Queens' Monthly Mentoring
What To Do When You Are In A Faith Fight
This month we are going to study about how to walk out our faith in daily life. Each one of us in the Kingdom of God will have to know how to operate when in the midst of a faith fight. In the times we are living in, fighting for our faith is no longer an option. This lesson will point out some practical steps for each of us to take.
1. When you are in a faith fight, you must not let what you see move you off of the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV
“while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Hebrews 11:1 BSB
“Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.”
2. When you are in a faith fight, guard your eye and ear gate against facts that are subject to change.
Proverbs 4:23 CEV & NLT
“Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.”
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
3. When you are in a faith fight, watch what you allow to come out of your mouth.
Matthew 5:37 BSB
“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ Anything more comes from the evil one.”
Proverbs 18:21 GNT & AMP
“What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
Proverbs 21:23 BSB
“He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.”
4. When you are in a faith fight, guard what you say and who you say it around.
Psalm 39:1 NLT & GNT
“I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
“I said, "I will be careful about what I do and will not let my tongue make me sin; I will not say anything while evil people are near."
Psalm 1:1-3 HCSB & GNT
“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the LORD’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
“Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD, and they study it day and night. They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do.”
2 Timothy 3:5 AMP
“holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.”
5. When you are in a faith fight, you must hold on to the truth of God’s Word. Stick to God’s spiritual truth, not to the world’s lies while in a faith fight.
Hebrews 2:1 GNT & GWT
“That is why we must hold on all the more firmly to the truths we have heard, so that we will not be carried away.”
“For this reason we must pay closer attention to what we have heard. Then we won't drift away [from the truth].”
Numbers 23:19 ESV
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
1 Timothy 4:1-2 NLT
“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.”
Romans 16:17 GNT
“I urge you, my friends: watch out for those who cause divisions and upset people's faith and go against the teaching which you have received. Keep away from them!”
Psalm 33:4 GNT
“The words of the LORD are true, and all his works are dependable.”
2 Samuel 22:31 ISV
“This God! His way is perfect! What the LORD declares proves true. He shields everyone who flees for protection to him!”
John 10:4-5 NIV
“When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."
6. When you are in a faith fight, God must be your focus so that you stay in His will.
Romans 12:1-2 NLT, AMP & CEV
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
“Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God. Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.”
James 4:7 BSB
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
7. When you are in a faith fight, you must be able to remember God’s Word concerning you so that you can fight conflicting words and facts.
Proverbs 4:20 MSG
“Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.”
1 Timothy 1:18 GNT
“Timothy, my child, I entrust to you this command, which is in accordance with the words of prophecy spoken in the past about you. Use those words as weapons in order to fight well,”
Psalm 107:20 NASB 1995
“He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 GWT
“Of course we are human, but we don't fight like humans. The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ. We are ready to punish every act of disobedience when you have become completely obedient.”
2 Timothy 3:12-16 CEV
“In fact, anyone who belongs to Christ Jesus and wants to live right will have trouble from others. But evil people who pretend to be what they are not will become worse than ever, as they fool others and are fooled themselves. Keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.”
8. When you are in a faith fight, you don’t back down.
Hebrews 10:39 BSB
“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.”
Hebrews 10:38 AMP
“BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE [the one justified by faith] SHALL LIVE BY FAITH [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him]; AND IF HE DRAWS BACK [shrinking in fear], MY SOUL HAS NO DELIGHT IN HIM.”
Psalm 44:18 BSB
“Our hearts have not turned back; our steps have not strayed from Your path.”
Luke 9:62 WEB
“But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."
1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 CEV
“My dear friends, stand firm and don't be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile.”
Ephesians 6:10-14 NLT
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.”
2 Chronicles 15:7 CEV
“So you must be brave. Don't give up! God will honor you for obeying him.”
9. When you are in a faith fight, don’t allow your faith fight to cause you to become comfortable or complacent because you are tired.
Romans 1:17 AMP
“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “THE JUST and UPRIGHT SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.””
Hebrews 6:12 NLT & AMP
“Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.”
“so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 AMP
“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].”
10. When you are in a faith fight, you must not place your trust in flesh, but in God.
Jeremiah 17:5 ESV
“Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.”
John 6:63 ESV
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
11. When you are in a faith fight, remember that you are not alone.
Deuteronomy 31:8 BSB
“The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”