THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The old Nazarene evangelist Bud Robinson was praying once
in a revival meeting.
He prayed, "O Lord, give me a backbone as big as a saw long and
ribs like the sleepers under the church floor. Put iron shoes on my feet
and galvanized breeches on my body. Give me a rhinoceros hide for
skin and hang up a wagon load of determination in the gable end of
my soul. Help me to sign a contract to fight the devil as long as I've got
a tooth - and then gum him 'till I die!"
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.
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.
Light from the Word.
The majority of the world around us rejects Christ, and
desires to stifle the conviction of His Holy Spirit.
People tell us not to:
put up public displays of the manger scene,
mention Jesus in school plays,
speak against abortion,
speak against homosexuality and lesbianism.
But, worse than the outside world, there are those INSIDE.
They have "crept in unawares" to the church.
They live immoral lives, thus denying the sovereignty of our
"Lord Jesus Christ."
They stir up trouble because they "walk after their own ungodly
lusts." (Jude 18)
We must "contend for the faith!"
The best way to do that is to:
Be steeped in prayer always,
Be studious and earnestly learn our Lord's Word.
And, SPREAD the Gospel!!
1 Peter 3:15-16
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready
always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak
evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that
falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Christians, we are not shielded from attack!
However, we are given the armor to FIGHT!
Be daily CONTENDING in an humble but earnest manner!