Are you serious enough about holding fast to God that you would cut off anything that prevents you from doing so? Are you serious enough about abstaining from every form of evil that you would go to great lengths to tear it out and throw it away?
When Paul told the brethren in Thessalonica to “prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” it was groundbreaking advice, and it is more needful than ever for the Church of God in these end times! We have to test our beliefs individually and as a community, continually and rigorously against the only standard that counts—the Bible (Acts 5:29).
The Lord is a worthy defender, give Him your heart.
I don’t know what challenge you’re facing, but I do know Christ, and He is greater than any challenge. Perhaps, you need to be reminded of this…
No matter where you are in the world I’m sure it isn’t 100% free of violent crime and mass deaths. There’s always that minimum of 0.1% suffering affecting someone’s life somewhere.
Like the prodigal son, there are times God lets us go down the wrong road so we can realize our mistakes willfully return to Him. I had to go down this road to be fully convinced that nothing will ever go right when I work without or go behind God.
We can’t always project the image of strength. In a fallen world, even the strongest need some assistance to get by. Fortunately, for the Christian, there is help through God’s Spirit; there is help in God’s word and there is help in God’s Church.
The seed doesn’t grow until its uncomfortable under the soil. A pregnant lady has to face the discomfort of labour before going home with a baby. Throughout life, the principle is established. Before growth, someone/thing has to be uncomfortable!
Like the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-31, who was scared of a life without possessions, I too didn’t want to give up my comfort. It’s not that I didn’t want to grow, its that the risk was too much.
Join us as we discuss the concept of the potter and clay through these verses: Jeremiah 18:1-11, Isaiah 64:8, Genesis 2:7, 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, Ephesians 4:13.