understanding how to fight the good fight of faith

“Fight the good fight of faith” is a very popular phrase among Christians. But not many Christians can tell you how to fight the good fight of faith. We wage war against such things as abortion, hunger, inequality, religious freedom, racism, and a variety of injustices. However, our struggle is not a typical worldly conflict. The Bible says our fight is against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places.

Nevertheless, while we fight the good fight of faith, we continue to wage war against each other in the name of God, and we ignore the true enemy that is responsible for our calamity. We fight those who oppose us in the name of faith when we should be fighting the good fight of faith. In this blog, I will share some interesting facts that every Christian should know about the good fight of faith and how we should fight it.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

Faith is not just believing; faith is a real substance. It is the tangible quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that they become a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Faith is the bridge that links you to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality in your mind. While we walk by faith and we understand the power of faith and its ability to heal, we still do not know how to fight the good fight of faith.

The Good Struggle

Anything that glorifies God is good. I believe God calls our struggle the good fight of faith because when we fight to overcome evil He is glorified. But some Christians have misunderstood the Scriptures, believing their life’s assignment is to fight the unbelievers of the world. They believe their calling is to rid the world of sin and will defend God’s word by any means, including violence. They advocate for laws to force those who oppose God to keep His commandments. However, the God of the Bible is not forceful; He does not force Himself on anyone. Love and mercy are among God’s many attributes. God loves us even when we don’t love Him.

God expects that we fight the good fight of faith rather than fight a good fight in faith. There is a difference between “a good fight” and “the good fight”. You see, a good fight would imply that there is more than one fight. When we fight a good fight in faith, we fight many foes, including everybody that opposes our concept of God. However, when we fight the good fight of faith we fight only one enemy: Satan. He is the root and source of all the things we oppose. We don’t fight him according to our emotions, but according to the word of God. When we fight the good fight of faith we don’t fight to harm people, but rather to reconcile them, for Christians have a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19).

You Have Authority Over Your Battles

When I first got saved, like most Spirit-filled Christians, I was on fire for the Lord. I was commanding demons to come out of things that demons had no desire to be in. Like the time I laid hands on my car on the side of the highway. I had this old Ford Fairlane 500 that used to act up when it was time to go to church. When we got ready to go to church that old car would start spitting and sputtering. One Sunday morning I had finally had enough. I pulled to the side of the highway, got out, laid my hands on the hood, and shouted, “I command you demon, in the name of Jesus, COME OUT OF MY CAR!” My wife and kids thought I was losing my mind.

After that, the car started up and I drove away. About a half-mile down the highway, the rear end of the car bounced up, and simultaneously the car made a loud noise that sounded like an explosion. I looked in the rearview and I saw a thick cloud of black smoke. Before I could consider what had just happened, that old car took off like a rabbit. I don’t know exactly what happened, but from that day forward that old Ford never gave us any more trouble.

What am I saying? I’m not saying that my car had a demon in it, but I am saying I recognized that I was under attack from the enemy and I responded to his threat aggressively and confidently in faith. You have authority over your battles, no matter the situation. When fighting the good fight of faith, remember that you have authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). By faith, use it.

Watch Your Mouth

Words are our most powerful weapon. The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Nothing seems to trip a believer more than a loose tongue. That little thing in our mouths may be small, but it is the most significant weapon in our spiritual arsenal. Fighting the good fight of faith is not about swinging blows but speaking words. That’s right, words. Our words possess power. Speaking words of faith causes us to advance in the fight. When we listen to the lies of the enemy we begin speaking words of doubt, thus we stumble and retreat.

In the eleventh chapter of Mark, Jesus and His disciples were traveling from Bethany and the Bible says Jesus was hungry. Seeing a fig tree with leaves afar, He went to see if perhaps He would find some figs on it. However, when He got there He found none. In response, Jesus said to the tree, “No man eat fruit from you hereafter forever” (Mark 11:14 KJV)

The next day they passed by the tree and it was dried up by the roots. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” Wait a minute! When did Jesus curse the fig tree? He never said, “I curse you, fig tree?” Jesus spoke down to the fig tree when He said, “No man eat fruit from you hereafter forever.”

Speak to Your Situation

Seeing the confusion on the disciples’ faces, Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain Be removed and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23).

As you fight the good fight of faith, remember that no one is perfect, and we all stumble in many things, especially with our words. The unique thing about words is you cant take them back. Once you say them, they are gone forever. When you speak to your mountain be careful to speak words of faith.

If you’ve got an aching back don’t go around saying things like, it is what it is,” and “This old back is killing me.” If you call things as they are, then what you see is what you will get. In the end, your back will probably kill you. Rather than speak negative words to an already bad situation, begin to speak words of faith. Instead of speaking down to your back, receive healing. Speak blessing to your back by saying, “Father, thank You for sending Your Son to deliver me from this awful pack pain. He was wounded for my transgression; He was bruised for my iniquities, and by His stripes, I am healed,”

Maintain a Good Testimony Throughout the Battle

It is easy to start name-calling and finger-pointing when you are in a fight. But be reminded that God calls the good fight of faith a good fight. Throughout the fight, God expects you to maintain a good testimony. Avoid religious debates; they only lead to strife and division. When the archangel Michael argued with the devil about the body of Moses he was not abusive nor insulting. He simply told the devil, “The Lord rebuke you!”

The life of the believer revolves around faith. When we fight the good fight of faith we must keep the emphasis on faith. By faith in the blood of Jesus Christ and the word of our testimony, God gives us the victory.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Revelation 12:11

Remember: The Battle is the Lord’s

In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, faced certain destruction when the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir came against Judah in the Wilderness of Tekoa. Jehoshaphat was outnumbered and afraid. But he did not give in to fear. Instead, Jehoshaphat set his mind to seek God. He proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah and the people gathered to ask help from the Lord. Jehoshaphat prayed that God would judge their enemies. He reminded God that they were powerless against such a great multitude and he admitted that he did not know what to do.

During the assembly, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel and he prophesied, “Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord’ (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17).”

When Jehosaphat heard this, he and all of Judah and the inhabitants bowed before the Lord and began worshiping the Lord. Early the next morning, as Judah went out in the Wilderness of Tekoa to stand before their enemies, the Lord set ambushes against Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir so that they turned against each other and destroyed one another.

Perhaps your faith has been under attack and the odds are stacked against you. Friend, do not give in to fear and don’t stop fighting. To stop fighting the good fight of faith is to stop believing God. The Bible says that when we have done all that we can do, just stand. If you love God, trust God. Receive the prophecy spoken by the Hoy Spirit through the mouth of Jahaziel, “Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of your great dilemma, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourself, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.'”

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Greetings in Jesus ‘ name

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Greetings in Jesus ‘ name 

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

      Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma 

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away. 
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability 
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion 
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation 
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness 
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself. 
8. Take care of your health 
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him. 
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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By Eric Dunbar

I am the founder of Believing Faith Blog and the author of the book "Believing Faith Speaks." Once addicted to the heinous drug, crack cocaine, I was delivered by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Believing Faith is my Online Ministry, through which I take the opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel of Christ. It gives me great pleasure to help other believers to activate, feed, exercise, and speak faith. because believing faith speaks. 2 Corinthians 4:13

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