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 twists Scripture to deceive us. He tempts us to believe things contrary to God’s truth. We have to know the truth of God’s Word and what Christ has given us. We must wake up to the knowledge of His righteousness which is ours in Christ to be able to fight the enemy.
“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 in your life. Submit your thoughts to God. Resist the enemy, and he will flee.
We fight sin from the position of the righteousness Christ has given us. When we submit to God, we submit our thought life to Him. The Holy Spirit convicts us with righteousness. He convinces us of our right-standing in Christ. When we understand how to fight sin from a position of righteousness, then we can understand how to fight the battle for our promises from a position of victory in Christ.
Many believers don’t have knowledge of God in regard 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 and final victory over hell and sin and sickness and death and the enemy! His work is perfect, and it is done!
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 the 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 to the confession of your hope without wavering, for God who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
How do you fight the good fight of faith and hang on to your promise when you are battle-weary? Take hold of the promise God has given you. Stand and trust Him. 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).
“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).
Believing doesn’t happen when you have received the answer to your prayer. You must believe when you pray that you have already received your answer. 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 promise as your own. When you speak to your mountain—when you pray believing—your promise will come to pass.
Believe that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Believe God’s promise is true and that when you pray nothing will keep you from receiving. When you believe these truths, you are able to stand and fight the good fight of faith—declaring what you believe in God’s realm is true for you.
Don’t give up believing. Your promise in Christ is true.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher