You may be a veteran in the “good fight,” or you may be just beginning.
Every tree has “annual rings,” showing its age. The maple in your yard will never have as many as the giant redwoods of California. However, they are not in competition! Their Creator looks for each to add one healthy ring per year.
Nor are Christians in competition. Each of us is to be faithful to do what God has called and equipped us to be and to do. As Christian “soldiers,” God’s grace, provision, protective armor, and weapons are sufficient for victory. We bring to the battle faith and humble obedience.
We close with inspiring thoughts from Bishop J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) in his classic work, Holiness (Charles Nolan Publishers).
“… it is impossible to overrate the importance of faith. Well may the Apostle Peter call it ‘precious’ (2 Peter 1:1)…. Would any one fight the fight of a Christian soldier successfully and prosperously? Let him pray for a continual increase of faith. Let him abide in Christ, get closer to Christ…every day that he lives. Let his daily prayer be that of the disciples – ‘Lord, increase my faith’ (Luke 17:5). Watch jealously over your faith….It is the citadel of the Christian character, on which the safety of the whole fortress depends. It is the point which Satan loves to assail. All lies at his mercy if faith is overthrown. Here, if we love life, we must especially stand on our guard.
“We see only part of it yet. We see the struggle, but not the end; we see the campaign, but not the reward; we see the cross, but not the crown. We see a few humble, broken-spirited, penitent, praying people, enduring hardships and despised by the world; but we do not see the hand of God over them, the face of God smiling on them, the kingdom of glory prepared for them. These things are yet to be revealed. Let us not judge by appearances. There are more good things about the Christian warfare than we see.”
How encouraging to the faithful intercessor! As we pray for our elected officials and our communities, states, and nation, let’s not be overly affected by ever-changing headlines. God is faithful.
For Prayerful Consideration:
- Where are you in “the Fight”? Examine your heart, but remember, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1). You can grow in your faith! “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16. Press on!
- Meditate on the above verses and on Romans 10:17 (Faith comes through hearing the Word of God.) as well as Romans 12:1-2 (Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.)
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