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.
I don’t know where Christians get the idea that just because they’re born again, that life should be a bed of roses. I know it’s been an offshoot of traditional church thinking, but it’s not Biblical. Stop for a moment and think about it. Israel coming out of Egypt and crossing the Red Sea is a type and shadow of the new birth. Israel crossing the Jordan River into the promised land is a type and shadow of being filled with the Holy Ghost and entering into the promises of God. Dear reader, you the promises of God are for this life, not the world to come. Entering into the promised land for Israel was NOT a type and shadow of going to heaven. Once again, stop and think about it.
Will you have to fight for anything when you go to heaven? Of course not! There will be no fighting for anything there. But here, now, in this present life, you have to fight the good fight of faith every day of your life. God has already given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, and He did so through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are NOW the head and not the tail, blessed coming in and going out. And it is NOW, while we have all these blessings that we are required to fight the good fight of faith.
When Israel entered the promised land, they had to fight just about everyone. They fought from Jericho, long before any king was enthroned, all the way through the lives of the kings of Israel and Judah. And by the time Jesus was born, they were still fighting, being under the oppressive rule of the Romans then,
Today is no different. Though you have been born again and filled with Holy Ghost, you’re still in a fight. Your chief enemy, Satan, comes without fail to steal the Word of God when it is sown in your heart. If he can’t steal it then, he causes persecutions and afflictions to burn the freshly sprouting Word. If that fails, the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things try to choke out the Word. In every one of these scenarios, you are in a fight. My friend, you’re going to be in a fight until every one of God’s enemies is made His footstool. From the moment you made Jesus your Lord, you were entered into a spiritual warfare that will continue for the church until the end of this age. Don’t get accustomed to it. Build yourself up on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost. Be ready for it, engage with extreme prejudice. The only thing you need to capture is every one of your thoughts.. Don’t lay down; armor up, stand up, and move up,. The fight is on.
Manna for Today – 1 Timothy 6:11-21; 2 Timothy 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Mark 4:1-34