Jude 1:3 What Will You Fight For?

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. Jude 1:3

Every person has something that he will contend or fight for. It is different for every person, depending upon what one’s values are. Some will fight for their reputation, others for their freedom, some for their family or friends, others for their possessions and the list goes on.

What a person is willing to fight for is what he values the most in his life.

John states that he wanted to write about salvation but chose instead to write to encourage them to contend for their faith in Christ.

In the same way that the world is willing to fight for certain values, believers also fight for certain values. Depending upon the circumstances and a person’s experiences, it depends on what a believer will contend for.

Often churches and believers will fight against very specific sins, such as abortion, homosexuality, immoral sex and more. While standing against such sins and many more is good, many forget to stand up for their faith in Jesus and against the “smaller” sins, such as gossip, lying, cheating, adultery and such.

In this process of ignoring the faith, many have fallen into habitual sins and seeing them as acceptable in the eyes of God, rather than evil against God. They allow God’s grace to give them permission to sin, rather than to flee sin and pursue righteousness and holiness.

As a believer fights against sin in his own life, he will be a witness and strength for others to also fight against sin in their own lives. God has entrusted believers with His truth, so they must fight for that truth.

When you examine your life what do you see? Are you living a holy and righteous life as Jesus lived? Or have you allowed sin to creep in and rule your life?

Instead of allowing sin to come in and take over, fight against the principalities and dark powers of this world enticing you to sin, choose to live for God and the faith He has given you. This is a battle for your soul and the souls of others.

God has entrusted you with salvation, don’t tread on it and abuse it or lose it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the life God has called you to live; that God will strengthen and guide you to live as Jesus lived; and that God will strengthen you to fight against sin in your own life.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 How To Live Life

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

While the world is always talking about wanting peace, it is a peace that allows everyone to do whatever he wants to do. The world does not have a rock solid standard of how to live life, it is up to each individual and each situation.

When everyone is living by his own standards, there can be no real peace.

Paul encourages that all types of prayer be made for everyone, especially kings and those in authority. The purpose of the prayer is so that they may live peacefully in all godliness and holiness.

Most people in the church desire peace across the world and will pray for it on a regular basis. Some will pray for the leaders of their nations and lower level governmental officials.

However, just like the world, they pray for it so that they can live as they want, not necessarily as God wants them to live.

Many churches have peace with the world, because they are living as the world does–in sin. The standards of godliness and holiness are often put to the side, causing the church to look and act like the world does.

Jesus did not come to remove sins so that one could sin more, but so that he could live a godly and holy life as a witness to this dark and dying world. Every believer is to live a life that is separate from the world.

Prayer and thanksgiving must be made for every leader, so that the believer may be able to live a godly and holy life in peace.

Each and every day take time to pray and give thanks for those who are leaders over you from the workplace all the way up to national leaders. Pray that God will work in their lives in such a way that they allow you to live a godly and holy life.

Then, instead of living like the world in sin, live as Jesus did–in godliness and holiness in everything you think, say and do. Turn away from all sin to God. This is what will please God and why Jesus died and rose again for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will pray and give thanks to God for all leaders in authority above you; that you will live a holy and godly life like Jesus; and that you will be give peace to live for God.

1 Corinthians 9:26 Have Focused Running

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26

Running a race is something that takes more than just physical running. Those who are often a winner at running, have the ability to have focus.

At the beginning of the race, he has a focus on where the end goal is. As he is running, he is focused on his breathing and on his steps being made. Without a direct and constant focus, the runner will run aimlessly, wasting his time and losing the race.

Paul, in talking about going for a prize, said that he does not run aimlessly or just shadow box the air.

The walk of a believer is one that must have some focus in it. Just claiming to believe in Jesus and repenting of sins will not keep one on the right path with God.

It is sadly common that many believers claim to believe in Jesus, but will daily, purposefully walk in sin. Others have better focus, but allow themselves to stray into sinful practices on a regular basis on purpose.

In the end, the ultimate goal of a believer is to be more and more like Jesus every day, and to be holy as God is holy. God’s standard is one of perfection and He has given the believer everything he needs to attain it.

