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. 1 Timothy 6:12
Everyday there are many different types of battles that people are going through. Each person has to decide which battles to fight and which battles to walk away from and ignore.
One of the most common battles is the fight for wealth. The world will fight to get as much for self as possible. It is often believed that with wealth a person can have everything that they need or want.
As Paul closes out his letter to Timothy, he tells him to fight the good fight of the faith. He is to hold onto what he has been given in confessing his faith in Jesus.
Having wealth helps a person out only for a short time. It gives temporary pleasures for a moment, then is gone. It is something that no one can take with them when they die, yet it deceives many by giving the appearance of great pleasure.
Faith in Jesus and the gift of eternal life is something that no one can take away. It is eternal, yet many believers have chosen to give it up, choosing to fight for wealth or other temporary pleasures of this life. They give it up seeking something that appears to be easier.
Following Jesus in faith is not an easy road to walk. Believers have been promised many troubles and trials. The world will do everything it can to stop a believer, so this is a fight for the believer.
Every believer who understands what God has in store for him, will be willing to lay down his life and fight the good fight of the faith to trust God and live for God.
The world will continue to offer you temporary pleasures. Do not allow yourself to be deceived and fight to gain those temporary and often deadly pleasures.
Grab a hold of the eternal life that Jesus has given you when He forgave you at the point you confessed your sins and faith in Him. Fight against the temptations of this world. Seek to live for God in every area of your life.
Fight the good fight of faith that you began when you chose to believe in Jesus. The rewards are eternal, not temporary.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God has called you to live your life; that God will strengthen you to not be deceived by the temporary pleasures of this world; that you will fight for the faith you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus; and that the world will see your faith in God.
Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may off the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2
Admission of being wrong is a very difficult thing for many people to do. Often they fear that they will be cast out, condemned, or rejected if they admit that they did something wrong. However, more often, people feel as if they were not wrong.
People do not like to admit that they were wrong, because it means they have a fault and are not perfect. It reveals something bad inside of them. Their ‘good’ appearance is no longer any good.
Hosea tells the people to take some words with them and return to God. They are to request forgiveness and reception back into His household.
While many believers are willing to confess their sins to God, there are some that have allowed themselves to slip into sin to the point that they feel they cannot confess any more. Their guilt is so heavy upon their hearts that they cannot forgive themselves, nor see that God will forgive them.
But God is a loving and compassionate God who is ready and willing to forgive. God was so willing to forgive a person of his sins that He was willing to send His one and only Son, Jesus to die upon the cross to make it possible. Jesus went willingly to the cross so that He could forgive every person of their sins.
No matter how far a believer has fallen away from God and into sin, he can always return as long as he has breath to ask for forgiveness. God will immediately accept him back into His household. All it takes is for the fallen person to ask.
You may have fallen away from serving God. You may have allowed sin to overcome you and pull you away from God.
It is not over. God is waiting for you to return. He is not waiting for you to return so that He can strike you, but so that He can forgive you and build you back up into the person you were created to be.
Take the time to admit to God your sins and seek His forgiveness. Even if you have not walked away from God, you can confess any sins you have done. God is waiting for you to continue to make you more like Jesus everyday.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear His condemnation; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will confess everything to God; and that you will know God’s acceptance of you.