Believers are not called to fight neighbors, colleagues, friends or people around. Believers are called to fight the good fight of faith.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” – I Timothy 6:12
Believers’ arch enemy in the fight of faith is the devil and his agents. These are foul spirits without flesh and blood. Ephesians 6:12. These foul spirits look for human agents. Their best strategy is to use someone against him/herself. Like the following story of the Bible:
“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.” – Mark 5:1-2
The enemy (satan) was using the man to destroy himself. The enemy’s best strategy towards attacking a believer’s faith is to get internal with the believer. When this happens, it will only take the power of God and cooperation of the believer to send the enemy packing.
For instance pride is an attack of the devil on believer’s faith. It looks too small and mild to be considered as anything serious. We should look at it this way; anything that moves a believer against God or moves God against a believer is super dangerous. Faith is so powerful in our journey as believers because it will only take faith to move God in our favor. Isaiah 53:1. God hates manifestation of pride.
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,” – Proverbs 6:16-17
It is not just that God hates manifestation of pride ‘passively’; pride moves God against the proud. The Bible says:
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6
“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” – I Peter 5:5.
The moment the enemy (satan) could inject a dose of pride into a believer, the faith of that believer becomes so contaminated that (his faith) will no longer be able to move God again because pride paints the proud in the image of the devil before God. The enemy (satan) is the father of all proud people. It is scriptural wisdom to always check within lest there be any trace of pride.
We should not just stop at checking, we must choose to be clothed with humility. Jesus said, He was meek and lowly in heart. Matthew 11:29. We should always take stock; how do I think, talk and relate with people? We should also constantly ask the Holy Spirit to fill us to overflow. What Jesus is, the Holy Spirit is. Ephesians 5:18. This is the only way to ward off the arrow of pride that the enemy is constantly shooting at believers. An African adage says: “if the death within cannot kill you, the death without can definitely not”. Many believers’ potentials are mortgaged and wasted on the ‘altar’ of pride. Many believers’ destinies are stagnated because of pride. Remember, it takes grace to be great. I Corinthians 15:10. Wherever, pride is, grace is definitely absent because God withdraws grace when pride is present.
Your faith will not fail!
Scriptures for meditation: Isaiah 14:1-15; Ezekiel 28:12-17 (Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 11:29-30)
Jesus is Lord!