“I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”
Societal norms have swayed over the last 20-30 years. It makes one wonder if Christian persecution will one day succeed in pushing the church into the shadows. But God plainly says, “Not on my watch!”
We must take the Bible literally and live accordingly.
And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?
Jesus often spoke in parables to illustrate how we should react in different situations. This parable involves a man who owes a debt so high he could never pay it off. After being forgiven of his debt, this man goes and demands that a debt that is owed to him be paid in full. He ultimately ends up in prison.
Our unpayable debt has been paid in full by Jesus. Knowing that we should approach others with the same level of forgiveness. Unforgiveness is a trap, it will ultimately result in prison of hurt.
And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
It would be strange to say, “I know that the current pain and suffering I’m going through will end at some point, but gee-whiz God, I’d just like to say thanks for the chaos.” We’re not supposed to ignore our trials. We’re supposed to petition God for guidance and strength. When we obediently navigate them and God finishes his work, we’re supposed to glorify Him by relaying the details of our journey to others.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
I’ve faced some amazingly tough obstacles and heart-wrenching disappointments in my life. I’ve spent times clinging to Jesus’ robe and I’ve spent time where I relied on my own strengths. One thing has been constant though; when the bottom falls out I’ve always reached for Christ’s hand because I know He loves me and He is my hope in all things. Never forget that Jesus is our rock and nothing is ever so big that He cannot easily conquer it.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10
Suffering is never fun, but God never causes suffering to last longer than is necessary. Even though it feels as though it will never end, once we’ve opened ourselves up to the work God wants to do in us, God will renew our spirit. Remember, trials will last for their intended season and once the work has been accomplished you will come out the other side stronger, restored, and greatly blessed!
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
God knows all of your secrets, there’s no hiding from His gaze. There have been many times where I’ve felt like I’ve been on autopilot; everything is going well and my grip on Jesus loosens, just the slightest bit. But man, when your life feels beyond your control you white-knuckle that grip because it’s everything. The remedy: Always keep a tight hold on Christ, confess your sins, and keep the lines of communication open at all times!
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
I watched a video this weekend that really moved me.
The gist of it was this: A man was sitting in a restaurant. After ordering his meal he waited. Table after table was served their food, and he became frustrated, “Where is my order, what’s taking so long?”
The woman in the video, receiving a word from God, she said this, “Your waiting is not in vain! Your order hasn’t been lost or forgotten! It’s simply more involved, it’s special. There are special ingredients, it takes more time to make properly. Don’t lose heart! What you’ve been praying for, what you’ve been waiting for, is in the process of being accomplished! Keep praying! Keep believing! God hasn’t forgotten you, what you’ve put before Him is just taking time because it’s special. It’s unique to you.”
Believe, pray, and wait. God is preparing a blessing for you…