LISTEN: Having the Fight of Your Life, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #5 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

PART A: [ca_audio url_mp3=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/3192/200743-having-the-fight-of-your-life-part-2-a-pilgrim-s-progress-according-to-the-bible-5.mp3″ url_ogg=”” download=”true” align=”none”] (Download/Listen to MP3)

PART B: [ca_audio url_mp3=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/3192/200745-having-the-fight-of-your-life-part-2-b-pilgrim-s-progress-according-to-the-bible-5.mp3″ url_ogg=”” download=”true” align=”none”] (Download/Listen to MP3)
Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #183

TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:7-8: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Today, as we continue our journey through the Bible using the classic Christian allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, as a tool for illustration, we are returning to a topic that is crucially important for Christians to understand. And that is the fact that, as believers, we are engaged in the fight of our lives against an enemy that seeks to render us ineffective in our service to the kingdom of God.

1. We saw last week that the first thing we must do is make the decision to join the battle. We must make up our minds that we are on God’s side and that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to fight. At the end of his life, Paul was able to say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Paul, who once fought against Christ, had to make a decision to fight for Christ. Each of us must do the same.

2. The fight not only involves a decided fighter, but a dedicated fighter. Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” In order for Paul to finish his fight, he had to be dedicated to it. He had to keep fighting day after day, month after month, year after year. Through persecution and pain, Paul was dedicated to finishing his course.

3. The fight not only involves a decided fighter, and a dedicated fighter, but a determined reward. Notice Paul’s words once again. He said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me.” The Apostle Paul anticipated heavenly rewards because he had fought the good fight.

Scripture tells us that God has already determined the rewards which we can receive, and for those rewards, we should be willing to face any fear, fight any foe, and keep the faith despite the doubts and temptations the devil will throw our way. As the Bible says in 2 Timothy, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Take Me Back” by Andrae Crouch and “Victory” by Byron Cage

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

When you purchase a book below it supports the Number #1 Black Christian Newspaper BLACK CHRISTIAN NEWS NETWORK ONE (BCNN1.com) and it also allows us to spread the Gospel around the world.