1 Peter 1:3-7

We were blessed this past Sunday by the awesome message from Pastor John Hollman of the F.O.R.T Church (The Fellowship of Redeeming Truth Church) in Houston, Texas. He shared the importance of keeping our faith in the midst of chaos and confusion. These are times where it’s more important for people to pull out their phone and record a senseless crime instead of calling 911.  These are tough, tedious and turbulent times that require us to lean on our faith which is our anchor. It is not easy to remain focused and faithful when it seems like everything around you is falling apart.  Be not weary in well doing for in due season you will reap if you faint not.

God has promised us in the text that we have a new birth and hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Never abort the vision or dream you have because of the temporary agony you are in right now. God has already given you the victory, so all you have to do is keep moving forward by faith.

Have you noticed the commercials that promote a new medicine that is manufactured to treat a particular illness? They begin by telling you how great the medicine is only to follow with ALL the side effects of the medicine which sounds like it does more damage than good. Christianity comes with some side effects. Yes, you are saved and covered by the blood but that doesn’t exclude you from the sufferings of this world. It pays to serve Jesus, but it costs.  The good news is the text ensures us that we have a promised inheritance over our life that helps us endure the side effects of being talk about, lied on, persecuted and even mistreated all because we chose to walk with God.  These trials are only for a moment and are there to test your faith to make sure it is not counterfeit. Fake faith will not get you through the agony and adversity of life. Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths. Therefore we must face obstacles with faith.

Do you know how to deal with the agony of your now?  Pastor Hollman said sometimes you have to cheat… Yes, in order to keep from giving up, there are moments when we must look forward to the promises of the scriptures that declare we are victorious and receive our encouragement. Family, hold on to your faith during the rough season and watch your faith carry you through to victory. Keep the faith and it will keep you.

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