Fighting the Battle in the Ring

A boxer isn’t a boxer until he steps into a ring to face his opponent.

Likewise, he doesn’t become a world-class champion boxer by merely throwing punches at a punching bag.

All those gruelling training and diet the boxer subjects himself to isn’t going to count, if he doesn’t take the step into the ring.

Cos in the ring, that’s where the real battle begins. One can expect the opponent to attack and retaliate with punches, unlike a punching bag that doesn’t fight back.

And it is in a real battle that the boxer’s reflexes, stamina, mental and physical strength is truly tested and built up.

The battlefield for our faith

What about us, especially Christians?

Are we really fighting in the battlefield for the faith against the enemy- satan? Or are we just playing it safe and merely punching bags or the air in our daily life?

And what could be worse is that we might be even thinking that we are fighting in a battle and afflicting damage to the enemy when we aren’t.

The battle today for us Christians are in our global marketplace- in the arena of politics, arts & media, education, healthcare, science & technology and business; to penetrate and engage our marketplace where we can influence and transform lives in this world towards Jesus!

The challenge for us

Let’s challenge ourselves today! This could even mean for some of us to uproot ourselves and work/do business overseas for missions in order to extend the frontiers of His Church.

We need to step into the ring and pit our faith to the test. And yes, we might risk ourselves getting hurt and falling, but we need to trust in His leadership and grace for our lives.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:6-8

Maybe we might be in the ring, but are we fighting or hiding in some safe and comfy corner to avoid the challenge.

I think we need to understand that there is no such thing as failure, but only feedback. When we fall, get up, re-group, evaluate, re-strategise and attack again and again and repeating the whole process again and again.

So unless we fight, we can never fully experience the power and presence of God working in our lives.

Following the Apostle Paul’s example, we should cease our fight only when we reach the day where we see our Maker face-to-face in heaven!

3 thoughts on “Fighting the Battle in the Ring

  1. You Must Seek Me Even More

    You must seek Me you must come to Me, even more
    Though the enemy would come in your life, and roar
    Though the tests and the trials would rock your floor
    Even so, stand up, move forth, and go through the door

    Come further in, Come into your place, and sit with Me
    Do not regard the distracting things that go on daily around thee
    Do not take heed to the many voices that speak continually
    Things are not as they seem, but are blinding many from drawing near to Me

    You must seek My Face, for you have My Overcoming Grace
    It must be a priority, not just a quick relief from the pace
    Time is rapidly increasing, with the shaking of the lands and the human race
    But who will seek Me sincerely, and not to just save face?

    Shut yourselves in with Me, for it is time that you do clearly see
    What flies upon the horizon, and that which comes from underneath, will be
    Much iniquity runs unchecked and will be addressed as I turn the pages, you will see
    Seek Me now, for the great battle will surely rage, but you have the keys to the mystery

    Pressures, trials, hardships, divisions, and increasing distractions galore
    Test the hearts of those who think they feast and dine, only to be found wanting more
    Those who stand firmly rooted in Me, will not be undermined, but will settle the score
    For out of their mouths and their bellies will My Spirit rise up and roar!

    Seek My Face, the Spirit crieth out continually to the human race
    Few turn aside to see, who it is that crieth out, so the scales of justice will confront them to their face
    The leveling of the fields has only begun to shatter the bands, yet so many run in haste
    Instead of learning from Me what to do, and how to walk in the unfolding days

    Tempers flare, unchecked hatred lashes out, even more lies are now released, to bind men’s feet
    The separation increases within My House, clarifying the true, and synchronizing the heart beat
    Many have forsaken gathering in My Name, and are judging their brothers, so they will lose their seat
    The religious games men play will now be forsaken, for I am radically reawakening My Fiery Heat

    The world and its enticements will not continue to hold captive, nor influence Mine any more
    I am the only desire of My true Bride, and she will finally get up, and shut that defiling door
    Prayer will rise up from within My House, flaming and blazing, will it break the powers of the four
    That rule in the heavens over My cities and lands, the Angels loosed by the prayers, will restore

    The Hour is now here, for the path ahead of you to be made truly clear
    Forsake everything and get quiet, and choose to be obedient, and to draw near
    Open your ears to hear, and your eyes to see, for the darkness will overtake those in the rear
    There can be no delay, nor will excuses be accepted, or you be over taken in the smothering fear

    Your strength will be as nothing, your human wisdom will fail, if you are not standing in Me this year
    My Glory is laying bare and bringing to waste, everything the darkness will seek to hasten through the insincere
    Do not think you can tell who is true and who is false, apart from MY Spirit that wields My Spear
    My Sword is already flying, and the righteous who are wise, will now draw near

    -Susan Cummings

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