The Battle Christians Fight That The World Cannot

Christians fight battles every day that the world cannot. It is a battle worth fighting, because it sets us apart, for God’s sake, for His glory, and for hopefully winning others for Christ. These are the battles we face as Christians.

battles we face as Christians

There are many battles we face as Christians. The foundation of our battles; however, is between our flesh and our Spirit. A battle of how we once walked versus how we aim to walk. We aim to walk according to the Holy Spirit, yet we still carry around our flesh. While we still carry our flesh and sometimes gratify our flesh, until the second coming of Christ when we will be made completely righteous, the Spirit is always prepared to lead and guide us away from our flesh.

When we “walk by the Spirit, we will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

While we carry both flesh and Spirit, we must make a conscious choice to walk by the Spirit. The flesh is at war with the Spirit, fighting for our very desires that are not pleasing to God. They are “opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).

This is a choice that is exclusive to those who believe in the saving grace of Christ. The world does not have this option. Unbelievers live according to the flesh, and only to the flesh, because the power of the Holy Spirit is not in those who don’t believe. When we fight this battle and choose the Spirit, we are given the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

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As Christians, we have a unique opportunity to fight everyday to win the battle.  The battle the world doesn’t even have the option to fight. We have the ability to walk according to the ways of the Spirit, as the world sits back and watches how we do it.

What will the world see?

If we are losing the battle the world cannot fight, what fruit are we displaying to those who don’t believe?

If we are winning the battle, the world just may see a battle being won. One that promises the very fruit the world chases. Let us show them the root of the battle is within and they can fight and be victorious too.

These are the battles we face as Christians.

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Written by Eric Nelson

I am a recipient of God's grace. I am married to my lovely wife Christina. I am a PE teacher of amazing elementary students. I am a coach of football and baseball middle school students.I write to hopefully encourage and inspire others in their walk with Christ.

  • This is great man! Very encouraging for me today. We fight a spiritual battle that the world doesn’t. So cool!

    • Eric Nelson

      Amen brother! The world is watching us believers!

  • Nita Schuessler

    Zechariah 4:6, “…not by might, nor by power, but by MY Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” We should live our lives, and speak the Truth, which is Jesus, and do it all in the name of the Lord. We should only say what He wants us to say…not what we would like to say. His Spirit must lead us and He must be the one that speaks through us. The power of His words, and His Spirit are the only things that will bring men to Christ!

    • Eric Nelson

      Amen Nita! We have no power on our own! May we follow the Spirit that gives life!

  • Roland

    Yes, however, “winning others for Christ” is church thinking, whereas the actual disciple realizes that Salvation is God’s work alone, and we who actually follow him are led by spirit and in truth – when being instrumental in doing his work. Signing others up for Jesus,running programs and even teaching Bible to “sign ups and coerced believers” are simply a work in the flesh done in his name by most “Christian institutions”, unfortunately. We should always move by grace realizing that without the Lord, we are powerless to make changes within the world.

    I write this to you because you are one of the few who I see as having an actual understanding of the truth, who is Christ himself.

    • Eric Nelson

      Amen, by grace alone through faith alone. I was referencing Paul in 1 Corinthians 9 and hopefully I appropriately did that. We can do nothing in our own strength, no matter the appearance of it.

      Thanks for the comment. I pray my writing is always pointing to Christ alone.