CONTEND FOR THE FAITH

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“Dear friends, although I was eager to write you about the salvation we share, I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all.” – Jude 1:3 HCSB

God wants us to grow up that we may no longer be children carried by every wind of doctrine and the trickery of men. This is why He gave gifts unto men. (Ephesians 4:12)

In this world, all kinds of things are happening and if we are not trained to look into the word, our discernment will be misplaced or even non-existent. In addition, we will lack the ability to contend for the faith.

Our anchor scripture instructs us to contend earnestly! “Contend” here refers to an athlete’s passion to win a race. Many believers have not been taught this scripture. It should not be so.

You need to know that as you are trying to preach the word, other forces are trying to preach their message as well. You must have a holy competition with falsehood. It is not love walk to ignore falsehood. You cannot be indifferent about doctrine.

You also need to know that the truth has never prevailed without efforts. History bears witness – “…so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed”.

False doctrine must be uprooted! You should seek the truth of the popularity of God’s word in your day. (Acts 19:20)

In a world of many truths, we must stick to the truth of God’s word. We must preach it in its true form! (1 Corinthians 15:1-3)

Christianity is not the ingenuity of any preacher. We received it from God according to the scriptures. This means that the written word trumps experience. If you turn any encounter that is not in line with the scripture into a doctrine, you are wrong.

The doctrine has a form. It is specific. It is not open-ended. When we receive it, we must retain it in its form and pass it on the next generation (Romans 6:17). Cast down imaginations. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

False doctrines are on the rise (1 Timothy 4:1-5), “If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed. But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness.” (1 Timothy 4:6-7 HCSB)

Contend for the faith!

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