Fight the Good Fight of Faith

boxerwithglovesThe 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 in Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] — clinging to His goodness and His promises. Fighting the good fight of faith means we fight to keep our faith, and never abandon it!

  • When all seems hopeless, then we fight to believe that Yahuwah is our hope of salvation.
  • When darkness is all around us, we fight to believe that Yahuwah’s light will penetrate through the darkness, and give us direction.
  • When there is doubt and confusion, we fight to believe that Yahuwah’s truth will overcome, and will triumph with peace and understanding.
  • When we are all alone, with only Father’s Word as our friend, we fight to believe that Yahuwah’s Word is trust-worthy, and 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 [Jesus Christ] — for 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 — Whew! It can wear me out sometimes.

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. On those days, my Growing-Weary Garden has some very healthy plants — discouraged, doubtful, depressed, and lonely!

Fighting the good fight of faith is not for wimps!

Whenever I am weak and downcast, I naturally begin to stroll into my Growing-Weary Garden.

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 they did not let go! They were diligent to not give up their faith, even in the midst of their Growing-Weary Garden. They fought to maintain their commitment to Yahuwah, trusting Him as the only solution to their problems.

Having doubts and making mistakes is something all of us experience. But the Heroes of the Faith are devoted to the struggle to maintain their faith in Yahuwah.

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.

Regardless 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, and we trust in His Word completely, even His promise that He will be our guide, even unto death (Psalms 48:14).

All of the Heroes of 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

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, and to eternal life.

  • Fighting the good fight of faith is to maintain our good confession of Yahushua [Jesus], before many witnesses (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).

Two Challengers

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 the 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 Abba ‘Daddy’ for strength.

Though we may fail, or fall, seven times a day (Proverbs 24:16), though our fighting efforts may be small, though we may wander through the Growing-Weary Garden at times, 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.

Making Adjustments

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 in the faith, “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 our carnal, selfish nature. This is a major ingredient 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 (Hebrews 11:6,13,26,35,39)!

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 is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! And we love Him! So we seek Him that we may obey Him, and thus please Him!

We fight the good fight of faith because we confidently trust in Yahuwah’s lovingkindness to reward our humble efforts to love Him, follow Him, serve Him, obey Him!

From that very moment we are made righteous by faith, we then begin a lifetime journey of walking with Him. Our walk with Him becomes a great adventure of discovering His words, and of learning to walk in obedience to those words we discover. Each day becomes a new opportunity to walk in Biblical faith, which is — simple obedience to His words. —Faith: According to the Scriptures

Conclusion

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 becoming weary. Let us hold tightly to our profession of 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!

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