How to Fight and Win the Battles that Matter Most
- Thursday, November 07, 2013
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Craig Groeschel's new book, Fight: Winning the Battles that Matter Most (Zondervan, 2013).
Do you know how powerful you really are as a man? You may sometimes feel weak in the face of life’s demands and pressures, but God has created you in His image, placing the powerful heart of warrior within you. You’ve been made to fight for what’s right.
It’s only when you take on the battles that God wants you to fight – about issues that have eternal value – that you can truly come alive as a man. Here’s how you can fight and win the battles that matter most:
Join the spiritual war around you. A war between the good and evil sides of the spiritual realm is taking place around you constantly. If you don’t actively engage in spiritual battles, you’ll be especially vulnerable to evil attacks that can harm you and negatively impact every part of your life. Don’t settle for sitting on the sidelines of fights when God wants you to be on the front lines, helping to overcome evil with good. Rather than focusing on your weaknesses, focus on God, who stands ready to empower you to be strong in every battle you face. Pray for the courage and help you need to fight spiritual battles every day. As you do, expect God to transform you into a stronger man who becomes more like Jesus Christ every day.
Fight for causes that are greater than yourself. God is looking for men who are willing to join His redemptive work in this fallen world, and God hopes that you’ll be one of them. Look beyond the immediate concerns of your own life and take advantage of the opportunities God has given you to fight for causes that have more far-reaching significance, such as: integrity, courage, justice, compassion, and spiritual truth.
Put your God-given strengths to use in the world. Don’t waste the gifts that God has given you to use in serving Him and loving the people around you. Pray for the wisdom to discern the best specific ways you can put your gifts into action to make the world a better place.
Fight against three dangerous attitudes. Lust says, “I want it.” Entitlement says, “I deserve it.” Pride says, “I can handle it.” But these three attitudes are spiritually dangerous, because they can trick you into trading the power God has given you for temptations that can lead you to sin and weaken yourself. Fight against those attitudes by humbly admitting the reality of your human vulnerabilities and weaknesses and relying on God’s strength in every situation. Fight lust by wanting God more than anything lesser. Fight entitlement by keeping in mind that the only thing you truly deserve as a sinner is death, but God has graciously given you life and blessings that you don’t deserve because of Jesus’ death on the Cross for your sins. Fight pride by recognizing that you can’t really handle any situation without God’s help.
Choose to be led by the Holy Spirit rather than your emotions. Your emotions are unreliable because they reflect only a limited perspective on your life and they’re constantly changing according to your circumstances. But you can always rely on the Holy Spirit to give you reliable guidance that reflects God’s complete and unchanging wisdom. So refuse to base your daily decisions on emotions (such as anger, pride, anxiety, and sorrow). Instead, ask the Holy Spirit to meet you where you are and give you the wisdom you need in every situation.
Watch out for small compromises that can lead to big destruction. Whenever you face the temptation to make a small moral compromise, remember that doing so sets you heading in the wrong direction in life, making it easier to gradually move farther away from God until you find yourself sinning in bigger ways that can destroy you. So avoid small compromises as often as you can, and after you make a mistake, correct your course as soon as possible by confessing your sin, repenting of it, and receiving God’s forgiveness and help to overcome the sin.
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