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Fight the good fight

Fight the good fight

1 Timothy 6:11-12

When we baptise people we use the line, “On your confession of faith we now baptise you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”, but is confession of faith enough? What happens next? Is that it or are we expected to do something?

What is the Apostle Paul telling us we need to flee from? We are to flee from false doctrines, controversies, quarrels, envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction. We are to flee from the pursuit of and love of money and be content with godliness as great gain. We have to keep on fleeing from these things. We need to fight the good fight of faith and make sure we are ready for living a life of faith. We need to pursue eternal life. Paul tells us to flee from these negative things and pursue righteousness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. We are to be changed to become more like Jesus.

Fighting the good fight involves training ourselves in righteousness. God has given us His word to train us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). He wants us to train and move forward in Him. Scripture tells us to:

  1. Work out our salvation – Philippians 2:12
  2. Strive/make every effort – Luke 13:24
  3. Watch our life and doctrine closely – 1 Timothy 4:16
  4. Train ourselves – 1 Timothy 4:7
  5. Add to our faith – 2 Peter 1:5-6
  6. Make our calling sure – 2 Peter 1:10
  7. Be on the meat of Scripture and not milk – Hebrews 5:13

We need to fight on our knees in prayer.

Scripture also tells us to not run and fight aimlessly, but to train ourselves and pursue the person that God wants us to be. We are to ‘take hold’ of eternal life and be trained so that we are ready for the enemy.

What value we put on something will determine how valuable it is to us. What value do we put on Jesus?