“As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.” 2 Timothy 4:5
Reading in 2 Timothy this morning I noticed something. Whether the timing for us is favorable OR unfavorable we should still be proclaiming God’s message.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Every one, no matter the age, goes through rough waters. We all have seasons of weariness and doubts. Yet what is important during the fight is to keep striving, even if we feel like we can’t. Even if we lose the sense of purpose. We are urged to to endure this suffering. Urge sounds pretty urgent, persistent, important. Doesn’t it?
He doesn’t just urge us, but solemnly urges. This is with deep sincerity. God isn’t just trying to pump you up or motivate you, but instead genuinely strengthen you and show His consistent faithfulness.
Our Father has more faith in us than we do ourselves. Proclaim the message. Keep the faith. People will always do their way, everyone has a choice, yet, You as a child of God have a mission. You have a direct order from the Commander in Chief Jesus Christ. Carry out your ministry…fully!
Finish the race.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18)
For todays post, I will be speaking on somethings that have crossed my mind and things I have personally noticed recently.
With the help of Father God, He has brought some scripture to my thoughts and perhaps some explanation/encouragement to anyone else who has felt or seen the same circumstances.
I am not sure if this is the same for any of you, but I have noticed the the enemy has been at work. As you might know the enemy often lurks (see Psalms 17:12, and 1 Peter 5:8).
From the example in 1 Peter 5:8 above, it states that we are to be vigilant.
Although, as much as we would all love to think that we are being vigilant, it is so so so easy to get distracted or easily angered in today’s world.
Prophecy is jumping right off the pages of the Bible as we know it, and somethings that were masked in the dark are now coming to light, as God said that they would (Luke 8:17).
Thus, since all of this is occurring, and the media is making all that darkness the wicked has tried to keep hidden for so long come into the spotlight, this can be extremely stressful. We are now not only aching between the spirit and the flesh of ourselves (Galatians 5:17), but we are also crying out for the entire body, for the entire world!
“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
1 Corinthians 12:26
Most of the things that are creeping through the cracks, are making a lot of us uneasy. There is so much to pray for, isn’t there?
Everything from: pandemics, shut downs, restrictions, depression, anxiety, fear, chaos, destruction, wars, rumors of wars, protests, extreme weather occurrences, political election season, and disgusting/disturbing news that sickens me that any one would be evil enough to partake in. (Please pray for all victims. Adult and children alike. #SaveTheChildren)
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
This all may be too much to handle at times. This may be something we want to shut out, ignore, or cry out about, BUT I am here to tell you it is time.
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)
As God’s chosen and cherished, we should be confident in the battlefield (see Ephesians 6:12).
We should also be standing up and being confident in the Word of God.
Hebrews 10:35 states, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”Here it is expressing don’t throw away your confidence. I have seen this happen a lot, and quite frankly even with myself before. Don’t allow this to be taken from you! The gift of having a relationship with Christ has been given to you freely, so have confidence in this! Have confidence in Him! For with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
1 Peter 4:16 says, “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.”This piece of scripture can speak volumes if you meditate on it a bit. We are being told not to be ashamed<—- & with not being ashamed, comes *confidence*. Although there may be suffering within this current life, we still must use this confidence we claim to glorify God! By doing this we are being an example for those of the world. For those who don’t have a relationship with Father Adonai yet. Look at your surroundings and think about all that He has done for you personally. Focus on Him and remember how far you have come. Who was the One who was truly by your side the entire road, even when you did not recognize it? Just because there is a big mountain in the way does not mean it will not be moved. It does not mean the current is permanent.
“For I am the LORD, I do not change;”
God on the other hand, does not change. He is our stable rock (Psalms 95:15) and therefore we can always trust Him. He is the Helper and Shield that we NEED during these times.
There are so many messages right now that someone or something doesn’t want out. You can see all over the internet that people are complaining about such.
These are strange times we are living in, do you not perceive it? (*SEE Matthew 16:3)
So, what are some key take-aways that God would like us to know?
- Now is the time to remember who you are in Him.
- One huge thing you should learn from this is that Jesus was an example onto us, and so since we are continuously learning from Him, we too need to be showing everyone Him through us. For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:29).
- Do so with grace, yet also with confidence because this reveals the authority that God has, because He is still in control.
- Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
- Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. (Psalms 20:7)
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20)
El Roi, "the God who sees me" (Genesis 16:14).
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I promise to you, now is the time. I encourage you to take a look at the Book of John Chapter 17 and read verses 1-5. I pray over you, that God will open your eyes. The chains of sin and doubt have been broken. Being a 'good' person will not give you a ticket into everlasting life after this one. NO ONE is good but the Father only. (Mark 10:18) Only God knows your last breath and the last hour. Whatever is stopping you from believing, whatever is stopping you from thinking He is not loving you, can stop today. You did not lead yourself here, it is HE who is drawing your spirit with His lovingkindness wishing for you to seek Him. All it takes is a mustard seed size amount of faith. What do you say? Jesus is at the door. Will you answer?