This life is a fight.
As believers we are fighters. We fight for our marriages, for our children, for our finances, for the lost and for the poor.
We fight for our daily salvation…fighting for righteousness and against temptations and spiritual battles.
All this fighting is for good. It’s a good fight of faith.
We are pursuing godliness and peace in all of this. But the battle isn’t over. It still wages harsh and deep into the night and in order to stand against the fiery darts of the enemy, we must have eyes to know and see the truth.Paul instructs Timothy saying, “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected…” 1 Timothy 1:18-19.
How do we fight the good fight in the midst of so many fallen soldiers?
1. Be wary of false teachings. So many will fall and follow deceiving spirits and teachings. Test everything against the word of God. Be strengthened by the word of his testimony and the bread of life.
“…stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculation, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God” 1 Timothy 1:3-4.
2. Train yourself to be Godly.
“…train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers” 1 Timothy 4:7-10.
3. Teach these things and set an example for believers in speech, conduct, love faith and purity.
“Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you” 1 Timothy 4:15-16.
4. Be content.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content” 1 Timothy 6:6-8.
5.Run from evil, pursue righteousness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
“Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus…that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again” 1 Timothy 6: 12-14
6. Abstain from godless chatter.
“Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness” 1 Timothy 6:21.
7. Put your hope in God, not wealth and Use Your money to do good.
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life” 1 Timothy 6:17-19.
To be a generational believer, we must do as all these things.
Finally, Paul tells Timothy to “Guard what God has entrusted to you.” Friends, I urge all of us to do the same. We have been entrusted with the word of God. The infallible, inspired word of God and it “is useful for teaching, for convincing, for correction of error, and for instruction in right doing…” 2 Timothy 3:16. We have been entrusted to further the Kingdom and share the gospel to all people. “Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life” 1 Timothy 6:2-3.
We must fight the good fight of faith, persevere and endure to the end. Guarding our hearts and the hearts that have been entrusted to us. Then, by the grace of God almighty, will we be generational believes whose faithfulness will bless all who come after us. Overall friends, know that above all else, we should “be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith” 1 Timothy 1:5. As Paul says, ‘Don’t miss that point!!!’ Because we are nothing, if we don’t have love.
I hope you have enjoyed this series and know that I am praying for you and your fight. Remember that “we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of this dark world” Ephesians 6:12.So be sure to put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11) and remember that He has already overcome the world!
If you missed any part of the series on Being a Generational Believer click the links below.