Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don’t Give Up; Don’t Give In

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Living by faith in a broken world is not easy. Weather doesn’t cooperate with our plans. Our old bodies have sprung a few leaks here and there. Once beautiful relationships are torn apart. Work doesn’t work right anymore [no pun intended]. Politics…don’t get me started!

If you’ve ever read the story of Adam and Eve, you know that one of the consequences of sin was that life would become more difficult—hard, if you will. An example of that is when God told Eve that childbearing and delivery would increase in sorrow and pain [Genesis 3:16]. Then He told Adam that it would take blood, sweat, and tears to till the ground in order to make bread to eat [my loose translation of Genesis 3:19]. 

Well, Christ followers, that was the easy part! Because, added to that, came a war. It wasn’t a war against human enemies foreign and domestic, it was the war of living godly with a sinful nature. And it involves struggles against an enemy that seeks to “steal, to kill, and to destroy.” [John 10:10]

We, like Christ followers before us, are in that struggle, and recently, I’ve talked with some who seem to want to give up or give in. Let me encourage you to hang in there. You are not forgotten, nor have you been abandoned by God. 

Many have gone before us who remained faithful. For some, it was faithful to death. Hebrews 11 mentions a few of the Old Testament faithful: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Gideon, Samson. Then, while not mentioned by name, there were some New Testament “saints” who remained faithful to death. [Read Hebrews 11:35-38] 

I will be the first to admit that times are tough. But in the same breath, I must tell you that God is TOUGHER!

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10 

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