Luke 18:7-8 “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Many a person reading has probably been through some trials this week. Some lesser, some greater. But none are immune. Recently, I have been in more discussions regarding the increase of spiritual attacks both in general and personally. It goes without saying that the Bible just proves it true.
2 Timothy 3:12-13 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
It may be harder to live on the fence or in mediocrity being saved, but God says it will get worse.
Paul lived as one of the greatest missionaries. The attacks from the enemy that came to him were constant. If there is one thing to garner from Paul’s character today, it is his tenacity in the face of opposition and resoluteness to stand for Christ no matter who stood against him.
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, said:
“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and Heaven without Hell.”
Our faith and the demonstration of it every day life will go along way to revealing the heartbeat and direction of the church. Any and all revival that will come to the church must first and foremost be personal. Without it, we will be the weak link in the unity God so longs for His people to have and build upon.
Jesus asked; ‘If I came, would I find faith on the earth?’ Taking this challenge personally, I must review my own life and ask:
‘When was the last time God revealed a truth through my own personal devotions?’
‘How long has it been since God answered my prayer in a real, tangible way?’
‘What was the last step I took toward being more sold out for Christ?’
‘When was the last time I won someone to Christ?’
Unless we deal honestly with the reality of our Christianity, we are already in danger of living in what William Booth feared would happen. Now in the 21st century, time seems to be growing short. I feel the need to shirk off the worldly and put on the robe of righteousness. Set aside the selfishness and fleshly and take up my cross.
C. T. Studd penned a poem, “Only One Life”. In it he repeats:
“Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last”
Would to God we would heed those words today!