LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF 2 TIMOTHY 4:7 (Re-post)
" have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:"
10 KEYS ON HOW TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
1.Praying consistently - Prayer is like spiritual fuel to your life . The more you pray the more grace comes to hold on to your faith . A prayerless christian is a lifeless christian . why is that ? Prayer is the very life of a christian . Jesus was a prayer champion .Mark 1:35"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Prayer moves the hand of God to act on your behalf.
2.forgiveness -unforgiveness will always stop you from holding firmly to your faith . Why ? you are offended . forgiveness will loosen you from that grip and cause you to hold on to your faith .Jesus said in John 16:1 (NLT)"I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith."
3.Fasting - Fasting adds fuel to your faith and keeps it alive .It helps to sustain you in times of trials and crises . Jesus encouraged us to fast from scripture . Matt 6:16 (NLT)"And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get."
4.Endurance - If you don't learn how to endure trials and temptations when they come , you would fail to hold on to your faith , when challenges come to test you . James 1:12 (Amp)" Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."
5.Grace - Is the only thing that helps us to hold on to our faith . Anything outside grace is self righteousness which will never work,.Paul even said this in scripture that it is by grace .1 Cor 15:10 (Amp)"But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me."
6.Giving - Fuels our expectation and our expectations in turn fuels our faith as we expect to reap what we have given or sown according to Luke 6:38 (Amp)" Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”
7.Worship - God seeks true worshipers . A true worshiper will always hold firmly to his faith in God . Not just because of what God has done for him , but because of who God is to Him. The Alfa and Omega God .Isaiah 45:22(Amp)"“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;For I am
God, and there is no other."
8.Interceding for others - When we intercede for others our heart is drawn unto God in prayer in expectation of answer to our prayers .And this in turn helps us to hold firmly to our faith , as without faith we cannot please God when we pray or intercede for others . Heb 11:6 (Amp)"But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. "
9.Joy - Is the engine room of our faith , because joy is what gives us the strenght to keep our faith running in the lord . John 15:11(Amp)"I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing."
10.Evangelism - Is one powerful tool that keeps our faith running . Why is that ? you cannot preach Jesus and not believe what you preach . The more we preach about Jesus , the more we believe in Jesus , and the more we believe the more faith comes to believe the more .Mark 16:15 (Amp)" And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
Faith quote :
"when you are fully persuaded , your faith cannot be shaken " ADOB
prayer : Father help me lord to hold firmly to my faith in Christ in the name of Jesus , Amen.