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. – 1 Timothy 6:12
With the first full week of January coming to a close, I hope you can look back on those few days and honestly make a good report. If not, then you are still in good company. We wrestle with powerful forces inside and ouside ourselves. The key is to arise again each time we fall and put our armor back on and sharpen our sword. The fight still rages on.
Since our battle is most often a spiritual one, the preparations are too. First, (re)commit your way to the Lord in prayer, confession, and repentance. Without this initial effort of response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we set ourselves up for more frustration. This acknowledgement of God and who we are before Him is essential.
Second, go to Church. Make worship, praise and fellowship with God’s children in His Word a huge priority. We were made to fellowship with God and each other laboring toward unity in the faith, and the church was established for this end. We need God and we need to share one another’s burdens.
Third, set yourself reminders and tangible cues to bring the Lord to mind. This could be a bracelet, a sign in your house, or even putting your Bible on your desk at work in plain view. These are not objects of worship but mental aids to keep our minds set on heavenly things.
Lastly, read God’s Word. Study it. Meditate upon it. Perhaps the greatest failure of Christian’s today is that they do not know Bible. They do not know the truth and embrace it. Therefore they are easily deceived. No amount of prayer or repentance or worship can educate you in the will of God for your life better than the Bible.
“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” (1 Timothy 6:12).