SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” -1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight with all thy might; Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right; Lay hold on life; and it shall be thy joy and crown eternally
Run the straight race through God’s good grace, Lift up thine eyes, and see His face; Life with its way before us lies, Christ is the path, and Christ the prize
Cast care aside, lean on thy guide, His boundless mercy will provide; Trust, and the trusting soul shall prove Christ is its life, and Christ its love
John Monsell published a hymnal in 1863 titled “Love and Praise for the Church Year.” In that song book, this hymn first appeared under the title “The Fight for Faith.” This respected man of the pulpit was also known as a strong advocate of vigorous congregational singing, constantly persuading his people that congregational singing should be fervent and joyous.
“We are too distant and reserved in our praises,” he would say. “We sing, but not as we should sing to Him who is the Chief among the thousand, altogether lovely!” Perhaps there is a stronger relationship between our times of joyous praise and our ability to “fight the good fight” than we generally realize.
As Christians, one of our chief characteristics should be courage, especially when it involves our spiritual defense of the Gospel. How easily however our noble intentions for this kind of fortitude are changed into attitudes of despair and defeat because of annoying circumstances, because of disappointment in others.
To avoid these courage-defeating forces, we must have our “inner man” renewed daily with spiritual nourishment. We cannot be truly strong if we do not gain the inner strength that comes from God through consistent times of prayer and study of His holy Word.
Prayer point: Commit all your battles in the hands of the Lord. The battle is the Lord’s.
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS