Inspired by “Battle The Beast” by Bride Dressed in Black
1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
“How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight? I don’t wanna die without any scars…” – Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
As I grow older and more mature in my faith, there’s one thing that I’ve learned to be true: every day is a battle; We step in the ring of life and come out swinging with all our might. We are constantly fighting the enemy and without the being ready, we’ll get knocked out every time.
Lately I’ve been dealing more and more with spiritual warfare. It seems as soon as I get through one thing, then BAM, something else hits that’s ten times worse. One moment I seem down for the count, then the next minute I hear Jesus whispering in my ear, “Get up, don’t quit, come on Rocky, give ’em the ole one-two.” Okay, well maybe He doesn’t say it exactly like that, but what He does say is, “Be strong and of good courage. Don’t give up, I’m in your corner, get back up and brush yourself off, because I’ve trained you to be a winner, not a loser.”
Satan is a great fighter. He’s a tough opponent and will use every trick in the book to keep us down. If Satan can’t get a direct hit, he’ll punch me in the kidney, or blind side me from behind. He’s a cunning opponent, and knows exactly where my weak spots are. His strategy is simple: study my life to pinpoint the most effective attacks in advance. Then with stealth, tactical decisions, and methodical plans, he pushes me into corners. With determination, I swing until it’s time to go to my corner. I get brief opportunities to catch my breath, swish my mouth, and let my trainer cover the cuts with binding salve. In weakened desperation I say, “Lord, how will you get me through this one?” His strong, steady voice reminds me, “I’ve never left you. I am here, and I won’t leave you. You cannot lose, because I cannot lose. The battle belongs to me.”
Just like me, every day, you too enter the ring of life. Satan comes at you swinging with all his might. In response you can curl up in the fetal position, block your face and just take it; you can help the enemy by inflicting wounds on yourself, believing your “not good enough, not smart enough, etc.” ultimately beating yourself up and allowing the enemy to beat you through lies and self-destruction or you can retaliate and fight. Remember when you fight God promises that no weapon formed against you will succeed at taking you down (Isaiah 54:17). When you hide His words in your heart and wear them out on your sleeve, you stand up against the lies that seek to sink your ship and bring you down.
Remember with any fight, it’s going to be rough. You will get wounded. You will get dazed. The enemy doesn’t fight fair, and he’s very aware of your weak points. Don’t think for a moment that he won’t sucker punch you right where it hurts. But remember that you have God on your side and the battle has already been won through Christ.
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bride Dressed in Black is a hip rock group from the Baltimore Maryland area. “Battle the Beast” can be found on their new CD titled “Battle the Beast,” which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, their website and always at live events. For more information about Bride Dressed in Black you can visit their website at www.bridedressedinblack.com
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