Monday, April 25, 2011


While sitting on my back porch swing, with a dear friend of mine,  I heard a wonderful and freeing truth.   It's about fighting!   I'm not talking about the physical fighting that can happen between two people...I'm talking about spiritual fighting that MUST happen between a Christian, his/her flesh and the devil.  

The reason I'm so excited about this so-called new understanding is because for a very very long time, I felt that if I truly loved the Lord (which I do),  my love and desire to be in His Word would match that love for Him!  I would automatically want to dive into His Word problem, no questions would just come naturally (or spiritually, however you want to look at it).   I would wake up every morning just itching to grab my Bible and read.  Well,  I'm here to tell you that for hasn't turned out that way.  Oh, I have some seasons in my life when my desire to be in the Word is there, but that's not the norm for me, and of course whenever I'm in a Bible Study or preparing to speak,  I am in God's Word everyday....but when left to my own...the desire just isn't there.   

I can't tell you the guilt the enemy has placed on me because of this area of weakness in my life.  Feeling that I'm not strong enough,  not spiritual enough and anything else the enemy would want to throw into the mix.  Questioning not only my service to the Lord but ultimately my love for Him.   This struggle has always been nestled deep inside...not necessarily stopping me from doing as the Lord has directed but definitely having an impact on my intimate relationship with my Heavenly Father.   So when my friend shared about an author who was addressing this area....I was all ears!! here come's the FIGHTING part!!  It's OK (Did you hear that?)...that when I'm facing a weakness in my walk...I HAVE to fight against that weakness!   So in the area of my not wanting to be in God's Word,  I CAN fight to be in it.   Fighting is not a bad thing doesn't mean I'm a weak Christian or a bad Christian or even an immature Christian.   It just means in this area of my life...I will have to fight to get there daily.  I can't rely on my desire necessarily to may or may not.   Hear me my friends when I say there is no shame in having to fight against a weakness in your life.   GO....FIGHT....WIN
2 Timothy 4:7  "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
1 Corinthians 9:27 " 27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified."

Gotta go boxing gloves are calling my name!!  ;)

Added Information:
Book: Holy Available by Gary Thomas