“The fight between faith and fear is the only fight we really have in life.”
“The fight between faith and fear is the only fight we really have in life. We don’t even fight the devil; he just tries to make us think we are. The apostle Paul urged Timothy, his young protégé, to “Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Tim. 6:12a). Paul also practiced what he preached. Toward the end of his life, Paul testified to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Concerning the nature of this fight, Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12). Spiritual enemies call for spiritual weapons:
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons “we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
The “strongholds” Paul refers to are mental strongholds, entrenched ways of thinking that the devil uses to mislead us as to the nature of our fight as well as to the identities of our true enemies. The trials of life—sickness, job loss, financial reversal, rebellious children, and the like—are not our enemies. Our enemies are the evil spiritual powers of darkness that take advantage of trials to instill fear and doubt in our hearts with the purpose of causing us to lose hope. That is why we need divine power—Christ’s power—to demolish those mental strongholds and replace them with new ways of thinking built on a foundation of faith. “Kingdom faith is so powerful that it even removes the fear of death. Both the Bible and subsequent history are filled with the testimonies of believers who faced death fearlessly, confidently, and even with joyful anticipation because in faith they knew that death was not an ending but a beginning. Physical death means nothing to a Kingdom citizen; it is merely the doorway to the other side, to life in its absolute fullness. As believers we don’t lose when we die; we win. Sometimes we measure God by this side and forget that He’s even greater on the other side. Paul knew this to be true, which is why he could write in perfect peace, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Faith is the victory that leads to pure, complete, and total salvation. Don’t let fear and doubt rule your life. They are faith robbers.
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