Fight the Good Fight of Faith
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1 Timothy 6:6-10 -- From the fall, man lost the centrality of God in their hearts and since has endeavored to fill the void with something else. Things God created for God-centered humanity to enjoy are now pursued to replace Him.
Luke 12:13-34 -- Be on guard what occupies your thought life. Is God at the center of things?
Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:4 -- Possessions become our focus instead of God with the promise that they will provide for and fulfill us.
Luke 14:26 and 27 -- Family is not to be on the throne of your mind. Consider Abraham’s willingness to surrender his son.
Luke 9:23-25 -- The greatest occupant in our throne room is “self.” We are all plagued from birth with selfishness, self-absorption, and self-indulgence. Hence, the concept of “dying to self” is predominant throughout the New Testament and expresses the true essence of Christian life.
1 Timothy 6:11 and 12 -- Pursue -- to follow or press hard after, with earnestness and diligence in order to obtain, to go after with the desire of obtaining.
The great fight of faith is placing God on the throne instead of self.
Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14 and 15 -- Looking and believing are synonymous. Israel looked with external eyes; believing is done with the heart. Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.
Colossians 3:17, 22, and 23; Ephesians 6:5-8 -- Our task (and joy) is constant mindfulness of the Lord.
Colossians 3:24 -- Whatever we do should be in light of the coming Kingdom.
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