The word of God constantly calls God's church to persevere! In our passage today (1 Timothy 6:11-16) Paul uses the language, "Fight the good fight of the faith." According to Paul, this fight involves several things: fleeing (vs. 11), pursuing (vs. 11), taking hold of (vs. 12), and keeping (vs .14). The church is empowered to fight (persevere) because of our new power through our new relationship with God (vs. 11) and our new perspective of God (vv. 14-16). Both of these things are the result of the powerful gospel of Jesus Christ. Church, let us be committed to praying for and helping one another persevere in the faith for the glory of God! Amen!