Contend

Contend means to debate earnestly; dispute; to strive in competition or rivalry; to struggle or fight in opposition or combat.

  • Argue against your flesh, its Will, and carnal pleasures
  • Compete by working with the Spirit and the Word against your Will that is contrary to God.
  • Fight against evil in you by resisting the habitual carnal pleasures, desires, and lust of the flesh.
  • Stay in the race by running it in grace, humility, and a stride that will keep you from being influenced by the devil.
  • Battle, give it to God! This fight is between God and Satan for your soul.
  • Oppose all unrighteousness!

The enemy of your faith (the world, the flesh, and the devil)

Contend for the faith!

 

    We are living in the earth where the systems of this world operates on carnal pleasure, lustful desires, greed, sex, and lies of the flesh, making a spiritual life in Christ Jesus so unreal and almost impossible to believe in this age.

     We have entered the information age (known as the computer age, digital age, or new media age) a rapid swift from traditional industry that the industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information technology.

     Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church warning them about the enemy of their faith, a foe of every believer that must be fought on a spiritual battlefield.

     Why is your faith a prime target for Satan and his emps? What is it that makes faith so important to Satan?

Faith will employ the Word of God, which is God! Faith will apprehend and arrest Satan and his works against you. Faith will deploy and dispatch the keepers, the guards, the Army of God for your soul’s survival. And Satan knows this!

      We always thought that Satan was just interested in keeping us from the Will of God! But it is your faith in God that disturbs him. His vision, mission, and goal are to “dilute the authority of your faith in Christ Jesus”.  Your faith carries power and authority.

Dilute by stealing, killing, and destroying God’s purpose and plan in you.

Fear is in the earth causing believers to take away God’s governing authority over them to take matters into their own hands by buying guns, alarm systems to protect your stuff, and all other devices created by ungodly men to protect yourself. Losing focus in the one that will protect you! Telling God you don’t move fast enough for me to avenge me. I been waiting on you to heal me and you have not done that yet. So how do I know you can protect me!

     This is why the chaos (complete disorder and confusion) in this world is great! It is causing especially the believer to lose focus in Christ and their need to do the Will of God. Instead the believer wants God to become a “superhero” like that which lines up with the witty imagination of man without God to come in like a Hollywood movie and save the day. Believers are praying to God for God to come in and undo the sin of mankind choices and consequences of his choice. When in all actuality God will not undo the sin created from the predictable behavior of mankind without salvation and repentance.

Jude 3-8

  • 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common (common meaning customary; often occurring, met, or seen) 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.
  • 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • A reminder of God’s judgment 5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
  • 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
  • 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of external fire.
  • 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

     Our battle is spiritual! It’s between God and Satan over your soul and its existence. Faith will keep your circumstances, issues, and situations in the spirit realm.

Faith in Christ Jesus will cast out all fear so that love can be perfected in you. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Faith with the TEAM of God in operation in your life through Wisdom, Spiritual discernment, Love, etc. will resist, apprehend, and arrest Satan’s deception in and through your flesh. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  • In contending for the faith, resisting the devil, his tactics, his seductions, his heresies, and perverted deception is only defeated in you STANDING in faith.
  • You don’t fight, you STAND.
  • You don’t try to show nobody by trying to get back at them for their wrong toward you, you show them by STANDING.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Has the joy of your salvation by faith caused you to look beyond your Will, the world, your flesh, and the devil? If so:

  • Consider Christ Jesus and His sufferings so you don’t get weary and faint, but will increase your faith.
  • Consider Christ Jesus’ love for the Father, to do the Will of the Father for your soul’s reconciliation back to the Father. So that your faith will increase!
  • Christ Jesus in you and through you will STAND against the one who desires to sift you to destroy you. So that your faith will increase and you’re able to combat the enemy of your faith.
  • It is ONLY through your faith that God is glorified in the earth. There is nothing else you can do but believe!
  • Your faith is the only place of victory for you in your processing for salvation, transformation, deliverance, sanctification, righteousness, and holiness.
  • Compromise, fear, straddling the fence does not operate in faith, nor does it move faith to move the Word of God.
  • Faith is the ONLY place where every victory in your salvation lies.
  • Faith is what the Church in you is built upon. Jesus said it in when He asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” And Peter spoke up and said Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Then Jesus told him that flesh and blood did not reveal that to him, but My Father which is in heaven.
  • St Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Not even your flesh can prevail against the church in you!
  • This is why your foundation must be Jesus in your salvation!
  • Faith perfected in you brings in the anointing. The anointing is your enabling ability to do the Will of God in the Name of Jesus in the earth.
  • Mastering faith in you will cause God and the devil to have to say the exact same thing that they once said about Abraham. Abraham believed God, and was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

When you want to hate, you have to love. Jesus said to love your enemies and this includes you too because you are your worst enemy.

When you want to walk away with resentment and ill-willed toward others? Jesus said forgive because if you don’t forgive your Father in Heaven won’t forgive you.

When you want to physically, mentally, or verbally fight? Jesus said to hold your peace, pray for them to include yourself, bless them, and let the Lord fight your battles.

When you want to curse or use profane languages? Jesus will be a doorway at the gate of your mouth. Now, all of this is STANDING in the faith of Christ Jesus!

As a believer in the faith of Christ Jesus you must learn to stand in the faith. You must stand in the faith that Jesus Christ exemplified in the earth, as it is written in the Word of God. STANDING in faith is a fight, it is a protest, it is a striving, etc.

The Word of God teaches us how to govern ourselves in the faith of Christ Jesus.  Govern means to be ruled and controlled by the righteous authority, which is Christ Jesus.

This is the doctrine that is already written teaching us “what would Jesus do” in every aspect of our life daily.

 

Sunday, November 24, 2019. Apostle Tracey Robinson. All Rights Reserved