1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NET) I put this charge before you, Timothy my child, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, in order that with such encouragement you may fight the good fight. To do this you must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck in regard to the faith.

Apart from being physically fit and having the right weapons, battle formation, and tactics, every serious military unit understands the power of morale. If the soldiers are depressed and discouraged, they may lose the battle even if they have the best weapons and skill set.

We can see from today’s scripture that prophecies bring encouragement and with such encouragement we are to fight the good fight. There are specific prophecies that you may have received concerning your life, such should be remembered and used as a weapon of spiritual warfare because the prophecies are the word of God and we know that the word of God is the sword of the Spirit. There are also general prophecies concerning us in scripture. Meditating upon the word of God until such promises and prophesies become yours is as powerful as remembering the specific prophecies spoken to you by God.

But notice from today’s scripture that in order to fight the good fight you must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience. Those whose consciences are defiled will not have the morale for spiritual Warfare and victory. A defiled conscience punctures and erodes faith, and without faith, we cannot overcome because the victory that overcomes the world is our faith (1 John 5:4).

Go into today remembering that life in this present world is an opportunity for you to be an Overcomer. This means there is Warfare. The only way we can continue to overcome is if we hold unto faith and a good conscience.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you avoid anything that causes defilement of conscience.

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