Fighting the good fight, part 2

Flaming man charging with sword and shield on a lion

Now this is what I'm talking about!!!

As we grow up in our salvation (1 Peter 2:2), we also develop a spiritual stamina. Just like boxers, wrestlers or even cage fighters, our goal is to stay in the ring as long as possible until we experience victory. Our fight, however, is not a physical one, but one of faith.

1 Timothy 6:12 implores the believer to “fight the good fight of faith” (KJV). Why does the Bible call it a good fight? When listening to Pastor Bill Winston minister on this verse he said that it is called a “good fight” because we “always win!”

There is nothing that faith is incapable of accomplishing. Jesus told this to his disciples in Matthew 17:20:

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘ Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Moreover, Jesus says in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

As believers, there is nothing out of our reach. If we are willing to ask, and do so in faith, God is willing to grant our request. John 14:13-14 reads, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

The problem we have as believers, nevertheless, lies in between confession and manifestation. It is easy to believe God at the beginning of a faith journey, and it is a wonderful feeling. At some point, however, we realize that true faith is exercised and that the “trying of [our] faith worketh patience” (James 1:3).

In our waiting process, the enemy will try to use whatever tactics he can to invoke fear, doubt and unbelief. Much like the wind distracted Peter when he walked on the water (Matthew 14:28-31), things will come our way to make us lose sight of Jesus and cause us to doubt.

The only way to stay focused on Jesus and maintain the faith is through the word of God. Romans 10:17 reads, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (KJV). God’s word produces, increases and maintains our faith. To effectively fight the good fight, we believers must meditate on God’s law both day and night (Psalm 1:2).

Interestingly enough, there is a special wardrobe the believer has for this faith fight. Ephesians 6:13 states, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Apart of this armor are the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:16-17). Now, if faith comes by hearing the word and the sword of the Spirit is the word of God, this means that the shield of faith and sword of the spirit cannot exist apart from one another. Moreover, it is the word that essentially equips us with both our shield and sword. Much like a great sports team, we must play offense and defense in our fight of faith.

Jesus shows us perfectly how to use our shield and sword in his wilderness experience with the devil in Matthew 4. Though satan starts the dialogue in this exchange, it is actually Christ who starts on the offensive. The Bible indicates that Jesus had been fasting for forty days before the devil even stepped on the scene. This lets me know that instead of sitting around waiting on an attack we should be strengthening ourselves spiritually.

Jesus, after diffusing satan’s arrows with the shield of faith, skillfully uses the sword of the Spirit by declaring, “It is written.” After the third time, the devil left Jesus. Luke’s account posits, “he left until an opportune time” (Luke 4:13). The devil is continuously on the prowl (1 Peter 5:8), but the word encourages us that every time we resist him, he will flee (James 4:7).

When fighting this fight, we must keep sight of what we are believing for and God’s ability to deliver. Though satan tries to make us a slave to fear (of the unknown) we must constantly consult the word. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (KJV).

Once perfect love performs its work and casts out fear (1 John 4:18), we can go from being fearful to fearless. When uninhibited by fear, our faith rises up and allows us to walk in the boldness that we have been ordained to walk in (Proverbs 28:1).

Our faith at its fullest potential is able to accomplish “immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine” (Epehsians 3:20) because God is at the other end. God says he will do this according to the power that he has given us, and this same power we must use in the good fight of faith.

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~ by christianballenger on June 10, 2011.

One Response to “Fighting the good fight, part 2”

  1. You know just what the spirit is saying! Never be afriad to say what thus the Lord. Love you

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