Hi there! It’s nice having you again. Today, I’ll be sharing with you something really brief on spiritual warfare, and I have titled this one using a well-known and oft-used phrase, The Good Fight.
Dear Purple Reader, as Christians, we have to be careful that we don’t have the misconstruing notion that our lives should be “trouble free”, believing that once we’re reborn, all of life’s troubles will be over. Hence, the thrust of today’s piece.
Let’s have a quick look at the following bible verse where apostle Paul affirms his fight and charges Timothy to do same:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. [2 Timothy 4:7-8]
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]
Here, Paul admonishes Timothy, saying he (Timothy) had other business to do than to mind the things of this world, adding that his life was a state of warfare and he was a soldier prepared to fight the good fight of faith.
Let’s also see:
… Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [Hebrews 12:1-2]
We must fix our eyes on Jesus, the object of our faith, the beginning, perfecter, and rewarder of it.
Dear Purple Reader, it is also pertinent to know that, to get the reward for our fight, there must be a wrestle with corruption and temptations, and the opposition of the powers of darkness and we must fight our way through:
(For the weapons of our warfare are NOT CARNAL, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) [2 Corinthians 10:4]
For WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [Ephesians 6:12]
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. [1 Peter 1:9]
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. [James 1:2-4]
To this end, Paul states what KIND OF ARMOUR we are to equip ourselves with, NOT BOW NOR ARROW but:
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. [Ephesians 6:13-17]
You’ll realize that Paul did not only fight the good fight, but he also finished the race and kept the faith. Hence, he lived a fulfilled life, having completed all that Jesus had entrusted him to do.
Just like Paul, we are to contend always in order to get what’s in store for us – Eternal life is the prize of the high calling, it is the crown proposed to us after we must have journeyed to the end of faith.
Dear Purple Reader, let’s keep our eyes steady and draw from Jesus who endured all sufferings, so we don’t grow weary and lose heart in our course. Amen.
Drop a comment, let me know if you found this helpful.
Until next time, keep sharing the love of Christ!
This post was written by: Gbemisola Isaacs (@GbemisolaIsaacs), founder of Dear Purple Woman.