A Kingdom Leader is always trying to live a life that is pleasing to God. Unfortunately he does not struggle against flesh and blood. He wrestles intensely against spiritual beings that are crafty, deceptive and use trickery.
Do you understand who is fighting to keep you from succeeding? Are you winning the fight or just playing the game? Are your spiritual eyes open? This is a desperate battle for each of us to keep our spiritual eyes. Can you see Jesus in your life today?
Paul says, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Kenneth Wuest states, The verb means, “to contend in the athletic games for the prize, to fight.” When we find that the gloves of the Greek boxer were fur lined on the inside, but made on the outside of ox-hide with lead and iron sewed into it, and that the loser in a wrestling match had his eyes gouged out, we come to some appreciation of what a Greek athletic contest consisted of. Thus, the word “fight” (agōnizomai (ἀγωνιζομαι)) had a very definite meaning for Timothy.(2)
We pray that you won’t fight your battle alone.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Eph. 6:12
(2) Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader (1 Ti 6:11–12). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.