This is a revised version of a post I made last year. I was feeling led to share these words today, as I know many people are really struggling right now and I want to urge you to keep pressing in and holding on...we need to be real with each other...that's how the church is supposed to be with each other...no fake facades...no turning away from each other in our times of need...no having to endure hardships alone because others aren't comfortable with our pain...
Life is not easy. It can be ugly and dirty and painful. It was that way when Jesus walked the earth, it remains so today and it will stay that way until Christ comes again. Life is going to get harder, not easier. The longer I walk with Him and the closer I get to Him, the more relentless the attacks are by the enemy. The Lord said it would be that way. He said families would turn on each other......He said the wheat would be separated from the chaff and we shouldn't be surprised when we see these things. There will be wars and rumors of wars, and famines, droughts and pestilences and natural disasters and people turning away from God and living selfish, sinful lives…we are seeing the many things that were prophesied, unfolding before our eyes.
We have people here, that suffer daily with physical illness, mental illness, emotional pain and scars. We have people who have been beat up and chewed up by the world... they've been rejected and bullied and misunderstood. Sounds like what happened to Jesus doesn't it? He said we would be persecuted if we follow Him and we are to count it all joy when we suffer for Him… we will be rewarded one day for enduring hardships in His name...life is hard, but God is good...there is a reward at the end..this isn't all there is...greater things await us!
We are here to help each other by being the hands and feet of Jesus to each other. Some days... we will be doing good and we can lift someone else and the next day, we may need to be lifted up. God is drawing us all close, so we can help each other to keep our eyes on the prize that awaits. We only have this day... we only have this moment. We aren't guaranteed tomorrow. Some days it’s easier to endure than others. Jesus knows what that’s like. That’s what the Garden of Gethsemane was about…to show us He knows first hand what it is like to have anxiety and fear… to ask for burdens to be taken away…He is our example. What did Christ do when He knew he was about to face more pain and heartache and rejection and oppression than anyone has ever endured? HE STOOD FAST ON HIS FATHER’S PROMISES! He didn't give up, He didn't give in. He relied on His Father’s strength and the promise of a resurrected and redeemed life, that was waiting at the end.
My brothers and sisters…I know what we deal with is hard, but it’s not by our might or our power but by His. His power in us will allow us to persevere. When we are weak, He is strong. We don’t do it by ourselves…it’s with His help and the help of our brothers and sisters. We may not have real life people to count on. Our circumstances may be precarious and ready to implode, but God is with us and He will not fail us. We just have to stand fast on His promises. We have to trust and obey and take one day, sometimes... one moment at a time.
If we resolve one crisis, we will just be met with another... count on this...but the good news is, we are only passing through here...this is just our temporary home! This is just a small blip on our eternal radar screen…we can do this thing called life, with all its heartache and pain and illness and suffering and loss, because Christ tells us we can do all things through Him. Be encouraged, this is the dark before the morning! Better days are coming. Keep in the word. Keep in prayer. Cling to the hem of His garment. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it when you hear Him say “well done my good and faithful servant!” We will stand with Him one day and all the hurts of this world will fade into memory and you will bask forever in newly healed and restored bodies that do not have painful memories and we will be filled with God’s love and peace and everlasting joy.
Please don’t give up or be discouraged. We are all in this together… for each other... and we have the Holy Spirit who is with us as our constant comforter. You are not alone and you are so loved by the Lord and me. He brought you all here. This is no mistake or accident..only divine appointment. Trust Him friends. You can make it. I’m cheering you on and we have a heavenly host of angels cheering us on as well! We can not fail. The victory is already won and assured. Rest in Him. I love you and am standing in the gap for you!