This thought rattled me the other day as I heard this quoted by Doug Addison for I realized that this was the answer to my prayers as to the next blog. As I listened to the Holy Spirit over the nest days I realized that this ‘contending’ was the modus operandi that I had been using over my battle concerning my prostate. As they say the pieces began to fall the right way up. Also this revelation can easily flow on from my series on Genesis 22 in that we all have at certain times mountains to climb.
As I began my research I came across three verses in the NIV New Testament that use the word contending. The first two are from Colossians 1:29-Colossians 2:1
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. I want you to know how hard I am contending
The other is found in Jude verse 3
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.
The Greek word used comes from the wrestling arena with the clear meaning that of wrestling or a struggle with the aim to overcome.
I believe, and I count myself once in this camp, we evangelicals have come so much to rely on God’s grace that we, the believer have no part in our ongoing salvation. We have so over worked we are saved by grace and not of our own doing doctrine that we have sat back on our heels and said; thank you God and carried on as before. We have been duped into thinking that we are not in a partnership with God and we have no part to play in our spiritual growth post conversion.
Such thinking is erroneous and is a lie that the enemy has successfully infiltrated into the church. We quote Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh verse’ as if that absolves us any participation of building up our holy faith and certainly if any road block should come across our path.
Once we are born again we have entered into a contract with God our Father, which to use a biblical term is called ‘the new covenant’ that the book of Hebrews so powerfully is a pains to make clear. As in any covenant, as is evidently clear in the Old Testament, both parties have obligation to up hold the treaty/agreement. So how dare we ‘thumb our nose’ at God who through the sacrifice brought us with the price of his Sons life. We have been rescued, redeemed, set free, brought out of darkness into life and healed and yet we still fail to pull our weight?
God bestows his grace upon us and we have to supply the ‘grunt.’ Both working together in harmony is the scriptural principle that will enable us to be of use in fulfilling our destiny. We cannot escape the analogy that Paul uses of ‘running in a race and we are to run to win.’ He also uses the illustration that he trains his body like a boxer least he is disqualified. 2 Peter is so clear that we have to co-operate with the Holy Spirit. Look at Philippians 2:12-13
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling 3 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
As Oswald Chambers has said – ‘work out what God has worked in.’ Look we need to wake up and realize that in the healing prayers there is never going to be always dramatic miraculous healing as in the New Testament or what we witness at healing meetings. I believe these special occasions are more about Gods glory and power than about the person being touched. The majority of times when we pray for healing God expects us to contend for our healing.
I see I have used up 700 odd words hence more in the next blog as to ‘How we contend for our Healing.’ In this manner we become the ‘over comers’ that God intends us to be. I trust I have ‘whet’ your appetite for what is to come.
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