Revelation 3:10 (KJV) 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
The hour of temptation—the great time of testing will come, but we as God’s people need not worry or fear; God will protect us.
We’re not sure if this is a reference to the much debated Great Tribulation. Whether or not it is, we will still undergo this hour of temptation. Hearing such can naturally cause fear. The truth can be very daunting. Praise God, He gave us a very comforting promise–His much needed protection; He will keep us. He need not promise more. His protection is enough to carry us through no matter how horrible the events will be.
Dear Lord, You are a very powerful and present help at all times. You never leave us or forsake us. We’re comforted by the truth that whatever comes our way, no matter how difficult or scary they may be, You will be with us as our impenetrable shield. In You, we are and will always be safe.
Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) 38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
Our greatest pleasure is pleasing God. Praise God for faith with which we please Him. As people who are forgiven, our lives are characterized by faith; that’s our lifestyle. We understand that drawing back from the faith—falling from grace displeases Him. That’s the last thing we want to find ourselves in.
There are reasons others draw back. There’s the allure of sexual pleasures; there’s the pull of power; there’s the enticements of material accumulations. Some pursue riches and are shipwrecked. Some can’t stand the scorches of hardships unique to believers.
We persevere. Nothing compares to the glorious life of faith. It brings inexplicable miraculous exploits only God-empowered people experience; it also causes a lot of sufferings. Through all, we’ve learned to be content and to rejoice. Who can equal to such a life?
Hebrews 6:11 (KJV) 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
Diligence plays a huge part in fully assuring our hope. This is specifically referring to work and labour of love for our spiritual family.
There may be times when we don’t really feel like loving. We want to be on the receiving end. Others have times of laziness. But our days are exciting exactly because we don’t allow our moods and circumstances to dictate how our days go.
In the process, we keep on growing; we keep on progressing in our Christian journey; we keep becoming more productive as God’s people; more people are blessed through us. We contribute in the Kingdom purposes and mission.
We believe in the supernatural, in the eternal, in the spiritual. We believe in heaven; we believe in God; we believe the return of our Lord Jesus. This results in us living full lives—lives truly blessed—recipients of, and channels of. Through us, more people are helped living out their fullness as well.
2 Timothy 4:18 (KJV) 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lord always delivers us from every attack of the enemy. We’re very confident about our safe journey to our heavenly home. It’s not because we’re strong, it’s because our God is. That’s why all glory, honor, and praise belong to Him.
The apostle Paul had a huge share of attacks, persecutions, troubles, and hardships in his Christian journey. We could have expected him to say “And the Lord shall deliver me through every evil work.” He didn’t. It’s possible that in his perception, even in worst attacks from those who don’t like us as believers, even in most difficult of circumstances, God is delivering us from evil. Meaning to say, the situations God allows us to go through aren’t necessarily evil.
There are many ways to see it. What we may see as God delivering us through is actually God delivering us from. That may be hard to understand. One thing is sure though, through it all—we may not even fully understand the theological and/or practical meaning and implications of Paul’s words—God will get us home. So we bear and persevere through life. Now, we have a little adjustment in our mindset. No matter how trying the situations are, God is delivering us from every evil work.
Matthew 26:28 (KJV) 28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Do we understand this? I pray I would understand the depths of these words. Death—it took the death of our precious Lord and Savior—it took spilling of His blood—for our sins to be forgiven.
It’s very possible to read these words and not even really understand the implications of what our Savior just said. We are enjoying this New Covenant—a covenant much better, more superior, and more glorious than the old. This came free to us; it didn’t come easy for our Savior. Three times, He prayed to the Father if it was possible for Him not to drink the cup of the cross. His sweat was like drops of blood. He was in deep anguish. An angel needed to minister to Him.
There was no other way. Our Lord needed to spill His blood, die on the cross. That was the ransom payment required. There was no easier compromise. He didn’t back down. He laid down His life. A New Covenant was ratified with His blood. We didn’t only find hope; we now live in hope. That’s what our Lord did for us. All honor, glory, and thanksgiving to Him.
Jeremiah 42:7 (KJV) 7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.
God is under no obligation to respond to us right away.
God is sovereign even in relation to our prayers, petitions and questions. This doesn’t mean though that there are times when He’s unaware of our situations; He’s fully aware about everything we and everyone else is going through. He’s aware of everything going on—at all times.
But He’s perfect in His timing as well—always. He knows how, when, and where to grant us what we’re asking for, whether they be ideas, or things. Let’s not take His seeming and momentary silence personally. His silence doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because there’s something wrong in us. It’s not apathy in His part or sin on our part.
We trust Him. His people live in faith. Faith includes patience, perseverance, and persistence.
Hebrews 11:13 (KJV) 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
We don’t forget: we are strangers and pilgrims here on the earth. We’ve received innumerable, unique, and wonderful blessings from our heavenly Father for being believers. But there are still unimaginably more and greater blessings awaiting us.
So if we’re not a part of the 1% of the richest and most famous? So what if we don’t live in mansions and palaces? There are those of us, like me, who don’t even own our homes; we’re “just” renters. These things don’t sadden us.
We’re just pilgrims passing through the here and now. Our eyes are set on the glorious place we can truly and gratefully (thanks to our Dad) call our own. We don’t get carried away trying to invest so much on earthly temporal treasures and possessions. We have absolutely glorious and blissful heavenly rooms or mansions and existence prepared personally by our precious Lord and Savior waiting for us. So we pass on, with no thought or desire of getting stuck to these earthly allurements. We “…press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:14).