|Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12)
Here, the Apostle Paul reminds Timothy that the life of faith is a battle. The intriguing fact in the passage is Paul’s assurance that it is a “good fight.” What makes it good? It is a winnable battle – and for two reasons. First, Timothy was prepared to be a winner through Paul’s discipleship as a spiritual father. Second, it is the “good fight of the faith,” and as we will emphasize later in this five-day series, all spiritual progress and victory in this warfare is by faith. So, we conclude, the fight you can win by faith is a “good fight.”
Consider the opening paragraph from a small, power-packed booklet published in 1975, reminding us that spiritual warfare is not a new cultural “fad.” In Many Aspire, Few Attain (NAVPRESS), the author briefly expounds on 14 headings that – if applied – can prepare the reader to be an overcomer, rather than a casualty. (The full text of the book can be downloaded free from www.discipleshiplibrary.com/pdfs/G208.pdf.)
There’s a war on today. [US Forces] are no longer fighting in Vietnam, but we are engaged in a war that is far greater than that war – a war in which Vietnam was only a symptom. We wrestle in this war day after day – it’s a spiritual conflict. As the Apostle Paul said, “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). This spiritual warfare is probably intensifying rather than receding.
We reference this resource because “attaining” is directly tied to preparation. While we understand that preparation and training are required in business, professional sports, or the Olympics, some seem to think that spiritual victory is assured simply because one is a Christian. But that’s not the case; disciplined preparation is required. These devotionals are aimed at helping us prepare to win.
For prayerful evaluation:
- Am I willing to be “stretched” by the Holy Spirit and thus prepared for warfare?
- Will I trust God to teach me His ways so I might fulfill His purposes for my life?
- Will I commit to seek God’s help to become a more effective intercessor?
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