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" Fight For Life," 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18; Pastor Marvin G Spence

Life is full of challenges, disappointments and struggles which leave us emotionally, financially and spiritually bruised, sometimes beaten into despair. In this scripture Paul uses the imagery of a fighter as an object lesson to teach us how to remain strong Christians regardless of the circumstances. Just as a boxer trains physically and mentally for a fight, we must prepare ourselves spiritually for the battle over our souls. Proper readiness includes developing spiritual stamina by increasing faith, recurring prayer and life-application of scriptural teachings. There will always be conflicts within ourselves when we try to please God and conform to the worldly values. Trying to be the Christians we are called to be can be exhausting, so listen to the Holy Spirit when it leads us to periods of rest and reflection—we need it. When we reach life's end, the question we must answer is did we fight spiritually the Lord's way or did we cave-in to defeat to the brokenness of this world? Keep your head up and your mind focused on what you can do when the Lord is in your corner.

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