“Fight the Good Fight”
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (I Timothy 6:12).”
For the last few weeks we have examined the deadly dangers of sin (Romans 6:23). Those who have never entered into Christ (Galatians 3:27) nor elected to remain in Him (Hebrews 10:26-27) are in grave peril. But for those who remain faithful until the end have the fearless assurance of overcoming sin (Romans 8:1). It is without question that we are engaged in spiritual warfare and must put on God’s armor in order to stand against the schemes of the devil and make our stand (Ephesians 6:11-18). Indeed to overcome sin, Christians are given the entire New Testament, the example of the life of Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God to dwell with us and lead us.
In order to daily overcome the pitfalls of sin Christians must remember that we have been called out of the world and have been set apart for God’s service. Just as the Jews were instructed in the shadowy aspects of the Mosaic Covenant to discern between the clean and unclean, Paul wrote in the New Covenant; “Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord, do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17)'” Understanding that we are sanctified and set apart from the world teaches us to be discerning and insulated from the devil’s schemes.
Wearing the armor of God means that a Christian continues to walk in the light so that our sins our continually forgiven (1 John 1:7). To walk in the light is to daily follow in the steps of Jesus. The Master said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).”
Avoiding the allurements and snares means fixing our focus on the prize. “Set your mind on things above, not things on the earth (Colossians 3:2). We encourage one another to continue in this effort (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:24-25). Paul had forgotten the past and continued to reach forward for the good things ahead (Philippians 3:13).
And the victorious Christian endures as we are encouraged to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).
Christians, it is true that we have an enemy bent on murdering our souls (John 8:44) but we are of God and “greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).” Therefore we remain sober (1 Peter 5:8), watchful (1 Peter 4:7), and ever ready to aid those who have been captured (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
By faith, a cloud of witnesses stands before us from all the ages who overcame the world (Hebrews 11:38). By that same faith we have the same assurance of victory that they attained (1 John 5:4). In all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:37).
A band of the 1980’s, appropriately named Triumph, once sang this anthem:
Fight the good fight every moment
Every minute, everyday
Fight the good fight every moment
It’s your only way
Remember each day that our struggles are not with flesh and blood and the battle belongs to the Lord.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).”