Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Never Walk Alone

Jasper Speaks:

Sometimes life can be very difficult. We feel far from God. We wrestle with habitual sins in our hearts. We feel like giving up. We listen to the voice of the enemy as he tries to convince us that holiness is not worth it. He tried to remind us of how difficult living a life surrendered to God’s will can be. As we listen to his lies, we begin to forget the rewards of Christian living and succumb to living a life Thoreau referred to as one of “quiet desperation”.

One of the reasons we fall into this trap is because we are not spending the time we need to be spending in quality relationships with other believers. It is easy to forget the promises of God as we try to “go it alone”. We live in a world that encourages and celebrates self-reliance. However, this concept is foreign to Scripture. God encourages us to be interdependent on fellow believers. God knows that life is hard and without those also embarked on the journey, we will become hopeless and dry.

That is why God reminds us over and over again in Scripture to encourage one another. God did not promise that life would be easy but he did promise us that we have hope. It has been said that life is hard but God is good. This concept is hard to recall when we are downtrodden and dry. So, God commands us to come alongside one another and remind one another of the bigger, God ordained picture. He puts it this way in Hebrews:

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
                                                                               Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

Is your spirit dry? Are you listening to the lies of the enemy? Remember there is hope. Seek out your fellow believers and walk this life by their side. Remember that our hope we have can be trusted because our God always keeps his promises.

Are you feeling like your life is good? Take time to find those who need to be reminded of God’s hope. Let us, as the writer of Hebrews encouraged us, think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Help someone who needs a boost of encouragement today. You may need that boost tomorrow.

God’s plan is that we all have a family of believers to help us through life. Satan’s plan is to steal our joy, kill our witness and destroy our lives. When we surround ourselves with our Christian family, his lies are harder to believe. Choose today to hold without wavering to God’s hope.