How do we maintain a fighting spirit when we’re in a long war and seem to be making no progress. How do we maintain a fighting spirit?
Let’s see how Paul encouraged Timid Timothy, in 1 Timothy 1:18-20, to maintain a fighting spirit when he was losing heart for the battle.
WE HAVE A GOOD COMMISSION
The call of God and the confirmation of that call by God’s people is a powerful motivator and encourager in difficult times.
If we forget our call to fight, we’ll forget to fight when we’re called.
So what’s the cause?
WE HAVE A GOOD CAUSE
“Timid Timothy, this is worth fighting for, worth suffering for. You cannot remain neutral. You’ve got to get into this fight and go all in. War is war, it’s all or nothing, do or die, life or death.”
Fight with all your worth because this is a cause worth fighting for.
What weapons do I have?
WE HAVE GOOD WEAPONS
Hold faith: Keep clinging to the truth of the Gospel and keep believing in the Gospel.
Hold a good conscience: He is imagining the conscience like the rudder on a boat. But some have discarded the rudder in the storm. Their hulls hit the rocks and now their lives and cargo are strewn across the water.
A good Christian must be a good soldier and a good sailor. A good sailor has a good rudder, a good conscience that is informed by God’s Word, sensitive and responsive to the Spirit’s promptings
Ignoring your conscience in the storm is throwing your rudder overboard.
What’s the purpose?
WE HAVE A GOOD AIM
I delivered to Satan
This is the final step of church discipline of a church member. It’s excommunication, disassociated from God’s people and their privileges and protections.
That they may learn not to blaspheme.
Here is the good aim at the end of this awesome process. The end is not damnation but reclamation. It’s chastisement with a view to correction. Paul wanted church discipline to have a salutary and saving effect. Paul wants to rescue the ship-wrecked.
The aim of church discipline is to rescue the shipwrecked, not to sink their ships.
LIVING THE BIBLE
Remember God’s good call, and use good weapons to wage a good war with a good aim.