Bible Ballistics: BBs #260 Don’t Give Up???
As we look at all the craziness around us, it’s easy to become discouraged and be tempted to give up, but take heart my friends, we serve the God of the Ages, The Lord of Hosts, The Ancient of Days!!! We serve the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God!!! We serve the creator of the universe and all that is in it, so take heart, look up and press on with Jesus our Lord! God hasn’t gone to sleep or missed a queue! He knows what is going on and He has a purpose, a time and HE will accomplish HIS purpose in HIS timing, and every one will receive their right and just dues.
“Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity,
let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them
who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10
Paul reminds us that God is not only in control; HE is also keeping the record of all things!!! And there is a day coming when every man, woman, boy and girl will receive the consequences of their choices and actions. As God says above, we can choose to sow to the flesh and reap corruption—death and hell for all eternity: Or we can choose to sow to the “Spirit” and from that Spirit of God (And the Son of God, and God the Father) everlasting life!! We can have life with God and be in His very presence in eternity. We are reminded that we live in a world that is discouraging to those who follow Jesus, because we often feel like we’re swimming upstream. But God assures us in this word of instruction that we are to “not be weary in well doing”, because “we shall reap” in “due season” if we persevere and don’t faint in the heat of the battle.
We are also encouraged to continue to “do good unto all men” as we have opportunity. We don’t “do unto others what they do unto us”, or “do unto others before they do unto you”, instead we are called to continually “DO GOOD” to all people as God provides us opportunities, especially to our fellow believers!!! So my friends I just want to share a word of encouragement with you today—don’t give up–we win.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
A day is coming when “every knee” will bow before the Lord Jesus Christ. So the question isn’t “Will you bow?” The question is “WHEN” will you bow—you get to choose. You can bow before Him now in repentance and faith, believing in His death, burial and resurrection for YOUR sin and MINE, and have eternal life with Him now and forever! Or you can choose to go your own way, rejecting Jesus, whether willfully or by simply neglecting to give Him any acknowledgment, and bow before HIM at the end as your judge. And there will be no more opportunity of salvation for those who make that choice—the consequence is set!
So dear friends, don’t be discouraged, but take heart in the coming Lord Jesus and the sovereign control of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit!!! We win. I’d like to close with the last words of Jesus in the last book of the Bible, may they bring you confidence and encouragement in these difficult days. Keep your eyes on the prize—our precious Lord Jesus—He is coming for us!!! Don’t let the battle get you down, but press on with the knowledge that our Lord is the victor, and HE IS ON HIS WAY!!!
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you
in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David,
and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith,
Surely I come quickly. Amen.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.
Amen.” Revelation 22:16-21
Amen and Amen. Look up, walk right and press on. WE WIN!!!