Strength for the Fight

by Lester Young

Let’s talk for a moment about unicorns. No, no…I’m not really referring to the pink and chartreuse ‘My Little Pony’ you might have gotten your daughter for Christmas last year, nor the mono-horned winged equine of legend. Strong’s Hebrew Concordance defines ‘unicorn’ as a “wild bull.”

Okay then, when you think of a wild bull, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Big… strong… dangerous…certainly, all of these. And not necessarily the most even-tempered of God’s remarkable creations, either. (Whoever of you it was that said ‘steak sauce’ as a first response… you get no points for that answer.) Purposely facing off with – or even attempting to get near – one of those beasts can be counted as a practical example of “taking one’s life into one’s own hands.”

In stark contrast to his sister Elsie the cow, when faced with danger or an outright challenge, the wild bull typically tends to attack first, attack again, attack some more… and then if anyone’s still standing try to ask a question or two later (well, you know what I mean). To put it in simple terms, they’re just plain mean; and they’re big and strong enough to back it up. How many bullfighters have you ever seen or even heard of that stepped into the arena unarmed, man-to-bull, hand-to-hoof? Not much of a ‘fight’ there, just a lot of running and screaming… but I digress.

Now, here’s an interesting parallel: Did you know that after delivering us from our oppressor, God gave us and now ascribes to us that same kind of utterly overpowering strength? (Acts 10:38; Judges 6:9; Numbers 23:22) ‘As a wild, unmanageable, unstoppable bull against anyone or anything stupid enough to try to challenge them’ – that’s how God sees you and me right now! (Numbers 24:8)

How and why does God see us that way? Because He knows the Truth (John 17:17) – He knows exactly what He’s bestowed upon us. In Jesus Christ we find all the fullness of God – all that God is – in human-body form. And, if you’re in Christ, that very same Divinity – in all its authority, power and strength – is right there on the inside of you, as well (Colossians 2:9-10). Jesus Himself said it: “All power [force, capacity, freedom, mastery, authority, jurisdiction, liberty, right and strength] has been given to Me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).

Why, then, don’t we see ourselves that way? Well, the answer to that question can be found in the question itself: we don’t ‘see ourselves that way’ – and that’s because we’re typically looking at the wrong things. We’re judging and responding to ourselves – and our entire world – based solely on the circumstances we ‘see’ or how we ‘feel’ about them (2 Corinthians 10:7). As the Apostle James so eloquently (and understatedly) puts it, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 2:10). Actually, that’s just a calm, cool and collected way of saying, “Stop it, people!!!”

When we decide to stop being preoccupied with the ‘facts’ and instead fill our eyes with God’s thoughts and opinions (i.e., His Word [Isaiah 55:7-8]), we’ll begin to see and consider ourselves in just the same way that God sees and considers us. In order to truly line up with His will for us, we’re going to have to start “acknowledging every good thing that’s been placed in us” through Christ (Philemon 1:6). Once we do, changes will begin to occur. We’ll realize that the things we’ve been fighting for so long were defeated and put under our feet long, long ago (1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 2:6).

When we truly begin to comprehend the real strength we’ve been endued with in Jesus Christ, and just how incredibly weak, powerless and terrified Satan actually is (Jeremiah 46:5), we’ll probably start laughing at him every time he peeks up and tries to pull something. Fight?! What fight? We’ll know that we don’t have to fight the devil – he’s already been stomped into oblivion by our Champion (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 12:2, NLT). As a matter of fact, the only fighting we’re actually called to engage in is the ‘good fight’ of faith (1 Timothy 6:12), and that faceoff is comprised solely – from start to finish – of resisting the spiritual forces of darkness and the curse; in other words, simply enforcing Satan’s defeat (Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7; Psalm 149:8-9).

Now, one last thing: what, exactly, constitutes a ‘good’ fight? Easy: one that you win, of course (2 Timothy 4:7)… and we’ve already got the strength for it!

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