Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. Jude 1:3 NIV
We have been talking about the necessity of contending for the faith. Why is it necessary to fight for the faith? Can’t God defend the faith himself? Sure HE could. God can do anything, but Jude points out that the faith has been entrusted to the saints. God authored the faith. God will complete the faith. God will work for our faith but He has committed it to us…that is God has perididomi the faith to us which means-
to give over into (one’s) power or use
a) to deliver to one something to keep, use, take care of, manage BLB Lexicon
God has turned the faith over into our hands. Now He will come in and work with it, build it up and move it forward for us but only by our permission. God does not choose how far we go with our faith. God does not choose how strong we become in our faith. God does not choose our level of victory through faith. We decide all those things! Once we choose…truly choose and commit to the course then God comes in and does whatever is necessary to make our faith into a reality.
God can do anything with a heart that is determined to contend for the faith against a world set in unbelief!
I had a peanut allergy and I had people praying for me for months. God had to help me open my eyes through the faith of my son. God spoke to me, if he can believe it can happen why can’t you? Let me tell what a moment of enlightenment and in that moment I believed I was healed of my peanut allergy. The faith my son had all along that I would be healed came to sight in that very moment of enlightenment. It took me six months to have the faith to believe but my son knew from day one I would be healed. How awesome that God is cheering us on and using the means that He knows will raise our faith to the next level. If you have the faith there is nothing He can’t do according to His will. Thank you, God!!! Thank you, Pastor J I can’t tell how I feel the faith building in my heart as I read through this series. God is using it. God Bless!
Thanks Deb! Faith applied at the juxtaposition of His will always brings great victory and success!
Thank you for showing us how faith works, what part is up to us and what God does with it! Praying this sinks into my heart and head! God bless you, Pastor J, as you keep feeding our faith in Jesus!
You are welcome Deb! May God richly bless you as you soak in the glory of His presence today!
Hi Pastor J! I love your comment to Deb, re “soaking in the glory of His presence”–kind of like marinating, getting “pickled” in a good, Holy way!! (Sorry if I’m too silly today….) God bless you–love, sis Caddo (soaking in the glory)
Soaking in the Spirit is the best kind of marination Sis! We take on the goodness of the Lord! That is how people will taste and see that the Lord is good! 🙂
In our comfortable world, unlike those who pay dearly for their faith, I believe we have yet to see what it really means to contend for the faith. Looking at the way our part of the world is heading, it is not unlikely that we could see it in our lifetime.
If we NOW contend for the faith in small (comparatively) ways, we will be more ready when persecution comes. We really have no excuse. While God has given us the task of contending for the faith, He has also placed all the resources of heaven at our disposal. We have to go ahead and DO it, but the power comes from Him. If we do NOT, it is lack of faith and disobedience.
Thanks for the reminder and the challenge!
So true Angela. May we contend for the faith in the way we are called to today so that we may be strong enough to contend when the darkness descends on our sector!
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