“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, Who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;” 1 Timothy 6:11-13.
Far too many Christians fight battles the Lord did not design. The only fight we are called to fight is the fight of faith – faith in Jesus, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross. Our faith in Jesus for our victory over sin is satan’s bulls eye. If the devil can get our faith in anything other than the power of God, which is Jesus’ finished work on the Cross, we will perish (1 Corinthians 1:18). The Word of God says to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. There are classes upon classes in todays church’s which spend hours studying how to fight the devil…I have an idea, submit yourself to God! These classes make up rules upon rules and go further and further into bondage. There is a formula for soul ties, another for family curses and another for casting demons out of Christians. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified lays waste their formulas. The only requirement for deliverance is repentance from our sin and turning back to Jesus. Jesus broke all of those soul ties and family curses the moment we accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour. If we have picked them back up, the problem is on our end. We must repent and seek God for deliverance. Religion blames the sin on the demon and will go to battle with it. The Word of God says “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, TO STAND”. Ephesians 6:12-13. Please understand, standing in front of a mirror pretending to put on your armor is NOT putting on your armor.
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection.” Romans 6:3-5.
Somehow, many believe we can put on the armor of God without first being baptized into His death. It is as if they want to bypass the crucifying of the old man because that may be painful and put on some imaginary armor and take hold of their resurrected life. Understand this, unless you have been baptized into His death, you are not raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. We need to quit listening to those who promote Christians lying to ourselves and submit to God’s plan for our Salvation and our dominion over sin…faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. That is the only fight we are commissioned to fight.
As a Child of God, we need to quit blaming every demon in hell for being demons, that’s what they do. We must admit to ourselves that our problem is our sin nature having dominion over us – the problem is on OUR end. Jesus has given us victory but instead of choosing His victory, we prefer to fight a fight the Lord has not commissioned for us to fight. “And the Lord said unto me, Say unto them. Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies. So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the Lord, and went presumptuously up into the hill.” Deuternonomy 1:42-43. We are going presumptuously up into the hill.
.Submit to Jesus, the One Who gives us dominion over our sin nature. Humility is found when we confess we can’t obtain power over sin but at the Cross Jesus did. This is the rest we have in Jesus, He is our Sabbath not those rituals. The Sacrifice for our sins and dominion over sin was made on Calvary’s Cross by Jesus…it was Finished. If anyone actually thinks I’m talking about a wooden beam, I urge you to read again with spiritual eyes and not self righteous eyes. Quit fighting fights that are not designed for us to fight…fight the fight of faith, faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. -Donna Clark Warren