“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
It takes more than determination, strength, and fortitude to fight this good fight of faith. I pondered, why would a faith fight require more of us than a natural fight? The Holy Ghost advised that in a natural bout the fighter must be confident in their own ability to defeat the opponent. Contrarily, in spiritual battles, the incumbent must believe on their invisible, All-knowing, All-powerful, Source of strength in the fight. We lose battles not because our enemy is so great, but because we underestimate, underutilize, and disregard the Supreme Authority of the God we serve. The faith fight requires belief amid heavy, sweltering blows aimed to kill. The persuaded fighter must see their opponent, the gainsayers, the odds, and determine to focus on Elohim. Emphatically, we are reminded that He is Creator God. He created the very opponent that we have the propensity to fear. The Lord expects us to contend with the enemy as He, the Creator of everything is in our corner. Practically, what does fighting the good fight look like?
“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.” Romans 6:12
Dominion. Ruling our minds, feelings, and actions thus bringing every part of our being under subjection to the King. I tend to feel sorry for myself which leads to complacency, that gives birth to laziness and ultimately sin. Fighting the good fight of faith entails attacking the behavior at the root with the Word of God, prayer, fasting, and meditation with the Lord. Everyone struggles with their inner man attempting to run wildly to some degree, some of us are more aware of this than others. When we maintain dominion, with the help of the Holy Ghost, over our mouths, responses, and the meditations of our heart we are fist fighting by faith. These actions demonstrate our growth which marks our preparedness for the next level in God based on our responsible handling of the Good News. Often, we verbalize faith without actualizing faith which explains the lack of the manifestation of such in our lives. Our trust in God should be reflected in our blows against the enemy, ushering us closer and closer to the Lord. What about when we slip up? Just because someone gets hit in a fight does not make them the loser. The person on their back, unable to rise, at the end of the battle is the loser. Fortunately, our opponent is already on his back, theoretically, because he has been defeated. No matter how many times a right hook of doubt, an uppercut of fear, and combination punches of lack, illnesses, and familial issues come at you to knock you down, get back up and fight with increased faith in God. The same God that wouldn’t allow you to stay on your back is the same God packing the power behind your punches. Fight for your dominion.
“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Proverbs 24:16
“”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”” 1 Corinthians 15:55
“To fight,” per Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is to contend for a prize, strive for, or struggle. Specifically, in 1 Timothy 6:12, “fight”, means to contend, struggle with difficulties, and dangers. I have been living 1 Timothy 6:12 for quite some time now. I’ve been struggling and contending for so long that I forgot what I was fighting for and became weary. This is where the second portion of the scripture comes into play. When we “lay hold to eternal life,” we are apprehending, fixing our gaze upon, focusing, and possessing eternal life. Imperatively, as we are throwing haymakers at our enemy, our minds are not on the immediate relief of our problems which God will fix in due time, instead, we can entertain things eternal. I’m no theologian, yet, but my interpretation of this scripture is that we are to be so engrossed in our future with Christ that the petty battles we fight with Satan do not wear us out. Strong’s renders “take hold of” as “to seize.” We are to stand in awe of our blood bought eternal lives with Christ as we war against the enemy. Formerly, the more attention I gave to the struggle the more difficult the mêlée became, but when I resolved to see only Jesus in the battle not only did I regain strength, I resumed my motivation to fight. When I look around my life for instance and see all that needs to be done, I feel overwhelmed and frustrated, nevertheless, when I turn to God the brawl shrinks back down to size and I can fight freely.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Please understand that God may not remove the opponent quickly or at all for His divine purposes in various areas of our lives. My response is, “It is well with my soul!” Although He will not kill the opponent for us, He makes Himself readily available to teach us how to defeat demons on every level. The last part of the verse, “and hath professed a good profession before many witnesses,” represents accountability and encouragement. We are encouraged by the innumerable faith fighters who have gone out before us in obedience to God. Additionally, we are encouraged by their triumph as they followed God’s directives. We also have people that do not represent antiquity in our favorite malls, markets, gyms, schools, and neighborhoods, that are watching us. They heard us say verbally or with our lifestyles that we believe God. We must walk worthy of what we professed. This does not mean that we must go around pretending to be perfect, no, no, no, but rather we are to demonstrate the faith fight to others. I am engaged in this now. A person has been placed in my life for no other reason than to see how believers in Jesus Christ handle disappointment, hurt, pain, lack on every level, discouragement, sadness, and familial issues. As God’s ambassador, I must exude God’s peace, His power, and His presence in all I do. It is my prayer that we, the body of Christ Jesus, continue to “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”.
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:10
Crevices in my knuckles outlined with blood
Satan’s under my boot, deep down in the mud
I turned to celebrate and He arose again
Scrambled for a scripture hidden within
Nothing came to mind, so all I said was Jesus
My faith was weary; it seems the beast almost beat us
Jesus touched my face and it calmed me instantly
Remembering the last battle, Satan limped to the infirmary
You came for God’s appointed, sideways and double jointed
And failed miserably; now your mad and disappointed
Unfortunately, I live to fight the good fight, Yes sir, I war
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