July 18, 2012

Encouragement to Stand

We as believers must know the times we are living in and be ready to face the challenges that are coming against us. In II Timothy 3:1, the Apostle Paul warns us of the coming days of hardship and adversity. He says, But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” Notice he says, “times of great stress, and trouble, hard to deal with and hard to bear.” These are the things we are having to deal with right now. These things come to destroy us and to break our faith, not to help us or build us up. This is why it is vital that we learn to deal with these things without being burned out and our faith broken.

Galatians 6:9 says, And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” In this verse, we find great encouragement to stand strong and keep doing the right things. Paul reminds us that the Word will produce good things for us, even in hard times. No matter what is going on around us, God’s Word works. If we will keep the Word of God working in us it will overcome everything that is going on around us. This is why we are encouraged to not lose heart, grow weary, get discouraged, and quit. If the devil can’t get us to quit, he can’t defeat us. Look around, everybody that is defeated in their faith decided at some time to quit. They grew weary, became discouraged, and quit. You can’t win if you quit and you can’t be defeated if you keep pressing on. The Bible is full of examples of people who refused to quit and in the end, they won. We too can win in this time we are living, if we refuse to grow weary and if we will keep doing the Word.

Hebrews 2:1 says, Since all this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away.” I believe this is the key to us having victory. We must stir up the great truths we have been taught from the Word of God. Righteousness, faith, authority of the believer, redeemed from the curse, and all the other great truths will work today just as they did in days past. The great truths of the Bible must again be a revelation to us and not just a religious ritual. We must not let the truth of God’s Word slip away from us. If we do, we will find ourselves drifting back into a weak and defeated Christianity. It is when we are adrift that we become weary and faint.

Romans 10:17 says, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith comes today just as it always has, by hearing the Word of God. If your faith is weak and you are weary find out where the Word of God is being spoken and go hear it. We must all make a renewed commitment to stir up the Word of God in our lives. Mark 11:23 is a spiritual law that still works if we will work it. We must again believe God’s Word in our heart and speak it forth in faith. Faith filled words spoken from a stirred up heart full of God’s Word will still give us the victory even in these hard times we are living in.