Hello dear friend,
Thanks for visiting our platform this beautiful day. We would be discussing an interesting topic today with the title “The Fight of Faith, A continuous Warfare?” This post will be a Bible-drawn answer to this question that comes to the mind of every Christian from time to time. I pray that as you read, your feet is more grounded on the rock which is Christ in Jesus name.
The fight of faith. What fight of faith are we fighting? Are we to carry physical swords and wield weapons all our lives? Join me in the book of 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 which adeptly gives us a response, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”
And Ephesians 6:11-12 which says,
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Now you see. It is clearly stated that our warfare as Christians is real. We do not fight against flesh and blood i.e. humans or people. Our warfare is against principalities, against powers, and against all wickedness in the firmaments. We must realize that when we become Christians, we have to fight and prevail against the devil and his forces. The devil is not happy that we’ve left his camp of sin and joined the bandwagon of eternal life. Moreover, this verse in Ephesians 6 should be a caution and correction to contemporary evangelists and preachers who widely acclaim to their congregation that once they are saved, all will become simple, rosy and without any challenge. This is a very strange doctrine different from what the Bible teaches. On the other hand, what the Bible has provided for us is an assurance of victory over every war or challenge we would ever face by the authority of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus. We are not fighting as though we do not have the victory, we however, are fighting from victory.
The Bible gives a bold declaration in Romans 8:37 that “…..in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Jesus also proclaimed in John 16:33 that “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Facing tribulation, challenge and war is inevitable but our Father gives us this assurance that, even before we have faced any of it, we are more than conquerors. We have the backing of the trinity and victory is sure. I want to you to know that whatever war or challenge you’re going through, you are already victorious. I am not saying this only because it is amazing and sweet to say. I am asserting it because Jesus said it. Don’t give up, there is an end and you will come out victorious.
Having established some vital truths, let us proceed. In 2Timothy 4:7-8, Apostle Paul who was in a prison at this time was addressing his disciple – Timothy and he was telling him that,
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
In the passage above, we can see Apostle Paul’s testimony of how he has fought a good fight. He did not only fight, he kept his faith intact. The continuous fight of faith is one we engage in so as to keep our faith. The word “faith” actually means “faithfulness” in the original Hebrew text. There is no word for faith in Hebrew, as faith really means faithfulness. And we know to be faithful means to “remain loyal and steadfast”. Therefore, Paul was actually telling Timothy that “I have finished my course, I remain loyal and steadfast to Christ”.
As soon as you become a Christian, your fight of faith begins. The fight of faith will span through your entire Christian life. You don’t take a pause and say you want to rest. You have to be vigilant and ready at all times “because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” – 1Peter 5:8.
And finally, an understanding that Christ has won the victory for us is most soothing and reassuring. When temptations come, know Christ has won the victory, you just have to remain loyal and steadfast to him. When we face stormy waters, challenges and impossible situations, be glad that Jesus has won the victory and you just have to remain loyal and steadfast. For all that are faithful to the end the Bible says that “……there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” A crown of righteousness is laid up for everyone found loyal and steadfast to Christ, those who have fought the good fight of faith. So, keep fighting the good fight of faith and keep being victorious at whatever challenge or difficulty that comes your way. We shall all be crowned victorious on that great day in Jesus name. Amen.
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