In 1 Timothy, The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to Timothy, the young man he took under his wing. He considered Timothy his “son in faith.” Throughout the book, Paul teaches him how to be a church leader, and how to notice the difference between False Teachers and Godly ones. At the end of his letter, Paul says, “
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus … I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Paul trained Timothy to be a leader, to follow in his footsteps after he was gone. He didn’t just trust him to take over, but he empowered him! What strong, confident commands he gave Timothy!
Flee from evil.
Pursue what is Godly.
Fight for your faith.
Hold on to Heaven and its promises and do it without fear or guilt forever.
This brings so much truth to my heart, and it empowers me to want to do the same. How often are we charging forward like this? When I share Jesus, am I sharing the gospel with such confidence? Am I leading my family to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love endurance and gentleness? Do I take charge of my faith every single day and fight for it?
We can’t say we always do each of these, but what if we tried?
What if today, you decided to take charge of your life and step into a new confidence?
This is the perfect place to start a new beginning. As a new year approaches, and we begin our annual resolutions, choose at least one of these challenges for your life in the coming year and see it through. It’s easy to fall off the diet wagon and forget our bucket lists. It’s even easy to forget about our commitments we’ve made to God to change our lives throughout the year.
T.D. Jakes says, “You cannot conquer what you are not committed to do.”
It’s so true. We can’t escape evil if we’re not committed to ridding it from our lives. We can’t be intentional about righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness if we’re not willing to FIGHT for it.
What’s so interesting is that in Ephesians, Paul taught us about putting on the Armor of God; The Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. All of which are designed to protect us from evil. Only ONE of those pieces of armor is a weapon. The SWORD of the Holy Spirit, who lives among us, guiding us through life, sanctifying our hearts, teaching us the Word of God.
How do we fight? With the Holy Spirit.
We pray. We take a stand. We take time out of our day to spend with the Lord. We learn scripture. We gain a community of like-minded women. We grow. We fight for our faith. WE CONQUER, FULLY CHARGED!