1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A faith fight is a spiritual fight we have from the time we pray for something to the manifestation of that thing. We have weapons we can use to guarantee our victory. Those weapons are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

PRAISE
When we’re focused on staying in faith, continuing to confess God’s Word over our promise, and remaining patient, we may forget to use our weapon of praise. Praise precedes our promise.

We praise God that He has that promise for us. We praise God for His faithfulness to have that promise come to pass. We praise God, by faith, we have that promise through Christ. It doesn’t have to be a long religious experience. We can simply put on our favorite praise song and think about God manifesting our promise.

Praise keeps us positive. It gives us the right attitude when it doesn’t seem like its coming fast enough. Praise lets the enemy know we know where our help comes from. Praise let’s God know how appreciative we are for His goodness.

While everything is going on around you, don’t forget to praise God.

Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A faith fight is a spiritual fight we have from the time we pray for something to the manifestation of that thing. We have weapons we can use to guarantee our victory. Those weapons are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

VISION
While we continue to believe and patiently wait on God’s promise to manifest in our lives, it’s beneficial to envision ourselves with that promise. We should see ourselves healed, see our marriage restored, or see ourselves at that new job. Have some fun with it. Make up a scenario of how God opens that door to that new job or how He uses this person to bless you with that new car.

These visions keep us in faith and keep us from getting discouraged during times of delay.

Whatever we desire from God, see yourselves with it before you get it.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.

-Stay tuned to learn about the other weapons we use to win every faith fight.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A faith fight is a spiritual fight we have from the time we pray for something to the manifestation of that thing. We have weapons we can use to guarantee our victory. Those weapons are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

MEDITATION:
Joshua 1:8 says, keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. We’re not under the law, but the principle of meditation still applies. When we meditate on the promise God made to us in His Word, we’re setting ourselves up for success. Doubt and unbelief can’t creep in our minds if our minds are full of God’s promises. If we prayed for wisdom to handle a situation at our job or for our business, we need to meditate on God’s promise in James 1:5 which says, if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. Keep this scripture circulating in your mind and eventually wisdom for whatever we need will come to pass.

We can do this for anything we prayed for (healing, new car, financial increase, etc.). Find that promise in the Word of God, believe it’s for you, meditate on it daily, and wait on that promise to manifest.

-Stay tuned to learn about the other weapons we use to win every faith fight.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A faith fight is a spiritual fight we have from the time we pray for something to the manifestation of that thing. We have weapons we can use to guarantee our victory. Those weapons are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

PATIENCE
Once we pray, one of the things we’ll most likely have to do is wait. That’s why patience is a necessity. We may have to wait a week, a month, or a few years, but waiting is a part of the process. Hebrews 10:36 says, we have need of patience. During the waiting period, we have to make sure our attitude remains positive. We can’t get frustrated or doubtful because of the delay. We may not know when our prayers will manifest, but we must be confident knowing they will eventually manifest if we employ faith and patience in our lives.

Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

-Stay tuned to learn about the other weapons we use to win every faith fight.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Faith fights are real. From the time we pray for a thing, the fight is on. The devil is out to make sure we don’t get what we prayed for. To win every faith fight, there are a few tools we need. Those tools are faith, patience, meditation, vision, and praise.

FAITH
It’s a faith fight, so the first and most important thing we need is faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and it’s the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Simply put, faith is our belief. Our faith needs to be in God’s Word. If He said it or it’s written in His Word, that’s where our faith needs to be.

We believe that God promised the need or desire to us, we believe that it’s already available for us, and we believe in a matter of time, it will manifest in our lives.

Certain situations and circumstances will tempt us to doubt and not believe in what God has promised. Our job is to reject thoughts of doubt and look beyond our circumstances and remain in faith for God’s promises.

Let’s activate and maintain our faith for the promises of God.

-Stay tuned to learn about the other tools we use to win every faith fight.

Job 42:10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

It’s easier now, more than ever, to pray for our friends. We can scroll down one of our social media accounts and pray for them. We can pray for their health, over their family, or pray over their finances. Nothing has to be wrong to pray for them. We simply pray as the Lord leads us to pray.

When we pray for others, we sow seeds in our own lives. We sow the opportunity for someone else to pray for us. They could be praying for protection, promotion, and divine positioning in our lives. Their prayers can prosper us.

If we truly believe God’s Word, we’ll understand our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16). This means whatever we pray for will come to pass.

So as the Lord leads, don’t forget to pray for your friends. They may never know about our prayers, but God knows, and He sees the compassion flowing from our hearts. So, let’s pray for your friends.

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

What if it doesn’t work? What if the desire doesn’t come to pass within the time frame we believe we heard from God?
ANSWER: Shift your faith and continue to believe.

Okay…..It didn’t happen how or when we believed it was going to happen. That’s okay. We go back to God, unashamed, and ask Him where we missed it. No need to beat ourselves up about it. He’s still pleased because we acted in faith (Hebrews 11:6).

Don’t stop believing for the desire. I REPEAT… DON’T STOP BELIEVING. We just need to shift our faith based on our communication with God. He may show us areas where we doubted, He may reveal places in our lives where we need to mature prior to receiving the promise, or we just got the timing wrong.

As we stay in constant communication with God, He’ll let us know any adjustments we need to make in our faith or within ourselves when believing for that long shot. Whatever you do, don’t stop believing.

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The term long shot is used when the chances of an outcome of being successful appear slim.

When we apply our faith to a thing, on the surface, it may appear as a long shot. A long shot in faith may include applying our faith to be in a new house by the end of the year and it’s already December or applying our faith to be married next year when we’re not even in a relationship now. In the natural it seems impossible but with God, all things are possible. For God, it’s not a long shot. This is easy. This is a slam dunk.

So even if the shot appears to be long, keep believing because God can make it happen.

**Before applying your faith to this long shot, be sure to consult God regarding the timing. Make sure it’s God, and not your emotion, who gave you the time for the promise to manifest. **

-Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow when we ask the question, what if the desire doesn’t come to pass within the time frame we believe we heard from God?

Because we want to do right, we often find faults within ourselves. We reflect on what we didn’t do. We think about everything we could have done better. We beat ourselves up about being rude to a customer, getting mad at our children, being judgmental, or complaining about a situation. Looking at all the things we’ve done wrong for the day is known as being sin conscious.

God doesn’t want us to reflect on everything we’ve done wrong. Instead, we should reflect on who we are in Christ. Despite our behavior, we should remind ourselves we’re righteous in the sight of God, we’re loved, we’re forgiven, and through Christ, we’re perfect.

God didn’t sacrifice His Son and provide all these benefits through Him so that we can dwell on what we didn’t do correctly. As long as we live in the flesh, we’ll always find areas that are flawed. The key is to see ourselves the way that God sees us, and God sees us as a righteous, bold, perfect child of His.

Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

Number 14:24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.

We may be surrounded by people who don’t believe in God, don’t believe in God’s ability, and would rather handle things themselves. It’s during this time we need to adopt the spirit of Caleb.

When most of the people surrounding Caleb didn’t believe in God’s ability, Caleb believed God. Like Caleb, our belief gives us access to inherit the promises of God. Everything from our healing to wisdom at work is all received through our belief in God’s ability.

We may be the only one in our circle who believes God at a high level and that’s okay. When people see us with our inheritance, that will hopefully encourage them to put their trust, belief, and confidence in God.

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