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Life is a Battle!

A friend told me recently, “I avoid conflict! I’ll do anything to get out of conflict!”

I was tempted to add to his last sentence, “… except kill yourself.”

Can you live life and avoid conflict or battles?

In my devotional reading today I read these two quotes:

Life is not victory, but battle. (1)

Combat comes before victory. (2)

The sum of the two could read: 

Life is a battle which precedes victory!

The presence of evil and the reality of sin assure us that life is a battle between good and evil.  This is the story of life … Good and Evil are in a battle to the finish.  Only one can win the battle.    

People often complain that the Bible, especially the Old Testament and The Book of Revelation, is a gruesome battlefield which does not seem befitting for the people of God. 

It’s a valid complaint because the battle of Good and Evil is the story of The Bible.  We often forget that the cosmic battle between Good and Evil is fought everyday on earth, as well as in the heavens.

Thus, the ultimate question of life is,

“Which will be the victor? Good or evil?”

I believe both will win.  

Evil will win the battle of the flesh and Good will win the battle of the cosmos.  

However, since the Eternal will always outlive the Temporal, I am casting my lot with the God, the Eternal Good! 

Martin Luther wrote in his great hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God:

Though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, 

we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us.  

The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; 

his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; 

one little word shall fell him.

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That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; 

the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth.  

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; 

the body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; 

his kingdom is forever.

Yes, life is a battle!  This is the bad news.

The Good News is: Jesus wins!

It’s good to know who will win!  

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  1. Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody, Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1998).
  2. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 239). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
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Fight the Lord’s battles!

1 Samuel 18:17

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Fighting takes emotion, time, and energy.  A fighter uses the best of these resources before, during, and after the battle.  Resources are used to strategize, react, and recuperate.  After the battle has ceased, the fighter finds himself exhausted emotionally and physically, in mind and in spirit.

During the past few days I have engaged in several battles, not physical, yet draining.

Two of the battles were over silly issues neither of which would be won or lost, neither of which had significance, and neither of which would change the course of human history or a single life.

I was drawn into these battles by my own will, through my own pettiness, and with the illusion that I was right and could win.  In one battle I irritated a long-time friend.  In both, I walked away from a draw.  While I found the fights exhilarating, each left me weary and frustrated.

The other fights were of significance.  They were battles which our Lord fought, which He invited me to join in with Him.

Jesus fought for the care of the poor, for the purity of faith, and for the sanctity of marriage.  The battle for these things did not leave me exhausted, defeated, nor friendless.

I entered each battle with trepidation.  Yet, I found the Lord at my side, giving me courage and strength, providing passion and words, drawing the enemy to His side. I may have fought the good fight, but He won the battle.

I am a fighter.  I get passionate.  I go into battle, sometimes with armor and others times fully exposed.  Sometimes I win, other times I lose.

My father taught me to stand for my convictions. 

Our Father calls us to stand for His.

The hardest lesson for me to learn was to choose my battles carefully.

The best lesson I was taught was to fight the Lord’s battles!

Our world would be a better place, if we learned to fight His battles and to walk away from the rest.

God told Joshua, “Be strong and courageous, I am with you wherever you go!” (Joshua 1:9).

This promise is good only when we fight the Lord’s battles!

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