The local church is a part of God’s plan to heal, help, and train Believers. If we view ourselves as a consumer and church only as a cafeteria serving a menu of food or as a hospital for patients needing repair, we may never connect to God’s higher purpose for our life. We will not understand the church’s mission to train and disciple us. A leader’s job is not just the art of making everyone happy but to train disciples who work, serve the Lord, and who know how to fight the good fight of faith. If you’ve never been taught to use your faith to fight the fight of faith, you may just be getting beat up, feeling miserable, and mesmerized by the attacks of the enemy.
You and I were born again into a conflict of good vs. evil; light vs. darkness; right vs. wrong. We did not ask to be in this conflict but it is just the way it is. We are not in the Garden of Eden before the Fall of man and not in Heaven yet. We live in a war zone called planet Earth. Think on these Bible words: fight; wrestle; warfare; resist; strive against; earnestly contend; endure a great fight of afflictions. Those words indicate a fight, conflict, and resistance. Resistance, pressure, conflict are not signs we have done wrong or are in the wrong place but reality. The fight and resistance is not our enemy, it is just an indicator we have an enemy. We should not be surprised because there is a conflict.
God has given us other people’s experiences and testimonies to learn from to help us and encourage us to walk in blessing (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11). The Old Testament was given for learning and warning. Reading the Old Testament gives a context to understanding what’s going on in our lives especially when it comes to walking in our destiny, possessing the promises of God, and the conflicts that go with the territory of being a Christian.
Do you realize the Promised Land (Canaan’s Land), the land God promised to bless Abraham and his descendants in (Genesis12; Genesis 17), called the land that flowed with milk and honey (ALL BLESSINGS) was also the land of conflict? God promised to bring them out of Egypt to bring them into this land (Deuteronomy 6:23). When this covenant promise was passed on to Moses God declared in Exodus 3:7-8, “7 And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”
All of those people named with “ites” at the end of their names were enemies the people of God would have to face and conquer. That meant there were enemies and a conflict they’d have to engage in, not run from, fret about, or get beat up by, in order to possess their land (blessing/destiny).
When you get to the Book of Numbers, the theme of the book could be called preparation for service in route to the Promised Land. As Moses had proclaimed in Exodus 15:3, “The Lord is a man of war (or the Lord is a Warrior) after crossing the Red Sea, in Numbers the Lord can be seen preparing them for battle. He numbers them, teaches them how to camp and march, feeds them with warrior rations (manna), disciplines them to obey His delegated authorities, and leads them in battle. Though He redeemed them from Egypt they were brought out to then be brought in to the Promised Land, their destiny. He did not save them to a life of ease, permissiveness, and independence; rather, He saved them for training, service, warfare, and conquest. A key phrase (used 14 times) “All that were ready to go forth to war.” In this preparation (Numbers 1-20) which constituted their boot camp experience, the Lord showed them that no enemy could stand against them if they trusted His power and obeyed His Word.
Sometimes our conflicts are caused by our own unwise decisions; at other times, the conflict we are experiencing could be that we’ve crossed over into your Promised Land. We need the Old Testament testimony to give us hope in our present battles. Let’s read the whole Bible and fight the good fight of faith. We have been called to be good soldiers. We have weapons and armor. Present yourself for discipling and training in your local church. God is the Lord of Hosts or Lord of Battles; the God who does not back down and Who knows no defeat. We proceed in our fight from a position of victory already won by our Lord Jesus Christ Who always leads us in triumph.