How To Fight The Good Fight
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33, NKJV
Are you “battling it out,” in some area of your life right now? Everyone experiences life as a battle at times. For followers of Jesus, there’s an added component of spiritual warfare. Paul used the analogy of a soldier fighting for his life when talking about some of his trials. He concluded that he had “fought a good fight” (2 Timothy 4:17). Jesus used the same word when He said, “Strive [or fight] to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24).
From the time of his conversion to his death, Paul’s life was an ongoing struggle. He pleaded with churches to follow Christ’s example, he argued with his fellow apostles, he suffered natural disasters. He was frequently imprisoned and beaten because of his teaching, suffered a mysterious ailment, and battled with his own sinful nature. We can relate to many of these agonies. How do we “fight” these battles honorably?
Scripture teaches that we are to fight evil with good. (1 Peter 3:9, Romans 12:17). We are also reminded that through the blood of Jesus, we have been rescued from the slavery of our sin and there is no returning to that bondage. Also be aware that the Devil holds some power in our world, and he is to be resisted! (1 Peter 5:8-9). Finally, be encouraged by Jesus’ words. “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Resource reading: John 16:1-33