TO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE
The decision for committing to the greatest calling offered to humankind is really the most important challenge wherein we can respond. With ingrained commitment on our part, and then add God’s Spirit, we can be able to bear-up and endure against temptations and trials that are inevitable.
“No temptation (or adversity) has seized you
except what is common to man. Yet God is faithful;
He will not let you to be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way
so that you can stand up under it.”
(NIV, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
“Commitment requires a resolution from within,
and the Spirit of God can give us resolve to counter resistance from without.”
Perhaps it’s a “temptation” to just ignore “Our Great Calling,” or to think…“But I have an unworthy past.” No, our excuses may only limit our potential future.
“It’s not where we’ve been or where we are;
but what ultimately counts is where we go and what we do from here,
that determines what our legacy is…or if we even leave one.”
We may leave a good legacy because presently we can have the empowerment of God’s Spirit within us. It should also be comforting and for us to value what we can be to God now, and in the future with the “revealing” of what we will be…which of course is at our resurrection:
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God…”
(NRSV, Romans 8:14&19)
Call On The Name
To help avoid commitment-meltdown and loss, or for aid in whatever situation; if there is something we need or maybe even would like, we can call on Christ’s Name. Notice though, what is required of us:
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you…”
“Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
(NIV, John 15:7)
“God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it.”
(NIV, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
When calling on His “Name”our requests can be for common sense, for help with simple temptations, or even deliverance from extreme evil. Wrong temptations can be like a spell cast over us if we don’t get a handle on them early; like a vacuum they will suck us into their vortex and we’ll fall…and then have to deal with ensuing consequences.
For most, we just deal with common tendencies and temptations. Yet there are extremes; as we hear of more accounts now with people committing violent crimes, and when caught perpetrators will tell authorities they heard voices (demons) telling them to do it.
Head-shrinks will say (notice their source of authority): “These voices are just excuses. I think it’s not their fault or their parent’s fault they do these acts; it is society’s fault.” How about this one, “I think in these cases of violence, people are genetically predisposed toward irrational impulses that induce irresponsible behavior” (yea-right). That’s pro-joe-lingo, because it’s not politically correct to believe and say, “Demons are the influence behind these evils.” What’s so complex about truth? The answer is most professionals are not educated in truth about the dark world of evil spirits; so it seems nonsense to them.
Note: If one actually becomes personally confronted by a demon (pages 18-19); they should say in a powerful way: “In Jesus Christ’s name, be gone demons!” They will heed, they must go.
It really does not matter what trial or test we might be undergoing, we still can look to God’s Power for courage and deliverance. We should be reassured and even confident; there is always help in this uncertain world.
“Then Jesus came and said…”
“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(NRSV, Matthew 28:18)
Continued in the eBook…