THURSDAY — Fight the Good Fight
Big Point: When you live and speak the truth, you may find yourself in a battle but have no fear because the truth reigns supreme and will help you fight the good fight!
We recently completed a series on how to fight—our fear, for our faith, for our country, for our marriage and even for our soul. This week, we are talking about having a hunger for the truth and guarding it using the instructions that Paul gave to Timothy. In 1 Timothy 1:19, Paul tells Timothy to use all of the instructions that he gave to him to fight the battle. What’s the battle? It’s the battle for the truth! There is an inference that Timothy is going to be in a battle and that he will need to have strong faith, as verse 20 further instructs, in order to have a good fight.
The same is true in the world we live in today. There is no doubt about it, we will battle for the truth but only if we live and speak the truth and do it in love. The issue is that most of us don’t see ourselves in a daily battle. We just live, day to day, unconscious of the fact that we should be guarding the truth. Some of us don’t live and speak the truth for fear that we may offend someone, or we think others have already made up their minds or some of us just don’t believe the truth. Today, let’s discuss some of the hot topics that are relevant to our world today and learn how we should fight for the truth. These hot topics include:
- Gay marriage and homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:26-27)
- Abortion (Exodus 20:13 and Psalms 139:14-16)
- Pre-marital sex—Fornication (1 Corinthians 6:9-20)
- More than one way to get to God and to Heaven (John 14:6)
We are certain that by merely listing these hot topics, you already have a certain view point. Let’s filter the truth about these hot topics through what we’ve learned this week and understand how we should fight the battle for the truth.
“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
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READ and THINK…What does the Bible say?
What primary instruction did Paul give to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:18 and in verse 19? What do you think Paul was referring to in verse 19 where he says “for some people have deliberately violated their consciences?”
1 Timothy 1:18-19 (New Living Translation)
18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
Hebrews 11:1 is a popular verse but it implies action on our part. What will having a strong faith do for us in times of battle?
Hebrews 11:1 (New Living Translation)
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
LIVE…What will you do now?
Do you question the biblical truth as it relates to the hot topics that we listed—homosexuality, abortion, fornication and Jesus being the only way to get to Heaven? If so, what are the areas you find questionable?
How often do you find yourself living and speaking the truth in your daily life about these “hot topics”? If you don’t discuss these issues, what do you believe is the primary reason you don’t discuss them. Do you simply avoid them at all cost? How can faith play a role in helping you speak the truth?
Describe an instance when you shared your viewpoint on one of these hot topics. How did the conversation go? If the conversation went badly or not as you expected, review what you learned earlier this week and write out how the conversation could have gone any differently.
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know and do?
Ask God to help you get out of your comfort zone and speak the truth, even as it relates to the hot topics discussed today. Ask Him to help you apply the principles that Paul taught Timothy and to fight the battle in a loving Christ-centered manner.