In this series, we’ve been challenged to fight for what’s right. A fight is a confrontation, but many time in our Christian walks, we choose not to fight; we prefer to take the easy way. Today we are challenged to fight for the souls of those who don’t know God and don’t want to know Him. It’s possible that these people have a negative view of Christians and particularly don’t like you! They may be on TV, in your neighborhood, at your job, cursing your church, using your God’s name in vain, and cursing your Bible.
Even people who don’t know God love their friends, but Jesus calls us to love our enemies and care for them just as much.
If you can have the heart to fight for these people, then everything else is easy. Even people who don’t know God love their friends, but Jesus calls us to love our enemies and care for them just as much (Matthew 5:43-47).
Who in that person in your life? Do you have a heart and passion and desire to fight for him/her? Before you answer…remember that Jesus fought for you before you knew Him! Our first reaction toward those who hate is should be to notice their need for God and to fight FOR them in prayer, not argue with them or judge them. And you also need to be available and willing to be used in the answer to your prayer; be willing to share, willing to reach out, willing to love.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
The Fight: Prayerfully plead for the souls of those who reject God.
Spiritual Identity: Intercessor
Bible Character: Moses
Moses was 80 years old when he began his ministry. After being raised in Pharaoh’s house for 40 years and then living as a fugitive for 40 years, at age 80 Moses was called by the Lord to go on an evangelistic journey and save the Jews from slavery.
These people had heard of God and been taught about him, but they didn’t know him. They argued and complained at every turn. Each time the Lord provided and responded to Him, yet they did not appreciate His efforts nor give Him credit for all He had done. Yet every time the people complained, rather than brushing them aside or complaining himself, Moses pled to God on the people’s behalf.
When people misunderstand you or insult you, is your instinct to fight back or to love them no matter what? God has placed us as lights in the darkness. Remember as you interact with those who dislike God and dislike Christianity, that you are being watched. They want to see whether or not you can be Biblically loving, forgiving, encouraging, and pleading for souls, or whether you will fight back and be angry and critical.
In this passage from Exodus 32, Moses was away, fasting for 40 days. While he was gone, the people decided that Moses had abandoned them and that they needed to create a god to worship. (By the way, we can see this human behavior all around us, as everyone you know chooses to worship a god of some kind – job, money, relationships, retirement, education, stock market, looks, sex, fitness, or anything we place our trust and security in that is not the Lord.)
And the Lord said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’”Exodus 32:7-8
Sometimes God shows you a person on the path of destruction because He wants to see what you’re going to do. Will you show a selfish perception or a dark heart? Or are you willing to be the intercessor and stand in the gap?
And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’”So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.Exodus 32:9-14
Press On: Prayerfully pursue the understanding and fulfillment as one who stands in the gap for others.
You need to fight to understand and fulfill your role as the person who stands in the gap for others.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.2 Corinthians 5:20
Passion: Pray with passion to destroy the idol of selfishness.
As Christ’s ambassador, you are called to help others see how much He loves them. If you don’t know how to do this, ask God! Ask Him how to share your faith, encourage others, and pray with passion to destroy the idol of selfishness that keeps you more concerned about yourself than about others.
Persistence: Pray constantly because lives are at stake.
There are people in your world who will die and go to hell. Right now, they are completely blinded to the love of God. They may think Christians are haters and they haven’t seen God’s love lived out.
So today’s challenge is this: if you know God, think of someone in your life whose soul you need to plead for. Start fighting for that person in prayer. God will help you see things from their perspective, give you sensitivity and compassion for them, and unite you with them. The point is for you to grow and for them to come to know Him.
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 ________________.