07 Aug Fight the Good Fight of Faith
In 1 Timothy 6:11-12, Paul told Timothy “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.”
What is the good fight of faith? What does it look like?
We all know that in any good fight with a formidable opponent, it will be hard, exhausting, cause pain, bruises, blood, sweat, tears, or more. It won’t be easy or look pretty.
We also know as we enter into a relationship following Jesus that we have now caught the attention of the enemy. He will be more determined to kill, steal and destroy our lives, and to deter us from our path.
When we say yes to Jesus, we are entering into a fight with the opponent being the enemy. What makes us think that this fight will be easy, or that sometimes we won’t have feelings of defeat?
Paul encourages us through the scriptures to fight this good fight of faith because he knows it will be a fight, but he also wants us to remember how the story ends.
We know we will be victorious because in 1 Corinthians 15:57 it says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:6 reminds us that, “and God raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
The war has already been won and the enemy has already been defeated, but we still have daily fights and battles we must face.
I believe if we told an MMA Fighter that he was going to win the fight at the end of his match, he would fight with even more drive, that he would be strong and fight longer than if the outcome was unknown. Paul shares with us that we are already victorious, so fight the good fight.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12)
Keep going, because we win!