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.
—1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We fight the good fight of faith with the knowledge of the Word of God and by believing and declaring the truth of who we are in Christ.
“Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God” (1 Corinthians 15:34a, NKJV).
The enemy battles us from within our minds with lies—with deception—and even twists Scripture to deceive us. We have to know the Word and what Christ has given us. We must wake up to the knowledge of His righteousness which is ours.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NKJV). Don’t submit your thoughts to the lies of the enemy. Don’t give him any power. Submit your thoughts to God. Resist the enemy, and he will flee.
In our sins and failures, we submit to God because Christ has made us righteous. We are convicted by righteousness—not by the unworthiness of shame and guilt. When you understand how you fight sin from a position of righteousness, then you can understand how to fight the battle for your promise from a position of victory in Christ.
Many believers don’t have knowledge of God in regards to the righteousness Jesus purchased for them. When you know the power of the righteousness Christ has given you, you are filled with spiritual wisdom in your knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). Awake to the righteousness He has given you. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the Word to you. Jesus has won the total victory over hell and sin and sickness and death! It is a finished work!
You fight the good fight of faith from a position of victory. You never fight with an attitude of defeat. Take hold of the promises that are yours in your assurance of the new life Christ has given you. Have you confessed and declared your hope to others? Well, keep confessing the Truth of God’s promises. And hold fast the confession of your hope without wavering, for God who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:23-24, NKJV).
How do you fight the good fight of faith and hang on to your promise when you are battle-weary? Lay hold of the eternal life God has given you. Stand and trust God. Take up the shield of faith with which you extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). Know the Word. You can’t stand and trust God if you don’t know His Word. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God in your heart (Romans 10:17).
It may be a while before you experience your promise. Most often, time passes before the mountain you told to be gone is removed. You appropriate by faith the Truth of God’s Word. You believe and take His promises as your own.
Believing doesn’t happen when you have received the answer to your prayer. You have to believe when you pray that you have already received your answer. When you speak to your mountain—when you pray believing—your promise will come to pass.
The key to receiving from God is to believe His promise is true and that when you pray nothing will keep you from receiving. When you believe this truth, you are able to stand and fight the good fight of faith—declaring what you believe in God’s realm is true for you.
You will receive your promise—if you will not give up.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher