Sunday, 6 January 2019
To be able to endure means that we are able to suffer patiently. Christians expect persecution. As we abide in Christ and persevere in sharing the Good News of salvation, we know our God is with us through it all.
Sometimes, a success on the surface may not be a true success, and a failure may not be a failure in God’s eyes. An excellent example is the crucifixion and death of our Lord and Savior.
Can you imagine how His family, friends and followers felt during that painful and most difficult time?
Who can comprehend that it is God’s will to crush Jesus and cause Him to suffer? (Isaiah 53)
What would you do when you suffer?
Jesus said ‘do not be afraid’ three times - verses 26, 28 and 31. He also said that anyone who does not take his cross and follow Him is not worthy of Him. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake will find it. (Matthew 10:38-39)
Dear Father God,
You are sovereign. You are in complete control of every trial, every test and every temptation. You are watching every persecution, every moment of pain and sorrow and suffering, and our every response to the difficulties.
Father God, You are not confused by circumstances. You are pure and holy. Your values are never compromised. You are Who You are! You are our Creator, Redeemer, our Father who is unchangeable and unstoppable. Your love endures forever. Amen!
Dr Charles Stanley said that ‘untried faith is unreliable faith’. May we rejoice when our faith is tested. Thank You Father God!
We are not afraid to tell You when we are afraid. Our fear cannot be hidden from Your eyes. You know how much we can take and You will intervene at the right time. We trust in Your perfect timing. We can strive on our own strength and gain a little but if we lean on You, we will surely gain much because we will accomplish what You have planned for us. Hallelujah!
Father, we thank You that You are conforming us to the likeness of Your Son. We are pre-destined to look like Jesus on the inside – His Spirit, His humility, His faith, His courage, His commitment… The list goes on. When we surrender and submit our whole being – spirit, soul and body – to You and You alone, we will grow by leaps and bounds in our relationship with You. What a wonderful picture! Therefore, I pray with all my heart that You continually help us to endure whatever comes our way.
Help us to persevere in unceasing prayer to restore mankind according to Your divine plan. Hallelujah! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling