Contend for the Word
Contend for the word the Lord has given you.
1. CONTEND: “to excite oneself against a foe; to wage war.”
“…I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. BEGIN TO POSSESS IT, and engage him in battle.” (Deut.2:24, NKJV)
2. WAGE WARFARE: “expedition; campaign”
“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,” (1Tim.1:18, NKJV)
Hint: The words “expedition” and “campaign” should be sufficient terminology to help us understand that contending for our word isn’t going to be just a day excursion. You’re going to have to take more than just your lunch.
3. HEED: “to attach oneself to; be given to or addicted to; to devote thought and effort to”
“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;” (2Pe.1:19, NKJV)
CONTEND + WAGE WARFARE + HEED = keeping plenty busy!