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
The good fight of faith is believing that God will fight our battles for us and not our flesh, for the battle for us is in the mind. We are in the midst of a spiritual war and as spiritual beings we must use that which the Lord has given us to fight with and defend ourselves against the onslaught of the powers of darkness.
Anytime we step out in faith to believe God and take Him at His word the powers of darkness come to steal it from our hearts. The parable of the sower explains the battle we are in, to be able to protect our hearts and minds from the devil who comes to rob, kill and destroy. The word of God is seed that either produces fruit or ends up being stolen from us if we are not careful to guard our hearts!
There is now therefore no condemnation nor accusation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. In regards to the parable, the ones by the wayside are those who are not in Christ! I didn't say we wouldn't be accused or the enemy wouldn't try and condemn us, because this is how he attacks our minds!
"Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. "Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved." Luke 8:11,12
THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (fleshly) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. II Corinthians 10:3,4
I have just come through one of the fiercest battles of my spiritual life, being diagnosed with high grade bladder cancer six months ago, but the war started in 2013 with the first symptoms appearing. For the next six years I prayed for healing until in August of 2018 I went to the doctor and the war heated up until my diagnosis in 2019.
Up until I was 65 I had not seen a doctor in 40 years and was in good health, walking everyday and playing golf, working and praising God like I had better sense! One day after praying for a man that was dying of cancer whose family had great animosity towards him my blood pressure shot up to 200 over 100 and for the next couple of years remained high. Like always I prayed and believed God for healing, but it only got worse and then eventually turned into AFIB, an irregular heartbeat.
The Bible warns us in I Timothy 5:22 not to lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins. At that time I laid hands on a man who had cancer who had been involved in legalistic groups and had taken his family to them making them sit through hours of false doctrine until they were full of animosity toward him. I did not know about the animosity until I was leaving and spoke to his family. Beware lest you lay your hands on someone unaware of all their circumstances because you are either giving something or receiving something you don't want!
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God (powers of darkness) comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:5-8
PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE AND ENDURANCE
We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3,4
I can think of no one in the scripture who endured tribulation more than David: shepherd, warrior and eventually King! He endured verbal abuse from his brothers, was sought out for vengeance from his father-in-law, Saul and after his fall with Bathsheba had numerous confrontations resulting in tribulation with his own children.
Another was the apostle Paul who persevered through many trials in order to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, the very one who told us to fight the good fight. If you are enlisted in the Army of God, you will have to fight! Many today in the church don't want to hear about spiritual warfare or demons, wanting only to have their ears tickled, being weekend warriors instead of trained and equipped, Spirit filled soldiers for Christ!
If you are a born-again, blood washed Spirit filled believer you will suffer through many trials, tribulations and circumstances where you will have to engage the enemy of your soul! The devil has been around for eons and knows every trick in the book when it comes to deceiving us and attacking us to gain an advantage. So I say again, "Fight the good fight!"
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier. II Timothy 2:3,4
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin