“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12).
Believe it or not, Satan isn’t fighting against God. Somehow, at one time in my thinking, way in the back of my mind, I had this idea that Satan was fighting with God.
But that can’t be true. God kicked Satan out of the Kingdom of God a long time ago. The fight has always been between the believers and the devil: “Fight the good fight of faith.”
Fighting the good fight of faith is how we lay hold of eternal life. God already has eternal life. In fact, He is eternal life.
When we face tests and trials, it’s not against us per se. It’s against the truth that we believe; will we continue in the truth or let it go? Mark 4:1-34 is a teaching by Jesus that is dedicated to the subject. Continuing in the word of God during trials is how we keep a grasp on eternal life.
The challenge of our generation is this very thing. The world of unbelief is demanding that we call sin righteousness, male and female by a made to suite personal feeling, and the list goes on. To what end, to what purpose is the enemy attacking us with such obvious lies? He wants us to deny the truth.
Jesus said, “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4). This was the first thing He said when asked about the “end of the age.” This was the most important thing on His heart. He immediately warned that persecution would come against those that stood by His name.
He went on to warn in the same discourse: “For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24, emphasis mine). Those who claim Jesus as Lord can be deceived. We need to maintain our fellowship with Him by continuing to feed on His word, fellowship in prayer, and walk in love. It’s the little compromises that lead us down a path to great deceit. If we’re not alert, before we know it, we’re believing and doing things that, at one time, we wouldn’t even consider. We don’t want to be the “if possible” ones.
We’re the ones who have to “fight the good fight of faith.” The Devil isn’t trying to fight God. Satan’s after our faith. I encourage you to stand fast in the faith through the good times and rough times, knowing that whatever happens, we have eternal life.