FAITH CONTENTION PART I

FAITH CONTENTION PART I

The subject of faith is so imperative to Christianity that it is the summary of our entire Christian adventure.  Faith is a spiritual force to be contended for and to be contended with to make the most of our Christian experience.  The Bible says:

“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.” – Jude vs 3

To earnestly contend for faith is to passionately, diligently and fervently push for and go after the faith that was once delivered to the saints.  Faith contention is not something to be handled with apathy, indifference and cold approach.  It is the life of a believer.  We must remain aggressive in our contention for faith.

Brethren, the faith that was once delivered to the saints is the kingdom subduing, red sea dividing, fiery fire quenching lions’ taming (among others) kind of faith.  Hebrews 11:4-38.  A song writer says, “God is the God of the old, we are the ones that are not serving God like the people of old”.  We can get the same result if we do the same thing.  According to scriptures we even have the privilege of getting better result if we are positioned for it.

“And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” – Hebrews 11:39-40

You mean that we are better positioned than all the Old Testament faith giants that made it to the list of the hallmark of faith in Hebrews chapter 11?  The answer is a resounding yes!  Jesus said that we are greater.  Matthew 11:11.  He even said that we have the potential to do greater works than He did.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” – John 14:12

Friends, every exposure to the word of God is an opportunity to contend for faith.  History has it that Smith Wigglesworth (an Apostle of faith from England that lived between June 10, 1859 and March 12, 1947) could not be caught anywhere without his Bible.  He would read the scriptures after every meal to feed the spirit.  He was used mightily though he never went to college.

We are so “civilized” today that carrying Bible (even to church) is not something that we attach any importance to.  We have Bible in our phones.  It is amazing that our age is so enslaved to our phones that while driving we are browsing through our phones.  In fact, during church service is a wonderful opportunity to go through the phone and rushed out even before the benediction because “we are very busy”.  Busy for what?  What we keep doing is moving from one social media to another.  Some even have an unlimited chatting and dialoging platforms.

We are so busy but doing many things that do not really add any value to our faith.  Yet, we expect our faith to deliver like those of old and we even question God on why He has not done things for us like those people of old.  It is high time we repented!  Faith that produces good report must be earnestly contended for not casually assumed.

Assuming to use faith that one does not have is likened to assuming to spend money that one does not have.  It is ridiculous!

Action point: make the word of God your necessary companion everywhere and at all times.  Make it a point of duty that there must be a Bible around you everywhere you are.  Read, study and meditate on the word of God.

Whatever may have been stolen or you may have lost as a result of little or weak faith shall be supernaturally restored in seven fold in Jesus Name.

Scriptures for meditation: Romans 10:14-21

Jesus is Lord!

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