“A true Christian is one who has not only peace of conscience, but war within. He may be known by his warfare as well as by his peace.”- JC Ryle.
Fight the good fight of faith.” – 1 Timothy 6:12
As Christians we are at war. It is a war that is greater than any war ever waged by man. It is a war that doesn’t just concern nations against nations, but every Christian man and woman born into this world. This war is spiritual.
In the book of Ephesians Paul tells the believers in Ephesus, not only what they are up against, but how we are to be prepared to battle:
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 firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, – Ephesians 6:13-18
This battle, although spiritual is as real and true as any war that has ever taken place. This war has it’s hand-to-hand combats, and its wounds. It has charges and assaults. It brings fatigue among its victories and in its defeats. There will be injuries, and there will be casualties. Above all of those things, it has consequences, that when the fight is over, and the battle is done – the consequences are unchangeable and eternal.
Did you know this? Many go about their day to day lives without an inclination of the battle that is raging around them. Paul said we are not fighting against flesh and blood. Our battle is much more than this. We are battling against rulers, authorities, and the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.
In our culture we are battling indifference, apathy, materialism, lust, and greed, among so many other things. The enemy is playing dirty, and he is out to steal, kill, and destroy. Not all wars are noble wars, and not all wars are fought nobly. However I believe that this is a noble warfare, it is fighting a good fight. One that deserves to be fought.
Is our life not a warfare?
John Owens writes “Let our hearts admit, I am poor and weak. Satan is too subtle, too cunning, too powerful; he watches constantly for advantages over my soul. The world presses in upon me with all sorts of pressures, pleas, and pretenses. My own corruption is violent, tumultuous, enticing, and entangling. As it conceives sin, it wars within me and against me. Occasions and opportunities for temptation are innumerable. No wonder I do not know how deeply involved I have been with sin. Therefore, on God alone will I rely for my keeping. I will continually look to Him. “
True Christianity is a fight!
We battle three main enemies:
- The World
- The Flesh
- The Devil.
These are the enemies that we are waging war against. But how much do we know about the enemies tactics? And how has God equipped and commanded you to meet the enemy? Satan wants nothing more than to break apart your family, weaken your convictions, and destroy the unity of your church. He is out to crush your integrity and render you powerless leading your family, your church, your ministry,and he is fighting to sever your limbs leaving you useless in battle.
Fight the Good Fight
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:12
What you need to know:
First of all, it’s God’s armor. We are to put on all of it. We need it in order to withstand the spiritual forces of evil that are coming against us.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.”
“Endure hardship, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor 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!”
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate.”
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong!”
“War a good warfare; holding faith, and a good conscience”
(1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3; Ephesians 6:11-13; Luke 13:24; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Timothy 1:18, 19).
As Christians, if we are to pursue Christ, if we are to dare to pursue holiness – We must fight. Where there is grace there will be conflict. There is no holiness without a warfare. Part of the struggle is that we are fighting the wrong fight. We do not fight against flesh and blood. That’s the first thing we need to realize. Our battle is against something greater. This is where I often mess up. You can’t fight spiritual battles with fleshly weapons.
My prayer as I begin this new journey is to help the Church with tools that will help to strengthen and encourage one another in their daily battles against sin as we fight the fight of faith.