I don’t know about you, but at times, I find the Christianity walk to be a difficult one. It can seem as if the battle against the flesh, and our sinful desires, will never end. From when I wake up in the morning, until I go to bed at night, I know that I am susceptible to the enticements and the dangers of sin. Paul felt that never ending battle, and he encouraged Timothy to continue the fight as well. It says in first Timothy chapter 6, verses 11 and 12:
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Once we become a Christian, we aren’t guaranteed a life without problems or a life without temptation. If we are trying to live a life pleasing to God, and if we have purposed in our hearts to actively pursue what is biblically right and just, there will be spiritual attacks. There will be times of difficulty, struggle, uncertainty, hardship, and pain. But as Paul encouraged Timothy, I encourage you today. Fight the good fight of faith. Flee desires that are contrary to the character of God and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. I encourage you to every day be on your guard, and to every day put on the full armor of God so that you can take you stand against the devil’s schemes.
Jesus tells us to take up our cross daily. He tells us that because every day we need to be reminded of our call to him; we need to be reminded of who we belong to. And Paul encourages Timothy to fight the good fight of faith; to take hold, or embrace, the eternal life to which he was called. I encourage you do the same. How? Try focusing only on the current day you are living when it comes to your walk. Live out your current day seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness. Don’t think about tomorrow, because the Bible says that tomorrow will have enough problems of its own. Just take up your cross for today. Put on the full armor of God today. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness today. And tomorrow, reset and try to replicate and improve that pattern.