When a person is born again into the Christian faith and is given by God the measure of faith (Rm. 12:3) they must realize that there is a fight to faith. 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith…” and the word used for fight means to contend for a prize; to contend with an adversary or compete for a prize; to endeavor to accomplish something even to struggle for it. The word implies conflict, opposition, struggle, and resistance. This fight has nothing to do with overcoming any reluctance on God’s part to give us something provided in Christ or promised but it is a normal part of being a Christian and receiving things by faith. It is a “good fight,” one that is honorable and approved by God for us to be involved in and good because Jesus won the victory allowing us to win in life’s circumstances. Our fight isn’t toward victory but proceeds from His victory. He’s given us His victory armor, the mighty weapon of the Word of God, and a resident Helper, the Holy Ghost, to lead us to triumph.
What do we fight the good fight of faith for?
- WE EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The Christian faith is called, “the faith” meaning its truths, purity, standards, and power once handed down from Jesus to the Apostles, prophets, and early believers requires a fight to keep them intact. It is “the faith,” in “the Person,” of the Lord Jesus Christ not the principle of faith or the faith movement. We have to contend to keep the sacred truths of the Christian faith from being tarnished, diluted, compromised, adjusted or adapted down to the rottening values and corruption in culture. Without contending for the faith, the spirit of the world, spirit of error, and the spirit of antichrist spreads into the Church in its doctrine and practice.
- WE FIGHT TO FINISH OUR COURSE
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
What we are called to do, gifted to do, and God planned for us to do requires a fight to continue to be faithful and to keep our focus on our assignment. The race, the prescribed course God has set before us, we have to finish. Jesus finished the work God gave Him to do (John 17:4) and there is a fight to being a finisher. Paul maintained his fidelity to the plan God had for his life, he kept the faith, and was a finisher. No one finishes their course without a fight.
- WE FIGHT TO KEEP OUR BODY IN SUBJECTION
1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
There is a fight to keeping our body, our outward man, in subjection to our spirit, our inward man. It must be kept subject under the authority and dominion of our spirit man and the Word of God. We are not to be slaves to our bodies or any of its desires, appetites, and inclinations lest we disqualify ourselves. Romans 8:13 says, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Thank God for the help of the Holy Ghost and praying in the Holy Ghost in this fight.
- WE FIGHT TO BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD
1 Timothy 6:12 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.
We fight to hold on to what we believe from God’s Word over the contradicting circumstances or what we think, feel, and see. We believe and say what God’s Word says whether it is a FACT of our redemption that is already accomplished or a PROMISE that is not a fact yet but is feasible, can happen, or potentially possible. We fight with speaking what we believe and we believe God’s Word. We can always tell how the fight is going by our words. The battle is always won or lost with our words. Our thoughts, feelings, and what we see in our circumstances may contradict the promise we are believing but we fight the fight of faith. God’s working, satan’s fighting, and we’re holding fast.