3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 3 ESV
Let’s face it, people are discouraged. Perhaps a better word to describe it, based on my personal observation, is weary. Most of us are living waiting for the other shoe to drop. What else can go wrong? If it can go wrong, 2020 seems like the year for it to happen! Hit after hit has caused many to grow weary in their faith.
In our verse this morning Jude reminds us, actually he appeals to us to “contend for the faith.” To contend is to fight strenuously, it stresses the need to stand for the truth of the Gospel continually and vigorously. It’s a compound verb from which we get our English word agonize.
Throughout the centuries, Christians have always dealt with resistance and spiritual challenges, this is nothing new. Remember, it’s a narrow road that we’re on, and one of the characteristics of this road is this, it’s hard Matthew 7:13-14. So how do we get through discouraging times? Where do we go when we feel weary and tired? Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, for though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. Our battle is spiritual and so we must fight this in the spiritual realm. So let’s look at some Scripture. As you read through these verses I pray that you will find the encouragement to stay in the fight and to keep going.
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
1 John 5:4-5 (AMP)
4 For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].5 Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world? It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that Jesus is the Son of God.
What do you see in these verses? What are the tools that God has given us to fight with?
We pray, we keep doing good (the things that please God), we look to Jesus and His Gospel. This is not about self help and digging deeper by looking within ourselves. This is about looking up! Never doubt that you will get to the finish line if you truly belong to Jesus! Ephesians 2:6, 1John 5:4
Keep Fighting The Good Fight!
When I think of not quitting I think of this scene from the movie “Facing The Giants.” It’s powerful and inspirational.