The only good fight I know about is when you’re fighting a foe that’s already been defeated.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Our Text for Today is one of those passages in God’s truth that both inspires and motivates the believer. Today’s world is, to say the least, a horrible mess. It is truly Biblical; people are eating and drinking, not for survival and living, but for pleasure and personal fulfillment. They are marrying and giving in marriage, and freely exercising themselves in marital level relationships with no thought at all for covenant, but only for personal satisfaction. Pre-marital nuptial agreements have made the marriage union a business deal for profit in which one partner seeks to take advantage of the other if the marriage is ever ended. And in today’s world, the marriage contract is not even considered in the majority of cases. More people are simply choosing to live together in in physical union with no consideration of the spiritual or soulish aspects of such a union. And we can include this addendum – the earth is filled with violence; religious groups, gangs, domestic, drug cartels, and other organized crime, wars and rumors of wars, terrorism and violence such has never been seen in such a broad spectrum. That’s the world in which we live. But fret not. Read our Text for Today once again. Jesus said, “In this world you shall have tribulation (troubles, temptations, tests, trials): but be of good cheer (take heart); I have overcome the world.” In other words, the war is already won, and has given us all His weaponry so we can live in victory. If you believe that, how can you not be inspired, encouraged, of good cheer, and excited about each day before you?
If you hold these words of our Lord foremost in your thinking and meditation as you encounter each new day before you, the idea of fighting “the good fight of faith” takes on an entirely new meaning with depth of understanding so great that you will fear for and be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and thanksgiving, make your requests known to the Lord, fully expecting and knowing that what you ask, you shall receive.
So go ahead, my friend. Engage the enemy; fight the good fight. Don’t be afraid. Yes, when you’re in a fight, you might get a bruise or two, but bruises from a good fight go away, but the victory won belongs to you for eternity. May the words spoken by the demons confronted by the seven sons of Sceva be said of believers today. Those demons said, “Jesus we know (intimately), and Paul we know (we’ve heard of).” When you fight the “good fight,” that is the report that will be heard of you by every demonic force of hell. So go ahead; build your reputation by fighting “the good fight.”
Manna for Today – John 16:25-33; 1 John 5:4; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 10:6-17; 1 Timothy 6:12