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.
The Bible tells us that there is a fight to faith and that it is a good fight. It is a fight approved of by God for every Christian to engage in. Elsewhere in Scripture we are exhorted to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3), the Christian faith, which is contending for the truths of Christianity, but this is a different area of fighting. In 1 Timothy 6:12, it is a personal fight, as is our personal profession of Jesus Christ as our Lord. 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.
It is important to know the difference between FACTS and PROMISES in God’s Word.
FACTS of our redemption are spiritual realities that won’t be altered by our faith whether we believe them or not nor will they be any more a spiritual reality when we get to Heaven than they are now. They are like what is stated in Ephesians chapter one in vv. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 which says we are blessed, chosen, His children, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, and washed in His Blood. The conditions in our circumstances, as well as our thoughts, feelings, and what we see may seem to indicate we are cursed, passed over, abandoned, rejected, bound, guilty, and not cleansed.
The good fight of faith is we acknowledge and give full recognition to the facts of our redemption continuing to believe and say what God’s Word says. We don’t fight to make these things so, or true, for they are already true. Our faith in these facts energizes our life with strength, hope, and joy in our daily walk. Faith in these FACTS help us dominate daily thoughts and feelings that try to exalt themselves above the revealed knowledge of God’s Word.
PROMISES we believe are ours because we have a covenant with God but differ from FACTS because they are potential. Something that can but has not yet come into being, they are obtainable, attainable, available, capable, and possible. The fight of faith involves laying hold of the hope set before us in a promise (Hebrews 6:18) and then hold fast to the profession of what we hope for without bending (Hebrews 10:23). The Bible says we are to be, “…followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
We fight with speaking what we believe and we believe God’s Word. You 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.