“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession before many witnesses,” 1 Timothy 6:12
FAITH is a fight!! We all have something that we are believing God for and the only way to receive it is by faith. It’s not a physical fight, it’s a spiritual fight. We fight on our knees in Prayer, we fight by confessing the promises of God, we fight through the sacrifice of Praise and Worship and we fight by simply REFUSING to give up on what we know ultimately only God can do.
Perhaps I’m the only one but sometimes I get tired of fighting!!! I get tired of believing sometimes, tired of hoping, tired of praying, tired of being nice, tired of loving people i’d rather not tired of confessing the Word of God and tired of waiting for the manifestation of God’s promises. I’ve been fighting for several years now and i’m TIRED!!!!!!!!!! People see your public “success” by don’t see the private sacrifice and the fighting that goes on behind closed doors.
Since I was baptised around six years ago there is a constant battle between the old Stacy BC (Before Christ) and the new Stacy that has surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Every day is a fight of Faith and there is a constant battle between “my will” which is to do MY thing in my way and in my own timing and God’s will which is best but takes longer.
I’m reminded that I’ve already been left to do “my own thing” and ending up making more of a mess that God has had to deliver me out of far too many times to mention. SO, I have to humble myself most of the times to my knees in prayer and be in a place of surrender and keep fighting the good fight of faith despite being tired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s tempting to give up on the faith fight and just go back to my old life which seems more appealing BUT GOD has brought me too far for me to give up now.
My family is in the middle of a faith fight right now. My dad has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This means he is a shell of his former self, he gets confused, has difficulties in communicating and needs 24 hour supervision. This is very difficult to accept as he has always been very independent and is so used to having the freedom to come and go as he pleases. My dad has people praying for him and we believe God for healing by faith.
Whether we like it all not we are ALL in a battle of some sort. Fighting the good fight of faith is a bit like being a boxer in a fight. You get punched by the cares/problems and issues of life and sometimes instead of getting up and continuing to fight we can get tired of fighting and stay down on the floor beaten and disappointed, we stop going to church, stop being in a place of prayer and stop having faith in God, meanwhile our opponent (the enemy) stands there waiting for us to get up and continue fighting. When life knocks us down it can be tempting to stay down and just pretend to be injured or dead hoping that maybe the enemy will get bored or tired and find someone else to fight. As tempting as that sounds, I REFUSE to go out like that!!! We already have the VICTORY though Christ and the GRACE to fight every battle we need too.
“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people,” Ephesians 6:13-18
We don’t have the strength to continue fighting using our own strength but God has given us spiritual armour to help us. It’s time to GET UP and start fighting again, dream again, believe again!!!!!!!
It’s okay to fall down and feel sorry for yourself and disappointed at where life has you ‘right now’ but just make sure you get back up again. Keep on travailing in Prayer, Keep on Believing, Keep on speaking the Word of God and keep on fighting the good fight of faith until you lay hold of what you are believe God for.
God is faithful!!!!!!!!!