The Christian Life is not a Playground; the Christian Life is a Battleground
As a Christian, you MUST understand that the Christian life is not a Playground, rather it is a Battleground! The earth is the battleground for the souls of men. Like it or not, you have an enemy. I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Satan knows that he cannot take away our salvation, for salvation is an eternal transaction. I John 5:11-13 states: 11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Since Satan cannot take away our salvation, he uses what I believe to be his most effective weapon, “Discouragement.” Discouragement often leads to a loss of joy and of victory. Any military person understands that to be successful against your enemy, you must understand that enemy. We had previously studied the four enemies of victory; today let us learn how to fight the first of those enemies.
How Can I Battle Against the Four Main Enemies of Victory?.
In Philippians 1:12-14 Paul reminds us that our enemy often uses adverse circumstances to attack us. What were Paul’s circumstances during the time he is writing about victory? Paul was sitting in a Roman prison. He was uncertain as to whether he would be set free or be put to death. Yet his attitude was: “It really does not make any difference what happens to me as long as Jesus is glorified and I have another opportunity to present the Gospel.” Amazing! We must understand that this man truly lived to honor Jesus Christ and to win every unsaved person he could to the Lord. Philippians 1:21 Paul said, which I believe was not a flippant comment, but one born out of the depth of his soul: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” You could not threaten Paul with Heaven! His focus was not on the Problems, rather in the Possibilities which Presented themselves through the Problems.
To win the war against unfavorable circumstances, we to must focus on the Purpose and Plan of God in our lives. We must truly accept Romans 8:28 as an unshakable truth in our lives. It reminds us: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Once you accept this verse as a promise that God uses EVERY adverse circumstance in your life for your good and His glory, you will begin asking 4 critical questions which will lift you above the adversity.
The Four Crucial Questions to Ask Your Father During Adversity
1. What are you trying to Teach me through this situation?
2. How can I use this adversity to Glorify Jesus Christ?
3. How can I use my Situation to Encourage others?
4. Are you Opening a door of Ministry for me? (Many of the great ministries were born out of adversity).
I honestly believe that the possibilities are numerous once we decide to act Spiritually and not react Emotionally.”
Someone has well said, “Your Outlook WILL determine your Outcome.” Our outlook on the adversity must be one of: “I will Glorify Jesus through this situation, and I will search for people whom I can share the Gospel with.
We want God to change our circumstances, but God wants to use our circumstances to change us! Romans 8:29.