DAY 15: Fight the Good Fight of Faith

by Ps Tim Edwards, Australian Indigenous Christian Leader

Intention
To fight the good fight of faith until we see the fulfilment of God’s promises over Australia.

Scripture

Be on guard; stand firm in your faith [in God, respecting His precepts and keeping your doctrine sound]. Act like [mature] men and be courageous; be strong.
—1 Corinthians 16:13

Reflection
We may say our nation is on a knife’s edge right now. It’s not only about the election—it’s also about our faith. What do we believe in?

The apostle Paul knew what he was talking about when he said to fight the good fight of faith because in his days, he was constantly confronted by the rulers of his time in regard to his faith.

In our nation right now there have been changes that are creating controversy around the Word of God, which is the foundation for our faith. We are encouraged to be on our guard and stand firm in our faith—especially our faith in God and our duty to obey His precepts. The onus is on us, as it says in Corinthians, to be keeping His doctrines and holding to our convictions.

There is no doubt that as Christians we are in spiritual warfare. But in addition to this, we are called God’s Army and we are encouraged to be courageous and strong as God’s representatives, not forsaking our call in the kingdom of God.

As a nation, we need to remember what has been prophesied over Australia from years gone by, and fight the good fight of faith as spoken in the Scriptures:

“Timothy [or we can say Australia], my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.”
—1 Timothy 1:18-19

To my Christian family in Australia, there have been many prophecies spoken over this Great Southland of the Holy Spirit, and we need to fight the good fight and also have a good conscience, holding onto the faith which we believed, not turning to the right or left, but remaining faithful to the calling of God for our nation.

I believe it is great to have prophecy spoken over our nation, but it is much greater when there is fulfilment of those prophecies.

So Australian Christians, stand and fight the good fight, for “righteousness exalts our nation”. And when we have done all to stand, stand firm.

Prayer
Father, we join with the writer of Psalm 122 and say “I lift up my eyes toward the mountains, from where will my help come? My help is from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.” So this election, as we pray and war in the heavens, help us not make it a dirty fight but help us to fight the good fight of faith with a clear conscience and wholesome heart. We lift up Your standards O Lord in our nation, and we believe in Your promises for our nation, because You are faithful and true. Amen.

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Election Prayer Points
1. Pray that God would rule over this election – that righteous leaders would be elected to govern this nation in truth and justice because, “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice”. Proverbs 29:2
2. Pray God’s blessing upon all our current parliamentarians and leaders, including their families and all the candidates of all the parties standing for this federal election. 1 Timothy 2:1-3
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer and unity across the Body of Christ in Australia that people will wake up to the dangers facing our nation and respond in prayer. Ephesians 5:14
4. Pray for a Spiritual Awakening for Australia, Revival and Transformation for our nation and the proclamation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16

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DEVOTIONAL 15 Author, 12 May
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
Pastor Tim Edwards

Tim has ministered across Australia and overseas, including a number of trips to China to minister in underground churches.

Originally from Innisfail in North Queensland, Tim now lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife Di. They are founders of Eagle Rock Community Church in Perth and they also manage a “safe house” for at-risk children in need of emergency foster care, which has accommodated more than 95 children in the past 18 months. Tim and Di have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.

Tim is a passionate worshipper of Jesus. “The reason why I love worship is because God shows up,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what language people sing in, if it’s out of a heart of worship He’s always there.”

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  1. Judith May 12, 2019 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    May we all want to be obedient to our wonderful Lord who has give us the best way to live through His word the Bible. He has asked us to love Him and obey Him. As has been said: the Bible is the best book to read, and has the answers.
    May we stand firmly for Jesus and our Heavenly Father.

  2. Judith Williams May 14, 2019 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    The heart for unity should also be the prayer of our hearts.

  3. Nelly May 14, 2019 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    And the trees of the fields will clap their hands…. fantastic example…. thank you!

  4. Anne May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Amen!

  5. Jonathan Rohrlach May 15, 2019 at 2:40 am - Reply

    A good strong message, to stand up and stand strong for God’s Word, God’s Truths, God’s Ways…. They are always the best and never need updating. Glory, Praise, Honour and Thanks be to our Heavenly Father, Almighty God (Father, Son Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit) forever and always. Amen

  6. Michael Badeau May 15, 2019 at 4:18 am - Reply

    As in America, Australia Christianity remains on knifes edge. Is this Gods will? I think in these end times that we will all be tested and I know in my heart through prayer that Australia, like America, will come through in the Christ. Your friends in the USA join you in prayer to raise God above all else so that your Country will know of His never ending love and forgiveness for every human being!

  7. Mia May 15, 2019 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Yes, we are most certainly God’s Army! Very encouraged by these prophecies for this great Southern Land. We will fight the good fight – with strength and courage. God will not forsake us!

  8. R Hawkins May 15, 2019 at 4:55 am - Reply

    A great devotion.

  9. Lyn Clothier May 15, 2019 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Churches in Australia need to be awakened. We need to rise up as worriers to fight against the enemies who steal, kill & destroy our destiny.

  10. Judy Nightingale May 15, 2019 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Thank you for this encouraging word, Pastor Tim Edwards. Yes, we are to fight the good fight of faith having on the full armour of God.

  11. Amelia May 15, 2019 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Yes, thank you for an encouraging word to keep pressing in to Jesus to see fulfilment of His promises over Australia 🙂

  12. Rita Durez-Suomalainen May 15, 2019 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Yes, this is the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit.
    Thank You Pastor Tim Edwards

  13. Jennifer Mok May 15, 2019 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Yes amen. well said Pastor Tim.

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