THE WILL TO FIGHT!
Where does one get it? Some have it and it seems that others don’t. Can you buy it in a store? How much does it cost? Can I be a “winner” without the will to fight? Probably not!
The only real “losers” in life are those who “give up”, cease to fight, surrender their dreams, and resign themselves to whatever state they may be. For whatever reason, they have raised the white flag of surrender, become willing to settle for less, and in some cases they settle into complete poverty, and a wasted life!
As was mentioned in my last article, I recently tried to help some homeless people in our area. This is not the first time I have tried to help the poor and every time I do, I cannot help but be angered at the “evil spirit”, or should I say “lack of spirit” that goes with complete poverty! Lack of spirit is an evil spirit!
Yes, I think anger is the right word. I hate the devil and his works. Frustrated would be another word, but also compassion and sadness, for I know that what has happened to them could possibly happen to anyone of us, and there is a part of me that wants to fix their pain, to reach out and help, but without the will to fight, without the will to help themselves, you cannot fix their problem because it has become a personal failure within themselves. Now it is no longer just an attack of the devil, but it has become a part of them, they have embraced it, surrendered to it, no longer willing to fight, it becomes a part of who they have become, and how do you help someone defeat a foe they are no longer willing to fight?
There are different fighting styles, but life demands us to become a “fighter” if we expect to accomplish “anything” worth while. We have all had to be willing to fight if we have gotten anywhere in life. Like the difference between Aikido and Judo, and any of the various fighting styles, even boxing, there are different fighting styles. Jesus offered a spiritual fighting style. It is the one I have chosen, and the only one that can defeat certain kinds of foes!
For some, the complete breaking of their spirit came when a strong addiction to alcohol, drugs, pornography, laziness, ignorance, or whatever other addicting evil spirit you want to put in there, possessed them. Addiction is a horrible thing. You become the “slave” of your addiction and these evil spirits are not kind taskmasters. They will suck your life force like a psychic vampire, slowly draining you over a period of years, until you become so wasted that you are no longer any earthly good at all, and finally you die. It can be a long, slow, and painful death.
Then there are those who have been broken by circumstances, perhaps even circumstances not of their own making. How many children are born into poverty and it is the only way of living they have ever known? How many people have been abused, or devastated by some great event in their life that they have never been able to recover from? Children, of course, are especially vulnerable while they try to survive long enough to grow up. Some are born into circumstances that are nothing but a jungle of death and curses. These people grow up as damaged souls, and they see no light at the end of the tunnel, even though there is light, there is a way out, but now they will not make the effort to take the “steps” that could change their whole way of living.
THE WILL TO FIGHT!
It’s not as easy as just saying to someone: “Here…here is some “will to fight”. Take it as your own. Use it.” However, sometimes it can be “inspired” into another person, and with mentoring, love, and help, it is possible for people to climb out of whatever spiritual hole they may be swallowed in!
When I study the Bible concerning poverty, there is a scripture that I find to be very interesting, and revealing. When John the Baptist was cast into prison, he sent two of his disciples to Jesus, asking if he was the Messiah or should they be looking for another? Jesus answered the question of John this way…
“Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Matthew 11:4-6)
Do you see anything odd in that answer? I sure do. I say “odd” only because one part does not follow the same logical progression as the rest. And if you think about it, I find that part of Jesus’s answer very revealing!
What is the opposite of blind? To be able to see! What is the opposite of deaf? To be able to hear! What is the opposite of dead? To be alive! The lame, the leper, all granted an immediate miracle gift fixing their problem! But to the poor? What is the opposite of poor? You do not find Jesus saying they have been made a millionaire!
The gospel has been preached to them!
So, in the mind of Christ, the gospel was the “fix” for their poverty. (Interesting.) And he followed it by saying “blessed” are those…and the word “blessed” means happy and favored. It was obvious that he knew exactly what he was doing. Of course we all know if you were to give someone with a spirit of poverty a lot of money, it would only be a short time and the money would be wasted and gone. Somehow the mindset and the lifestyle of living must be changed. The poverty mentality and spirit must be broken! The will to fight for that which is good and wise must be inspired! Until those things happen, no amount of giving of money is going to really help that person.
So in the park that day, free food was given, a gospel message was taught, and we talked with them individually trying to inspire some desire to change, offering help and compassion. Now here is a point. One individual I spoke with, I offered him a Bible to have as his own, and to study, in order that he might change his life. We had a plastic sealable bag to put it in to protect it from the rain and dirt, but he would not take it. Even though he had all kinds of time on his hands, memorizing scripture in the hopes of renewing his mind seemed like “too much work to him”. What can you do for a lazy spirit? One answer is to not feed them, and of course, that is what we had done in order to gain the opportunity to speak with them, but I think our government is doing way to much for the “LAZY”. When they get hungry they will either steal and end up in jail, or they will begin to work, even if it is just enough to eat, but it is a step in the right direction and offers some sense of self-respect. And if they are in prison, they should be made to work.
Jesus gave each person what they needed. To the blind he gave sight. Now catch this! To those in a deep hole, he gave a LADDER!
The Bible is a “spiritual ladder” that can enable any person to climb out of any hole, but like with any ladder, there are “steps” that must be “climbed”!
If a person is in a hole and they have a ladder before them, and all they have to do is be willing to use the steps and make an effort to climb, but they are unwilling, even with the offer of free help, they are unwilling to climb, then so be it. The hole will become their grave. It is sad to see any life WASTED, instead of INVESTED. We have one precious life to give. One precious opportunity to pass “it” forward, but what is “it” that we choose to pass forward?
Many of these people have children, and they pass “it” forward. They will be held accountable by the Judge of all judges. Each of us will be held accountable for what we pass forward.
This blog site I write. I do not know how many people are actually reading anything I have written. Why do I keep writing? One, God has put it in my soul to write. And two, even if there is one or two people who are inspired by these words, and they go out and create two more people inspired to invest their life, that multiplying of individuals will turn into a multitude one day. Perhaps I’m writing for only two or three people? Only God knows. I just hear him saying, “Write!”
I know the things that have worked in a supernatural way in my life. I am working hard to try to put those teachings into these writings, that whosoever will be inspired and learn, can take God’s word and overcome the enemy in their life! Joseph was cast into a pit, but the word of God in his life, the promises of God in his dreams, did not fail! Joseph rose from the pit to the throne, and saved many people! Was it an easy climb? No, not an easy climb at all, but a very rewarding one. None of this is about being easy! It is about what is right, and what is rewarding! It is about the will to fight! because Love has a spiritual enemy!
So this is the word through me this week. God has a spiritual ladder that can enable you to climb out of whatever pit you may be in. The ladder is supernatural. Christianity is supernatural of it is nothing at all! Any Christian worth his salt can teach you how God designed all things to work. It is a spiritual design, and it is spiritually discerned. Once you understand the ladder you have, not only can you climb out of your pit, but you can climb into the mountains, into the high places. I will leave you with a favorite scripture of mine. A very supernatural scripture because it speaks of “making you”, almost as if, if you do the right things, then God will see to it that it happens, and that has been my experience in climbing God’s supernatural ladder. Enjoy.
“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19) KJV
(NIV Translation) “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”