When I hear people say fight the good fight, I picture far-off battlefields and Knights In Shining Armor. They fight for glory, honor, and the name of the king. What they battle for is worthwhile, needed and their countrymen are grateful.
Recently I hit a bit of depression and looked at God in a new light. In my eyes, I saw an angry vengeful being. Who took delight in my pain, and thought of it as a way to ease his boredom. For some reason, I still wanted him to see me, and couldn’t understand why he allowed my pain to continue.
I spent many nights, asking, “Why do you hate me?”
He never answered audibly, and I really wanted him to. At the time it seemed like everything I did was cursed, and God had the ability to free me, but he wouldn’t. Eventually, I was able to calm down, and I heard his voice. He was always there.
If you’re in this place, I want you to know that there are some strong lies out there, and they will knock you down. But you have to stand back up, and fight back. You will take some hits, but you’ll give some good ones too. Jesus loves you, and he’s battling there alongside you.
What Does Fight The Good Fight Mean?
The phrase comes from Paul in the Bible. He says it in 1 Timothy 6:12 and also in 2 Timothy 4:7.
12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.1 Timothy 6:12
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.2 Timothy 4:7
In the Chapter of Timothy, Paul The Apostle is writing a letter of encouragement to Timothy his disciple (It’s how the book got its name.)
Timothy was a young Christian, and Paul was trying to encourage him. Fighting the good fight of faith to both of them was staying true to the principles of God, and fighting hard for the truth. It almost meant staying morally and ethically right.
In our world, that’s difficult, but not impossible.
Keeping The Faith:
When you keep the faith, it means you’ve kept your focus on God, It also means that you haven’t surrendered your principles or God’s grace for something less than he has for you.
In my recent battle with depression, I wanted to give up on God. In fact, I spent quite a few days yelling at him. I poured out some dark feelings and thoughts. I wanted to give up everything and just disappear.
Then I started to think about God, and what’s he’s already done for me. If the only thing he’s done is take my sin and die for me, isn’t that enough?
Keeping the faith isn’t always a perfect day. Sometimes it’s slogging through a bunch of crap. Only to find that hell has broken loose.
This is where we get to the second bible verse I mentioned above. 2 Timothy 4:7.
Paul finished strong, he wrote that verse at the end of his life. And if anybody (other than Jesus) went through hell, it was him.
How To Fight The Good Fight Daily:
According to Psychology Today on an average day, some people can make up to 35,000 choices. While I believe that number to be high, I still think it all starts with a choice.
Step 1. Make Good Choices:
The bible says we should be faithful in the little things, and that is where we’ll begin. If you can make a bunch of little, good choices, they’ll build up to a really big good choice.
For example, choosing to not talk about a coworker, or choosing to help someone out that needs it.
These are all small choices that will help you refocus.
Today I made a few simple choices, that completely made my day.
Step 2. Have Perseverance
I wrote a blog post on this topic called how to persevere a while back. In that blog post, I talked about holding on, having patience, and waiting.
Waiting is something we don’t understand in our current culture. Amazon delivers in a few hours now, there’s no waiting.
But waiting builds character, trust, and focus. Especially when you’re waiting on God.
Step 3. Prepare While You Wait.
Just because you’re waiting, and building perseverance. it doesn’t mean you have to sit still. Spend time with God, hone a skill, become a better friend or family member.
We are never doing just one thing in life. Look at everything and believe it’s preparing you for the next thing.
Step 4. Hold On, It’ll Get Rough
The 4th step isn’t really a step. When you’re fighting the good fight, it’s gonna hurt. You’ll be hit, battered, and bruised. However, when God is with you, you’ll have nothing to fear, and your reward is in heaven.
Keeping The Faith
Fighting the good fight and keeping the faith isn’t about something extravagant. Instead, it’s about focus and perseverance on God.
It’s forgetting the past, your shortcomings, failures and mistakes. And it’s knowing God has forgotten them too.
I want you to know its easy to write about this topic, but it’s hard to make that happen.
The hardest time you’ll have in this is right before your victory. In fact, at 3 AM when you’re tired, and you’ve been fighting all day. That’s when you’ll want to give up, but the sunrise isn’t that far away.
There’s been a lot of people in this world who’ve given up on the doorstep of victory, hold on and keep fighting.
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