Biblical Reflections: 1Timothy 6:12

1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Feel beat up from yesterday? Some days we just want to stay in the bed and pull the covers over our heads. While we might try to retreat briefly, we know deep down that life requires living.

Many of the saints have struggled with challenges from unbelievers and personal struggles with temptation, sin and depression. One great example in American history is Jonathan Edwards. Sometimes called the greatest American theologian, Edwards is credited for being at the beginning of the First Great Awakening in America. Even though we may recognize the wonderful work of God in his life, Edwards suffered from periodic bouts of depression.

Edwards, so accomplished in His service, knew intimately that here in the flesh of the old man that we can only know peace and joy in Christ. He once wrote, “A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom; and that it is by Gods power that he is upheld and provided for, and that he needs Gods wisdom to lead and guide him, and His might to enable him to do what he ought to do for Him.”

Our life is a fight within ourselves and with darkness in the world, but our fight is not accomplished alone. We have Christ, the King of Kings, to champion our cause, and He will not rest until He has put down all rebellion (Philippians 2:9-11). Therefore, “my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). May God bless you today with courage of the Lion of Judah. Fight the good fight!

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