Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called… (1 Tim. 6:12 KJV)
The aged Apostle Paul instructs his son in the Lord with the words “fight the good fight of faith.” In fact, he was asking Timothy to do what he had just done in his life as recorded in 2 Timothy 4:7:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.. ( KJV)
The word “fight” implies a struggle. There is a struggle involved in our personal walk with God and ministry. There are many oppositions and obstacles in the way of a successful Christian life on a daily basis. If you have been a believer for any length of time, you will quickly realize that maintaining a healthy relationship with the Lord does not come cheap. You will struggle with the weaknesses of your flesh to keep your prayer life. You will continuously resist and silence the flesh in order not to give in to sinful passions. You will face rejection from friends, neighbors, co-workers and sometimes family. Ministry is hard work, full of opposition and discouragements.
However, he calls the struggle a good fight. Why? Because you are fighting a battle, you have already won. It is so good to know that you have more than enough power to crush every enemy you will come across. It is a good fight. You cannot be defeated, unless you accept defeat. Fight the good fight and keep the faith.
How do you fight in this battle? (e.g., think of what happens when you are tempted). Declare that “I am fighting the good fight and finishing my course in triumph.”
APPLY THE WORD
Are you facing pressures in your personal life that are almost choking your faith? Are you in ministry and feel like giving up? The good fight in on. Don’t quit. Don’t give in. Finish your course in victory.
Ask the Father to keep you by His Spirit to finish your course with joy.