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Fight the good fight

I have never really stopped to consider “fight the good fight”. If we are told to fight the good fight, To fight means to

to put forth a determined effort

  • They were fighting to stay awake.

We need to put forth a determined effort to keep our faith. The bible app has a great 14 day free devotional by Christine Cain, from her book unexpected:

When I learned I had a cancerous tumor on my thyroid in 2015, it was so unexpected. But as I walked through that experience, I realized that if we stop and think about it, every day is filled with the unexpected. We make our “to-do” lists. We set out thinking our day will go according to plan. But it doesn’t, because interruptions that we never saw coming invade our lives and usher in the unexpected.

But as surprising as the unexpected is to us, we need to remember that our unexpected is never unexpected to God. God knew that day would come in my life, and he was already in that day waiting for me. Fear tried to grip me like it naturally does when we receive any bad news, but I knew I couldn’t let it overwhelm me.

I knew I had to stop my mind from going too far—thinking about Nick and our girls and the unknown future, if I would live or die, if it was curable or not. I knew enough to recognize the runaway train of thought in my head could speed quickly down a dangerous track and derail me into a dark place. I knew that I needed to be in faith. Like many situations I’d been through before, I knew there was a choice that was mine to make: Would I walk in fear or faith?

It was faith that had always propelled me forward through my circumstances in the past, so I chose faith. That didn’t mean, however, that the fear went away. It still tempted me, but I knew that being tempted with fear wasn’t the same as giving into it—and not giving into it was the only way I could overcome its grip.

I began walking in faith by encamping myself in what I call a “faith cocoon.” It’s when I proactively decide to stay diligent in the word, listen to worship music continuously, and only allow faith-filled voices to speak into my life about a particular situation. I knew to speak only faith. I had learned that we either feed fear or we feed faith, and that I had the power to choose which one I would feed—so I fed my faith. I ran to God and not away from God. I fought the good fight of faith.

You can dig deeper into this message of supernatural peace and complete trust in God even when life takes an unexpected turn through Christine’s newest book, Unexpected. Learn more about it here.

Adapted from Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2018 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved

Two things that struck me here…

1. nothing is unexpected to God.

2. I need to fight to keep faith, instead of allowing my thoughts to spiral out of control… (as I so often do).

Lord, I know on my own I can not win the battle to live in (or love in) faith. I need to be continually filled with your spirit. Thank you for always speaking to me through your word. Continue to answer my prayers…. showing my husband love, in a way that HE knows for sure that I love him. It is Interesting, as I do, how he responds, but what is even more interesting, is how even now, I can feel insecure in his love for me. I desire to fight for the good faith, that doesn’t allow my mind to spiral down to murkiness.

Faith like a mustard seed

Visalia First
June 30, 2018
07/01/2018 Visalia First: Homeless Faith
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

Faith Centered In Christ

1. People who LEAD well, do well.

Faith Centered In Christ

2. God will allow a problem to persist to DEVELOP our faith.
Bible is not equal opportunity
jesus called up 3. The others had to wait at the bottom
Both teams had issues

you can not be a leader without running into devils

The first one there stands a better chance.

quit blaming everyone else.

causes doubt.


Faith Centered In Culture

1. You live in a UNBELIEVING generation.
we live in culturally centered faith. Ourgeneration doesn’t believe or take God seriously enough.

live to the audiance of l- Jesus

Get back in the word

Matthew 17:20 MSG
20 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”

Faith Centered In Culture

2. You are not WORKING your faith; it’s homeless.
faith like a mustard seed.
can’t vacuum all of the seeds offaith

Communicating Faith

1. Faith without WORD is dead.
you need to know the word.

Romans 10:9

“We confess with our mouths what we believe in our hearts.”

Communicating Faith

2. We have a SEED on our side.
youdon’t need a bunch of seed
you need one seed


Matthew 17:1-9 NASB
1 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

Matthew 17:14-20 NASB
14 When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.


“Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close” by Lysa TerKeurst –

“Dear Lord, I want to make decisions that honor You. Lead me as I develop a trustworthy discernment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

As a matter of fact, when Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14–15. Yes, they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but the first part of their calling was to “be with him.” Fullness comes when we remember to be with Him before going out to serve Him. He wants our hearts in alignment with Him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for Him. So, He extends what we need and invites us each day to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from His Word. And He lovingly replenishes our cup while whispering: “This isn’t a race to test the fastest pace. I just want you to persevere on the path I have marked out especially for you. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with Me.” That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying. Dear Lord, I’m choosing to stop in the midst of everything to just be with You. Let me never forget what a gift it is to spend this sacred time in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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As I read this, I am feeling lonely. Lonely for my husband, whom I spent 5 days with… and now, not even 5 full hours in the last 5 days. I wont see him until Tuesday, and he leaves again on Wednesday… To work Wednesday and Thursday…. then we have littles for the weekend…. as I think about this, I know I need more time with him, to feel loved.

I wonder, does Jesus yearn for our time and attention like this as well? Does he want us to just be there, with jim. Like I want to just be with Craig? Is Sunday morning ever enough? I begin to be sad, and lonely when I dont spend enough time with my husband. How much more I need to spend time with my savior! Forgive my busyness Jesus. Please fill me with your spirit, that I would be able to get everything done that I need. That I would spend time with you before attempting to write the Lcap or my dissertation.

Help craig and I to remain connected even when he is having to be gone a lot.