Fight the Good Fight
I can still picture our family’s first television set housed inside a lovely piece of handcrafted furniture. Its double doors remained closed until episodes of I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and Ed Sullivan flooded our living room. My mother became an avid fan of a local chef, whose daily shows somehow improved upon her already scrumptious meals. But what I never understood was my father’s fascination with boxing. Of all things to enjoy…the ring, the ropes, the referee, and the rowdies became part of our household routine. It didn’t make sense taking pleasure in extreme blows and debilitating knockouts! Shouting for the underdog, he was gleeful when the favored was defeated. This gentle, godly man was crazy about the sport of boxing. It was as simple as that. Never one to be engaged in punching battles of his own, my dad just loved to watch a “good fight.”
How can the words “good” and “fight” be in the same sentence? Can a punch to the jaw ever be beneficial? In a spiritual sense, we are all engaged in battle. We are not to sit idly by in this life to be overcome by the enemy of our soul. The author of Hebrews tells us to do something about it. Last week our lesson focused on the armor of God. Today, we’ll consider more references to fighting the good fight of faith.
Read I Timothy 6:12
1. In your opinion, what is meant by “fighting the good fight of the faith”? With whom are we fighting?
Read I Corinthians 9:26-27
2. What does discipline have to do with the good fight?
Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
3. What kind of battle takes place in our mind? How can we fight back?
Read Hebrews 12:1-4
4. What else will help us fight the good fight of faith?
5. What should we consider about Jesus in order to strengthen our personal faith?
The Christian life is a battle against evil. We can’t hide in a corner and let the enemy beat us up. We have to fight back with the tools God has given us. When the enemy comes against us with fear and discouragement, we must take action. We can demolish false arguments by choosing to focus on biblical truths. We can throw off sin and other hindrances by fixing our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith. We can win the race by disciplining ourselves to be strong in the Lord. Holding fast to our faith is important as we face opposition and persecution. The sin of unbelief will destroy our faith…unless we deliberately resist the enemy and fight the good fight of faith.