Fighting The Good Faith Fight, Part 2,Sub Part 2

Fighting The Good Faith Fight, Part 2,Sub Part 2


Faith Life Church (Praise and Worship Team sing
This is the Day) ♪ This is the day that the Lord
has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day
that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord
has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day
that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good
and his mercy endures ♪ ♪ For the Lord is good
I will be glad ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good
and his mercy endures ♪ ♪ For the Lord is good
I will be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord
has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day
that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ This is the day that the Lord
has made ♪ ♪ I will rejoice ♪ ♪ This is the day
that the Lord has made ♪ ♪ I will be glad ♪ ♪ Because the Lord is good
and his mercy endures ♪ ♪ For the Lord is good
I will be glad ♪♪ In Luke twenty-two, Jesus is
just about to go to the cross, and as the disciples are hearing
Him talk, their understanding, He’s talking about leaving and
them not being able to come; it disturbed them, it bothered them
and they began to affirm, “No, no, no, we’re going with You no
matter what.” And in Luke 22:31 Jesus said,
“Simon, Simon,” talking about Peter. Now you heard me say this
before. Anytime the Lord calls your name
twice… “Saul, Saul, why are you
persecuting Me?” “Martha, Martha, you’re troubled
about many things.” When the Lord calls your name
twice like that just go ahead and hit your knees and just
start repenting. And you better take notice
because you are either messing up already or you are about to. Is that what’s happening right
here? “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has
desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat,” in a sieve. Verse thirty- two, “But I have
prayed for you,” somebody said, “Man, I wish
He’d pray for me.” He already has. I said, He already has and the
Bible said He ever lives to make intercession at the throne of
God. You have Somebody on your side. You have Somebody Who has a
faith for you and in you that will never quit, that will never
waver. He’s real and that faith is
real. Never say nobody believes in me. It’s a big lie. The Head of the Church believes
in you. And even when He knows Peter is
about to blow it, big time, Jesus’ faith looks beyond His
failure and prays and believes for restoration and victory. Does our Master have faith? Whoa, what faith. If you read the rest of it –
read the Book of John and read the seventeenth chapter and read
His prayer, He prays that all of us, talking about the whole body
of Christ, be one just like He and the Father are One. Now most everybody would look at
that and look at the state of disarray and strife that all the
denominations and groups are embroiled in today and think no
way, no how. That ain’t never going to
happen. But it is. I said, but it is. And Jesus will stand and believe
for it if it takes a thousand millennia. This is the kind of faith our
Master has and we are to follow in His footsteps. And once we know the truth and
once we know His will and once we’ve heard from Him, we take
our stand and we will never doubt it, we will never quit it,
we will never change it. That’s how you fight and win the
good fight of faith. He said, “I prayed for you that
your faith fail not: and when,” not if, is this faith talking? Not if, when, “You are
converted,” not only are you going to get past this failure,
but you’re going to be a strength. Did you know God could take the
very thing that you were failure and in bondage in and give you
such victory that not only are you free but He uses you to help
other people get free in the same area? You used to be the poster child
of what not to do and in that same area you’ve become the one
who is the victorious one over it and used to help other people
get out of it. “I’ve prayed for you that your
faith failed not and when you are converted, strengthen your
brethren.” Verse thirty-three, “And,” Peter
said, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both into prison, and
to death.” That was not the right thing to
say. He’s not taking this seriously. He is overconfident in his faith
at this point. You can’t be overconfident in
God. He’s beyond His ability and
faithfulness is beyond any confidence you could have in
Him. But you can have an overly
optimistic idea of your own faith and where you are. Is Peter overly confident in his
faith and where he is? Should he be boasting to the
Lord about what he’s going to do? If you put this together with
the other Gospel accounts that talk about this, Peter at one
point said, “Though everybody leaves You, I won’t leave You. I will never leave You. I will die with You.” Well, he’s saying the right
thing, but when it’s all said and done, the truth came out –
his faith wasn’t really there. He wasn’t aware of what he was
about to face. The good faith fight is a real
fight. It is not some imaginary
something. It is not flippantly making
confessions. Your faith and mine is going to
be challenged. It’s going to be tried. And we’re going have to reach
down at times and it’s going to take everything we’ve got to not
buckle and not compromise and not change what we
started out believing. And we’re not going to win
battles by acting like it’s no deal and we’re going to breeze
through it and it’s no problem. We can win every time. He always causes us to triumph. We can. But it’s not going to be – every
battle is not going to be like you’re sitting on the sofa
taking a nap, drinking an afternoon tea. There’s going to be times when
you are going to be seriously tempted to give up and to quit
and you’re going to have to reach down and it’s going to
take all the faith you got, and you’re going to have to call on
the Greater One inside of you, right? And you’re going to have to keep
standing when other people quit, and a lot of the situations
