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Friday, June 2, 2023

Fight with the Peace of God in Your Heart


 

 

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 in our hearts and confessing 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. We have to know the Word and what Christ has given us. We must wake up to the knowledge of God’s righteousness which is ours (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

 

“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.

 

You either submit to God or to the enemy in what you think and believe. You have a new nature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). You surrender the old person you were to the new one you are now in Christ. You submit your thoughts to God because He is your worthiness. He is your righteousness. He is your peace. The law is no longer your guardian to live a holy life. You are convicted by the righteousness that is yours in Christ—not by the unworthiness of shame and guilt that inability to keep the law brings. You have peace with God. The Holy Spirit gives you the ability and the desire to live in God’s peace. He instructs and guides with God’s grace and truth. 

 

When you understand how to fight sin from a position of righteousness, then you can understand how to fight for your promise from a position of victory in Christ.

  

Many believers don’t have the knowledge of God in regard to the righteousness Jesus purchased for them. When you know the power of the right standing with God Christ has given you, you are filled with spiritual wisdom in your knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). 

 

You fight the good fight of faith from a position of victory. You never fight from a position of defeat. You 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 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? Just as you took hold of eternal life by faith in Jesus, you take hold of the fullness of your salvation by faith. You take hold of God’s righteousness that is yours in Christ by faith. You appropriate the truth of your new life in Christ. You have peace and right standing with God. 

 

Stand and trust God. Know the Word. You can’t stand and trust God if you don’t know His Word. Faith comes by spiritually hearing the Word of God in your heart (Romans 10:17)—not by hearing it in your mind. When you take the truth your mind has received and plant it in your heart, you spiritually receive God’s truth. It becomes your truth. 

 

Believing God’s truth in your heart doesn’t happen when you have received the answer to your prayer. That is not faith. Faith is the evidence of what you cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). When you pray believing that you have already received your answer, that is when you have the faith to receive. When you speak to your mountain—when you pray believing—your promise that is true in God’s spiritual realm will come to pass in this life (Mark 11:22-24).

 

Be renewed by the Word. Take the truth of the Holy Spirit and let it flourish in your heart. Believe who Christ is in you. Most often, time passes before the mountain you told to be gone is removed. It may be a long time before you experience your promise. 

 

Nourish God’s truth in your heart by continually renewing your mind with His Word. Don’t give up. You don’t make anything happen. Wait on God and trust and believe Him. This is not your work. Rest in His peace. Fight the good fight of faith from the position of righteousness—from the position of peace with God, that is yours in Christ. Fight with the peace of God in your heart. Believe God is faithful to perform His promise (Romans 4:21).

 

You are blessed with peace with God. You will receive God’s promise—if you will believe and never give up. Be still and KNOW in your heart He is God.

 

 

© 2023 Lynn Lacher


 

 

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