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SPIRIT AND LIFE DEVOTIONALS

Day Thirteen

Meditation: Fighting the good fight of faith

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:7-8

It is interesting to note that Apostle Paul understood God’s call on his life and when he had completed his assignments from the Lord. He said in verse seven that he had finished his course. This means that a Christian can know when his assignment on earth is completed and can, like Paul say with boldness “I have finished my course”. May you discover your various assignments from God and do them with diligence and complete them before your departure from earth in Jesus name.

Paul also gives us the spiritual sense of God’s calling on every Christian in verse seven. It is a warfare. This was why Paul said he fought a good fight. Serving the Lord, taking the gospel to the ends of the earth, discipline converts, living the christian life faithfully etc are elements of war. You have to fight off the distractions, overcome the temptations of Satan and keep your head high in the Christian walk. It is a good fight. God wants you to win and may you win every day against every onslaught of the devil against you in Jesus name.

A significant outcome of the fight of faith is to keep the faith. Paul kept the faith, he didn’t give up, he didn’t backslide, he didn’t follow false doctrines, he kept the faith. This is a necessary goal for you as a believer. No matter what challenges or afflictions or temptations or tests of faith that you face in your Christian journey, you must be focused on the outcome – to keep the faith. It would amount to a waste of your entire life if you serve God and were very active in Church work and doing good things but loose your faith. Your number one priority is to keep the faith. May the Lord keep you strong in Christ in Jesus name, Amen.

Finally Paul shares with us the expectation of the righteous who has served the Lord faithfully, has fought the good fight and has kept the faith. That expectation is the crown of righteousness. This is the reward of faithfulness for all those who finish their God given assignments and kept the faith. Every believer is qualified to work for the crown of righteousness by preaching the gospel, keeping the faith and finishing his course. Paul tells us that this crown will be given to all those who love the approving of the Lord Jesus, those who love the appearing of Jesus purify themselves as He is pure.
1 John 3:3 KJV
[3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

It therefore means that keeping yourself pure is an important criteria to qualify to receive the crown of righteousness.

Prayers

1. Pray that you will not serve God for nothing but will serve him appropriately and in line with his plans for your life.
2. Pray that you will fight the good fight and overcome every opposition of your assignment and faith.
3. Ask God for wisdom to discern his calling for your life and for grace to finish your course
4. Pray that you will keep yourself pure and qualify for the crown of righteousness which God will give to all who serve him and love his appearing.


Faith Confession
I declare that I will fight the fight of faith without giving up; I will finish my course and I will keep the faith.

Memory verse
2 Timothy 4:7 KJV
[7] I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

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