In times like these when it somehow becomes easy to let go of God or to make excuses for sin, I encourage you to contend for the faith. If you have forgotten about or have never come across the word in the scriptures, contend means to maintain something. The word also has a sense of “fighting for a thing.”
In Jude 1:3 (KJV) we see “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
In this scripture we are encouraged to maintain or fight to keep our walk and faith in the Lord. So don’t let circumstances, people, the cares of this life, or even Satan himself provoke you into dropping the best component we have in our lives now or in the life to come.
My brother and my sister keep Jesus in your life. Fight on!
Here is something else to consider with regard to Christ being our life. If He is our life, then no matter where He leads us, we should be content. The Shepherd, especially Jesus as the Good Shepherd, will not lead us into danger or ill-will. He always want the best for us.
I remind myself that my God shall supply all my need (Philippians 4:6). And I know that I can cast all my care upon Him for He cares for me (I Peter 5:7).
What scriptures do you use to remind yourself that He is always looking out for your good?
I open this post with scripture. I put in more than one version for your consideration.
Colossians 3:4 (KJV) — When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3: 4 (NKJV) — When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Do ponder the premise that is held within this scripture: Christ is our life.
I have been a born-again Christian for 25+ years. Yet, I have just started to meditate on this idea only in the last 6-9 months. Is Christ my life? Are all my actions reflective of Him? Is His character seen in my everyday actions? Do I act as though if I had no Christ, I would stop breathing? If Christ is the very essence of my existence, shouldn’t I be able to say yes to all the questions above?
Is Christ your life?
Had you considered that He should be? Often, we think of our lives consisting our education, careers, hobbies, achievements, church work, and/or our families. Yet as reflected in Colossians 3:4, Christ = your life.
* If you are living to tell of Christ, you show His love and His precepts in your daily actions, then you’re on the right track.
* If you rarely behave in this manner, pray and ask for His help to improve.
* If you have never thought of Christ in this manner, I challenge you to shift your thinking. Accept Him into your life as your personal Savior, and then include Christ in your thoughts and actions.
For if Christ is our life and He is not entrenched in the core of our souls, no wonder we are a people so undone!
Is there some trial, temptation, or weight that you can’t shake off?
Do you have a problem that you know you can not fix? You give it to God for 10 minutes. Then, you pick it back up again: you find yourself worrying about the problem or you find yourself trying to devise ways to fix the problem.) Many of us are right there with you in the same vicious cycle. 😦
Finances or what appears to be the lack thereof, trips me up all too often.
I took the matter to the Father again. He encouraged me and I now encourage you.
1. Remember, God loves us no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done.
2. He wants the best for you.
3. If you are waiting for deliverance from a habit or for some circumstance to be resolved: do what you know is right to do.
4. Then rest. If you do not see your way out of it today, then today is not your day to come out. For when it is your day to come out: God will be the way out , God will let you see the way out, and you will come out.
Keep praying unto the Lord about the matter. One day you’ll be praying a prayer of thanksgiving instead of one of request!
Hold on help is on the way!
The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not lack any good thing.
(My paraphrase of Psalm 23:1)
See Parts 1 and 2 in the October 2009 blog list.
Got very angry at a family member yesterday. Hate it when I feel like that!
Why do the scriptures about kindness, gentleness, and long-suffering all fly away at times like that? (NOW, I remember but the fruit of the Spirit is peace, joy, love, faith, long-suffering… Bummer!)
Thankfully, someone else encouraged me this morning to put off “old man habits” and use “new man solutions”. (Colossians 3:8-10 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: )
Thanks God for your forgiveness and another day to get it right! 🙂
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
While searching the Internet, I came across a website — http://www.beliefnet.com. While I would not readily share some of the information on their website with you, I did like the quotes about hope and trust in God. Below are a few to enjoy!
“If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that’s as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him.” ~ Anne Graham Lotz
“Pray, and let God worry.” ~ William Law