We are now continue to look at what does faith look like in the everyday life of a believer. One thing is for sure, every believer knows what it means to struggle with faith. Do I trust God enough? Would she have been healed if only I had trusted God more? Did I fail to get that promotion because I lacked faith? If I am really trusting God, why am I still having these unforgiving thoughts? If my faith is strong, why are my children having so many problems? If I moved with faith, wouldn’t the people to whom I witness always accept Christ as their Savior?
Perhaps the Apostle Paul was referring to this conflict when he used the phrase, “the good fight of faith” (1 Tim 6:12). Paul’s “good fight” was referring to the whole of his relationship with the Lord Jesus and not just ministry. Writing at the end of his life, and from a jail cell, aware that he could be summoned at any moment to his execution, Paul admits that faith has been a fight, albeit a good one.
Jack Hayford gives the following reasons why faith worth fighting for:
“Why is faith worth fighting for? Why is the fight for faith a good fight? Because:
• Anything done without faith cannot please God (Heb. 11:6).
• Grace can be accessed only by faith (Eph. 2:8).
• Every person has the capacity for faith (Rom. 12:3).
• Faith is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7–11).
• Nothing is impossible when you have faith, even though it may be as small as a mustard seed (Matt. 17:14–21).”
Many believers are confused concerning matters of faith. Actually, your faith has two enemies. one of them is you. The other is Satan.
Satan has many devices he employs in his attack on your life. But it may surprise you to discover that the focus of his attack is directed almost exclusively towards your faith. He well knows if he can make your faith ineffective, you will be ineffective. He wants to destroy your faith (2 Tim. 2:18).
Not all of your struggle with faith will be caused by Satan. Some of it will be caused by your own “natural man” (1 Cor. 2:14). Faith involves hearing, making choices, repenting, and learning. All of these are challenging without the devil’s interference. Since the devil knows just how difficult this “good fight of faith” can be, he seeks to influence you by his lies.
Our intake of God’s Word becomes crucial in cultivating, growing, and evaluating our faith. It is through His Word that faith is made alive (Rom. 10:17). And it is with His Word that we fight against the enemy (Eph. 6:17).