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.
Yesterday I wrote to you about getting into proper condition for the spiritual battle that is before you. There IS a spiritual battle before each of us. If you don’t engage it, it will engage you. Your greatest opportunity for victory lies in staying on the offensive, and keeping the enemy on the defensive. And again, I’ll remind you of the need to keep on the whole armor of God. But once again, it is not your job to strengthen the armor, but to strengthen yourself to utilize the armor at its highest levels of effectiveness.
Yesterday we talked about the necessary diet for you to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Today I address the need to develop the muscle your spiritual diet provides you. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Whether it comes as the Water of Life, the milk of the Word, the Bread of Life, or the meat of the Word, your receiving of the Word of God is necessary to grow the spiritual muscle of faith. However, muscle size does not determine muscle strength. There is a relationship; that is certain. But the strongest muscles are the muscles that are exercised, especially with weights (resistance) and repetition.
Faith is a daily walk. You live by faith daily. That means persistent repetition of faith application to receive your “daily bread.” And it also means stretching yourself by exercising your faith towards God to produce greater today than you did yesterday. It is a growing process, and once again, it must be consistent. Consider the following imagery.
You’re standing on a large platform. There is a small baby lying in a blanket. How difficult would it be for you to move the baby from the platform? No problem. How about a three-year old? More mobile, perhaps, but still no problem. How about a grown man? Now you’re face with much greater need of strength and skill, but if you have them, no problem. But what about a bull elephant? Now you have a problem. For that, you need truly enormous strength. Yet, if you could find a way to build yourself up to that level, even the elephant is moveable.
Your faith is the platform; the faith “authored and finished” by the Lord Jesus. Faith is not the problem. You need the power to exercise the faith. Read Jude 20 & 21. You BUILD YOURSELF UP by “praying in the Holy Ghost.” Praying in the Spirit is an absolute must for the necessary spiritual conditioning to engage your enemy and defeat him at every turn. The Word grows the muscle; praying in the Spirit develops (edifies you) the muscle in power. It’s time to get stronger.
Manna for Today – 1 Timothy 6:11-21; 2 Timothy 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Mark 4:1-34; 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 6:12-14; Jude 20-21