But what did Jude mean by exhorting readers “to contend for the faith”? It certainly was not a call to use physical force or violence. Jude was referring to a spiritual battle, one requiring spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Jude exhorted followers of Christ to contend for the truth. As his letter explained, deceptive men were creeping into the church and perverting Christian doctrine with heresies that denied the truth.
Distractions can negatively affect our lives and keep us off balance. Untold numbers of people, Christians included, go through life controlled by distractions—texts, emails, meetings, phone calls, errands, and surfing the internet. They bounce frantically from one activity to the next. Their goals and priorities take a backseat to an artificial tyranny of the urgent. Everything seems important. Ironically, they find enough time for distractions, but not enough time to restore their life’s equilibrium with a few minutes reading God’s Word and praying.
That Christianity in America has come under increased criticism and even persecution should come as no surprise. The Bible assures us that in the last days opponents of Christianity will step up their efforts to stamp out faith in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, enemies of the Cross have had considerable success in attempting to remove religion from the public sector. Friends, this is no time to cower in fear or bow to the tenets of political correctness. It is certainly no time to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And yet, too many pastors, churches, organizations, and individual Christians...
All of us have fears. But we don’t have to allow these fears to become life-controlling giants. Make up your mind to deal with them. Select one of the fears that’s really bothering you and take action to defeat it. As you have success by conquering one fear, you’ll start building confidence and momentum to deal with the next fear.
Remember two things. First, God has never needed a majority to accomplish His will. Frequently He has called individual men and women to lead, especially during dark and desperate times. Second, we have God on our side. He rules. He will carry out His plans.