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11/01/2012

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That Important Maintenance


"We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first" (Heb.12:14).

We have all heard the term, "use it or lose it." Perhaps we have even used it a few times. Have you ever seen anything deteriorate through none-use? A house will fall into disrepair when there is no one living in it to do the maintenance. In the two verses precedin today's, the Hebrew writer tells us that we are to guard against the sin of unbelief. These three verses would be good ones to read and meditate upon. Faith is maintained through usage. This usage includes reading and hearing the Word often. It includes not only reading and hearing, but reflecting and meditating. The blessed man of the first Psalm delighted in the law of the Lord.... "and on his law he meditates day and night." The apostle Paul gives us a three-pronged missive about maintaining our faith in his first letter to Timothy. The lure of materialism can dissuade people from their faith. "Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith" (6:10). Paul continues; "But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness" (V 11). Faith is something to be actively pursued if it is to be maintained. Next Paul writes; "Fight the good fight of faith" (V 12). If something has value, it is worth fighting for. To use an old athletic term, the best defense is often a good offense... We are to be proactive in the maintenance of our faith because it is the bedrock of our relationship with God. Lets all be careful not to fall into that use it or lose it mentality. As physical exercise does our body good, exercising our faith often, makes us spiritually vibrant and alive....

Have a great day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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