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CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A GREAT BATTLE! The world census reveals the highest percentage of people to be Christians who claim to believe in Lord Jesus Christ. It is not known how many of them are living like Christ and are able to change others to Christians. There are many Christians who are confident that they would go to heaven because they believed Christ Jesus and took Baptism in His name. Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Many think that they pray regularly, go to church every Sunday, give tithe, conduct revival meetings once in a year, celebrate festivals grandly, and secured a place in the burial ground. Satan gave them a false hope of inheriting the kingdom of God by doing all these. They also believe that Christian life is a peaceful life and they don’t have to strive for anything. So let us see how Paul warned all those who are in this false belief. Philippians 1:27-30 say, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.” Let us see what is it to suffer for His sake and be in the conflict. Gospel means Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3). Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Now, how do we get this faith? Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So, what did we hear about Christ? We heard that Christ died, buried and rose on the third day. It is only by this that one should be brought into faith (John 20:29-31). But today the followers of Satan are questioning the crucifixion of Christ. We see the newspapers, authors, and many others having their eye on the Bible and Christ to prove them wrong. One said that Christ did not die on the cross but escaped and came to India and that His tomb is still there in Kashmir. Many doubted Bible after reading his book and many couldn’t accept Christianity because of it. The other one said Christ went to Australia and the other one took Him to Japan, got Him married and begot children too! After hearing all these there were many who couldn’t believe that which is called faith. Is it proper keeping quiet seeing so many believing those baseless words and arguing with us about Christ? Isn’t it our duty to answer these people and shut their mouths or bring them into faith? 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1 Timothy 1:18 says, “Wage a good warfare.” Is there a necessity to wage war for a Christian or is it okay if we remain calm not being bothered about what so is happening? There are many who question the gospel and are also trying to prove that Christ is wrong. When such situation arises it is not just the duty of the pastor but of every believer to stand firm to prove that Christ has indeed resurrected. There are many in the false understanding that a Christian should never argue and try to maintain peace in every situation. They think that it is enough if they believed Christ. Satan has made all the Christians passive regarding the gospel. Though they listen wrong being said about Christ they think they don’t have anything in this regard and Christ would look into the matter and punish them. But 2 Corinthians 10:3-8 say, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing

every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed.” Christ taught us to show our left cheek to him who slapped our right cheek. He asked us to bless the one who cursed us. But do you know what He asked us to do when one rejected Him and His word? Is there anything which Christ asked us not to tolerate? Did He ask us to reprimand others regarding anything? Yes, He asked us to stand against those who said that the faith and the gospel were wrong. It is because in the very first century people proclaimed wrongly about Christ saying He did not resurrect and that His disciples stole His body and hid it some where. This has been continued till date by Satan (Matthew 27:63, 64; 28:11-15). Had not Christ’s disciples fought that day and had they not written this word, what would have been our condition? We would have never known about Christ? Acts 4:17-20 tells how Peter and John answered before their rulers, elders, and scribes and defended the gospel. They said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” It is not enough if we just confine ourselves to the four walls of the church and preach inside it. 1 Corinthians 16:7-9 says, “I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” This war has started then and is still going on. The way the people in the first century fought to preserve the gospel, it is the duty of each one of us to shut the mouth of everyone who speaks against it. 1 Peter 2:15 says, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Today’s Christians have completely forgotten the word called ‘war’. Satan succeeded in bringing them to that stage where they think what it is to me if somebody said something about Christ. Can you remain silent when somebody speaks wrong about your children or your wife? Will you not open your mouth and defend them? But when it comes to God, you say, ‘Jehovah- Jireh’. If God Himself can look after things, why are you here then? Will you keep quiet if somebody says the place where you are staying is not yours? You would not keep quiet till you prove them that it is indeed your place. When you hear people saying Christ is not crucified, is it not your responsibility to prove that He is indeed crucified and resurrected? Will you keep quiet thinking they didn’t say anything against you? Is it not right answering these people who say that Christ is not crucified and the Christians are just fooling about? Colossians 1:18 says, “Christ is the firstborn from the dead.” What are the Christians doing when they say that Christ is not resurrected? In the Old Testament we see people like Goliath speaking wrongly against the God of Israelites. Then Saul and other Israelites didn’t do anything but it was David who stood against Goliath and defeated him (Hebrews 11:32). If you see the Pakistani air crafts attacking India and the soldiers in the uniform doing nothing to fight them back, what are they then for? Are they there only to do march past? As it is the duty of every soldier to protect the country, it is also the duty of every Christian to defend Christ and spread the gospel. 2 Timothy 2:3-5 say, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he completes according to the rules.” If you still think why I should be bothered, read Titus 1:16. It says, “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” Satan is making you a coward not allowing you to participate in

the warfare. Our war is against those who say that Christ and His preaching are wrong. Jude 1:3 says, “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” At times we hear the world saying the Bible is good and the Christ in it is also good but it is the Christians who are not good. Isn’t there a need for us to examine ourselves and see where we are going wrong? Isn’t there a need to fight against that wrong preaching which brought us to this stage? Philippians 1:30 says, “Have the same conflict which you saw in me.” The way Paul fought with people who were like animals; we should also be ready to fight against everyone who preaches against the word of God. Acts 19:8 says, “And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.” It is also our duty to reason out things and persuade the people who question our faith. Warring doesn’t mean fighting with weapons, swords, guns, sticks, etc. We should fight the way Jesus fought with Satan and shut his mouth (Luke 4:1-13) and also like the apostles where they shut the mouths of rulers, scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and gentiles with their knowledge of God, peacefully and convincingly. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7, Ephesians 6:10-18). Dear Brothers, all those who are called Christians shouldn’t limit themselves to singing and attending the church. Try to realize what made you a Christian and fight a good fight for the Lord. Do all that which could give you the ever lasting life and always be ready to resist the followers of Satan and be able to say like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord will give me on that Day.”- (1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7)