Because Of God :: By Edwin Tan

The month of January in 2021 has drawn to a close as this article begins; it has been a month fraught with major upsets followed by unimaginable heartbreaks where many believers in Christ are concerned. While this is much likened to a boxing tournament where the opponent won through dirty tactics that were given the nod of approval, there appears to be little time plus space for wounds to recover. No thanks to the slew of unpleasant happenings that show up like bolts from the deep blue. As if it was like pouring salt on gaping lacerations, you can say that when your ears catch not mere rumors but almost foregone conclusions as breathers seemingly become limited!

For individuals claiming to be followers of Christ but not being firmly rooted in the faith, the above-mentioned happenings at warp speed can only be cause for jangled nerves plus sleepless nights. Even for the ones that have stronger faith, there is still that sense of quiet unease about that which is coming. It could sound like something beyond the previous hurdles that were overcome. Maybe this time around, it would not hold – such is the unnerving nature of nagging thoughts that pummel the minds of the battle-hardened believers.

First and foremost, it might reach a point where you consider yourself to be neglected by God. Such a notion is a blatant lie by none other than the father of lies. Scripture confirms this in 2 Samuel 22, verses 18 & 19. “He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me; For they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support.”

Your mind may receive a torrent of gloom and doom ideas. However, the Word of God can tell us whether these are lies versus the truth if we rest on the Scriptures. It might be easier said than done, but make the effort to find comfort in the Living Word, even if you happen to be down in the dumps. Grab your Bible, and for goodness sake, ditch the bottle!

Oftentimes, we let the situation have an overwhelming grip over us, which turns out to be more of the unnecessary. Our mind then plays tricks on us, and we get uptight. This is when we need to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to anoint us with the peace that surpasses all human understanding. We are undoubtedly approaching our hour of redemption, but the wicked one chooses to spoil the show. Do not ever let this bad guy have a laugh over this – so be strong in the Lord.

For those who feel that they are running out of spiritual stamina, seek the Lord and ask Him to renew your strength. He is all ears and all eyes because he truly loves those who let Him be Lord of their lives. He will unfailingly show His delight for those who put their trust in Him as verses 20 and 21 of 2 Samuel so state. “He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.”

Take heart from the goodness of our Heavenly Dad who is not ignorant where your sincerity goes with your heart. Your reward is around the corner, so hang in there. In the meantime, He will send His Heavenly Host to guard you and those you love. In all likelihoods that will surface, whatever rumblings of nasty things sound more like threats. It is like thunder, which is loud and ominous, but it is the lightning that harms.

Whatever talk of potential horror stories might not so much be something to unsettle you but to imbue in us that urgency regarding many unsaved dear ones. The sands of time are running out pretty soon, and there is little time for second thoughts. It could be the case of some people left behind to face unspeakable atrocities unless they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the one and only way by which one can be reconciled with God.

Once a person is reconciled with God, he or she will be deemed precious in the sight of the Creator of everything. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Yours in the Body of Christ


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