wage the good warfare

“This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,” 1 Timothy 1:18 (ESV)

Even though Paul is addressing Timothy directly, and referring to matters clearly in a specific context, I see no reason why this call to action should not apply to all Christians.

We all need to wage the good warfare because it’s a spiritual battle we’re in.

Not “against flesh and blood” but “against the spiritual forces of evil”, says Paul. (Ephesians 6:12)

And, as I understand it, all believers are called to “put on” and “take up the whole armour of God”. (Ephesians 6:11, 13)

Thankfully, God is our mighty defender: “our rock and our fortress”. (Psalm 144:1-2)

On Him and Him alone we can rely.


prayer : thank you God that you provide us with the armour to “fight the good fight” (1 Timothy 6:11)

action : help me to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11)

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