YOU’VE COME TOO FAR TO TURN BACK NOW…HERE’S HOW TO HANG IN THERE SO IT WILL HAVE ALL BEEN WORTHWHILE!
By Pastor Steve Davis
You’ve probably been through more than your share of pain and grief…and rejection. Times when you meant well, but were totally misunderstood. Times when you felt so utterly beaten that you felt like throwing in the towel.
Times that left you reading your Bible through a veil of tears…and you were crying out to God NOT out of your fullness, but out of your emptiness and despair. But, somehow God brought you through it. Maybe not in a spectacular way, but He brought you enough strength to at least be able to survive. He WAS TOUCHED BY THE FEELINGS OF YOUR INFRMITY and was moved by your determination to be faithful, no matter what.
BE FOLLOWERS OF THEM WHO THROUGH FAITH AND PATIENCE INHERIT THE PROMISES…Being faithful and being determined is what it takes, if you’re going to have any kind of life at all as a Believer. When you believe God, no matter HOW you feel and no matter HOW tired you are, you’ll be persistent.
LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR…Trusting God no matter what is the key to coming out on top despite obstacles, hardships, pain, opposition, rejection and plain old “hard luck”. Obviously, the ability to trust God and be faithful to Him is a trait that isn’t displayed by the average Christian hanging around the churches today. One stubbed toe and he goes whining that God has let him down and the Gospel doesn’t work.
ENDURE HARDNESS AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF CHRIST JESUS…This crybaby attitude of so many people in the churches explains why some are great starters, but drop out after only a year or two. They’re like the seed that’s planted in rocky soil – it springs up readily, but when the sun comes out on a hot day, it withers and dies. It hurts that there are so MANY who SAY they want to be disciples, but chill out when hit with a little temptation – or if someone tells them “no!”
Part of the GOOD news about the otherwise discouraging age we live in is this: You and I can be sure that God is more than able and totally willing to get involved to help us when times of trial and testing come. HE’S NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH. And, He’s WILLING TO SHOW HIMSELF STRONG ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE PERFECT TOWARDS HIM…for us and His power to the universe. Just to help people like you and me!
Christians who don’t last very long tend to feed the carnal, or natural mind almost exclusively. TO BE CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH…Soon they lose their “saltiness.” They’re like cheap, off-brand canned vegetables that you have to rinse the salt out of before devouring. All it takes is a couple of minutes under hot water and all the saltiness is gone! Satan likes to rinse the salt off of those HE wants to devour, too!
All it takes is a little shower of trials and problems, and this kind of “Christian” is off whining, moaning and crying…wondering where God is. The problem is that they’ve allowed their thinking to be shaped by the society (if you can call it that) we’re living in. A society that encourages people to be soft, lazy, incompetent and to crumble when the pressure is applied. That’s why they’re such easy targets for depression and fear, depression and “loser” thinking.
Neither you nor I in ourselves, that is in the natural, have much strength. We get afraid to stand firm, knowing that some people are going to disapprove of us and reject us. We’ve experienced too much of the pain that comes when people start rumors about us, or just start ignoring us because we’re different, or don’t fit in with the group anymore. SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU, BUT YE ARE WASHED…
That’s why we need the help of Jesus on the inside of us to help us to fight the good fight until the finish. People might laugh at us. They might shake their heads. They might fume in anger and resentment. They might get jealous of our love for God, and envious of His blessings in our lives.
God has promised to help us and to even reward us for being stable and drawing our strength from Him. But we have to do our part – we have to be faithful and hang in there until God comes through in the nick of time and works His wonders.
If we’re going to have great things happen in our lives, we have to WANT God to be at work in our lives – badly enough to endure the pain and problems that go along with choosing a life of excellence.
ALL THOSE THAT LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PRESECUTION…When we start making headway for God, we it’s easy to forget that we’re stirring up a hornet’s nest of opposition. It’s our very rightness that opens u the can of worms in the first place. A sure sign that you’re on the right track is when you’re met with resistance from those who are close to you.