Day11

Fight the Good Fight

from the 1 & 2 Timothy reading plan


1 Timothy 6:11-21, Psalm 25:12-15, 2 Peter 1:5-11, Jude 1:20-25

BY Bailey T. Hurley

Our societies have always had competing doctrines of faith, hungry idols, and wayward truths vying for our attention, money, and wholehearted worship. Our sinful appetites make it easy to doubt God and wonder, Can we fully trust who God says He is when our culture often celebrates the opposite ideas and values? 

In 1 Timothy 6, Paul warns God’s people about human greed—he doesn’t want the family of God to get lost in the temptations of the world and forget they were not destined to remain a part of it. I very much relate to those who were hypnotized by all the world has to offer. I can easily succumb to wanting good things and believing I deserve them. It could be fancy food or the newest fashion or it could be as simple as clinging to the pleasures of this world and losing my hunger for God. The worst-case scenario is that I suddenly wake up and realize I traded in the true doctrine for the false ones advertised on my social media. What a scary thought! So, Paul calls God’s people to “fight the good fight of the faith” (1Timothy 6:12) and to trust in God’s rich provision over the insufficient riches of this world.

For those of us who confess Jesus as Lord, we must continually fight to keep Him in the position of Lord over our lives. I think of Paul who declared: “I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith” (Philippians 3:8–9). 

Our weapon to fight the good fight is our faith. Trusting and believing that losing everything the world says we need is worth gaining Christ—trusting in His promises over the world’s empty ones. And just when we think we can’t possibly fight this fight, 2 Peter tells us that God will give us everything we require to be able to “escape the corruption that is in this world because of evil desire” (2Peter 1:4). I’m encouraged knowing God will help me supplement my faith with “goodness, goodness with knowledge, [and] knowledge with self-control…” (v.5) so that I stand a chance against those false teachings and tantalizing ideas that are hungry for my soul. 

We stand together and we stand with God, and we fight a battle Jesus has already won. Unfortunately, we may not always walk away victorious from our sin on this side of heaven. Still, our lack of faithfulness never takes away what Jesus defeated in His death and resurrection. Today, let’s fight the good fight of the faith by humbly confessing our faults and failures and taking hold of life found only in Jesus Christ.  

This devotional was updated on May 18, 2022 at 2:05 p.m.

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49 thoughts on "Fight the Good Fight"

  1. Cathy Krause says:

    Tina,

  2. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Tina, thank you for sharing your story and the story of your daughter. You are a blessing to me and in some respects she is also. I am grateful for both of you.

    Thank you sisters for always sharing your heart. I’m praying over you and your requests right now.

  3. Claire B says:

    ♥️♥️♥️

  4. K Swenson says:

    Tina, what a powerful testimony. Thank you for sharing part of your sweet girl’s story! Praying for all you women today and the very real struggles we go through. I’m encouraged by the hope you see and experience! Many blessings to each of you.

  5. Mari V says:

    Tina, my heart goes out to YOU! Thank you for sharing your heart with us! Can’t wait to someday meet you my sweet friend and your beautiful daughter.

  6. Mari V says:

    I am on my lunch break and reading back through all the comments and I am in tears and moved. I am so blessed to be part of this beautiful community of sisters.

  7. Mercy says:

    I love the part where Bailey mentioned we lost everything of this world to gain our Lord Jesus Christ. I think this statement should be taught in baptism class so the newbies know what they get themselves into. The moment I received our Lord Jesus, things slowly got stripped away. The renewing process started, the old passed away (with me not understanding why and grieving, instead of rejoicing and letting go). Not long ago someone said in the comments, to follow Jesus you will lose much, but to NOT follow him you will lose even more. That stuck with me. So very touched to be in the presence of the fierce warriors of SRT who shared the testimonies. Thank God for strong mothers like our dear Tina and Traci who brave the hardest storms of pain and loss to tell their stories. So grateful. Sending love and hugs to you. Be blessed dear beautiful sisters.

  8. Dorothy says:

    Lord Jesus You died for my sins. Help me to increase my knowledge of Your Father, You and the Holy Spirit so I can be better prepared to “fight the good fight”. Allow me and help me to show my love and faith in all I do and say and convey to those around me. Remind me my wealth need not be in money but in blessing and attributes from Your Father and You. Amen.
    Sisters be blessed and listen closely to what the Lord has to tell you.

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