FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2018
THEME: THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 6:11-16
MEMORY VERSE: 1TIMOTHY 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.”
The word ‘fight’ appears over 100 times in the Bible but the one in 1 Timothy 6:12 is where the Bible encourages Christians to “Fight”. Behold, this “fight” is not that of strife, violence, hatred, competition or terrorism; rather it is a clarion call to stand and defend the faith, through our acts of righteousness.
Do you remember the three Hebrew young men? (Daniel 3:12-30)? They refused to bow down to the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. That is a good fight of faith. What about Joseph in Potiphar’s house? (Genesis 39:1-11). Do you also remember Daniel? (Daniel 6:1-23). This fight is not that which involves the needless shedding of human blood, nor the slaughtering of human beings, like animals, in the name of religion. It is not the fight of suicide bombing. It is a clarion call to stand for righteousness in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation, declaring the mind of God to everyone around us even when it may cost us our lives, work and comfort. Where are we as a church in this good fight of faith? What of our leaders in the church? Are they fighting the good fight of faith? It is our calling if truly we are Christians; it is also our confession if indeed we are children of God (1 Timothy 6:11-14).
You are to speak against injustice, oppression, corruption in all its ramifications, steer clear of evil and evildoers.
HYMN: EMHB 490 -FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT WITH ALL THY MIGHT
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to fight the good fight of faith till the end of my life’s journey (Amen).