Ther is no denying that life is a battle. Maybe that is a dark way to look at it, but I don’t want to deceive anyone and say that it is all roses. Fighting the good fight of faith is the most important part of this battle.
We often blame Adam and Eve for our sinful nature and the struggles we have here on earth, but the true cause happened long before them in the spiritual realm when Satan suddenly thought he was better than God. Of course, this is not Greek Mythology here and there is only ONE true God. No competition. Satan was wrong and was cast down from heaven.
The angels were given a choice to follow Satan or stay with God. Unfortunately, thousands of them made a poor choice and followed Satan. Since that time, there has been a constant battle between God and satan, righteousness and evil, good and bad.
Satan wanted to corrupt God’s beautiful creation, in particular, man. Why? Because man was created in God’s own image. He was created to worship God, commune with Him, and live in close connection with Him.
The evil one couldn’t stand that everything God made was good. He wanted his own creation, one that would worship him as a god. Thus he tempted Eve and brought sin into the world.
From the moment you are born you are engaged in a battle. One between good and evil. It’s time to stand up and fight the good fight of faith.
What Does it Mean to Fight the Good Fight of Faith?
My Joshua is a bundle of 7 year old boy energy. If you’ve experienced this kind of energy before you know what I mean. He goes from morning until night jumping, running, playing, making thoughtless decisions, and wrestling with anyone who will engage.
He’s also very aggressive. I’m not sure how that happened except that this is how God made him and Joshua is a perfect name for him. We laughingly call him our future Navy Seal because he is tough, determined, and willing to go to battle with his teenage brother.
He was born with a fight that I was not and it brings me both joy and grief.
My prayer for him is that God uses that fight for His glory and that I train Him to channel it correctly. May he fight the good fight of faith with the same determination and abandonment that he fights everyone else.
How do I channel that aggressiveness into the will power necessary to fight the good fight of faith? I began with his name sake.
We study Joshua in the Bible. I tell him how this man of faith was obedient to God’s voice, how he was not afraid to stand strong against evil, and how he was brave because God was with him.
These are important lessons for all of us, not just my blonde haired tornado. Let me spell it out because these are principles we often forget to use to power us. We can fight the good fight of faith because:
- God is wth us
- we are obedient to God’s voice
- God is greater than any situation or person
- We serve a living God
- Christ overcame Satan
Fight Verses in the Bible
Let’s begin this study of fighting the good fight of faith with one of my favorite stories!
The story of Elisha and the chariots of fire teaches us how much fighting God does for us that we don’t even see. We are under attack all the time (verses for that below!).
The wicked king of Syria was planning to attack Israel and at each turn, Israel was already aware of the plans and prepared to fight. The king thought he had a trader amongst him and questioned his closest men.
He was surprised to learn that the prophet Elisha was being told by the Israelite God what he was saying in secret to his soldiers. Of course, the best solution was to now be rid of this troublesome prophet.
He sent a large army to capture Elisha.
Elisha wakes up one morning to find his town completely surrounded by Assyrian soldiers and chariots. His servant was afraid (I would be too!) and asked what could they do? He was probably certain that this was his end. I would’ve thought the same!
Elisha, being in tune with God, saw what his servant did not. His servant must have been completely bewildered when Elisha said “Do not be afraid, there is more with us than with them”
What?? Their city is surrounded by a powerful army whose goal was to capture Elisha and he says not to be afraid!
Elisha prays that his servant’s eyes might be opened. God allows the young man to see the multitude of chariots of fire that also surrounded them.
God’s army of angels, ready to fight and protect his beloved prophet. Amazing, isn’t it?!
Are you ready to fight the good fight of faith? Let’s make these verses our own.
Psalm 18:39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
Deuteronomy 3:22 Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.
Joshua 23:3 You have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the Lord your God is He who has fought for you.
Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
He will thrust out the enemy from before you,
And will say, ‘Destroy!’
What Does the Bible Say About Fighting Through Hard Times?
We know that this fallen world leads to hard times. God does not want us to sit by passively. He wants us to fight through hard times. How do we fight through hard times? We take our lead from the wonderful examples we have in scripture.
- Jehoshaphat was faced with an enemy army whose strength was way great than Judah’s. He went straight to the Lord and asked Him to fight for them. Letting go and giving it to God goes a long way in fighting the good fight of faith.
- Jochobed, the mother of Moses, knew that she could not save Moses. She put him into God’s hands and set him in the Nile River. Sometimes our best weapon is allowing God to work.
- David stood before the giant and his greatest weapon was not his sling, but faith. Removing doubt from your heart will help you fight the good fight of faith.
Here are a few more verses to encourage you!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Psalm 3:1-4 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us
Bible Verses to Fight Evil
We’ve already talked about evil and the battle we are in. I want to drive the point home that the battles we face are more spiritual than we often like to admit. For me, the idea of spiritual forces fighting near me in a relm I cannot see freaks me right out. Yet it is true. Scripture supports this.
Ephesians 6:11-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
A few more verses to give you courage.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Jeremiah 1:19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
1 Peter 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Are you ready to arm yourself with God’s word and fight the good fight of faith? Are you ready to let go and let God?
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