Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Food Fight of Faith

"Fight the good fight of the faith." (1 Timothy 6:12).

While leading a group discussion during a staff devotion at a church I was visiting, we discovered a typographical error in the notes that were handed out. Instead of saying “the good fight of Faith,” the notes read - “the food fight of faith.” We all had a good chuckle and tossed a few muffins about the room to show that we are indeed obedient to the Word.

As for me, the typo intrigued me more than a little - “the food fight of faith...” -- hmmm. I mulled it over and over in my mind, wondering if there was more there than a simple spelling mistake.

Jesus said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” (John 4:32). The disciples were completely baffled by His remark and asked one another, “Did you give Him something to eat?” Of course Jesus wasn’t talking about beans and cornbread, rather He was talking about the food that comes from heaven.

Jesus told His disciples, “Do not work for the food that spoils, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give you” (John 6:27). So that none would doubt what He meant, the Lord said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4).

As the body would die without food and water, so the soul shall perish without the Word of God. This being true we may be assured of the fact that Satan will do whatever he can to keep us from the Word of God. This, then, is the food fight of faith!

Don’t expect a frontal assault from the enemy. He’s far to clever for that. He knows that you love and treasure the Word of God, and that you would not stand for any attack against it. Instead, he sabotages your time and distracts your attention. He preoccupies you with skirmishes on other battle fronts, or he lulls you into complacency with prolonged cease fire. All the while he is feverishly working at cutting you off from communication and supplies. If he succeeds he will win the war!

Isaiah asked, “Why spend money on what is not bread? And your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen to Me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight itself in the richest of fare” (Isaiah 55:2). Job’s confession should be our own: "I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread"(Job 23:12).

My friends -- fill yourselves up with the Word of God! And the devil won’t stand a chance against you in the food fight of faith!


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