In our previous discussion, we established the peculiarity of our times, pointed out the alarming state of our preparedness, and made mention of the need to make radical adjustments to ensure that as the days unfold, we regain an advantaged position.
I contemplated writing today on ways we can become better prepared to deal with our current distress, however, I desire to before that, attempt to paint a picture of the challenge that we are up against.
In the Bible book written by Our Lord’s brother Jude, he also began to become wary as the Holy Spirit pointed out a matter to him, which was urgent then, and is also urgent today.
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.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word Earnest as:
characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind
We see that the writer was calling the attention of his audience to the state of affairs. He announces to them that there is a contention and the grounds of this contention is the Faith. Nothing else.
He calls upon everyone to take up responsibility, understanding what was at stake. Our ability to contend depends on our earnestness. You see, we can’t contend for this Faith without Earnestness. So it becomes a target point, just like in drug development, a drug company fashions a drug designed to affect an organism or disease process at a critical point.
So the world system seems to amuse us, occupy our time with all kinds of stuff, we are constantly inundated, our minds boggled down. This is so intense that the subject of mental health has become a prominent subject, why? People’s minds are being exposed at alarming rates to harmful content,(but might sometimes be communicated benign), it’s having an untoward effect. All these serve the purpose of obscuring from view the sphere of contention, and for those that still perceive the conflict, they are rendered impotent to mount a meaningful response. Men’s minds being filled and programmed by the content they are exposed to and their lives reflecting such.
Let’s also note that, he means that, the faith should be contended for and the saints ought to contend for it.
The Saint should not just think what will be will be, but rather, he must by the conviction in his heart, total obedience and compliance to the Faith , demonstration in his private space and public sphere,proclaim and assert that Faith, oppose and renounce every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
The Apostles Paul says:
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
The contest of the Saint is both offensive and defensive. Jude hints on the defensive aspect, safeguarding the Faith from the corruption of condemned men, as an entity and in various spheres, and then also just as Apostle Paul mentions Pulling down strongholds that stand in opposition to the truth of the faith and bringing every system into the obedience of the Christ.
We are in times where men are once again seeking to be as God, to become gods unto themselves, to put the almighty out of their thoughts, to say we would not have this man rule over us, to say what is the almighty that we should serve him. Such, Saints are the broad strokes of the times we live in. Times of compromise and utter defiance.
Who is on the Lord’s side?