The apostle Paul’s exhortation to “Fight the good fight of faith” is an encouragement for us to always trust in Father’s lovingkindness and faithfulness (1Timothy 6:12).
Fighting the good fight of faith is hanging on to our faith!
It is clinging to our faith and trust in Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for LORD God].
It is standing firm on His behalf, proclaiming His truth by our words and our actions. It is never giving up on His Word, His goodness and promises. Fighting the good fight of faith means we fight to keep our faith, declare our faith, and never abandon our faith!
- When we know the path Yahuwah is calling us to, we fight to stay true to His guidance.
- When all directions and circumstances seem hopeless, we fight to believe Yahuwah is bigger than our problems, that He is our hope of rescue.
- When darkness is all around us, we fight to believe Yahuwah’s light will penetrate the darkness, and give us the needed direction.
- When there is doubt and confusion, we fight to believe Yahuwah’s truth will overcome, and will triumph with peace and understanding.
- When we are all alone, with Father’s Word as our only friend, we fight to believe Yahuwah’s Word is trust-worthy, He is on our side, and He will comfort us in our afflictions.
The fight of faith is a spiritual exercise that is a primary activity for genuinely committed Believers in Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ]. Fighting the fight of faith is for true ‘Thirsty Souls’ – those who are committed to the truth of God’s Word.
The ‘Growing-Weary’ Garden
Fighing this good fight of faith is an on-going, daily challenge.
And yet — there are some days when exercising my faith is the last thing I want to do! On those days, I wander around in my ‘Growing-Weary’ Garden and I see some very healthy plants — discouraged, doubtful, depressed, and lonely!
Fighting the good fight of faith is not for wimps!
How did the Heroes of Faith do what they did by faith?!?
Surely they must have had moments of discouragement, struggle, and hopelessness.
But somehow, they endured, and thus ended up in the famous ‘Faith Chapter’ of Hebrews Chapter 11.
The only possible answer is that they fought the good fight of faith! They hung on to Yahuwah’s promises and did not let go! They were diligent to not give up their faith, even in the midst of a Growing-Weary Garden. They fought to maintain their commitment to Yahuwah, enduring trials, and trusting Him as the only solution to their problems. (Galatians 6:9)
Having doubts and making mistakes is something all of us experience. But Heroes of the Faith are devoted to the struggle to maintain their faith in Yahuwah, regardless of doubts and mistakes!
Can I be a ‘Hero’ of the Faith?
Doubts and failures and discouragements do not mean my faith has died. My faith in Yahuwah Elohim, the Mighty One of Israel, is still entrenched deep within my heart and soul.
In spite of the struggles and problems, I will not give up my faith!
That is what fighting the good fight of faith is all about! We cling to Father’s promises. We trust His Word completely! We will not abandon His truth, even His promise that He will be our guide, even unto death (Psalms 48:14).
All Heroes of the Faith, whether recorded in the Scriptures or in history books, were fighters of the faith.
And even though they could not see what they hoped for; even though they did not always receive what they hoped for, yet — they never gave up their hope and their faith! They followed in the steps of Abraham, holding on to their faith, even against all hope, they continued to believe in hope (Romans 4:18).
Hope is a wonderful thing! Hope is the expectation of something good and rewarding. It is one of the three ‘great things’ —
And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1Corinthians 13:13)
Yes, love is the greatest of the three. But we need our faith! And we need our hope! We are sunk, undone, doomed, washed up IF we abandon our faith and our hope!
Faith, hope, and love are really inseparable. We need all three if we are going to “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
Even though I may wander, at times, into the Growing-Weary Garden, I will not settle there! I am on a journey, heading for mount Zion, on my way to the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem! (Hebrews 12:22)
Part of Our Calling
Fighting to keep our faith strong, and growing, is good for us. It is our calling. It is our pathway to the abundant life, to everlasting life.
- Fighting the good fight of faith is to maintain our good confession of Yahushua [Jesus], before many witnesses – standing firm for God’s truth (Luke 12:8-9; 1Timothy 6:12)
- Fighting the good fight of faith is to keep our heart firmly established and devoted to Yahuwah’s great salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3).
- Fighting the good fight of faith is to hold tightly to our profession of faith, without wavering, declaring the goodness of God to the lost and discouraged (Hebrews 10:23).
