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Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called ...

I’ve never been a fighter.

I’m the sort of woman who gets shaky when speaking with a disgruntled parent during a parent-teacher conference. The type whose stomach flip-flops uncomfortably when an acquaintance clicks ‘send ‘and fills the in-box with angry words. The sort who can’t turn off the tears when a loved one seems disappointed or disgruntled.

I'm not a fighter, but I'm engaged in a battle.You are, too, if you've professed faith in Jesus. Click To Tweet

I’m not a fighter, but I’m engaged in a battle. You are, too, if you’ve professed faith in Jesus. While scripture instructs us to live at peace with others (Romans 12:18), we’re also instructed to “fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12).

Did you notice the strange pairing of two words? Good fight.

We are instructed to fight.And if we are called to fight?Then God will equip us to win. Click To Tweet

Even the most conflict adverse among us are instructed to fight. And if we are called to fight? Then God will equip us to win.

But, what does this battle entail? How are we to know how to live up to this charge? Will we be ensured a victory?

Friend, we are to defend that which is valuable in our lives. To guard against and stand up under the enemy’s assaults.

Fight the good fight for our marriages.Our children.For a faith that makes an eternal impact.  Click To Tweet

Fight…for our marriages. Our children. Our family and friends on the prodigal road.

Fight…for the unborn. The orphaned. The hopeless and hurting.

Fight…for a faith that makes an eternal impact.

During the next few weeks, will you join me as together we prepare for battle with God on our side and our hearts and minds submitted to the word and work of the One who makes us “more than conquerors”? (Romans 8:7)

To launch this series, I’ve linked to several posts that you might find thought-provoking and helpful.

 

Peace and grace,

Tammy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"He will never leave you nor forsake you."Covergirl and Este Lauder promise we’ll see the difference.  The Biggest Loser and American Idol assure that once we’ve “made it”, our lives will have meaning…purpose…value.  Cultural icons and pop psychologists promote self-fulfillment as the answer to our problems.

But the life-changing, perspective altering difference doesn’t come in a bottle.  He came as a baby.

The life-changing, perspective altering, purpose-giver didn’t come to earth seeking fame. He wasn’t wrapped in a flawless body.  Instead, he was wrapped in swaddling clothes.

The life-changing, perspective altering, soul-fulfilling choice didn’t hang on the cross to bear only the stripes on His back, but to bear the nails in His hands that would set us free.

 

…I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.  John 10:10

 

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In a world that applauds Barbie-doll beauty and the bottom line, it’s easy to feel ordinary…unimportant…not worth noticing.  You’ve felt it, too.  I’ve seen it in your eyes.  Heard it in your voice.

Today, I want you to remember that you are uniquely made (Psalm 139:13-16  NIV).  The One who created everything placed His fingerprints on your heart and soul.

Today, I want you to remember that you were created for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10  NIV) by a loving God who has plans for your life (Jeremiah 29:11  NIV).

Today, I want you to remember that you are precious and invaluable to the Creator of everything.  He would give it all up for you alone!  (Isaiah 43:4 MSG

You are extraordinary.  You are made for a purpose.  You are worth so much that He gave His life for you.  You are beautiful.

 

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