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If you’re a Christian, you’re in a fight for your life. Twice in his first letter to Timothy, Paul encouraged him in his life in Christ by using the language of war: “...fight the good fight holding on to faith and a good conscience.’ (1:18); “Fight the good fight of the faith.” (6:12) Then, in the second letter to his child in the faith, Paul spoke almost tearfully of coming to the end of his journey: “I have fought the good fight....” (4:7)
Christians are also in a spiritual battle of faith in the 21st Century. How can we be victorious in this battle of faith?
An incident in the life of Moses might give us a clue. Recorded in Exodus 17, the Israelites, under the military leadership of Joshua, were going into combat against the warriors of the heathen king Amalek. Moses went to the slope of a hill overlooking the field of battle. In his hands he held the famous “staff of God.” As long as Moses held his hands aloft, the Israelites held the advantage. But when he lowered his arms because of fatigue, the battle turned against them. Finally, Aaron and Hur held his arms up until the victory was complete.
Even God was impressed with the singular significance of the occasion; so much so he said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it....” (17:14)
As one writer said about this incident, “The battle was won on the mountain, not on the battlefield below!” We have to “fight the fight.” But when we are looking for power to defeat the enemy, we must remember where spiritual power comes from, and continue to lift our hands to God for the strength we need. If Joshua needed reminding of this great truth, what about us?
There are lots of things we need to remember. Some of them are more important than others. But, even though some deny it, there is nothing more important for us to keep in mind than looking to the Lord for our strength in facing whatever our enemy, the devil, threatens us with. Just as Jesus constantly felt the need for his father’s presence and power as he faced temptation on the road to the cross, Christians must seek God’s help in our struggles.
Remember to seek God’s help in your fight for life!