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.
The Bible calls it a “good fight,” one that is honorable and approved by God for us to be involved in. It is good because Jesus won the victory allowing us to win in life’s circumstances. What do we fight the good fight of faith for?
- WE FIGHT 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.
Jude 3 calls it earnestly contend for the faith meaning the Christian faith or active Christianity. The faith is the Christian faith: 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. We have to contend to keep them from being tarnished, diluted, compromised, adjusted or adapted down to the rottening values and corruption in culture.
It includes fighting for the Christian faith in the face of human government violating God’s moral law and God given rights. Government as an earthly institution has been ordained by God for a specific purpose (Romans 13:1-8). It is designed by God with authority but also with limited jurisdiction.
- WE FIGHT TO FINISH OUR COURSE
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 (Jn. 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.
- 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 what we are believing 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.
Right now is the time to fight the good fight of faith believing and saying, “No evil shall befall me neither shall any plague (coronavirus) come nigh our dwelling Psalm 91:10.
Right now is the time to fight the good fight of faith believing and saying, “The Lord shall preserve me from all evil: he shall preserve my soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve my going out and my coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore Psalm 121:7, 8.”
Right now is the time to fight the good fight of faith believing and saying, “Jesus’s name is above every name that is named and that includes the coronavirus. You must bow to the name of Jesus Philippians 2:9, 10.”
JESUS IS LORD