.
How can we fight this fight alone? It’s like a championship match where we have to endure more rounds than a non-championship fight. The time spent in the ring is long, and we grow weary with each round that passes. How can we win, much less just endure to the final round? How can we do this alone?
The thing is….YOU AREN’T DOING THIS ALONE.
Before you went in the ring with Satan, God faced off against him. They didn’t fight for a championship belt…they fought for your soul!!
You know what happened? God won! Victory by a knockout punch in the first round! Satan didn’t stand a chance!
Because God took the victory, he came over to the scoreboard before you ever stepped foot in the ring. He marked on your side the winning points for a decision victory. YOU ALREADY HAVE THE POINTS TO WIN THIS FIGHT! God did that for you because He won before you.
So…if you already have the winning points to beat Satan in the ring…all you have to do is keep fighting. If you stay in the fight, YOU WIN by decision.
But, if you stop fighting….Satan will keep going, and you will lose.
Remember that as you wake up to the day and another round in the ring with Satan and all the addictions and diseases we build up along the way. It’s a tough fight and an even tougher opponent. You’ve already got the points to win though. Just stay in and keep fighting and YOU’LL WIN THIS.