We conclude the Matthew 24 portion of our Revelation Series by looking at our greatest calls to action in these perilous times. We are challenged by Christ to do something internally and externally. What are those things and how can they change our focus as we live in the Last Days. Find out and share
Definition: Not receding or fleeing. Holding to faith emphatically despite the trials and misfortunes of life.
The above definition is something we all as Christians hope for. However, when the circumstances of life start to build up, it's easy to find ourselves receding into ourselves and our comfort zones. We are out there witnessing and teaching Bible Studies and a financial, health or family situation crops up. We start to delay or cancel Bible Studies so we can deal with the situation. We get caught up in the circumstance and so we start to lose sight of those to whom we can witness.
It can affect our relationship with God, too. Our prayer life tends to suffer when we get focused on the circumstance rather than relying on God. We start to examine our own thoughts and non-Biblical practical resources to deal with situations rather than going to the Word. People even abandon fasting to stress eat. Those that continue to fast, never get locked in on the purpose of fasting because they are worried about what is going on around them.
Lack of endurance comes from a lack of focus on God. However, God gives us some helpful methods to ensure this doesn't happen. If we apply them in the face of our circumstances, especially in these Last Days where everything that can be shaken will be shaken (Hebrews 12:27-28). The enemy is trying to distract and wear us down because he knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12). So here is how we can endure these Last Days, with scripture references:
Patience: Endurance isn't a short term thing. It's long term and we will need patience to make it. In the grand scheme of things, we are marching towards Eternity. That is a vast and importance existence waiting for us and our patience must expand so we can continue that journey. The timeliness given by Paul and the writer of Hebrews shows us that there is a great reward awaiting those who not only make that journey, but do it with a mindset of patience.
Confidence: It's not just to take our time and trust God, we must also be sure that our trust in God is warranted and right. Patience won't endure if we don't find confidence in Christ. Confidence is our faith combined with testimony of what Christ has done for us already. Letting God prove Himself will increase our confidence as we march to our greater glory.
God will come through for us and His faithfulness becomes more real the more we trust and put our confidence in Him.
Faithfully: It's not just enough to be confident in the faithfulness of God. We must also be faithful to God and our calling and purpose. We must show up to pray when our situations are swirling around us. We must pay our tithes even when the collectors are calling. We must fast when we are faced with whether we are going to make it to the next day. Don't quit when it gets tough.
There is a great promise to those who will not only do the work of God and stay true to their relationship with Him, but also to those who do it in the face of struggle and trials. All of the Last Days prophecies we have studied so far can be scary and worrisome. Not to a faithful servant though. They acknowledge the situations, but they continue on with Christ anyways. That's the mindset and heart we must attain.
To Win: God didn't call us out to be a bunch of losers. When we find salvation through Christ, we become victorious immediately. Satan is throwing everything he can at us because he is scared. He knows he is a loser and will come out on the losing side in the end. Every attack on us - especially those who are saved - is a Hail Mary. He's desperate. He's nervous. He's at the end of his rope and so he will do whatever it takes to bring us down in defeat with him. His attempts our futile if we do all of the above things. If we are patient, if we are confident and trust in our God and if we are faithful to His purpose; we will overcome all of what Satan desperately throws at us.
We will overcome the enemy. All we have to do is hold to our faith in Christ, stay strong in doing the other things we've mentioned and continue to run the race that is set before us!
Due to the length and depth of this lesson, we'll be back with one more look into Matthew 24 on Friday. Our focus will be on the external action we must take in these Last Days. We've already touched on it a bit in this lesson, but we're excited to conclude our look into Matthew 24 with this simple but important call to action.
As a note, the Revelation Series will continue beyond this look into Matthew 24. Once a month, we'll tackle a prophetic concept and provide you with both written and audio content on the subject. We'll have more information about when you can expect this to occur on Friday. Until then, we hope you find today's devotion encouraging and continue to join us as we dive deep into God's Word.
God Bless and Keep Searching!
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