Teach Me to Fight Series – Part 4
Fight for the Right Reason
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Intro: We’ve looked at Teach Me to Fight the Right Enemy, and Teach me to Fight the Right Way. Tonight, Teach Me to Fight for the Right Reason.
I. The Wrong Reasons to Fight
A. Fighting for the Fun of it
Let’s be honest. Some people just like to fight.
They look for reasons to fall out with people.
They look for reasons to not fellowship
They look for a fight. They make up stuff to fight about.
They provoke people, they instigate a fight.
They enjoy the thrill of arguing.
They enjoy becoming a “victim” of their own making.
They poke at people; they insult people; they call out people, and then when they strike back, the claim that they are being persecuted.
Jesus taught us in Philippians 2:
- 1-3 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
- I Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
B. Fighting for Fame
- Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation…
I’ve met some people that wanted to be known for fighting.
They thrived on it.
They craved the fan base and the publicity.
They even went to the lengths to have websites and forums and guest books for the sole purpose of lashing out at people and rebuking people and calling people out and calling them names.
C. Fighting out of Frustration or Fear
- II Timothy 1:7, 8 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
We don’t fight because we’re scared.
We don’t advance because of fear! God is not in that!
David ran toward Goliath. He didn’t fight out of fear.
The three Hebrew children didn’t stand against the king out of fear. They were not careful to answer him…
Daniel didn’t pray to God after it was outlawed because he was afraid.
No! It is much more important than that!
II. The Right Reasons to Fight
This fight is about the Faith. It is not about you, your feelings, your emotions, your name, your legacy.
It is about the Faith.
David’s motivation to fight Goliath was “IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?”
David didn’t fight his brethren for calling him names.
David didn’t fight the king for NOT fighting.
David fought for only one reason – there was a CAUSE!
A. The Preservation of the Faith
- Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
As parents – we have to fight so our children can know “THE FAITH”.
As pastors – we have to fight so our churches can know “THE FAITH”.
God has always been a huge proponent of safeguarding and protecting “the faith” for the next generation.
We find the word “MEMORIAL” in the Scriptures 31 times. Here is just one of the stories:
- Joshua 4:20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.
If we remain silent, the God of the past will become foreign to people today.
If we don’t fight, the wonders of yesteryear will be lost.
If we don’t defend the faith, the power of God to change lives will never be known.
B. The Propagation of the Faith
- Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Twice in this passage, Paul referred to “the gospel”.
He referred to:
- striving together
- terrified by your adversaries
- suffer for His sake
- 1 Peter 3:14, 17 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
- having the same conflict
- I Cor. 9: 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.