By Patrick Hawthorne
This post is out of the norm for me. I prefer to stay with teaching the Word but I feel that a little edifying is needed. I sense weariness within the Body of Christ and just want to offer a bit of encouragement.
To begin, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I have been tempted on numerous occasions to quit. “Quit what?” You might ask. Well… to quit blogging, to quit teaching the Word, to quit caring about living holy and pure before the Lord… to just quit life and live the remainder of my life as a hermit out in the woods away from people.
Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. (Galatians 6:9 Amplified)
I don’t know if you are aware, but Satan is a very real enemy who knows that his days are limited. As such, he is doing his best to cause discouragement among the Body of believers. Just as he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he is even so tempting us. He is tempting us to quit, to give up, and to throw in the towel.
What is the solution? That is simple… keep your eyes on Jesus. Look away from all the distractions of the world. No matter what may come your way, refuse to take your eyes off Jesus. Consider Him…meditate on Him, talk to and with Him. (Hebrews 12:1-3.) Before you know it, the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will encompass you completely. Suddenly, you will find the urge to quit has been replaced by a second wind so that you may continue your race.
Now, for a little exhortation. “Shut the blasted news channels off!” Most – not all mind you – of the major media personalities would not know Jesus even if He walked up, tipped His hat, and said, “How do you do?” Quit meditating on the words of unbelievers who are promoting their own agenda or fears. You are not of fear but are of faith. Act like it! Keep your eyes on Jesus and quit opening the door to discouragement.
As always, this advice is just as much a pep talk for me as it is encouragement for you. Be blessed.