There is a time in life when we have to decide to fight a battle or walk away in silence. Do I fight for a cause I believe in? Do I fight for what is right? We all know that exploiting the vulnerable is evil. Martin Luther King said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” Jesus said, “Learn to do good: seek justice, correct oppression: bring justice to the fatherless, and plead the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17). If you stand silently by and watch injustice, then you are just as guilty. As believers the answer is simple. Our sense of justice is transfused to us by our Creator God. He is loving, kind, and merciful and He is also righteous, holy, and just.
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless: maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute,” (Psalm 82:3)
“Learn to do good: seek justice, correct oppression: bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17)
“He has told you, O man, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
It is hard not to fight for something you believe in or for a loved one. To not fight for my son is like telling me not to breathe. To be honest if you really want to make me salty, mess with him! But glory be to God, I am learning that he is also God’s child, and He will fight for him much better than I ever could. I am still a work in progress, but I am learning to go to the Heavenly Father, who fights for us all. I have seen the results when I get on my knees and intercede for my son, (or anyone). God shows up and shows out! I am just saying prayer is a powerful weapon!
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgement. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17)
“The Rock, His work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
The hardest battles are those we cannot see, when it comes to spiritual warfare, we have to fight! We cannot sleep or be distracted when it comes to spiritual warfare. The Bible tells us we must be vigilant and sober. We must put on the whole armor of God. I say never take it off! We must look beyond the surface and ask God to open our spiritual eyes. The battle in the spiritual realm is ongoing and real. Satan is a master at deception. Beware when feelings and thoughts are not in harmony with the Word of God. Fighting is resisting the temptations of the enemy. Fighting is staying in tuned with God and His Word. Our weapon is the Word. Our greatest weapon is prayer. The Bible says resist the devil and he will flee. Just know the devil is not going to give up without a fight. God gave the land to the Israelites, but they still had to fight for it. And as long as they obeyed God, they were conquerors. The enemy will use your family, friends, or anyone else to get to you. He will try and separate you from your connection with the Lord. He knows that is where your strength lies. The good news is that Jesus has come and conquered. The war is already won in the heavens. The enemy has been defeated so we fight from victory, not for victory!
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
“Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11-13)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)
At the beginning I asked should we fight or not? When it comes to the enemy, yes, we wage war, being passive is not an option! Every battle that we face in the physical world is connected to the battles being waged in the invisible, spiritual world. This is why it is important to ask God to open our spiritual eyes. We must pray for discernment and wisdom. We have to recognize the enemy’s attacks which sometimes comes in pretty packages.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
I did not ask should we judge, only God can do that. The question is should we stand up and fight against the injustices of this world. Should we stand up for what is right? And remember what is right to the world is not necessarily right in God’s eyes. If we want to take a stand, Jesus is our example of righteousness. Jesus demonstrates a beautiful example for us to follow in the New Testament as one who cared for the outcast and reached out with compassion to help those who were in need. Jesus pursued justice. He physically and spiritually rescued those in need. We can look at the life of Jesus and the mandate given throughout Scripture as our example on how we should live and what we should stand for. Micah 6:8 connects our faith with our actions, our care for those in need with our walk with God. We are called to act and confront evil, to care for the vulnerable, and to make right that which is wrong. What we must remember is to first seek God and His Word and to be led by the Holy Spirit. He will let us know whether to fight or stand still. We can’t stand up and fight for everybody but with faith we can stand up and fight for somebody! Love and Blessings…
“For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.” (Psalm 18:39)
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6:11-12)