Fight the good fight of faith.
Faith is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” However, even though faith is a gift from God, there is also a human component.
Since faith has been given to Christians, it is something that we have, it is something that we do, and it is something we are responsible for as a result. Christians must put the faith we have been given by God into action. Indeed, as our verse for today says, faith is something that we must fight for.
The reason why faith must be fought for is that there are enemies of faith. Satan and his minions are always trying to challenge and undermine our gift of faith. They are always trying to create circumstances in our lives that will challenge our faith and they are always trying to send messages our way that will contradict and undermine our faith. Faith cannot be taken for granted. We must fire up the faith we have within us.
The primary way that we can fire up our faith is by reading the word of God. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The word of God is a revelation of God’s will and ways. Since it comes to us in the form of human words, it takes faith to believe that it actually is the word of God. By reading the word we give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to give us the gift of faith and the opportunity to fire up our faith if we already have the gift. Reading the word gives the Holy Spirit something to work with.
If we never or seldom read the word of God, then we are not doing anything for our faith. Faith needs the revelation of God’s word in order to come into existence and in order to burn brightly. If our faith is not on fire, it is probably because we have neglected to read the word of God. Faith is always faith in something. For the Christian, that something includes the word of God.
Today, make the determination to fire up your faith. Make the determination to read the word of God on a regular basis.
Fight the good fight of faith by reading the word.