Paul the apostle said in 2 Timothy 4:6b-8:
6b…the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (NKJV)
So he says, “I’m about to die (v6b), I have fought the good fight, finished it, and kept my faith (v7), and I will be rewarded for doing so, as will everyone who loves Jesus like I do (v8).” So how does this apply to us? Simply put, pure faith, faith that is purely refined, is a FIGHTING FAITH.
So here’s our dilemma; will we go down in a fetal position, giving up spiritually as satan assaults us…or will we FIGHT through faith in the Lord Jesus? Yes, we WILL be attacked, falsely accused, slandered, misunderstood…from within and from without. There are no exceptions, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). But listen…this is NOT bad news…rather, it is the confirmation that you are a lover of Jesus. In fact, sometimes, the more you love Jesus the worse the assaults.
So you read this and you think, “I’m not in the ministry etc. etc.” You don’t have to be in the “ministry.” Satan assaults you through coworkers at times, even through a spouse or family member…maybe even through true Christians. But one area of assault we often do not recognize is this: the arena of your mind. Yes, he will lie to you, condemn you, and tell you God is through with you…but remember, HE IS A LIAR.
What’s the message for you today? Don’t give up in your fight. Your heart hurts, and God knows this. That is why you are reading this, He cares for you and had it written for you. He knows you are mistreated at times, etc., but He wants to remind you to FIGHT, and DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE GRAVE!!! Finish your race well. Remember what God said to you in Romans 8:
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.