“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 NLT
I’ve never been a fighter. EVER. I never learned how to and never needed to either. I always felt like I had the gift of persuasion and words on my side if I ever needed to get out of anything. Thank God I didn’t grow up in this recent generation because I may have been one of those videos on world star smh.
But anyway, as I reflect on my journey with God, I am realizing that I need to develop a spiritual backbone and be able to throw spiritual jabs to every situation and enemy in my life.
So when Paul writes to young Timothy to fight the good fight for the true faith, I immediately asked myself “Is God not true?” And if he is, “Why am I not fighting for that Truth?” I’ve been wrestling with this so much. When my heart turns calloused because of life’s worries, I’ve been down for the count because I did not know the truth about my God.
It is still crazy to think about because it made me realize that the reason why I never saw the need to fight in my personal life is because I didn’t know what I was fighting for. Contrary, if I truly know God, truly know who He is and what He has done for me, then I would be ready to fight for his placement in my life and in the lives of others continually.
But in order to fight, we need to believe that we can beat our opponent ..or else..why would you even initiate the confrontation? That’s what our faith does. It initiates a confrontation with our worst fears and doubts, looks them in the eyes, and says, “Look, I’m not [insert satan’s lie here] because God is greater than all of the negative things in my heart and mind. Plus, He is victorious and has already conquered this. (Romans 8:31-39 NLT)” And that is powerful.
WE ARE POWERFUL.
So when I have anxiety attacks, I activate faith. When I am worried about my future, I activate faith. When I get into an argument with a loved one, I activate faith. When desires for things that are contrary to God come on me (like materialism or lust), I activate faith. How does one activate faith? It requires you laying out your heart before God like “Here Lord. I am [insert emotion, worry, regret here] and I need you to deal with it. I know you can deal with anything because you are greater than everything.”
After I pray, I am training myself to hold on tightly. So tight! Cause I cannot allow myself to fall in the waves when I know who commands the seas.
So, let’s fight! Let’s love and rest in what is true.
And let’s hold on tightly to our greatest foundation – Christ Jesus.
What are you wrestling with? What are you giving over to God when it’s time to activate your faith? Share your thoughts below or if you need someone to pray with you, visit the Prayer Request page.