Mark Affleck

WIN The Fight To Activate Your Faith By NOT Fighting

October 30, 2020
Spiritual Growth

Christians trying to ACTIVATE THEIR FAITH are engaged in a complex and complicated WAR that pushes us to “TRY HARD” and “FIGHT HARD” to win. I get it. But we should reconsider that TRY-HARD, FIGHT HARD approach by looking at the Chinese General Sun Tzu who crushed his enemy WITHOUT fighting. Sounds Christ-like, doesn’t it?
It’s true that Christians trying to become FaithWalkers are in a war with the world and an Enemy who owns darkness. How could it be anything but a war?
Think about it. How in the world could it be easy to become a sanctified soul walking with rhythm in Christ? How could it be easy to grow spiritually? How could it be easy to spend time in God’s inner sanctuary?
Don’t get me wrong. Jesus makes those things EASY. We make them HARD when we travel a Try-Hard, Fight Hard road to become a FaithWalker. Doing it that way compounds the obstacles standing between us and finding God’s joy and balance.
The Try-Hard, Fight Hard strategy to become a FaithWalker is incompatible with finding God’s joy.
If we lock onto the Try-Hard, Fight Hard approach, it doesn’t take much and it doesn’t take long for a sense of false confidence to invade the cinema of our mind.
Allowing that to happen has us searching frantically for a quick fix. A silver bullet. A special key to unlock the door that will activate our faith.  Heck, just Google it, right?
There is NO QUICK FIX and it ain’t easy becoming a FaithWalker.
If we allow our pride to take over and make us think we can do this on our own we will want to give up. So before you become weary and burdened, give it to God and then embrace the complexity because it’s the only way to know that we cannot do it on our own by executing a Try-Hard, Fight Hard plan.
We become FaithWalkers by virtue of the Holy Spirit’s power and in our union with JESUS. We are transformed to righteousness and sanctification through the process of surrendering…obeying…growing…and yielding to Christ. NOT trying hard and fighting hard.  

I ask God to step in and redirect my path when I start trying hard and fighting hard to be a FaithWalker. To nudge me in the direction he would have me go so I don’t have to try hard and fight hard. To give me the gift of not fighting to win the fight.
If you are Trying Hard and Fighting Hard to become a FaithWalker, try to win the fight by not fighting and, instead,  surrendering…obeying…growing…and yielding to Christ.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


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