Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
We have heard far too often that these are unprecedented times.
Many countries are still under quarantine and have been since this first broke. Missionary work around the world has been severely hindered and halted altogether in some cases.
I recently heard of radio ministries to Muslim countries seeing hundreds, and even thousands come to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. So, to allow our hearts to be gripped with discouragement would be to give in to fear.
The writer of Hebrews, which many attribute to the Apostle Paul, tells us that we must hold fast to the profession of our faith. The element we seem to miss is when we are undergoing adversity, we pull apart from fellowship. We isolate and become like that sheep at the edge of the flock, which the wolves see as easy prey.
Hebrews tells us:
“ And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works”
When adversity comes, it is time to close ranks and draw closer to God and one another.
Our church has recently concluded meetings with an evangelist who felt God’s liberty to preach and delivered to us the meat of God’s Word. We were more than just stirred. Some came forward in repentance. Others submitting to God’s call and direction in their lives.
At the end of the meetings, we had a Sunday that saw some of our highest attendance. That night, much of the flock of God was struck with sickness. I haven’t been fully recovered since last Sunday night and am taking each day praying for God’s healing.
Being home has been a trial of sorts. Sleeping more than awake and feeling weak throughout has taken its toll on my spirit.
God brought to my mind Paul and Silas when in the stocks of the Philippine jail. Beaten, possibly starved, and sitting among the sewerage that ran through the jail, they sang praises to God.
My moaning, lamenting, and complaining soon ceased when I realized what others had been through for their faith. Not even anywhere near in comparison.
1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
Our church enjoys such a wonderful spirit when we are together. There is a warmness, a welcoming, and a spirit of unity. Since our revival meetings, it has only intensified.
Whatever your church is going through, and to what extent you share the same spirit of worship and work, it must be guarded with the utmost care.
It starts with our own heart. Getting right with God, staying right with God, and inviting others to join us as we walk with God.
Provoking unto love and good works is a work of the Holy Spirit in and through us. When self blocks the path of God’s work in our life, we cease to grow. When what we want supersedes His will for our lives, we become an enemy of God.
James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Often, the easy path or the path of least resistance is chosen because we are afraid or ignorant of how to stand against this world’s pressures. But to be thought and enemy of God? I genuinely believe that no child of God would choose to take sides against the Almighty.
Give thought today to the one you know is struggling. Pray and ask God just how they would best be served. Then, reach out in love following the Spirit’s leading. You’ll be glad you did!