where it seems like something didn’t work out and that’s why
people come up, “Well, maybe it just wasn’t the will of God,”
no, people quit. People, I’m talking about people
of God. People of God are quitting right
and left all over the place. They stand for a few minutes,
they stand for a few days, they stand for a few days, and then
they get tired and they quit. And it’s not for us to throw any
rocks or to judge because unless you’ve been in some of these
fights, it’s easy to talk big about what you would do just
like Peter, right? And you know you can overcome
and you know this faith really is the victory that overcomes
the whole world. But it is a fight. It’s a real fight. That’s why he keeps saying,
“Fight the good fight,” why does he keep talking about fighting? Because you’re going to have to
fight, right? “I don’t like to fight. I just want Jesus to do it all
and they said He’s already done it.” He has already done it all but
you’re going to have to fight to hold on to what He’s already
done. But Peter is boasting. He’s saying I’m ready. Was he ready? He wasn’t ready. “I’m ready to go with you both
to prison and to death. I’m ready.” And Jesus looked at him and
said, “I tell you Peter, the cock,” the rooster, “shall not
crow this day, before you three times deny that you,” even,
“know Me.” And if you look at the rest of
the passages Peter came back and said, “No, no, no, no way, no
way, no way. Everybody else may leave You but
I will not leave You.” This was not time to brag and
boast. What was it time to do? It’s time to say, “Lord, I don’t
want to do that. What do I need to do? Tell me what do I need to do? Help me here.” Humble yourself. Ask for help, ask for grace. I know this is a little bit
sobering, but it needs to be. There’s been a lot of talk about
faith and fighting the good fight of faith but it’s been
trivialized, it’s been like oh, hallelujah, I got the victory,
no problem. And then the first symptoms or
the first challenges somebody was slapped with they’re like,
“I don’t understand. This isn’t supposed to be
happening to me. I’m a faith person.” Well honey, this is the first
time you’ve had opportunity to show any fight of faith and you
are folding up like a wet noodle. There ain’t no faith there. You have faith talk and then you
have faith walk. Is that right? You have the real thing and you
are going to be opposed. And notice, the enemy went after
Peter, didn’t he? He went after him and he wants
to do what? Sift him like wheat. Now, what does sifting do? Separates. Sifting separates one thing from
another thing. Well, what is he trying to
separate out of Peter? His faith. He’s after his faith. He means to separate him from
his faith. And he’s not all-powerful, but
he is able to influence and do some things in this earth, and
he can work through situations and circumstances to shake
things, and when you get shaken, if you allow yourself to be
shaken enough, it will shake the faith out of you. And you’ll start crying and
acting helpless and feeling sorry for yourself, and you’ll
quit believing and you’ll quit standing, and you’ll be
defeated. Peter is bragging, “No! Everybody may run off, but I
won’t. I will never leave You Jesus. I will never leave You. I am with You to the end. I will climb the highest
mountain, I will swim the deepest ocean. I am with You. I have Your back. I’m your man.” (Laughs) Well, anybody can talk. Right? Anybody can talk when you’re
over here with the Lord hanging out, no problem. But in a few hours there’s going
to be soldiers. There’s going to be pressure. Somebody say, “Pressure.”Congregation: Pressure.There’s going to be pressure
brought down. Hard pressure. Heavy pressure. And some things are not going to
go the way you thought they would go. He never imagined Jesus would
let them take Him. That never entered into his
thinking. Never in a million years did he
think Jesus would let them. He has faced this before. He walked through the crowds
with them trying to get Him, right? They tried to take into the brow
of the hill and throw Him off one time. Couldn’t do it. Couldn’t do it. Couldn’t do it. So he’s confident. But when it didn’t go the way he
thought it would, tell me what happened. What happened? Skip down to verse fifty-four. “Then took,” Jesus, “and led
Him, and brought Him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed,” where? Is he being shaken? He was right there. I got Your back. I got the back door. I got the back forty. Can you see what’s happening? “And when they had kindled a
fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together,
Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as
he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and
said, This man was also with him.” Pressure. There are no other believers
around. You’re not sensing the
anointing, there’s no organ music. This is not your church. You aren’t in Kansas anymore. There isn’t anything but hate
for you and your Master and what you do. You feel totally isolated and
alone. And they have murderer in their
eyes. They will kill you. And what happened to him? What happened to him? Come on, help me out. What happened to him? What’s it time to do? Fight for what? For what you believe. Right? Who you believe Jesus is. Who He is to you. Who you are to Him. Is it time to stand up no matter
what the repercussion? Come on, is it time? But what does it take to do
that? It takes real faith. Verse fifty-seven, “He denied
Him, saying, I don’t know Him.” Jesus Who? Where is He from? What’s happening? This is how you lose the faith
fight. “Y’all don’t really believe in
healing over there at that church, do you? Healing by miraculous power? Come on. You’re an educated person and
you say you went to college?” How many know it’s not time for
you to start backpedaling and going, “Well, we’re open to
everybody’s beliefs. I don’t want to offend anybody
but we believe that under some circumstances…” You’re wavering, is that right? You’ve been hit and you’re
