The Christian Life is not a Playground, it is a Battleground!
As Christians, we 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, we have an enemy. I Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Satan knows that he cannot take away our salvation, for salvation is an eternal transaction. I John 5:11-12 states: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” 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 their enemy, they 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.
The Four Crucial Questions to Ask Your Father During Adversity
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. It reminds us: “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.
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!
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:29