BIBLE READING|JUDE 1-5
At salvation, we chose to accept a faith (Christianity) and a lifestyle that is based on a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. This is not about church or church membership or attendance, but about being in Jesus Christ. This comes by grace through faith, not of works or our good deeds (Ephesians 2:8-9). This critical step is
the beginning of a lifelong journey that leads to eternity. A battle line is drawn once this decision is made. This is why there must be an earnest contending to manifest God’s glory, and compel our dominion over the devil and his cohorts of demons. Whoever thinks this comes on a platter of gold must be under some illusion or delusion or both. So, to manifest God’s glory, you need to earnestly contend for the faith.
To contend then means to stand firm, to be resolute in striving, have a stubborn and unwavering confidence in that which we have believed and trusted, to be unshaken in the pursuit of our profession and confession. It is not presumption or false confidence. It is not by power nor by might. It is God that provides the grace and the mercy to contend.
Hebrews eleven has the record of the heroes of faith – Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Moses etc (vv. 4-35). Most of these received miracles and were delivered in inexplicable situations. However, there were other heroes of faith (vv. 36-38) described who were tortured, killed, sawn asunder, afflicted and desolate e.g. James (Acts 12:1-3), John the Baptist (Mark 6:16) and the Apostles (Acts 5:40). Both groups contended for the faith and manifested God’s glory, and will yet do so when the Lord appears in glory.
In what practical ways can you contend for the faith?
PRAYER: Oh Lord, please give me the grace and strength to contend daily for the faith.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR | JOSHUA 1-3 & MARK 16