staggering. Is that right? Much more of this and you’re
going down. You don’t have to be mean, you
don’t have to try to push things off on people, but you need to
know that you know that you know what you believe and you don’t
move. “And after a little while
another saw him, and said, You are also of them.” You’re one of them. Peter said what? “Man, I am not.” I told you no. I don’t know Him. Is Peter losing the fight? Is the enemy being successful in
separating him from his faith? He is. He is. “And about the space of one hour
after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth
this fellow also was with Him: for he is a Galilaean.” Another writer said your accent
gives you away. I know where you’re from. I saw you with Him. “And Peter said,” what? Man, I am not. I told you no. And another writer said he began
to curse and say I don’t know Him, I told you, leave me alone. I don’t know this guy. I don’t know this guy. “And immediately…the rooster
crowed. And the Lord turned, and looked
at Peter.” I don’t know that physically the
Lord could’ve heard everything that was going over there, maybe
He did, but I know by the Spirit He picked it up and He knew it
and I don’t know if even if it was in the distance He turned
and looked at him and He caught his eyes, and Peter caught His
eyes, and he knew. He knows. And he has lost a fight. Hasn’t he? Was he overconfident? If you’ll backup and you read,
you’ll see that after the Lord warned him about denying Him
they went out to pray and they all took a nap when they’re
supposed be praying. And that’s one thing when Jesus
woke them up and said, “Watch and pray that you don’t enter
into temptation.” He didn’t know how close he was
to losing a fight, did he? And he should’ve already had
some understanding of this because how many remember not
too long before this Jesus was walking on the water and Peter
said, “If that’s You bid me come.” And so he stepped out and he did
begin to walk on the water but what happened? He began to waver, is that
right? Waver and looking at the winds
and waves and started going down and Jesus caught him and rescued
him and said, “Why did you doubt? Where’s your faith?” So we don’t want to act like we
don’t even have to try to have faith and win this fight, like
it’s just going to be a breeze for us, everything we face and
deal with. We can win it, but it’s going to
take some fighting on our part. Not fighting to get God to do
something; He’s already done it. Jesus has already bought and
paid for it, it’s ours by His grace. No, what is the fight? The enemy will try to separate
you from your faith. Will he be successful? First Corinthians 10:12 says,
“Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he
fall.” We don’t want to be braggadocios
about our faith and what we can believe and what we can stand. It’s easy to talk when nothing
is going on. Right? It’s easy to sit up in church
surrounded by believers and you’re not even dealing with
that problem going, “Oh, yes! Hallelujah! I’d stand forever.” Well, that doesn’t mean much. I’m glad to hear it, sounds
good, it’s the right direction to be thinking, but that’s a far
different thing than you standing by yourself somewhere. You dealing with symptoms in the
middle of the night. You looking at a pile of bills
on your table. That’s not the same, and yet you
can win every fight. I said, you can win every fight. You and I can overcome no matter
what the enemy does, if we make up our mind, if we set our face
like flint, if we lay hold and refuse to ever turn loose. I want you to clutch around you,
your chest, your midsection. Say it out loud: “Nobody
(Congregation repeats)
is getting my faith from me. Nobody. Nothing, nobody is separating my
faith from me.” In order to keep it, tell me
what you’re going have to do. What I’m going to have to do. We’re going to have to fight. Not fight God, not fight each
other, but we’re going to have to fight against everything that
is trying to take our faith from us. Everything that’s trying to wear
us down. Get us to give up, get us to
quit. Romans 8:35 you ought to shout
about this. I said, you ought to shout at
about this. Who, “Who shall separate us from
the love of Christ?” And did you know that’s what our
faith works by, is by this love? How can we trust Him forever and
never give up trusting Him? Because we know how much He
loves us. We know He’ll never leave us nor
forsake us. Should tribulation separate us? Should distrust separate us
persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword
separate us from the love of Christ? Verse thirty-seven, “No,”
somebody say: “No.”Congregation: No.Will it separate you? Will feeling bad separate you
from your faith in Him and from knowing how much He loves you
and you trusting in Him? Will piles of bills, unpaid
bills separate you, separate you? Feeling bad, feeling low,
feeling depressed, other people talking about you? Making fun of you? Trying to stab you in the back? When are you going to throw up
your hands and go, “I can’t take it anymore? I’m sorry, I just can’t. I can’t take it.” That’s how you go down and don’t
come back up. You have to fight. I know it’s not fun, I know it’s
not easy, but you have to fight. What kind of fight is it? It’s not a fistfight, it’s not a
slap fight. It is a good faith fight and you
reach down inside and you take your faith and you put it in
some good faith confession words, right? And then you have that thing
loaded. Right? And the enemy tries to get in
your face and say, “You’re not going to make it. This is never going to happen. You’re never going to go over
this. You’re never going to get
through this.” And you go, boom! “Yes, I will. I can do all things through
Christ.” Boom! “I’m more than a conqueror
through Him that loved me.” Boom! “The Greater One is living
inside me and He always causes me to,” boom! “Triumph.” That’s how you win this fight.Announcer: We trust this message
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