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  • Jeffery Johnson

Fight The Good Fight

As Christians, we are well aware of our premiere enemy. He is the ultimate thief. John 10:10 says,“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” Many people only think of our lives being stolen, but he steals things that are also very subtle. He steals our comfort, our peace, our rest, and steals our attention away from God.

Why?…

He hates everything about us. He hates how loved we are by God (John 3:16). He hates how precious we are to God (1st Peter 2:9). And lastly, he hates the gift of life that was bestowed upon us. The end part of John 10:10 quotes Jesus saying, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Life to the full can look many ways beloved. I myself define a full life as one using my gifts to serve others, spending quality time with my friends and family, engaging in the activities that bring me joy, and worshipping God. What progress have you made during this quarantine?

Don’t let the king of thieves steal what’s rightly yours! “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22) Live full and die empty. My coach would say, “leave everything out on the court.”

Throughout our crisis dealing with COVID-19, I have made sure to heavily address the need for strengthening our spirit, and our bodies. Today, focus primarily on strengthening your mind. They say the mind is a battleground for which Satan is waging war against us. Therefore, we must strengthen our opportunities to win that battle. The first step is accepting wisdom. Proverbs 1:5 says, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”

It may seem counterintuitive to first arm yourself with the tools of listening and learning, but there is no better way to prepare for anything. Dr. Suess said it best in his infamous teachings using the simplest phrases by stating that, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

The body literally cannot live without the mind. Work on puzzles, riddles, and games to keep yourself sharp. Take quizzes, or learn a new craft. Watch educational programming and share your new found knowledge. You’ll be surprised at the places you’ll go regardless of your age.

Always remember your purpose and your worth net. Never a day are you worth-less, because you’re worth it…And so much more!”

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