Jude verse 3 (NKJV, NLT, Living Bible)
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common
salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend
earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the
saints.*… urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for
all time to his holy people. *… urging you to stoutly defend the truth
that God gave once for all to his people to keep without change through
contend earnestly for something is to put in the necessary effort and
commitment to ensure that you win or attain that thing. A good example
is what an olympic athlete does to prepare for a competition. In the
same way, we are in a race and battle of faith. We are not competing or
fighting against fellow believers; rather, we have an enemy that is bent
on causing us to waver in the faith so that we do not finish this race
that God has called us to. Our enemy the devil is both deceptive and
persistent. As such, we need to be fully armed and alert at all times.
We need to always be ready to fight and overcome him so we can remain
strong in faith and continue walking in the fullness of God's will and
plan for our lives in Christ.
The devil's major weapons are lies and deception and he is ready to use
every means necessary to keep us from knowing and walking in the
fullness of God's truth concerning our lives. If he cannot distort the
truth, he will try to dilute it. He uses false prophets and teachers,
many who have been deceived themselves and some who intentionally set
out to deceive others for selfish purposes. To contend earnestly for the
faith, we must maintain a personal and fervent relationship and
fellowship with God. Our faith must be in Christ alone. We must love and
stand on God's truth, no matter the opposition and wavering doctrines
that surround us. We must be doers of God's word. We must preach the
gospel and pray for other believers also. We must do these things
passionately by the help of the Spirit.
PRAYER: Pray in the Spirit right now and receive God's grace to
remain strong in faith and to help others do the same.