Do you need encouragement? I know I do! It feels like I have been fighting the fiercest battles by myself, a lonely season of trial. Though we are never alone because the Lord is with us, I do believe sometimes we go through the valley, desert and even mountian top like Moses in solitude because the Lord is developing our strength in Him through union with Him. Other times we may be on a new mission and feel like we don’t have the desired support for lack of understanding or perhaps just scarce community and trustworthy persons. Maybe you have people all around you and the Lord has you pondering in silence like Mary, protecting closely His words of promise to your heart. Whatever the reason and place of the battle, I believe there is something for us to take away from an encouragement Paul gave to Timothy.
“Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.” 1 Timothy 1:18-19 NIV
If the battle is first in our mind and with our thoughts, what if part of successful mind renewal comes from meditating on prophecies over our life? We are washed by the Word (Ephesians 5:26), Jesus is the Word (John 1:1,14) the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Paul writes that by recalling the prophetic promises over our life we 1) fight the battle well 2) hold onto faith 3) have clarity of mind, and 4) consequentially people fall out of faith when they forget and reject the promises of God.
I encourage you and myself to build an alter and remember; renew your mind to what the Lord has already done through your previous encounters, promises from His Word, and prophetic promises as they pertain to your call.
I pray this excerpt from The Christian View on “Fighting The Good Fight Of Faith” is a blessing and encouragement to you! Full episode can be watched here: https://youtu.be/IJ0CJReV63c