By Kenney Linhart 07/25/2020
“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
My wife and I were recently with friends when suddenly in my spirit, I heard this phrase: “You’ve got to put some fight to your faith.” It was such a strong Word that I started repeating it out loud before I even realized what I was saying. That Word still echoes in the memory chambers of my soul. It is a profound truth that we all need to be reminded about from time to time.
There’s great revelation in trusting in God’s goodness and His plan for our lives, but there are also times when we must actively fight. Part of this battle is in the realm of our thoughts. Subtle changes in the way we think about God’s active role in our lives can very easily slip into our minds and covertly change our perceptions. Always remember that God is a generous provider who gives to everyone who comes to Him. He does this without preferential treatment or finding fault with the asker. Sometimes we have to battle our circumstances and the attitudes of others in order to continue accepting this as true about our Father.
Another arena of the fight is against Satan’s force of evil spirits. These demons are constantly attempting to derail God’s people in an effort to cause them to miscarry their destinies. These imps of hell will try using the weapons of sickness, disease, pain, poverty, anxiety, worry and fear to stop us from being effective in the Kingdom of God, which they are eternally battling. The good news is that we have been given authority as sons of God to trample on the enemy. We have the name of Jesus to use as a weapon, which will cause every level of demon from hell to tremble and retreat, taking their destructive weapons with them.
When you’re attacked in your mind or in your body, don’t just lie down and say, “Here it comes again.” No, straighten up your spiritual back and say, “Enough is enough! Devil, you and your demons have to go! In the name of Jesus, take your sickness, pain and fear and get out of my presence!” Do you know what will happen? They will leave. It might take some time for the symptoms to dissipate, but healing and peace will begin to repair the damage caused by the onslaught.
Many times these attacks are on three different levels. Satan and his depraved associates will come at your mind, your spirit and your body with the intent of destroying you. So when you battle, be intelligent and take them on in each venue. Don’t just take an aspirin and lie down while waiting for the medication to cover the problem. Take an aspirin if you have to, but be sure to cast the foul thing out using the exceptional name of Jesus and begin to think about the power and goodness of the God we serve. Once you recognize the assault, do everything spiritually, mentally and physically possible to combat the enemy and drive the thing far from you and your destiny. Not only are you more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus, but you are to be a warrior as well. So come on, let’s win this thing and put some fight to our faith!
1 Timothy 6:3-16
When Jesus had called the twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
—2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…