A Good Warfare
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; ~1 Timothy 1:18
The Bible pictures us as soldiers in an ongoing war against Satan, the flesh, and the devil. It is a spiritual war that is ongoing. We are called to be good soldiers in the grace of our Lord. Paul encouraged Timothy to “war a good warfare.” We must be ready to fight. We must fight with the idea that we will win and not lose. Let us see, this morning, what it means to war a good warfare.
We see the training.
Paul spoke about the prophecies which went before Timothy. Part of our training in discipleship is in how to prepare for the war we are in. There is the whole armor of God which we are to put on. Each piece of the armor must be put on. We are to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. We are to pray with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. We are to memorize Scripture and use Scripture in fighting against the enemy. We are to be sober-minded and not allow ourselves to be caught off guard. We are to hold the sword of the Lord, His Word, with a tight grip and not let go. Give yourself wholly to your training.
We see the tactics.
Paul said to hold faith and a good conscience. First, we must have faith in God in everything we do. Second, we must walk by faith and not by sight. Third, we must exercise faith or God is not pleased with our decisions. The victory that overcomes the world is our faith. Fourth, we must contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. This means stay straight in your doctrines and the faith handed down to you by your spiritual forefathers. Fifth, keep your cons