“The Will to Fight”

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.”

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17 thoughts on ““The Will to Fight”

  1. Hallelujah and Amen, dear Brother! I have heard it said that if God calls you to be a ditch digger…you would have to step down to be President! Keep writing for what God has called according to His purpose will succeed! 🙂

  2. I appreciate what you have shared. This is clear logic everyone should be willing to understand and apply. I am reblogging this this.

  3. Reblogged this on woodystonedotcom and commented:
    Common sense from an uncommon mind.

  4. Dee

    I have just recently started following your blog. I have really liked what I have read so far.
    God has blessed you with a ablility that few have. Keep up the good work. You are inspiring me.

  5. ChazIng

    Simple and profound

  6. Donald Miller

    Hmmm, everyone seems to be giving you a high-five. Interesting. Now, myself, I kind of like Socrates. He was forever getting into debates with folks. He rarely high-fived anyone. So, if you want a word from the “loyal opposition” why I’m willing to discuss a couple of points. . er-uh . . .

    Well, wait a minute. They did execute didn’t they.

    Okay. That is all.

    🙂

  7. Donald Miller

    Execute “him.” Left out “him.” Oh, and they executed Jesus too, as you know. Maybe this disagreeing with folks ain’t such a good idea, after all.

    So, mark me down with everyone else, I completely agree with you, good Buddy.

    😉

    • I accept your agreement even if it is under threat of death. I’m not proud. I’ll take it any way I can get it. Thanks for the laugh, Donald.

      • Donald Miller

        You’re welcome for the laugh, but I’m a bit disappointed about not having a “fight” over any of these, because I find I learn more in combat than on the sidelines.

        For instance, someone came by–I guess it was you–and read “My executive secretary” post, but didn’t leave a response. I would have preferred, “Man, this really stinks!” to no response at all. 😉

        Anyhow, I’ve enjoyed reading your ideas.

  8. Donald Miller

    Oh well, I like the taste of hemlock.

    It’s not that I disagree with you about anything you mentioned in principle. But to add to the discussion, I’d say that you might be expecting a bit too much from them homeless guys, and a bit too quickly. From what I’ve been told, God has a lot of patience. After all Jesus and his disciples were a bunch of homeless guys themselves. “Foxes have holes, birds have nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head.” And indeed, during those days a spirit of poverty was expected. “For everything there is a season, and a purpose under heaven.” – “Sell all that you own, give the money to the poor, and follow me.” He didn’t make any stipulations on who the poor were—whether they were deserving of the money or not.

    So, in the sense of patience and tone, it just seems to me that if you show up one day and have strings attached to the food you’re giving; that might be the wrong approach. It isn’t over till it’s over, in a man’s life. I think about the parable of the wheat and the tares. Only at a time unknown to us will the separations made and the judgments given—and not by us. We can’t make that judgment. Well, we can, but I’ve been led to believe that in Christian doctrine, we are not allowed to in matters like these.

    Take for instance, a guy named Eckhart Tolley. He had a good job, and one day he realized he couldn’t take the pressure anymore, so he just quite. He lived as a homeless man for two years, sleeping on park benches. He said it was the happiest time of his life. It’s a good thing that people didn’t let him starve to death, because from what I’ve heard a lot of people have gotten much inspiration from reading his books.
    Then you have what Bono said about Jerry Falwell, in terms of fundraising and the use of money. “The God I believe in isn’t short of cash.”

    That’s some of what I’d have to say for my two cents worth of input in the discussion–if that’s what we were doing.

    But that’s coming from a guy who wrote a recent post titled, “Yes. That is an aluminum foil hat.” So, who knows?

    • Actually, that kind of is the point of the article. How do you inspire that “will to fight” in someone’s life so they invest rather than waste. Whether we sell our goods to help people , or whatever kind of “passing it forward” God would have us to do.
      As I said, what has happened to them could happen to any of us, and every time I work with the poor I want to give them more than free food. As they say, teach a man to fish. The Bible has “real answers”, but no one can climb that ladder for them.
      In some ways it comes back to what a person believes in. When you believe in something, “hopefully”, you’ve got the backbone and integrity to invest in what you believe, which includes willingness to work and do what is right by your belief.
      There are many poor people who talk to God a lot more than their well to do brothers and sisters. They know God and talk to God, but life has somehow caused them to raise a white flag and surrender to whatever has got them down.
      We have a man in our church who was a biker in the Outlaw Gang, ran drugs, ended up doing hard time in prison, became homeless for a few years, and is now one of the best supporters of the “Park Outreach”.
      He is a great guy to know, full of life, hope, enthusiasm, and love for God. He is a whole person now. We have become friends. That is what I call a happy ending to what had been a very sad story. Believe me, he has some very sad stories. People that were hurt by him and so on. He is not that person any more. Praise God. For every transformation like him, we rejoice! Like the psychiatrist confessed, the Gospel of Christ has a pretty good track record, all things considered. The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. Because of that, I always have hope, and pass it forward.
      You and I are the same in that, really. The desire to pass something good forward. We just have something different that we believe in. But at least we have the backbone to work at passing it forward, and investing our life. I can’t think of anything worse to waste, than a human life.
      I have two friends joining me today and we are taking a rugged hike to a place I call Warrior Hill. I have not been there in several years due to my “night life” situation I was in. I’m really looking forward to that special place again. God has sustained me to still be able to do this. This shall be a special day. I know God will speak to me there, he always does.

      • Donald Miller

        I’m so happy that you responded, Don. I might even say, Amen Brother. Now I really know what you were getting at. Your additional comment added so much more to your intention for the post–at least to me it did.

        I just wish I could tag along to Warrior Hill with you. Hope you have a great time!

      • I wish you could, too. I can imagine a hike like that with you, J.T., Sean, and myself. You would be greatly out numbered, but I bet we would have a great time!
        Oh, and by the way, that was a brave effort you made with the magazine. I see it as an example of making an effort to pass it forward. You had the will to fight, in order to make that effort.

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