The Good Fight of Faith Read these verses: Matt 24:11-14 "And many false prophets will arise, and mislead many. And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. *But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.* And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come." 1 Tim 1:18-19 "This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the *prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight,* keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith." 1 Pet 5:8-10 "Be of sober [self-controlled, sane] spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. *But resist him, firm in your faith,* knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." ----------------------------------------------------------- Our victory in life through Christ depends on our faith. Living in Christ brings warfare in this world, and we win by faith. Christ and the disciples teach us to "endure to the end", "fight the good fight (of faith), and to be "firm in your faith". Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. It is trusting in God and His Word and acting accordingly. When times get tough, do I cry out to God in frustration and doubt, or do I cry out to God in trust, thankfulness and faith? See 1 Pet 5:6-7, Phil 4:6-7, and 2 Cor 9:7-11. "... casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.", "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let you requests be made known to God, ...", and "... God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; ...". ----------------------------------------------------------- page 2 How does the devil attack our faith? 1. Temptation and sin. The wages of sin is death. A person enslaved to sin is powerless to fight the good fight of faith. Repentance (in action and attitude) and faith go hand-in-hand. 2. Doubt and unbelief. This also is sin. They are the very opposite of faith; the spirit of the world is the messenger of doubt and unbelief. 3. Social and emotional anxieties. Grief and trials are part of this life; but if we react to them by worrying and anxiety, we remove ourselves from God's grace and provision. 4. Sickness. Physical sickness is a trial to our faith, a battle. How do we fight the good fight of faith? (James 4:7, Col 1:23, 1 Cor 2:all, 1 Tim 1:5) 1. Obey God and submit to His Word. This is the perfection of faith. By submitting to God, we can resist the devil and he will flee. 2. Grow strong in faith. We can grow in faith just like exercise increases our physical strength. We become more firmly established and steadfast in faith toward God. 3. Rely on the Holy Spirit! Read 1 Cor 2, entire chapter. We are led by the Spirit and trust God for His supernatural power in our battle. 4. Stay close to the throne of God. Maintain a clear conscience. In daily, true repentance, we will have a clear conscience before our God, instead of being fearful of judgement. 5. Fulfilling the Great Commission. Tearing down worldly strongholds. Doing what God has called me to do. 6. Prayer, Praise, and Worship. Author Unknown
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