Take Heart

From around this world I receive many letters from my dear brothers and sisters who are co-laborers together with us, in the same Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we seek to save the lost and in faithfulness to our Lord's command to "preach the Word". These letters reflect the spiritual condition of God's Church on the earth today. Testimonies of God's amazing miracle working power with signs and wonders following after believers. There is tremendous hope and expectancy in the hearts of all. Yet there remains that underlying cry for relief from the troubles and trials of circumstances and evil doers. Does this accurately portray how you are doing today?

When we are in the Spirit of God, we are soaring to new heights of His creative power and ability. But when we judge things by our flesh and the sensual conditions of what we can see, hear or feel, we battle discouragement for it seems that there is no way out of the troubles, fears and circumstances. We are not of this world for as the Holy Scriptures proclaim "although you are in this world you are not of this world". We are agents of heaven on an earthly mission to do the will of God our Father. Our lives are not our own. We belong to Him. We have been bought with the high price of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. And in this world, as God's agents, it is true that troubles, testing and trials surround us but in all these things, we are more than conquers through Him Who loves us and gave Him for us.

As the day of our Lord approaches, we are to comfort one another with these words- the same Jesus Who rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of His Father – our Father, will come for us again. He will take us to our heavenly homes where we will dwell with Him for all of eternity.

The pressures of these end times are mounting. These are not days for the fearful of heart but for the mighty in Christ, endued with power from on high. These are days to be strong in our Lord and in the power of His might; To daily die to ourselves so that He might rule and reign through us. The only way we can bear fruit that remains is for us to remain vitally connected to The Vine, Jesus. It is only through His anointing power that the mountains are removed, that our words contain power, that yokes and burdens are destroyed.

In the book of Jude, starting at verse 17 "But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "in the last days there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.' These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those that doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."

Signs of the end times are all around us with an increase in false prophets and religious compromise within the church organizations. An increase in crime and blatant disregard for God's law; Increase in wars, famines and earthquakes; Decrease in love and family affection; severe persecution of God's people; These are the hard things to bear. But as surely as these are truly happening around us today, so too are the spiritual sign as the gospel is being preached to the whole world! Those who are seeking God are finding Him! The Spirit is being poured out on all flesh! The blind are seeing! The dead are being raised! The lame are walking! Miraculous supply is given in every area of lack! Sick people are being healed! Sinners are being saved! Peace is ruling and reigning in hearts where by nature there should be terror! Joy is filling people's souls where by nature there should be sorrow. The Spirit is alive and well and moving mightily on behalf of His Church!

Look up saints of God! Your redemption draweth nearer and nearer! Rejoice in these truths and be exceeding glad! The Lord is showing great compassion on His people and is defending the honor of His land. He is sending an abundance of all that we need to see that we are satisfied. Therefore we declare before the nations of this world "My Lord has done a mighty miracle for us!"

So when you are tempted to feel overwhelmed by the circumstances that seemingly have surrounded you to cause you pain, suffering and failure, it is imperative that you follow the admonition from the book of Jude and build yourself up again in faith. "Take heart". Believe God. Believe His Word. Be firmly convinced of His love for you. Be like righteous Abraham who did not doubt or consider his natural circumstances but rather, believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness sake. It is our simple trust in God, our simple faith in Him as our God, our Father and our all in all, that brings His mighty overcoming power into our lives to perfect all things that concern us. "Do not be afraid little flock, for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give to you the Kingdom of God. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost."

Build up the foundations of your life of faith by meditating in God's Word and by doing all that He has commanded you. Live by every Word that proceeded out of God's mouth. His Word is life and health. His Word is alive and powerful. His Word is everything you need no matter what you are going through. This is good news! Take this good news to your neighbor! Take this good news to your congregations! Take this good news to your family! The Lord reigns! He is coming in glory! He "… is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God, our Savior, be glory, majesty, power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."

Would you take a minute or two and write your testimony of God's sustaining power in your life and ministry and send it to me? We are to encourage one another and that means it is important for you to encourage me with your words of faith too! I am always blessed to hear your testimonies! Thank you!

May you take these words to heart and meditate on them, searching the scriptures to judge the truths herein, allowing the Holy Spirit to work truth in you, to the renewing of your mind. Find rest for your soul. Have a light and easy week as you accomplish great things for His Kingdom!

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