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A Call To Contend For The Faith

Let’s face it, there is a lot happening in the world. Life has become very interesting and a bit challenging to say the least.  There is so much noise, it seems daily we must weed through the chaos of voices offering opinions and perspectives. I am thankful for the word of God, which cuts to the quick and keeps us grounded, aren’t you?  Recently, I've been hearing people use the phrase original sin in response to the pandemic as well as racial injustice, maybe you've heard it too. The casual use of Biblical words is problematic because it detours from the original meaning and may keep people void of understanding the heart of the matter. It is important to address the issues facing the world, but as followers of Jesus, we cannot allow anything to distort the Biblical narrative. God cares deeply about what is happening to his people. He loves. He redeems. He restores. He protects. He provides. Salvation comes from Christ alone, not from superficial, temporal solutions. 

The original sin is humanity's rebellion against God, which originated in the Garden when Adam and Eve chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  In doing this they chose their own way, disobeying God's instruction.  By this one-act, they neglected God’s abundant provision, the tree of Life ~ a picture of Christ.  This choice caused the fall of creation, effectively enslaving all of humanity to sin and separation from God. From that point forward, all humanity is born dead in sin and trespasses, accept for One, Jesus Christ. The truth regarding the human condition at its very foundation is critical, otherwise, there can be no acceptance of the remedy.  Sin and our separation from God is the root cause of the issues seen in the world today.  It's important to keep the truth at the forefront in order for people to experience the necessary internal deliverance that brings about external change.

As children of God, we know time is short, the enemy cunning, and eternity at stake. It is the Gospel that is the transformative power to save.  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans‬ ‭1v16.‬ ‭ When people pervert the truth, we have a responsibility to shine a light in the darkness connecting them to the One who can fulfill their deepest need.  

My heart breaks from the chaos and devastation and what I see are individuals globally, collectively crying out for change. The answer is not found in behavior modification but heart transformation.  “And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”Mark‬ ‭7v20-23‬.‭  Jesus did not come to make bad people good but dead people live (John 3v16, 10v10).  He came to liberate the captives from sin and death (Luke 4v18-19).  Salvation restores man to God. Redemption is the powerful change which, leads to a new life that springs forth the fruits of the Spirit.  Jesus’ message has not changed; He offers redemption and reconciliation.  I believe this is what we truly desire to see. 

It's critical we remain alert to the things happening around us remaining sensitive to the Holy Spirit, that we are enabled to carry out the plans and purposes of God.  The enemy cannot thwart the plans of God, but he will do his best to derail the people of God. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. " Ephesians 6v12. The enemy would like nothing better than the children of God to become distracted by the world’s agenda, encumbered by the world’s ways, through the use of trendy speech mixed with opinions. In this, the truth can become compromised, watered down, and eventually drowned out, with no means of giving hope, light, life to dry bones.  

There are those who do not know Jesus and those who are living on the edge. Beloved, our mission is too important. We have been given the immense responsibility as ambassadors of Heaven, to point them to Him.  “That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5v19‬.

We don't need to argue but we do contend for the faith (Jude 1v3). This can be challenging since the Truth clashes with popular culture.  From a practical standpoint, we move forward saturating ourselves with the word of God. We spend time in His presence, hiding His word in our hearts, which enables us to discern lies from the truth and also prepares us to give a word in season. He gives us boldness to speak the truth in love. Our part is to follow Him and respond in obedience to His voice. 

Beloved, hell shakes and chains break when the Bride gets on her knees, prays in the Spirit, and worships in Psalms, and hymns. When we walk in the Spirit it cuts demonic powers out of the conversation, for they cannot tread where the blood has been sprinkled.  The power of demonic forces is broken by God’s love, grace, and truth. Evil is powerless against it because it cannot understand it.  We have been given the Treasure of Heaven and esteemed honor to be the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus in the earth. Let's purpose daily in our hearts, minds, and actions to boldly answer His call (Matthew 28v18-20).

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