It is important to keep at the forefront of ones mind the cross. Why? It is the foundation of Christianity. Paul said, “for I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). As the days progress there will be more and more challenges to your faith in Jesus.
Evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). How? Through smooth speech and cunning craftiness will men and women be moved by teachers to fulfill the requirements of the flesh and not God.
Be on guard to remember when you are despised for doing well, that Jesus, who was perfect was crucified. Steven a man filled with the Spirit of God was stoned to death. Many others within scripture and within our contemporary setting are being killed for telling the truth.
So, if you feel bad or beaten and you know your living holy, understand the wicked are being set up and they will have their day. Because God is just he will make sure you have your day as well. Your eternal life is on the way.
There are circumstances that cause one to shiver in fear. It may be the loss of a job or the application of a job you thought was yours and then turned down. You begin the process of fear and think where have I gone wrong? Do not fear Christian. The Lord is still upon the throne and is not a man that he should lie. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will arise and save you. I am reminded of the historical experience of Job. Job a man tested by God. Job was stripped of everything. Laid naked scraping himself with boils upon his flesh and in the midst of this Job did not curse God. He communicated his disgust with this treatment for living right and still having to endure this and God checked him and after the test he multiplied him. Fear not. God is only testing you. To see what you will do in the midst of a trial. If you’re qualified and still experience defeat as a believer in Jesus Christ do not fear for God Almighty is with you and his eyes see everything.
The fear of economic instability in the future and the fear of entering and staying within the high numbers of unemployment send shockwaves to many who are jobless and many who use this dilemma to push a political agenda. The word of God tells the believer to fear not for God is with you, but he also tells us to consider when calamity hits. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the direction that we have been taking. Are we walking closer with him or being seduced by fear like those around? Fear not God is with you. Jonah did not fear while the boat he was on was being tossed and he was in disobedience, why? He knew God. This is not a declaration or celebration to live in sin proudly, but a revelation that when you know God, you know he is merciful and kind not willing that any should perish.
You can make it anywhere when you know God through his Son Jesus Christ. The question remains how do I know God well enough that fear because a secondary response to bad news? We spend time doing the very thing he told us to do, which is pray. We invite God into our life and believe his word that says I will never leave you nor forsake you. You can make it anywhere because God is everywhere and there is no location on planet earth where he cannot be found.
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I am determined to move beyond myself and extend my care for others. I will not allow an apathetic disposition to uproot the plan of God. I will extend love as far as I can and depend upon my God to hold me up. I will not trust in man nor be dismayed by apathetic so-called Christians who do not take the word of God seriously.
I will not fear when God clearly has spoken upon the pages of his book that he brings with his Spirit POWER. POWER to defeat fear and give me a sound mind. My mind has become filled with God’s wisdom and I choose to lose my mind and receive his. I suggest we daily do this. The world is growing darker. We must arm ourselves with the same mind of Jesus and prepare to suffer.
Suffer for loving the world while it rejects us. Suffer while we extend love and receive hate. Suffer for the cause of Christ. You can suffer and have joy at the same time. Have you ever hurt over a lost loved one that was heaven bound?
I thank God I was once blind, but now praise the name of Jesus, I see.
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What does it mean to abide in Christ? It means no longer living the way an individual has lived without Christ. Previous to the life of Christ a person lives with no regard for the creator’s desire. The creator has allowed this individual to live on earth and even fed this person but the individual lives within the parameters of his/her carnality. This person is not living under any rule but the rule of self-fulfillment. Whatever the person desires, sex outside of marriage, drinking an excess, cheating, lying and stealing, nothing is too far outside this person’s ability or completion, but Christ has shown us another way.
To abide in his love is to keep his commandments (John 15:10). In order for one to keep the commandments of God, one must know them. The commandment is to love one another (John 15:12). A person is most like God when they love God and love people also. We demonstrate this love through our commitment to abstain from having sex outside of marriage, drinking an excess, cheating, lying and stealing. We demonstrate our love to God by not forsaking the gathering together of the brethren and by spending time in prayer.
We abide in Christ through the spiritual formation of fasting and isolation. All these things encased in the love of God are abiding in Christ. It is a continuing process that requires daily attention. Our desire is with regard to our creator. Our power in prayer becomes effective because unlike a life previous to Christ, we begin to learn how to pray. Our heart prays the things God desires.
Intertwined with the life of Christ represented in our love for the brethren. We love so much because God loved us so much and the things we commit to doing are always out of this heart of love for our neighbor. If a person hates his brother the Bible says how can the love of God be in this person (1 John 3:15). Abiding in Christ is rolled up in loving God in reading the word, prayer, and fasting inwardly and outwardly through love seen and felt by people around the one abiding in Christ.