Tuesday, July 26, 2016
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. "
--2nd Timothy 4:7--
Let's talk about this gem for a second, shall we?
For starters, let me just state how much I needed to hear this verse tonight.
It brought to me a realization.
You see, I have been battling with my mind recently.
The mind is essentially my worst enemy.
But really it's only when I let the Devil get to it and that's what I have been doing lately without realizing it.
I have just felt really defeated by my troubles and I have felt anxiety and sadness and pressure and pain.
It's okay to get sad sometimes, I think that's normal.
But I felt more than I sad, as I said, I felt defeated.
But what I realized when I read this verse was that I felt defeated because I was defeated.
I was defeated because I wasn't fighting the good fight.
I wasn't putting on the armor of God.
Now, I know the Lord is faithful and mighty to save and that we have hope in Him.
I know these things and I believe these things.
Yet, I wasn't letting Him fight for me because I wasn't even listening to Him.
Sure, I was praying here and there.
But I wasn't full force praying and fighting.
I wasn't cracking open my Bible and that's how you put on your armor.
That's how you listen to God.
I wasn't receiving any messages from Him because I didn't open my Bible and read the messages He has given us.
I was stale bread and cold coffee.
I was trudging through my sufferings and battling my mind without being armed and without having the will to fight.
I had faith but it was little.
I let the Devil defeat me.
Thankfully, I have turned it around.
I am not sitting here sad anymore.
I am fighting the good fight and keeping the faith.
And I want to keep it.
I encourage you to examine your life to and see if you are fighting the good fight as well.