Figth the Good Fight
1Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.
The first thing we need to understand from this scripture is the fact that the bible says ‘fight’. This already gives some sort of connotation, that on the faith lane, you cannot be complacent and indifferent. Know this, faith is not and cannot be passive. You cannot be nonchalant about your faith and expect it to work, we can’t afford to be casual with our faith walk. There is a certain level of determination and deliberateness that should go along with whatever you are believing God for. There is a required level of energy that your faith needs to be able to thrive.
Paul said to Timothy to endure hardness as a good Soldier 2 Tim 2:2, ever seen a nonchalant, apathetic and carefree Soldier? A soldier is consumed with his work, because he is at the battlefield, he is always alert and vigilant and that is the same position we have to adopt as people who are in faith.
1Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: 9. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
This scripture also helps to drive in this truth a little further, encouraging us to be sober that is be alert and vigilant. The Marriam-Webster dictionary defines being alert as a state of being constantly attentive and responsive to signs of opportunity, activity, or danger. So, you need to be constantly attentive. and then vs 9 also says to resist, you resist with energy and force. You can’t afford to be caught napping.
2Cor 4:13; We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.
There are two ways to see this scripture, one is that we have the spirit of faith, talking about the Spirit of God being the Spirit of Faith like it was said of the Caleb and Joshua (Num 14:24). But another interpretation to it will be that there is an attitude to faith, it is not just about a law or principle according to Rom 3:27, there is an attitude to it, there is a posture to faith, a demeanor and an outlook and as a man of faith you should carry that posture. Faith has a body language.
THE JOY FACTOR
Another perspective to this is joy. Joy is a required virtue to possess if you are in faith. Joy cannot be an elective in the school of faith, it is not negotiable in the faith flow, because joy will deliver a certain level of strength and passion that will sustain you on the faith lane. As the bible says in the latter part of
Neh 8:10b for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
You can’t be joyful and passive at the same time, you can’t be excited about something and be indifferent about it all at the same time. You are either excited or you are apathetic.
The face of a man in faith is always lit, it is the quickest litmus test you can do. Once you are no longer passionate about what you are believing for, tendency is that you are no longer in faith about it, because faith paints a picture for you to see from the word and if the picture is clear to you, it will cause you to leap for joy, to anticipate and rejoice about it and long for it with so much joy. You almost can smell it, feel it and touch it. Its like a kid whose father told him about a trip to Disney land at a certain date, trust the kid, you don’t need to remind him again, he has already seen it, he’ll go about telling his friends that he is going to Disney land, he’ll dream about it, eat with it, play with it and the very day he’s going to be travelling he will be the first to wake up, that’s if he slept at all.
Jesus said concerning Abraham that he rejoiced to see my day John 8:56. There is a rejoicing that must accompany your faith.
Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Notice the bible says here that God will fill you with peace and joy in believing. So there has to be joy (which will invariably produce passion and zeal) mixed with your faith, Halleluyah. As you keep on journeying in faith, always make sure that there is joy in your cargo
Many seem to have the wrong ideas about the fight of faith. All they see about faith is wrestling, as in WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). They sought of have this idea that we are doing battle with the enemy and they are trying to win this match against the world renown devil, with God as the referee and we are not sure about what could happen, but since God is the referee if he sees the battle going south He’ll blow the whistle.
Nothing can be further from the truth. Let us take a look at some scriptures
Eph 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. 13. Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14. Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
To properly understand the context of the above scripture, you have to go back to the first chapter through the second chapter of Ephesians where the Holy Spirit began dealing with the Church, explaining how they already have the authority over the enemy through Christ Jesus.
Eph 1:19-23 19. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 2: 5-6 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
These above scriptures make us understand that through the work of Christ on the cross, we are far superior to the devil and have total authority over him. So, our battle with the devil is not to win him, because through Christ we already won. We are not fighting to get the victory, rather we are fighting from a place of victory. Our warfare is to keep the victory that we have.
We are winners, that needs to sink deep into your core. Don’t try to win 1Cor 15:57, 2Cor 2:14, Rom 8:37, 1Jhn 5:4. These all affirm to us that the victory is already ours in Christ
Notice in Eph 6:10-14, there was a word that was repeated a few times within a short period, the word is STAND. This word says a lot about our posture in the fight of faith. It is a bid to stand. This speaks to protecting our inheritance, to stand our ground and keep what has been committed to us and to resist any opposition that will come in the way.
Other scriptures that corroborate this include
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Php 4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
1Pe 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
So, we see how the Spirit of God is encouraging our hearts to maintain and keep what God has given us. Understand that to keep takes some level of fight, because there are things, people, situations, friends, enemies and frienemies trying to rid you and derail you. So we are actually an occupational army But like Paul said to Timothy I say unto you
(2Tim 1:14) That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Keep your faith, keep your anointing, keep your focus, keep your edifying relationships, keep your marriage, keep your cutting edge.