While running this race in this fallen world, this takes razor sharp focus. All around the believer there is sin ready to trap and destroy him. Yet, when focused, in front of him is the goal of being like Jesus and God’s holiness.

Staying in God’s word and hiding it in the heart, and continual praying will allow one to be led by His Holy Spirit so that he can run with focus in this life with a focus on God’s path for him.

You are in the race for your life. God has already given you everything you need to run that race. He is also giving you the strength and focus you need to finish it well.

Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the temporary things and sin of this fallen world. Focus all of your mind, strength and attention upon God and His goal for your life.

Keep running with focus to win the prize of life with God for eternity in heaven.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the path God has for your life; that you will be focused on what God has for you; that you will be more like Jesus every day; and that God will give you the strength to keep running the race He has you on.

Hebrews 1:9 Gaining Great Joy

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

Attempting to find joy is something that people all over the world are striving for. The harder they strive to find joy, the less that they seem to find it.

With all of the crime, hatred, violence and destruction occurring, people fall into depression. Many go to doctors or take certain drugs to find the peace and joy that they are seeking, but unable to find.

The author of Hebrews, quotes from Psalm 45:6, 7, a prophecy about Jesus. It points out that Jesus loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Because of this love and hatred, God has anointed Him with the oil of joy.

In the same way that the world is seeking joy, many believers are also seeking it and are also unable to find it. They know the verses and can talk about God, but they refuse to follow God’s commands.

Many have one foot set in the church, while the other is still in the world. While they claim to follow Jesus, they also choose to love the wicked things of this world, and refuse to give up sins in their lives.

As long as a believer harbors sin and enjoys sin, he will lose out on gaining joy. Jesus had joy, despite horrible circumstances, because He knew that He was doing what the Father wanted Him to do. Jesus was loving righteousness and hating wickedness. He would not fall to the temptations to sin.

Every believer needs to make a concerted effort to flee all sin and hate all wickedness. In place of not seeking evil, he must seek God’s holiness and righteousness that Jesus provides in abundance.

As this is done, just as God filled Jesus with joy, He will fill the believer with abundant joy despite any circumstance in life.

While you are seeking joy, you must examine your life. Find out what you really love and see if what you love honors God. Be willing to turn away from all wickedness and sin, and turn your focus upon God, His Holiness and His righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the evil, wicked sins of this world, but in God’s holiness and righteousness. Put on the righteousness of Jesus and receive the joy that God will fill you with as you serve Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will know the joy God has for you; and that God will set you apart from the wickedness of this world.

1 Timothy 6:8 Godliness And Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:8

All across the world people are seeking more wealth. They want to have more things and can never get enough. The desire for more and more is with most people, especially when they compare themselves with others.

This desire is also increased greatly when they see advertisements everywhere that they need something new that they don’t have and that will make their life better.

Many people will sacrifice nearly everything and anything in order to get more. They will work extra hours and sacrifice family and friends for more.

Paul tells Timothy a very simple formula to gain. It is to have godliness with contentment.

When God created Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, He gave them everything that they needed in abundance. Instead of being content, they wanted more. Ultimately they wanted God’s knowledge and power. This led to their downfall and being cast out of the garden.

Later Jesus dies for mankind and provides everything that they could ever need–an abundant life. All one has to do to get this abundant life is to believe in and follow Jesus.

Yet, many choose to follow the sinful ways of the world, rather than God. In doing so, they may gain some physical things, but they will lose everything in the end, including their lives.

All a person really needs is a little food, a little clothing and a little shelter to survive in this world. To live for eternity, all he needs is the salvation provided for by Jesus.

Many believers have fallen into the same trap as the world of being greedy and wanting more. They are never content with what God has given them. Or else they are content, but not living Godly lives.

Each one must be living for God in His ways, and be content with what God provides. You may or may not have as much as your neighbor, but if you have food, clothing, shelter and eternal life, you have all that you need.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the greed, sin and discontentment that this fallen world promotes. Live the holy life God has called you to live. Trust God for all of your day-to-day provisions.

As you trust God, you will have an abundant life with more than you need to live life here on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow all of God’s commands; that you will live a holy life unto God; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will see God’s hand of provision for your life; and that you will be content with what God is blessing you with.