The Fight is On
Paul wrote to his protégé, Timothy, who was taking over the apostolic ministry in his stead. He was making preparation for the instructions, knowledge, and wisdom to be passed on correctly. He wrote to him concerning balance and the things of God that must take preeminence over everything. He also tells him to be careful not to use his authority to do more damage than good to the kingdom of God. He tells him that he has to be responsible and accountable, studying and rightly dividing the Word of God. As the Word was written by men empowered with the Holy Spirit, it is good for rebuking, reproving, correcting, edifying, encouraging, and inspiring. However, the Word of God in the wrong hands, with the wrong interpretation in the wrong context causes a lot of damage. He admonishes that the Word is not to be massaged or altered to fit lifestyles. The Word of God is right all by itself. People need Godly wisdom and instruction, not destruction.
The right things have to be placed in the right places. Some have begun to use the phrase – "The lack of money is the root of all evil." This may be used lightheartedly, but it is actually a gross misuse of the Word which states, "The love of money is the root of all evil." Money is not evil, but the love of it is evil. We cannot serve God and mammon. Mammon is equivalent to money. We have to hate evil, and we can not place anything above God. Many subjects are reconfigured to seal off wrong thinking, but in the end the Word is the truth that stands. We have to learn the spirit of contentment, and to bless God regardless of our circumstances. If we have God, we are to be content. We can't equate the goodness of God by comparing what He does for others with what He does for us. Whatever state He allows us to be in, we should be content.
God gives us life, so we can experience death. We have to fight the influences of evil that come to destroy our lives on earth and our eternal life. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, and our weapons are not carnal. We are in spiritual warfare. Our souls are required of us. We must fight the good fight, knowing we are not fighting alone or just for ourselves. Every Christian should be a soldier dressed in the full armor of God, fighting the good fight!