No Regrets: “Fight the good fights”

No Regrets: “Fight the good fights”

Pastor Tim began a new series this past Sunday entitled “No Regrets.” He allowed Paul to define what this looks like from 2 Tim. 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith…” Paul wrote this letter at the end of his life, recognizing that his life was certainly NOT perfect (1 Tim. 1:13-15, 2 Cor. 12:5-10). But even so, he was still able to say at the very end…“I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith.”

Sunday’s focus was on Paul’s first phrase: Fight the good fights. One of the ways to live a ‘no regrets’ life is to fight the right fights; fight the good fights. This leads us to examine what are the good fights?

Four fights that qualify as good fights:

Fight against your sin nature: We all have battles here. No one is exempt. Your struggle may or may not be mine, but the fight is on! Galatians 5:16-20

Tools to use to fight against sin nature:

  • Accountability group/Godly counsel
  • Christian books on the topic
  • Prayer
  • Using the Word…key verses that provide guidance and power to defeat that sin
  • And when you lose a round, get back up swinging! Don’t stop the good fight.

Fight for key relationships: fight for your marriage relationship, fight for a relationship with your children and parents and friendships.

Tools to use to fight for our key relationships:

  • Read: Colossians 3:12-14
  • Fight by dealing with the issues, the problems, offenses and you do what you need to do to make those key relationships strong and ‘bullet proof’.

Fight for the lost: See 1 Corinthians 9:19-21. The hope is that we are all engaged in the battle at some point in the life/lives of those who don’t yet know Jesus. Paul was about this 24/7…how much are we? The lost are not the enemy to fight against, they are the ones to fight the enemy for!

Tools to use to help you fight for the lost:

  • Read/re-read “Walk Across the Room”

Fight against a wrong: See Matthew 25:34-46. This one is on the ‘final exam’! We will give an account about this ‘good fight’!!

Tools to use to help you fight for the lost:

  • Read Bill’s book, Holy Discontent

Final thoughts:

  • If you were to evaluate your life right now, are you fighting good fights in light of eternity, that are honoring to God?
  • Are there fights that you should be in but you are not? For your marriage, against a sinful habit that is having its way with you?
  • Based on this week’s message, what do you need to change in order to build a ‘no regrets’ life?
  • What do you need to keep doing to build a ‘no regrets’ life?

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