We Are in a Contest With Darkness
Definition: Contest •A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals •A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges •See synonyms at “Conflict” •To compete for strive for •To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge; contest a will •See synonyms at “Oppose” Hebrews 10:32-41 (NKJV) Confess Christ Before Men 32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Christ Brings Division 34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” A Cup of Cold Water 40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” James 4:7-8 (NKJV) 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Romans 8:19-22 (NKJV) 19 ”For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” What I Want You to Get Out of This •The Creation of God is waiting for you to take your rightful place; to pick up your sword and defend your family, “In the Name of Jesus.” •When Jesus said come follow me, He meant take your place in the family, learn your job, and then do it. (Matt. 4:19) •Do not expect people lead by darkness to encourage your walk in the light.