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Fight Club - Part 1, Fight Club
Miles McPherson - September 6, 2015

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Fight - a confrontation between opposing individuals or groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other.

Pastor Miles began today’s message with an anecdote about his Saturday football practices in the NFL, when the players would have a “walk-through day.” During this practice, each player would walk through each of his plays and solidify his role on the team so that everyone was clear on what to do for game day. There was no running and no gear. However, there was one player on his team that would still play his Saturdays at 100%, taping his wrists, fully prepared to fight at any moment.

Jesus died on the cross so that we could always be prepared to fight, too, because the devil never has a walk-through day. He is banking on you being a “no-threat” Christian who just takes up space in church. Meanwhile, He is always fighting to destroy your life, relationships, health, vision, goals, and hope and he never backs off or takes time to relax. If you don’t realize the battle that’s going on, you are highly deceived. You need to be prepared to fight!

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

The Fight: Prayerfully plead for God’s blessing for your life.
Bible Character: Jacob
Spiritual Identity: Prince of God/Governed by God

You need to hold on to God and hunger and thirst for what He has for your life.

Today’s Scripture is from Genesis 32, where we find Jacob fighting and pleading with God for His blessing. Do you plead for anything in the spiritual realm? You need to hold on to God and hunger and thirst for what He has for your life.

Put aside lukewarm living and mediocrity. When you fight for who God wants you to be, your life will be the most exciting it can be!

In Genesis 32, Jacob has stolen his brother’s birthright and his father’s blessing. Esau has vowed to kill Jacob, and as Jacob receives word that his brother is coming with his army to find him, Jacob sends his family and animals ahead of him, along with gifts to appease Esau. Once Jacob is alone, Jesus (“The Man”, who is eternal and appears in the Old Testament in several Scriptural passages) comes and wrestles with Jacob. This is a metaphor of prayer—Jacob wrestling for God’s blessing.

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.Genesis 32:24-29

Press On: Prayerfully reach for God’s dream for your life.

What is your God-given name? In Biblical times, a person’s name was his character.  Jacob’s original name meant “deceiver,” but now he is no longer a deceiver. After wrestling with the Lord, his name and character is changed to Israel, “a man who prevailed with God.”

Pastor Miles shared that when he was first saved he was invited to speak, but he didn’t feel like speaking in front of groups was something he could do. So many years later, it’s easy to see that one of Pastor Miles’ greatest callings is to speak to people! He had to wrestle with the Lord over time and discover this purpose.

What is your God-given purpose?

Satan doesn't want you to know; he wants you to just live and miss out on the amazing plans God has for you. That’s why you’ll need to fight to know what your God-given purpose is and then fight to enjoy it. If you don’t know your purpose and are not living it, you won’t find it by accident and you won’t be fulfilled.

Passion: Pray with passion to destroy the idol of rejection.

In addition to fighting to know your purpose in the Lord, you need to fight to reject the lies of the enemy. Whether you realize it or not, you are bombarded with bad thoughts, discouragement, and labels that are not from God. Sometimes these lies are turned into idols that you believe as your identity. But you have to fight against this! Don’t live defeated, eating the crumbs that the world gives you. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Fight and don’t let go!

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds… 2 Corinthians 10:4

Lies that speak against the knowledge of God in your life need to be taken captive and replaced with what is true.  Instead, express that you want God’s purpose, and fruit of the Spirit. You have to make a decision to read your Bible, pray, and be who God called you to be. 

Persistence: Draw near to God in prayer, in good and bad times.

Never let go!

And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”  Genesis 32:26

If you want all God has for your life, don’t settle for what you have now.  But if you want all the purpose and plans that God has for you, you have to come and get it, do everything you can, and lay your life down for it!

God is way more important than the earthly things that we can pursue.  We have to show persistence in our relationship with God.

Prayer Guide
I am going to fight in prayer for ________________.
I affirm that I am ________________.
I reject the lie that I am ________________.
I will not let go or stop praying until You ________________.

Fight Club

This 5-part series equips us to fight the good fight in prayer as the beloved and empowered children of God. In Part 1, Pastor Miles encourages us to discover our God-given purpose by pressing into passionate and persistent prayer.

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