Monday, September 6, 2021

THE GOOD FIGHT

Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

As King of Sardinia and victor over the Austrian army in Lombardy, Victor Emmanuel had become a symbol of the Risorgimento, the movement for a united Italy. After his army joined forces with Garibaldi and defeated the Papal army (believe it or not, the Pope had an army! – but from this point (1860) onward, the Pope was restricted to being ruler over Vatican City with no army), the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed in 1861 with Victor Emmanuel as king. This is his monument in Rome.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

It’s obvious that the fight symbolized in today’s photo is VERY different from the fight of which Paul writes. By writing, posting, and reading this blog, we are “fighting the good fight of faith.” Our reading today identifies the enemies against which we fight. Arrayed against us are (1) “Disputes and arguments over words from which come envy, strife, reviling and evil suspicions” (verse 4). And (2) “Useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (verse 5). Could this mean the “prosperity teachings” so prevalent today? Perhaps as on the football field, we need to call a “time out,” withdrawing for a time from the fight for a renewal of our commitment to Jesus, who Himself often withdrew to a time of prayer, alone with His Father. Let us fall on our faces before God, letting the firepower of the enemy pass over us. Then, renewed in strength and purpose, let us rise up and “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (verse 11). These are our invincible weapons in the fight “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 – read once again Ephesians 6:10-20). On the human level, “no attack, no defence,” only love. But we need to move out with our testimony that “Jesus is Lord” into our workplaces, our neighbourhoods, and beyond. The 100 Huntley Street television ministry is doing just that this very day and night in the Name of Jesus and in the names of all who pray and support this outreach. The war is being won by our great Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, Your Word says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal [human efforts] but are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:4 and 5a). I pray that today and every day I will “fight the good fight of faith.” Jesus, in whose Name I pray, did this, and I believe that through Him, I can do this too! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve used far more than 100 words above so I’ll try to be brief here. I don’t believe that God is finished with the old churches which made many mistakes through the centuries (e.g. a Papal army). I believe that God is putting in place leaders who are true to His Word and His ways! There is a new humble desire to do God’s work as Jesus did God’s work. Let us pray fervently for the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Patriarch of the eastern churches, and the leaders of the Protestant Reformation churches. Amazing new churches are being planted. God is a God of great variety, but the one Constant is the Person of Jesus, who through His cross, His resurrection, His ascension, and His return will bring all His purposes to fulfillment.

Yours to encourage us all to “fight the good fight of faith,”

David

13 thoughts on “Monday, September 6, 2021

  1. I so enjoy 100 Words but for some reason it is no longer coming to my in box.
    Would you be so kind to see if I am still on your list to receive the blog.
    100 Words is my daily devotional.

  2. I think that respecting and honouring a slave owner would be a hard thing to do, especially if he wasn’t a Christian and didn’t treat the slave well. With the Lord’s Indwelling, it is possible as He leads His children. Thank You Lord, for Your promise to never leave us. Blessings all

  3. Praying for all fellow bloggers and your requests.
    Thanking all of you for your prayers for my husband, Joseph and our family. This cancer journey has been very difficult on all of us and continues to be so. Joseph has been experiencing some pain lately which he did not have before. I am so thankful for our faith in the Lord because I don’t know how we would be able to walk this road without Him.
    Please continue to pray for us. Thank you and God bless all of you. 🙏

  4. Luisa I am continuing to pray for your dear husband Joseph. I am so thankful we can count on the Lord to help us through our daily challenges. God bless you and all who read this blog. 🙏🙏

    • Thank you Eleanor! I also am praying for you and Edward. God will see us all through these difficult situations we find ourselves in. God bless. 🙏

  5. Psalm 71:20 says in part…
    Tho you have made me see troubles, you will restore my life again (NIV)

    Lord I pray that this is so for Joseph and Luisa and for their whole family.

    Joining Beverlee and Eleanor in lifting Joseph and Luisa and family up to our Heavenly Father …..may God surround you with His peace and His healing power.

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