What did you come up with in your study of 2 Timothy 7? Did you learn more than you thought you would? I sure did. So much that I will be writing 3 posts to cover this verse. I am once again reminded of the 12th verse of Hebrews 4:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And now for my post:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
This verse is probably my favorite verse in 2 Timothy. To be able to truthfully say on our deathbed that we have fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith--is that not a goal worth striving for?
1 Timothy 6:12 also references the good fight of faith, and 1 Timothy 1:18 calls it the good warfare. What is the good fight? Who are we waging it against? The answer is found in Ephesians 6:12:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
What a foe! Earthly weapons are of no avail against such enemies. How then can we fight the good fight at all?
Never fear! With God on our side, what can stand against us (Romans 8:31)?
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
With the weapons and the armor of God, can we not conquer through Him? What are these weapons? Let me quote a familiar passage to you, Ephesians 6:10-18:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
Notive the action words in the passage. The armor of God is useless if we do not use it. So, back to the question: how do we fight the good fight? To fight the good fight means to put on the belt of truth, so we are protected from the devil's deceit. It means to wear the breastplate of righteousness to ward off unrighteous thoughts and actions. It means to wear the footwear of peace, so we can walk over the sharp rocks of insult. It means to take up the shield of faith, so that we can quench Satan's fiery darts of faithlessness, doubt, and disbelief. We put on the helmet of salvation to defeat the blows of the battleaxe of damnation. We memorize God's Word and hide it in our hearts as we wield the double edged sword of the Spirit. And last, but oh, not least, is the unconquerable weapon of prayer, that we may have strength to boldly proclaim the Gospel. That is how we fight the good fight of faith. That is how we wage the good warfare.
When an army goes into battle, they often have a battle cry that inspires them with the strength to fight. As Christians going into battle, what is our battle cry? Watch this song, War Cry, by one of my favorite bands, LoveCollide. Listen to the lyrics and the battle cry in the song:
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