The devil doesn’t fight fair and why should we?
By Sparta Live | March 12, 2018 7:03 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
I heard a radio personality telling a story once about a schoolyard fight that he got into when he was a kid. The guy began to get the best of him, so he bit him. He was teased by his friends that he fought like a girl.
This story prompted me to think about what it takes to elevate the fight to the next level. In other words, what does it take to win the hard fight or even the impossible fight? I say whatever it takes to win, even if we have to bite and scratch. We should condition ourselves to do what it takes to win, even if we have to sink our teeth in like a little schoolyard girl.
When it comes to the people we love and the thought of eternity without them, consider this certainty, we will all reach the end of this life. Our allotted time here will expire at some point, and you’ll either enter eternity in heaven or hell – there’s no third option. You’ll only go to heaven or you’ll only go to hell once, and that “once” will last forever, so the time is now and the urgency high to take the fight to the next level. Whatever it takes to win the fight.
Government works against itself every day to try to get something right. We don’t have that luxury. We can’t afford to make an eternal decision wrong. We debate for months and years over a decision concerning schools, spouses, or even something as insignificant as a vehicle. But we give very little or even no thought to the things eternal.
In 1 Samuel chapter 30, David elevated the fight to the next level and “win” was the only option. David’s camp had suffered a terrible blow in their absence. Their camp had been attacked and burned and all of their families carried off by the enemy. Some of the people accepted the loss and blamed David and threatened to stone him. When we accept loss and fail to elevate the fight we start to point fingers and blame others for our failure to win. An example that I like to use concerning this mentality is that when we complain or become negative, we attack the ship. However, let me remind you that when this happens, we won’t change the course of the sails. The ship will stay on course, but all we accomplish is to drown the weak. If we have to push someone down to crawl to the next level, then we need to question the level we’re trying to achieve.
David sought the Lord and took the fight to the next level. He rallied his “cave dwelling misfit army of warriors” and stormed forward to retrieve their families. One third of his army collapsed in the exhaustion and couldn’t continue the pursuit. David completed his mission and in verse 18 “recovered all” that had been taken from them. They destroyed and plundered their enemy in the process. They achieved victory under extreme fatigue, hunger, and with only a portion of their fighting force.
David elevated the fight to the next level. His people blamed him. His strength was depleted. His army was spent. His numbers reduced. But he (verse 8) inquired of the Lord and won the victory.
Whatever it takes to win the fight. The devil doesn’t fight fair and why should we?
Uncle Buddy Robinson preached the gospel on the sawdust trail in the late 1800’s and during the turn of the 20th century. He led over 200,000 people to the Lord. Preached over 32,000 sermons, authored books, and spread the gospel to the world for over 60 years. He elevated the fight to the next level, all the while growing up extremely poor and lived, preached, and died with a speech impediment. I will leave you with his statement of fight that he used on a daily basis that exemplifies the essence of winning the fight for our soul and the souls of those around us even if we have to bite and scratch like a little school girl.
“Oh Lord, give me a backbone as big as a sawlog, ribs like the sleepers under the church floor, put iron shoes on me and galvanized breeches, give me a rhinoceros hide for a skin, and hang a wagonload of determination up in the gable-end of my soul, and help me to sign the contract to fight the devil as long as I’ve got a fist and bite him as long as I have a tooth, then gum him till I die. All this I ask for Christ’s sake. Amen.”
You might enjoy the fact that Buddy Robinson was a White County native, so let’s take the fight to the next level, my friends. I would love to personally invite you to visit and attend one of our services at Christpoint Church this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 am.
We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.