Monday, September 16, 2013

Bring on the Champion

It appears, the world loves to fight! It's in human nature to stand for what we believe in; to defend our point of view and the things we value most! We fight to obtain that which we want out of life; whether it be a championship belt, a winning goal, a clean bill of Health, or a mind at Peace.
Our arms & legs in a defense position, sword thrusting, blood gushing, body sweating- Ah... the anticipation of a good battle! Like the strong gladiators in Rome, the disciplined Samurai in Japan, or the Sambo of Russia, the Muay Thai of Thailand, the MCMAP of the United States, the Silat of Malaysia, the Eskrima of the Philippines, and the Krav Maga of Israel. When fighting against the Enemy, we should all imitate a hungry lion letting out his roar just before his fatal kill.

It really doesn't matter what we're fighting for, as long as we stay in the fight. Make sure you stay in it to win it. Use every single drop of energy you have. Strategize your opponent's style of fighting. Study your Enemy's moves, his weaknesses, and his strengths just as he studies yours.

"For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm."    Eph. 6:12

Take a UFC fighter for example. In each of the five rounds for a title bout, his mission is to knock his opponent out or to hold him in a submission position until he taps out. Fighting mixed martial arts, (using different techniques & strategies) he tries his best to win the round (battle). But if he doesn't, he'll try again in the next one. Going in a little more tired but he continues the fight until he brings on the champion in him and finally wins the Championship title belt.
"Más sabe el Diablo por viejo que por diablo." (The devil knows more because he's old, not because he's the devil.)  Spanish Proverb

We should be more like UFC fighters when it comes to fighting for God and against the Enemy. Let us use a full range of mixed martial arts. Studying the Enemy's moves, strategize the best techniques (prayers, obedience and acts of love) to hold our Enemy under submission or knocking him out all together. Remembering that each day is a daily battle for a bigger war. Yes, we could easily throw in the towel before actually fighting a good fight or we can give the Devil hell! What would you rather do to gain that Championship crown? Submit or knock him out?! Me? I'd rather go in with courage, knock him out, get my belt(crown) and walk out with my greatest reward, Eternal Life!
"Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Tim 6:12
© Sep 2013 Ellie Kings
Digital Art: Juniper Jones
References:  Six Great Martial Arts & wiki: Ultimate Fighting Championship


Steve E said...

I would die for my faith, but do not think i'd kill for it. In fact, I ceased fighting anything and everything a few years ago

A battles in chess still grabs me. Rather do that than watch two hours of Sat Nite Live ReRuns!

Your well-written messages DO come through loud and clear, Ellie. Thanks!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Ellie, thanks for visiting my blog and making such a nice comment.

"Más sabe el Diablo por viejo que por diablo." (The devil knows more because he's old, not because he's the devil.) Spanish Proverb

The above makes me think of my hero, Samuel McCord. His Moriarty, so to speak, is DayStar -- who believes himself Lucifer. I do not say he is or isn't -- I leave that to the reader to decide.

But McCord knows he is out-matched, but he will not quit, for innocents depend on him. He wins, not because he is smarter, but because he is willing to lose in pursuit of something larger than himself.

Great post, Roland

thisisme said...

Great post Ellie! I so liked (and agreed with) your last sentence about walking out with eternal life. We must never give up. Thank you for popping over to my place!

Jennifer Shirk said...

You're right! Salvation is important to fight for!

~Ellie Kings~ said...

Steve could you believe I love Chess because of the strategy & don't know how to play much of it? I'm a Baby-Baby amateur. That's how bad. LoL

~Ellie Kings~ said...

Hi Roland- sounds like Samuel's a good fighter! In my book, anyone willing to lose in pursuit of something larger than himself is Not Lucifer. Thanks for taking time to drop a line.

~Ellie Kings~ said...

You and me both Diane! What else is greater than Eternal Life?! They're already trying to find the fountain of youth! If they only knew it pairs up with Eternity :)

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Fight to win. Always. Beautiful post.