Concerning a declaration we must first contend for the word. “Contend” means to excite oneself against a foe, to wage war. We just expect to confess and then immediately come into possession of promise. But we can’t just feel sorry for ourselves because we are not already throwing parties in the promised land. Deut.2:24 “begin to possess it and contend with him in battle.”
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!