Things happen everyday that can discourage you, make you angry, or plainly just disappoint you in humanity in general. With Easter being on April 5, my dad’s birthday this year I think of him every time I see anything about this holiest of holidays. For as long as he lived I never, ever saw anything in his life that disappointed me, in any way. When you saw him in the pulpit, you were getting the same man we had our meals with, that took us to school, that dealt with congregations of people, and with people who did not always treat him with fairness. He continued in the faith and preached the Gospel from the time God called him at the age of 17, until one week before he went to heaven at the age of 95. He would never have given up his faith in God!
Galatians 5:7-10, “You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.”
I wonder, what would cause you to lose your faith in God?
I think there are a lot of you, like me, that have had things happen in your life that almost made you turn in your “Christian, let’s go to Church” card, yes?
The Apostle Paul asked the Galatians 13-15, “What in the world is going on with you? Why are you quitting? It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; for everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out–in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?”
Do you get discouraged? Know that you are no different from any other person who truly loves God and wants to do right, but just seems to fail at times!
James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
To confess your faults to one another is not the same as giving away sins and mistakes that you don’t ever want to hear repeated, you know some people have the fault or sin of wanting to gossip! I have already said that once this week so there must be someone who really needs to hear that!
I am only trying to encourage you to “keep on keeping on” and not to give up, “You have fought a good fight, you have kept the faith”, now finish the race.
Never look at someone else and say that they are “better or worse” than you because you are exactly who God made you to be!
2 Cor.10:12, “Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!”
Remember, don’t compare yourself with any one!