TDR: 17 September (1 Timothy 6:12)

‘Fight the good fight of faith’ (1 Timothy 6:12)

Faith has to fight with the deep and dire depravity of the heart, with error and superstition, with despondency, unbelief and carnal reasoning, with Satan and the world at large.

Faith has to fight for victory, for a crown, for God’s glory. True faith fights in God’s strength, with certainty, arising from the faithful promise; in holy fear, produced by grace taking advantage of our weakness; with courage, principally on the knees; and looking to the Captain of our salvation, the end of the conflict, and the design of the combat.

Christian believer, “Fight the good fight of faith.” Your God invites you. His promises are intended to encourage you. The example of Jesus should animate you. The coward’s doom should alarm and instruct you. The connection between conflict and conquest should urge you.

Jesus says, “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne” [Revelation 3:21]. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” [1 Corinthians 1:9].

Omnipotent Lord, my Saviour and King,
Thy succour afford, Thy righteousness bring;
On Thee, as my power, for strength I rely;
All evil before Thy presence shall fly:
Thy love everlasting will never depart,
Thy truth and Thy mercy shall rule in my heart.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘I want to realize, that Christ is head over all things, for the benefit of his Church – for the benefit of every Christian. That he is supreme, and rules all physical agencies, all mental agencies, and all spiritual agencies. That every creature is his servant, and must serve his purpose, accomplish his pleasure, and do his will.’