Pastor Joynt's Devotionals

Fatihful, Faith Fights, Day 39

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2 TIMOTHY 4:7-8 | I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

In this famous passage, Paul can see the end of his life and can say, “I’ve fought the good fight and finished the race!” What kind of battles did Paul face? A good fighter prepares as well as possible, endures the hard blows and difficult rounds, and gives everything to the contest. What opponents called out these traits in the Apostle?

In Galatians 1:11-2:2, we see that Paul had to fight for standing as an apostle and for legitimacy in the eyes of the Jerusalem church which he had previously persecuted.

Have you ever had to contend for legitimacy or opportunity to exercise your calling?

 

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Faithful, Faith Fights, Day 38

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1 TIMOTHY 6:11, 13-14 | But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Timothy is also encouraged to fight not only for faith and contentment, but also “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.” This other struggle for spiritual and emotional virtue is not a lonely one! In other settings, Paul emphasizes that Christian virtue is as much a gift divinely given and received by us, as it is a personal achievement. (See 1 Corinthians 12-13 and Galatians 5:22-23.) It is good to know what you fight for, and who fights with you, and not simply what you fight against.

Which of the characteristics Paul mentions is hardest for you?

Which is easiest and most natural?

Do you have a sense God fights with you?

 

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