Contend: (verb) To struggle with the purpose of overcoming a difficulty. Antonyms: abandon, give up, dessert, leave, retreat.
I have heard God say again and again to me “For what are you contending ”. It is not a question. God has all of the answers, so He’s not asking. It is an exclamation! FOR WHAT ARE YOU CONTENDING!!!!!!!
What a beautiful invitation to seek God’s heart. What we are contending for is not nearly as important as whether we are actually contending at all. That is the real question. Am I contending?
I am reminded that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12). Notice that the Kingdom is not taken by those who abandon, give up on, dessert, or leave their cause. You can’t gain ground while retreating from it! Get in the game dear warriors and go contend for the ground you are meant to take!
Be intentional. Write it down. Then go contend for your family, your finances, your city, your marriage, your life, until you have violently overthrown all that stands in opposition to victory! You are not contending alone. I have my sword drawn as well.
In full disclosure, I am contending for truth. I am taking back ground that childhood trauma stole from me. I’m learning that some things that I thought were certain were actually just a trauma responses. Experiences that I had dismissed while looking through the clouded lens of trauma were actually God. What is the reality of truth when all self is stripped away? Where does trauma end and God begin? It is not at certain as I once thought. So I am contending.
For what are you contending? Id love to know! Leave me a comment below!