If you missed yesterday’s post you may want to look at it before going on.
Dear Saints, while I do believe the days which lie ahead will be some of the most effective days the church of Jesus Christ has ever seen, I also see a great danger for the church.
Ma 24:12, 13 says that “In the last days because of the increase of wickedness the love of most will grow cold but he who endures to the end will be saved.”
I see that the increase of wickedness is upon us and that is causing many to lose hope. The wickedness of the world is leading many to give up…I hear weary voices crying: “It’s a lost cause. We just need to withdraw hide out behind our walls until Jesus comes.”
“Stay inside the world is bad and scary and there is nothing we can do.”
These are lies designed by the Devil to keep the church from walking in power and strength. It’s lies like this that made Paul say,
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” I Cor. 9:24-27
Saints, the time has come for us to force our bodies and our minds into submission, to tell ourselves we will not let the wickedness around us frighten us into losing our witness or our reward because we have read the end of the book. Guess what? We win! We were once the lost sheep and Jesus pursued us relentlessly. Now we are found. We must pursue Him in turn. To pursue him means to go after Him relentlessly as He came after us in three areas:
I. We must be relentless in praise
II. We must be relentless in ministry
III. We must be relentless in righteousness
More on this tomorrow!
Praise God! We are victorious in the end. Lord, give us the strength to be relentless in pursuit of you no matter our surroundings. A-men!!!
And that strength is released as we claim it!
Amen Jelillie! Relentless!
A-men and A-men
God bless you, Pastor J
Sound, solid words!
He pursued us relentlessly … time for us to shake off the things that hold us back and RUN with the Word!
A-men Let us run swiftly dear sister for time is short!
Thank you Pastor J. I needed this encouraging, uplifting message. I’ve been trying to keep myself lifted up, to work on the inner revival, to pursue Him, but am feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities and family needs to the point where I am struggling with my purpose and questioning just what it is I am supposed to be doing with my time. Even now I am watching the clock because a family member will be calling within 20 minutes to let me know they are ready for us to go pick them up and take them somewhere. I am pulled in too many directions, and am left to wonder if I am really supposed to be writing and blogging because there are too many others that need my attention and time. My post today was born from this struggle, and what it is doing to my heart. Thanks for being such a blessing.
Drusilla, I know how you feel. It has been a month (literally) since I had a day off. It seems there are a million little things always beckoning for my attention and it seems impossible for me to get to it all. In the midst of this cyclone it seems we are both in it is difficult to keep sight of what we are really called to.
What has held me is this calling… this knowledge that God put the desire in my life to write and that it is more than a hobby. This is something God told me to do and so HE must make the time for it. So far He has been faithful to it and I am called to move slow in the whirlwind unruffled by all the cries for my attention. I admit it’s a work in progress.
Thank you Pastor J! these posts are really, really heart stirring and exciting. Once at church, a bomb threat note was placed in the offering plate. Pastor John really had no choice but to take it seriously and have everyone leave the building. It was a prank. Thankfully! But what I saw happen was to ignite people all the more, in praise and worship, during the evening service. May what we see in the world today, as it gets worse and worse, ignite us to Him all the more. God bless you as you stay relentless for Him.
A-men Deb! May we never be disarmed in the difficulty but enflamed to greater passion!
Relentless in ~ praise ~ ministry ~ righteousness.
Relentless in praise – no problem! How can we NOT praise Him who is so amazing and who never ceases in His care for us?
Relentless in ministry – when I had to resign from my ministry, I was despondent and thought I was “on the shelf” but my loving Father has given me a new ministry, more suitable to my age and circumstances, and yes, I think I can still be relentless in ministry.
Relentless in righteousness – more difficult. Yes, I know I have been given the righteousness of Christ. That is my standing before God, but is my status equal to my standing? I need to be relentless in my communion with Him, that I will be constantly alert to His leading.
Thanks for the challenge.
We serve an amazing God.
All really good points Angela! God has been teaching me that in ministry HE reserves the right to appoint the job. We must be relentless in pursuing it!
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