- Fighting the good fight of faith is to believe Yahuwah’s Word is faithful and trustworthy, even unto death (Revelation 12:11).
There are two challengers that detest our good fight of faith — 1.) our own selfish, carnal nature, and 2.) the devil.
It is because of these two enemies that we are engaged in a fight, whether we like it or not.
But this fight of faith is not in the natural realm, against flesh and blood. This fight is in the spiritual realm “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
It is the unseen realm of darkness that we must fight against. This is why the apostle Paul urges Believers to ‘Fight the Good Fight of Faith.’ [For more understanding on this matter of spiritual warfare, see the links below.]
In order to fight this good fight of faith, we must begin with a commitment and a determination that is steadfast in the depths of our heart and soul. We must say to the accuser of the brethren:
“Away with you, Satan! Be gone from me! You shall have no part in me! My strength and salvation is in Yahushua Messiah, my helper and redeemer!”
We need to see that fighting the good fight of faith is a commitment that we will not shrink from, nor relinquish – forever!
In the midst of our moments of anguish, weakness, uncertainty, or helplessness we will continue to look to Yahuwah for His strength and mercy, no matter how weary we may be! We will fight to maintain our trust in Him, crying out to our heavenly ‘Daddy’ for strength.
Though we may fail, or fall, even seven times a day (Proverbs 24:16), though our fighting efforts may be small, yet by God’s great mercy and grace, we will continue in our fight of faith!
And what is comforting is Father’s promises in my moments of weakness!
Yahuwah’s strength is given to me if I will only seek Him for His help!! By His grace, He helps me to keep on returning to Him, to keep on diligently seeking Him for guidance and strength.
We must realize that learning to ‘fight the good fight’ means making some adjustments — re-arranging priorities, shedding worldly ways, and learning to endure.
If we desire to love and follow Messiah Yahushua, then we will consider each area of our life, and will make the necessary adjustments and sacrifices to be in harmony with Father’s Word.
As we saw in The Pathway of Purity, the missionary J. Hudson Taylor exhorted his fellow workers, “Do not be afraid of the toil or the cross!”
Hudson Taylor understood the importance of the application of the ‘cross’ — that is, to ‘crucify’ the fleshly, self-life. Taylor knew that ‘the way of the cross’ is where the power of God is found (1Corinthians 1:18). This insight is why Taylor was known for statements such as: “An easy-going, non-self-denying life will never be one of power.”
So, by Father’s grace, let us begin to learn to deny the carnal, selfish nature. This is a major step to fighting the good fight of faith. Let us be asking for Father’s help to have a willing heart to deny our selfish ways.
Did the Heroes of Faith do any less??
Many of the Heroes of Faith endured great trials of afflictions (Hebrews 10:32).
But why did they endure the trials? Why should we be willing to endure the trials?
We are willing to endure the trials …
- because of Father’s promises to His children,
- because of the great riches of His rewards,
- because we yearn to obtain a good report, and
- because we desire to gain a better resurrection (see Hebrews 11)!
But most of all . . .
we are willing to endure the trials, and fight the good fight, because we know that Yahuwah Elohim, the Mighty One of Israel, loves us and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! And we love Him! So we seek Him so that we may obey Him, and thus please Him!
We fight the good fight of faith because we confidently trust Yahuwah’s lovingkindness to reward our humble efforts to love Him, follow Him, serve Him, obey Him!
As the apostle Paul exhorts us, let us continue our good fight of faith. Do not give up! Let us seek Father’s strength to resist weariness. Let us hold tightly to our profession of faith, standing firm for our faith, never denying our faith in Yahushua Messiah.
The fight of faith is a good fight! It is a worthy fight! It is an honourable fight!
No matter how small our efforts may be, Father sees the smallest effort we make to stay true to Him!
We may think our efforts are insignificant, but they are not! Each effort we make to remain true to our Heavenly Father, no matter how small or miniscule, is a worthy and noble effort!
Even our tiny efforts show Father that we are desiring to stay near Him, to please Him, and — that we are indeed fighting the good fight of faith!
Spiritual Warfare Articles:
- Contending For The Faith
- Building The Walls of Our Character
- Preparing Your Heart – learning steps for serving God in purity and obedience
- Turning From Darkness To Light
- Hold Fast – a fellow blogger’s post about holding on to God’s Word
- The Pathway of Purity
- Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible
- Wrestling With Obedience