Wednesday, August 27, 2014
If you know me, you know although I have not had a physical fight in many years, I like to fight. Sorry, I'm probably only 87% saved in many of your eyes. I am sure that I am a descendant of the disciple Peter. So when I saw the cover of this book, I KNEW it was for me.
It’s no wonder the enemy hates us. Since the beginning of time, he has studied Adam and his descendants. Fight: Winning the Battles That Matter Most by Craig Groeschel. This short read was nothing that I expected. I can honestly say I underestimated it. Although the author specifically states that this book is for men, I can say I walked away with many nuggets to ponder as a woman.
As a Princess Warrior, I like to fight, so the title resonated with me tremendously. Lo and behold I open the book, and Pastor Craig began to share that Yah created men to have the heart of a warrior. Deep inside your DNA structure there is an inherited desire to fight for what’s pure and true. The Lord has given each and every one of us the divine desire to fight for righteousness. Now everyone faces battles. But battles that make you dependent on the Lord as the source of your strength. Those are the battles worth fighting. Those are the battles that make you come alive!
In this book, we learn that the way we view The Messiah is skewed. The snapshots of Yeshua the Messiah doesn’t allow us fully to appreciate Yahweh's character and the example of Yeshua. This book juxtapositions the lives of Sampson and The Messiah. Although I expected more on the side of the Messiah.
There are lessons that teach the reader how to fight and win decisively and to identify your strength, as well as your strength in The Creator. He teaches about the power to stand your ground and direct your warlike energy for a cause that is greater than yourself.
We’re on the frontlines of a major war. A warrior is not what you are, but who you are. It’s all about knowing that in your weakness you are made strong in Him. Know the source of your strength. In this book, we see that the enemy made one of the strongest superheroes in Bible time weak. In detail Pastor, Craig teaches us the spiritual weapons of a warrior as well as the detail of your armor. Throughout the text, he helps you to create a battle plan against whatever enemy you may be facing.
My major takeaway from the book is not to let your legendary accomplishments be overshadowed by your notorious weaknesses. We, just like the Messiah, cannot be defined by our accomplishments. They are but a mere snapshot of who we are. This book was great for holding up a mirror and showing your true reflection. He details how we overestimate our ability and underestimate our opponent. Long gone are the days of self-justification, deflecting the blame onto others and instant gratification. This book tells that we should not let our emotions lead our actions.
It forces the reader to take an honest look at themselves and realize that you are not the master; you merely work for the team. How often do we betray the one that loves us because of our selfish desires? Further reading and inspection tells us that small but pleasurable steps are mere traps that are intended to take you out or at the very least lead you down the road to destruction. It is important to choose your battles wisely for every secret action taken there is a hidden cost associated with it.
I would love a version of this book for women. Overall, this is a solid self-reflective read to help equip you for the faith fight. It takes a strong person to keep their cool in the midst of adversity. From reading this book, the most important lesson I’ve learned is that to die once is easy. It’s when you die to yourself each day that makes you brave because you live to fight another day. Next read: Soul Detox by Pastor Chris as well.