Fight the good fight
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight! Let’s talk about “fight” for a minute. What is the meaning of “fight” in this passage? A fight is a confrontation of some kind, so what kind of confrontation is the apostle Paul speaking of here? Is he talking about being ready to strike at others that oppose the message of salvation he is preaching? Is he referring to being at odds with brothers and sisters in the Lord who have different views? Is he talking about struggling with God to get Him to move in his behalf? No! To fight the good fight of faith is taking ahold of God’s Word as a weapon and fighting against your spiritual enemy and his lies. We fight the good fight of faith against depression, oppression, lack of desire to move forward in life, discouragement, fatigue, and the temptation to give up. We firmly stand on the solid ground of Jesus our foundation and fight to stay there!
Now the question is, how? How do we fight the good fight of faith? 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (physical) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds (spiritual), by casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (and His word), and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” This passage clearly points the battle or fight to our thought life. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep control of your thoughts. You are the only one who can do it. You must monitor continually and the only way to change a thought pattern is to speak out against it, to speak in a different direction than where your thoughts are going. This is easy to demonstrate. Start counting to 10 in your thoughts. When you get about half way there, speak or read something out loud. Your thoughts will stop and pay attention to what your mouth is saying. Now you understand why it is so important to speak the Word of God over yourself and your circumstances. Words are our greatest weapon against the enemy if they are used correctly. Romans 10:17 says that faith (in God) comes (or increases) by hearing and hearing the Word of God. In order to hear it you have to speak it.
Today I want to encourage you to take inventory of your thought life. Begin to recognize thoughts that are leading you down a destructive path. For thoughts of discouragement or depression, speak scriptures like Psalms 43:5 that says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” When you feel tired or unmotivated, speak a verse like Isaiah 40:31 that says, “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Search the Word for the scripture that you find most fitting to combat the thoughts you struggle with. When I am struggling with oppressive thoughts, I like to just thank God for all the wonderful things He has done in my life, the things He is doing right now, and the things He is going to do. You can change your thought direction simply by speaking words, God’s Words!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16