(2010 Challenge Scriptures: Week 19 – Isaiah 43, Galatians 1-3)

“Fight the GOOD fight of faith.” 1 Timothy 6:12

Are you a lover or a fighter? My grandfather used to ask me that question, because I was a little spunky and seemed to be looking for a fight. Generally, people tend to lean toward either running from a fight (those who hate any confrontation) or starting them (those who initiate confrontation). In our personalities, balance is not something we walk in easily–it’s something we learn as we yield to the Spirit. The fact is there is a time to fight and a time to hold still because the battle is not worth the risks. (Notice I didn’t say a time to surrender, because we have the victory in Christ. There is no white flag waving here.)

Pastor Duane’s message Sunday will get you thinking about what we are fighting “against” and what we are fighting “for”. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones who had the revelation that the battle was not against the GIANTS, but for the promise land. The difference may seem subtle–but it’s the difference between victory and surrender.

“Don’t waste your time and energy fighting battles that have no spoils.” When David went down to fight Goliath, one of the first questions he asked was what the reward for killing him was. Look at the major battles of your life right now. What are the rewards for the victory? Is it really worth fighting for? How many churches split or friendships end over trivial things like what color the carpet should be–in the scope of eternity, does it really matter?

5 Things Worth Fight For:
1. Inheritance Received – Joshua 1:1-3 Our promises from God are worth the battle.
2. Kingdom Realities – Matthew 6:10, Romans 14:17 What is the Kingdom about?
3. Local Church Release – Matthew 16:18 What’s Jesus building?
4. Real Relationship – Ephesians 1:17 If my relationship Him is growing, so do all my other ones.
5. Races Ran Well – Acts 20:22-24, 2 Timothy 4:7-8 As I fight to fulfill my calling, I enable others to do the same.

We are GOING BIG this year. The months of May, June, July, August we will focus on the “I” in BIG which is INVASION! Arise, (strike your position) our day is here! (Joshua 1:2)

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Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

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