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Contend Earnestly for the Faith
 

TUESDAY

APR. 24

   
 

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 the years.


Author PhotoTo 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.

   
  BIBLE IN ONE YEAR READING:  2 SAM 19-20; LUKE 18:1-23
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