SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST, 2017 READ – DAY: Act 20; Night: Prv 3-4
THEME: A GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 6:11 – 15
HYMN: EMHB 822 – Onward! Christian soldiers,
Fighting means to engage in a struggle against person(s) or things or enemies either defensively or offensively. To give a good fight of faith is the way of struggle against vices of the world, focusing on the spirituality and God’s standard. Moralists often exhorted readers to “flee” from vices. Ancient Hittites used the expression “man of God” to describe religious figures, and the Old Testament used it for men commissioned by God to function as His spokespersons. Its rare occurrences in subsequent Jewish literature are probably dependent on the Old Testament usage. 2Timothy 4:7 says “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”
As a believer you must struggle to sustain your faith in the Lord. The vices of this world are meant to remove us from the kingdom race but we must fight a good fight of faith to overcome. “Without stain or reproach” may allude to the requirements for pure sacrifices to God as unblemished (e.g., Lev 1:3,10; 3:1,6; 4:3,23,32) or to “undamaged” merchandise and so forth; it was a natural image for virtual perfection.
As Christians, we must be ever ready so that nothing will catch us unawares. We cannot afford to slumber or sleep; we are meant to be spiritual watchmen, like Prophet Ezekiel. Although no one can fight for God, we can hold on to our faith and make sure that nothing takes us away from the path of righteousness. The essence of our Christian living in this world is to make heaven and we must give it all it takes to win the crown of life like Apostle Paul.
MEMORY VERSE: 1Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
PRAYER: Continually increase my strength, gracious God, as I run this heavenly race. Don’t let me to be tired, and mercifully remove every entanglement on my way in Jesus’ Name. Amen.