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Friday, January 23, 2015
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"The Great Contest"
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"Remember those earlier days
after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great
contest in the face of suffering" (Hebrews 10:32). "Therefore, take up
the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil
day, and having done everything, to stand firm" (Ephesians 6:13). "But
he who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:13).
Yesterday my brother Pat and I went to Washington DC to participate in the
annual March For Life. We returned home last night quite weary
after walking about five miles in the cold, though not nearly as cold as two years ago. We both were inspired as
we joined hundreds of thousands in standing for an important cause.
Below the message today we will share some photos.
Today so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are standing up
against tremendous opposition in what our first daily text calls "a
great contest". Of course many pay a far, far higher price than we did
yesterday, including many who lose their lives in the process of
standing true for what they believe.
The first daily text is a commendation to the first century Hebrew
believers who stood their ground in a great contest in the face of
suffering. The Greek word translated "contest" is "athlasis", which is
a root of the English word athlete. All of us who follow Christ are
involved in this great contest.
So many approach this contest in a
passive sense, as if we are just standing on the sidelines as
Others rightly recognize that we are in the midst of this great
spiritual battle and God's call is that we actively stand our ground.
The apostle Paul alluded to this stand when he commissioned followers
of Christ to, "Take up the full
armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and
having done everything, to stand firm" (Ephesians 6:13).
The early believers to whom the Book of Hebrews addressed were enduring
persecution because of their uncompromising stand. They stood their
ground even in the face of tremendous suffering.
May the Lord empower each of us with grace and grit to stand our ground in
regard to the particular issues we deal with today and those yet to be revealed through this new
year. I especially have on my heart a call to all earnest followers of
Christ to stand our ground regarding faithfulness to apostolic doctrine
(Acts 2:42, Jude 3) and Biblical standards of morality (Galatians
5:19-20, Colossians 3:4-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:2-4). The Bible speaks of a
great falling away that will occur in the end times (2 Thessalonians
2:3) and I wonder if we are seeing that before our very eyes.
Nevertheless, stand your ground; for if you don't stand you'll surely fall!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Jesus, You warned Your listeners as You sat on the
Mount of Olivet that at the end of the age nation will rise against
nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines and earthquakes will be
commonplace. Believers will be handed over to be persecuted and many
will turn away from the faith as wickedness increases. In the midst of
such dark desolation we cling to the bright promise, full of hope and
motivation for those who walk steadfastly with You; he who stands firm
to the end will be saved. We will conquer the enemy, for the battle is
not ours, but Yours, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Music and Supplemental Resources
“Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus" Video Promise Keepers
"We Will Stand" Video Russ Taff
Duke, one of our readers sent me links to these powerful videos after reading yesterday's message.
"180 movie" Video A powerful analysis
"Who Will Stand for Life?" Video John Barros story What an amazing story!
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Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the
Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and
obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
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