Yesterday our Pastor's wife got up to exhort and said something that immediately convicted me. She said that God has been telling her to give 100%. She talked about how different battles in our lives require different effort levels. If the enemy sends a thought my way to get drunk or really even to have a sip of alcohol that's a battle that last about .3 seconds and takes about 1% effort on my part. It's just not a temptation to me. Now on any given morning on a busy week when I wake up at 5am and he whispers the thought it's okay sleep another hour you can cut out some Bible reading time, you can cut out some worship time, you can cut out some rejoicing time, you can cut out some prayer time, that is a battle that requires a little bit more effort on my part. Let's step it up for when someone in my family is sick that takes some more effort. Do you get the point?
As she explained all this from the pulpit of course I"m getting excited and I'm thinking yes, let's give 100%, let's give Him our lives, Gal. 2:20 let's be crucified with Him, let's give it all, and then the Holy Spirit spoke. "You haven't listened to which battles I'm needing you to give 100% in"
What does that mean? We each have battles we fight everyday, many of them are mental (thoughts, emotions, desires), some are physical (sickness, headaches, disagreements with others, hard or negative circumstances), and all of them are spiritual (Eph. 6:12)
It's possible to have battles that are less like battles and more like slaughters because only one team is actually fighting. As the Holy Spirit spoke to me what He was saying is that I haven't listened to Him as to the areas of my life that the enemy is attacking and I'm not even putting up a fight. It's not hard to realize that when someone frustrates me, it's time to quote the word and worship, forgive, love. It's not hard to realize when my family or myself is sick to quote the Word, trust God, pray, intercede. It's not hard when that thought comes that is so contradictory to the Word I just quote the scripture and go on, but what about those little deceitful lies that the enemy brings to start you on a deceiving path?
It is called the "fight of faith" because we are called to war against the enemy. We have the armor of God, because we need protection as much as we need weapons. The question is have we entered into the battle at all? If you're fighting in some areas, but still not seeing as much victory are you giving 100%, all of your effort? And the final question is for me, have I stopped to ask my precious Holy Spirit if there are areas in my life that I need to be fighting and I didn't even know it?
I think it's safe to say we all have areas where we could give some more effort. We could put some more Word on it, we could put some more faith into it, we could intercede a little more.... Let's be able to say with Paul, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. (2 Tim. 4:7)