Contend

Resist the opposition.

Life isn’t going to always go, in fact, it might never go the way we plan in our head. Not because we don’t deserve the desires of our hearts, but because His ways of meeting them aren’t ours. His ways are not only superior but much simpler than ours. They are longer in length at times and require patience to wait on Him, perseverance to keep pursuing Him, and consistency to continue doing what He has called us to do; but that’s only because the best things take time and in order for His work to last forever like Ecclesiastes 3:14 states, our hearts and minds need preparation.

He’s not going to grant our hearts something that it is not ready for.

All this is easier said than believed, I know. When opposition arises, it is hard to believe that His promises still stand regardless of our circumstances and that our hope is found in Him and not in our desires or even His promises. It’s easy to forget that each step we take is part of a bigger stride we’re actually taking and that this life is a battle, it’s not meant to be lived passively and without opposition, but boldly with hearts and minds guarded by Him. It’s easy to “lose” faith and along with it hope in the midst of heartache and despair.

Then again, it’s not that we lose faith, but that we let go of it. We choose to resent it as we contend for anything and everything against it. We hold on to the world instead of the One who holds the world. That’s when life really gets shaky as our foundation is ripped from under us. So, the question is “How do we fight the good fight of faith in the midst of everything, including us, opposing it? How do we keep our eyes focused on Hope?”

“Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness…”

1 Timothy 6:11

Dictionary.com defines the word contend as “to struggle in opposition” or in simpler terms “to defend”. We fight this battle of faith by contending for the One who is the author and finisher of it, by opposing what’s opposing Him and taking a stand for truth. In other words, hold on to the eternal life and let go of the temporary life. God has called us to more than this world has to offer. As believers, He is our standard and until He becomes enough for us nothing ever will. From Him are all things and to Him are all things. He is the only one who can satisfy our every want and need, and not only can He satisfy us; He wants to satisfy us. The world likes to tell us what it is we want and what it is we need, but God doesn’t. Instead, He listens to our hearts, knows us, and shows up. He doesn’t try to change our minds. He refocuses our minds. He doesn’t try to make us happy. He makes us content.

He refocuses our minds. He makes us content.

1 Timothy 6:11 (quoted above) is the recipe of how to fight this battle. Each ingredient, “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness” builds up from the other. We can’t follow after godliness if we don’t have righteousness or a sense of morals. We can’t follow faith without an awareness of who God is. We can’t follow Love without believing in Him. We can’t be patient without Love to endure it. We can’t follow meekness without patience breaking down our pride. It’s following after these attributes summed up in one person, Jesus Christ, that we are equipped to fight this fight. It’s following after these attributes that leads to contentment regardless of opposition by keeping our minds focused on the big picture— eternal life. Contending for Christ leads to contentment in satisfaction of what awaits those who Love God.

Godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Timothy 6:6

Within the howling winds of opposition, it’s hard to hear the still small whisper of truth. We can let opposition consume our minds or we can contend for His small still voice and resent the noise. After all, an opposition is only a condition and its remedy is everlasting truth. Truth triumphs the lies that opposition brings to our mind, and it’s through opposition that the power of truth is shown and made real in our lives. It is then that truth becomes a part of us and not just something we turn to when life gets rough, but something we live out every day— in the good and bad times. This battle “is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  Guard your heart and gird your mind with the Word, and contend for your place in eternity on your knees. Declare truth over yourself and over your life and don’t resent the opposition, use it as a reason to contend for the contradiction against this world and find contentment in the prize of this battle, Jesus Christ. Nothing is won without a fight and without opposition there’s no fight. It is opposition that gives us an opportunity to contend for the greatest opportunity any human being will ever have— eternity with His Creator. Don’t look back.

Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called when you made your confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12


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Here’s a song that I find goes along with this post and has been my anthem since the new year started “Nothing I Hold On To” By William Reagan. Give it a listen and climb this mountain with me.

Thank you for allowing me to share what He places on my heart with you. Leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on this post, and stay tuned!

Love,

Maali

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