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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