Friday, September 6, 2019

THE GOOD FIGHT

Today’s┬áReading: 1 Timothy 6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

As King of Sardinia and victor over the Austrian army in Lombardy, Victor Emmanuel had become a symbol of the Risorgimento, the movement for a united Italy. After his army joined forces with Garibaldi and defeated the Papal army (believe it or not, the Pope had an army! – but from this point (1860) onward, the Pope was restricted to being ruler over Vatican City with no army), the Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed in 1861 with Victor Emmanuel as king. This is his monument in Rome.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

It’s obvious that the fight symbolized in today’s photo is VERY different from the fight of which Paul writes. By writing, posting, and reading this blog, we are “fighting the good fight of faith.” Our reading today identifies the enemies against which we fight. Arrayed against us are (1) “Disputes and arguments over words from which come envy, strife, reviling and evil suspicions” (verse 4). And (2) “Useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (verse 5). Could this mean the “prosperity teachings” so prevalent today? Perhaps as on the football field, we need to call a “time out,” withdrawing for a time from the fight for a renewal of our commitment to Jesus, who Himself often withdrew to a time of prayer, alone with His Father. Let us fall on our faces before God, letting the firepower of the enemy pass over us. Then, renewed in strength and purpose, let us rise up and “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (verse 11). These are our invincible weapons in the fight “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 – read once again Ephesians 6:10-20). On the human level, “no attack, no defence,” only love. But we need to move out with our testimony that “Jesus is Lord” into our workplaces, our neighbourhoods, and beyond. The 100 Huntley Street television ministry is doing just that this very day and night in the Name of Jesus and in the names of all who pray and support this outreach. The war is being won by our great Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, Your Word says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal [human efforts] but are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:4 and 5a). I pray that today and every day I will “fight the good fight of faith.” Jesus, in whose Name I pray, did this, and I believe that through Him, I can do this too! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve used far more than 100 words above so I’ll try to be brief here. I don’t believe that God is finished with the old churches which made many mistakes through the centuries (e.g. a Papal army). I believe that God is putting in place leaders who are true to His Word and His ways! There is a new humble desire to do God’s work as Jesus did God’s work. Let us pray fervently for the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Patriarch of the eastern churches, and the leaders of the Protestant Reformation churches. Amazing new churches are being planted. God is a God of great variety, but the one Constant is the Person of Jesus, who through His cross, His resurrection, His ascension, and His return will bring all His purposes to fulfillment.

Yours to encourage us all to “fight the good fight of faith,”

David

7 thoughts on “Friday, September 6, 2019

  1. ..Some of my friends and mentors think there is nothing wrong with prosperity teachers.I have never agreed with them.I have known that David felt the same way because of his words from other days.That has been comforting to me.
    One of those mentors and now a dear friend mentioned above,will be shortly moving back to the Ottawa area (and a past guest on 100 Huntley St).She sold her house for more than she was asking right after she listed it.We will miss her very much.
    Still praying for Ann.I believe she will do well and be well.Amen
    I’m fighting a sinus infection and under-the-weather the past couple days.God bless this blog and all ‘followers’…

    • William I pray the Lord will heal your sinus infection completely;
      we also pray for speedy recovery for Ann Mainse; pray all cancer is gone and she will be able to participate in exercises and events with her family; Thank You Lord for all the blessings of this day we pray in Jesus Name AMEN

  2. I like David’s statement; “I believe God is putting in place leaders who are true to His Word and His ways.” Lord grant it those who will preach the whole truth and nothing but the truth rather than our ideas and opinions. Only His Word will stand in the latter days and for all eternity according to the Word(Isaiah 40:8). God bless Ann, all the Mainse family and fellow readers and bloggers today.

  3. It’s good to know that as I read the word daily with this blog that I am fighting the good fight of faith also David mentioned again the prosperity preachers and in my mind the verse that comes to me is that the love of money is the root of all evil and that’s what these prosperity preachers are practicing the Love of Money is the root of all evil also in my mind the word Prosperity means more than just money it means time it means Talent it means resources it means spiritual Prosperity just not money that’s all they seem to focus on and I think these preachers are Christine the word of God when it talks about the wealth that God has given us that is spiritually speaking not money but money is the only focus that these preachers have and it’s distorted they are misled and they are leaving thousands and millions of people astray blind leading the blind and they all fall in the ditch but I know that one day we will all give an account but it is so sad that these people are following these false prophets and preachers God help us I pray for all my bloggers today that we’re having a great day and Kitchener today it’s a little on the website it feels for like full sun at does summer I pray everybody has a blessed day amen

  4. Again a typo I meant to say they are twisting the word of God and in Kitchener it’s on the Wet Side just thought I would correct that plus everybody and have a great day

  5. Just one more comment from the two comments that I’ve already said but it really really breaks my heart and it’s sad about what’s going on with these prosperity preachers but it’s a comfort to know that we will one day I’ll give an account and I am not exempt it so help us all God Amen

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