4 Important Bible Verses About Fighting The Good Fight

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Here are four very important Bible verses about fighting the good fight of faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

The 2nd Book of Timothy and chapter four might be one of the most heartbreaking chapters for me to read.  For one thing Paul wrote “I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:6-7) so he knew he was about to die and even though “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Luke alone is with me” (2 Tim 4:10-11a).  Paul wrote that “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them” (2 Tim 4:16) so in the end, all had forsaken him but only “the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (2 Tim 4:17-18).

4 Important Bible Verses About Fighting The Good Fight

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

This is one of the clearest commands in the Bible that we are to fight the good fight of the faith but what is this fight about?  Paul specifies it’s about the Christian faith and the battle ground for the fight is about preserving the faith just like Jude wrote, “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).  The faith that has already been delivered runs from Genesis to Revelation.  There is a battle going on; a battle for the truth so we must strive to preserve what’s already been delivered to the saints.  We are not expecting any new deliveries because it was “once for all delivered.”  I would say truth is worth fighting for.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Jacob wrestled with God but he had been wrestling with a lot of others before this.  His name means “supplanter” or “deceiver.”  After Jacob had wrestled with God, he realized that “I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered” (Gen 32:20).  Jacob’s name was later changed to Israel as God said “you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed” (Gen 32:28).  Today, we wrestle against an unseen enemy.  Satan and his demons are spirit beings but very powerful ones too and because of this, it is necessary to put on “the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph 6:11).

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

How blessed is the man or woman who remains firm in their faith, remaining steadfast even under trial.  Just as God told ancient Israel, He says to us “You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you” (Deut 3:22).  The things we fear the most like trials, financial difficulties, and relationship problems are best handled by letting God handle them.  Commit it to prayer and then commit it to God because He alone can direct even a pagan king’s heart (Prov 21:1) so don’t be like “those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls” (Heb 10:39).


Paul kept his faith in the Lord and kept fighting the good fight of faith till the very end.  He wrote that “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Tim 4:8). Our fight for the faith makes us stronger in the faith.  James wrote “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:3) so the testing of our faith, in fighting for the faith once delivered, produces a steadfastness for the Christian, so keep fighting the good fight of faith my fellow Christian.  The very best possible fighting position that a believer could possibly take is on our knees because “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Ex 14:14); in this way, God receives all the glory.

Relating reading: What Does Perseverance of the Saints Mean?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Jim Schmechel December 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

When things seem difficult, it is always good to keep your eye on the promised reward:


Thank you pastor Jack for another wonderful article! 🙂


Jack Wellman December 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Jim…you are my long-distance Barnabas to be sure. I thank God for you and pray for you brother.


Joni December 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

Brother Jack I am requesting prayer for my children and grandchildren. A stressful and difficult time is coming and I would like all of the prayer warriors to pray for us. Thank you and God Bless, Joni


Emma June 16, 2016 at 2:33 am

Well thank you for this message, may the good Lord Bless you and keep with you always till you enter His heavenly kingdom.

Blessings brother


David Mwangi December 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Pray for me


Jack Wellman December 18, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Will pray for you sir.


ANASI, S March 3, 2017 at 3:01 am

Thank you. God bless you for these powerful messages.


Sylvia A March 3, 2017 at 3:03 am

Thank you. God bless you and continue to use you to bless lives. I was blessed by your message.


Missy April 26, 2017 at 12:29 am

I “really” needed to read this! I feel so incredibly defeated. Please pray for me.


Tonia September 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

God will not allow us to miss our crown in JESUS NAME.


[email protected] November 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

Good article


George January 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

I thank God for this message, God bless you Pastor. The truth is that, we easily forget how God loves us and His great promises. Luke 17:1 “Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come….”. But I have realized that we are not in anyway bound to stumble though those things are bound to come. Fighting the good fight to the end is not easy, and the temptations are sometimes tricky and confusing. e.g The prophet from Judah (1 Kings 13). It was a sad one indeed. I feel strengthened and empowered for reading this.


Jack Wellman January 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm

Such encouragment sir. Thank you George. Oh that the churches would be filled with those who build up one another. God bless you for your kind words sir.


Jerry January 20, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Pastor the Lord bless you,l am so touched from your words and encourage by every word to live by it.


Rev Simms May 3, 2019 at 11:46 am

Great lecturer. You have really schooled me. God bless you.


peace ndaha May 6, 2019 at 8:39 am

pastor thank you God bless you an continue to use you to bless lives. I was blessed by your message. and I am so touched from your words and encourage by word to live by it.

king regards



guy james kite January 9, 2020 at 9:15 am

i need prayers for m,y job. i was lied on to my boss and they let me go . the new boss has only been there 4 months, and i have bent over backwards to stay longer and come earlier to help them . i have also gotten gift certificaes for my hard work and a hand shakes. this boss told me when he first started working there i could trust but i vfelt something from gods not to trust him and i didn,t and he probably thought i was a threat to him. and he even told me that himself that he,s gotten fired over every single job because he,s on a power trip and he told that his dad couldn,t even keep he fired him because of his ways, his dad a plumbing job and i couldn,t keep it. so please pray for me on this job . the truth, an d my finaces . i was lied on and betrayed . need the truth to be revealed and a big peace of mind.
thank you and god bless you guy james kite.


John noble September 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for the message ,more auction to function in Jesus Name …I need prayer too


Jack Wellman September 18, 2020 at 9:03 pm

Praying for you now sir. Thank you Mr. Noble.


John noble September 18, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for the message ,more grace and auction to function in Jesus name


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