Anyone who says the Christian walk is a piece of cake is either walking the fence of lukewarmness or has not been tested on the battlefield of faith. As we look around the world and see the great lawlessness and injustices happening right in front of our eyes we are deeply saddened at the state of the world and the nation knowing great peril lies around the corner. What has happened to society’s moral compass when laws are passed granting killing of innocent babies up to and even after they are born? This makes us sorrowful. But in all things we endure because we have the same spirit living inside of us that raised Jesus from the dead; the Holy Spirit. By this we rejoice at the same time knowing our citizenship is in heaven and we are not of this world and belong to another Kingdom, the one spoken of down through the ages that was coming, for we belong to the Kingdom of God. Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world” and so it is.
Wars and rumors of wars have come and earthquakes and famines are here yet Jesus said “do not fear, these are only the beginning of the birth pangs” and these things must take place. Still again this makes us sorrowful and we continue on with a joy inside knowing we are waiting for that great getting up morning when the dead in Christ shall rise and we who are alive will be changed in a twinkling of an eye into immortals and we shall be like him as we shall see Him face to face. What a time of rejoicing that will be.
Here on earth we have troubles just like Jesus said but He also said “Be of good cheer I have overcome the world” and He did and has and we will reap the rewards if we remain faithful and true until the end. Our faith is tested on many fronts, in troubles, hardships, and calamities, in riots, in labor, sleepless nights and sometimes hunger. In slander, and praise, viewed as imposters, yet genuine. As unknown, yet well – known, dying and yet we live on, punished, yet not killed, poor, yet making many rich, having nothing yet possessing everything. Some of us in beatings and imprisonment in great endurance. “Sorrowful yet always rejoicing” says the great Apostle Paul.
It is possible to be sad or sorrowful and rejoice with the joy of salvation at the same time deep inside. You know the testing of our faith is worth more than gold, and we must pass the tests and know and believe inside our hearts Jesus has already won the battle against Satan and Jesus has the keys of the Kingdom, the keys of death and hell and of the grave. We have already won the victory through Jesus Christ. This world is passing away along with all its lusts and the end of this age is near. Don’t quit ever, never ever. Those thoughts are lying spirits coming from the father of lies. If you have failed in some way then get up, dust yourself off, humble yourself and repent and come boldly to the throne of grace in your time of need. God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins when you call upon Him. It is impossible for Him to lie and what is written will be carried out and that includes forgiveness, especially forgiveness when we repent.
We all have fallen short, we have all sinned, we have all turned our back on God in some way but listen; “ His mercy is new every morning” it’s a new day everyday and His loving kindness is everlasting from generation to generation. Who is like our God? No one……