Practical Living through Biblical Principles

Contenders Not Pretenders

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By Reverend Lawrence Patterson

Jude 3 “ 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.”

Lately, I have been in a posture of urgency where it concerns the things of God; His people and their kingdom development. These factors have been my chief priority. As I am witnessing the world system use 1John 2:16, to pound its new world agenda in the mind and hearts of the people, I am reminded of the scripture in Jude that commands the people of God to earnestly “Contend for the Faith” which was once delivered unto the saints.

With all the alternatives that are available, it is easy to place one’s faith on autopilot and relegate it to a Sunday morning service, and attendance in an occasional church program. However, Contenders of the Faith are known for more than attendance but their kingdom impact and ability to make a difference wherever they go.

The difference between a Contender of the Faith and a Pretender of the Faith is courage; one is willing to do something about it and the other just want to be in attendance when it happens. A contender goal is to achieve something; a pretender goal is to deceive someone. There should be tangible evidence of your motivation, because a contender fights rigorously in defense of the faith and endeavors to win.

Action Item: Mediate on these few scriptures (2Corinthians 11:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 1:2) guard your heart with all diligence; study the Word of God for yourself and never place your faith on autopilot.

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Who God Says I Am

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Who God Says I Am – By Denise Kennedy 

Ephesians 2:10 reads “For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

It is important to understand who we are according to Christ.  Despite our mistakes and shortfalls, God doesn’t see us as any less than who He says we are.  The Merriam Webster defines masterpiece as  “a work done with extraordinary skill.”  How awesome it is to serve a God who sees me as a masterpiece!?

The social pressures of this world and systems designed to tear you down, will constantly remind you of your past.  I have great news!  Your mistakes do not define you.  Our Father sees the best in us.  In fact, Songs of Solomon 4:7 says “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”  So, even when I make mistakes and fall short, God doesn’t hold those things against me and still sees me as beautiful; a masterpiece.

My prayer is that we will begin to see ourselves the way that God sees us, because what God says about you is what matters.

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