You can speak about your faith, you can teach about your faith but when perilous times come that is exactly the time your faith is placed on the desk to work. Perilous time seems to be getting worse and worse but with the church you and us, we are greater than the one in the world.
These are the times are so difficult. Have you started to experience the difficulties? And the difficulties have different levels. In 2 Timothy 3, Apostle Paul shares about difficult times. There are the difficult times we face when we walk with God in the end times of faith. The most terrible thing a believer would do in this time is to fight one another, to speak evil of one another, to point and blame people for your mistakes, weaknesses etc.
If you claim to be spiritual or you claim to know God and in difficult times you are not gathering the sheep but scattering the sheep, you have deceived yourself. You are not the spiritual one that you claim to be. You are not the person you believe you are because the fruit is producing something else. In difficult times the love of God, obedience to the word of God, watchfulness etc are the things that we engage ourselves in.
You learn from the world. The Lord said that the children of this world in their day are wiser than the children of kingdom. Now which nation will go to war in this pandemic when we already have a war to fight. As a world the pandemic brings different minds together to do one mission and that is to protect the people from the pandemic.
In the body of Christ do we think like that? Nations are sending aids to one another. The nations are fighting against the virus. What are you doing in the body of Christ? You are not the first one who fell off in tough times.
2 Timothy 3;
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The pandemic is hitting everyone hard. Churches are barely surviving. Many have not received their salaries. Many have stopped supporting the church. But many are faithfully supporting the church. Are you supposed to speak evil about their church or you are supposed to protect the believers? Are you supposed to be fighting a man of God this time or you are supposed to be praying for the ministers of gospel? Sometimes God’s people act so foolish as though the devil is wiser than God’s people. What are you doing in the body of Christ? If you are pastor, you do not even qualify to condemn other ministers of God.
Your spirituality is manifesting zero if you are so. Wake up in perilous times and stop complaining. Playing church is not going to work now. You have to be real with your faith. Assuming you are meditating is going to expose you to danger. You have to meditate. Assuming you are confessing the word of God is delusion. Thinking your prayer life is fine is deceit. You have to pray now. All the doctrines you talk about will be tested now.
Redeem the time you have in your hands. Reach out in love and stop tearing down the building. Stop wasting time instead of using time. Love one another, check and pray for one another. This is our day to answer. You should come to the realization that people are suffering. You must understand that love is greater than hate, self-righteousness, justification etc.
There are two evil in these perilous times to take note of:
1. It is not the devil but human being and their minds. Political leaders who are spreading wickedness and hate, who have long time ago planned evil such as these. So devil is not the problem in this pandemic. It is the people and their minds.
2.Your love for God in your heart is a problem this time. It must be as the scripture say otherwise it is a problem.
In this pandemic, people start to use other people’s blood to make money. For example, selling recycled face mask, increasing the price of essential commodities.
Be grateful to God for the opportunities you have that others don’t have in this time of pandemic. The only way you can be grateful to God is by showing your grateful heart by showing kindness to those who do not the opportunity that you have.
What are you doing to your fellow Christians? What are you doing to the church of Jesus? The pandemic is not as pandemic as its effect because in pandemic people die but its effect joblessness, loneliness, divided home, pain betrayal, wickedness etc are more pandemic. Don’t let you love grow cold. Don’t let your heart shrink.
Don’t be an instrument for devil. Set your mind on the kingdom of God and everything other thing will come. In difficult times, you must love and stand for the church. Wake up.
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