This week our nation will celebrate 241 years of independence. When you look at our history you could say we have come a long way. Not all our years as a free nation have been pleasant. The war for independence; the civil war; two world wars; Korea, Vietnam and nearly ten years of war and conflict in the middle east. If you are like me, I pray ‘Lord when will it ever end?’ The answer immediately comes back, “When Jesus comes.” Amen, even so Lord Jesus come! However, with conflicts, politics, drugs, crime on the increase and unrest in our nation and around the world, it is common for many (even Believers) to become ‘faint of heart’. The definition of this term can mean: to lose heart, to become discouraged, lose hope, or simply to give up.
My encouragement to you is never give up! As long as we have the Bible and understand that Jesus is coming again, our hearts should be strengthened and our minds filled with hope. All these events we see in the world was prophesied by Jesus!
This month I want to give you four words of encouragement that will help when you might feel you are growing ‘faint’ in the battle. Also, important to note, even many of the saints of God grew weary and fainted in the battle from time to time.
First, I encourage you to ‘REST’ in the Lord at all times. David said in Psalm 84:2 “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” When you feel like the world and the enemy are closing in on you, find your comfort and ‘rest’ in the Lord and fellowship with the saints of God. Hebrews 10:25 says: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” What Day is this? It is the Day of the Lord. Rest in the Lord beloved. God has not lost control. He knows exactly what’s going on and how to deal with it.
Second, I encourage you to ‘REMAIN’ steadfast in your service and worship. When you feel discouraged and overwhelmed, I hope the first thing you do is praise the Lord and find comfort in His presence. Jonah 2:7 says: “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple.” Jonah was a man like us. Why this prophet even had the occasional rebellious streak! And yet, out of the belly of the fish he cried out to God, God heard his prayer and delivered him. And So, He will do for us.
Third, I encourage you to know that in the midst of all this world’s turmoil and unrest, God ‘REIGNS’ supreme. There is nothing going on in the world that has God worried or concerned. He is Lord and has everything under control. What we must do is rest in this important truth. As a child of the living, almighty, all-consuming God, I can have perfect peace that in Him all things will work out for His glory and my good, and for you as well, if you are a child of God.
Lastly, the fourth word of encouragement is: ‘REMEMBER’. Jesus said we are to remember the promises He made to us. When all things are fulfilled, He will return for His own and set up His Kingdom. ‘What a glorious day that will be when my Jesus I shall see’. Isaiah 40:31 says: “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." The Day of His return is nearly upon us brethren. Take heart, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Jesus will give you whatever strength you need to see you to the end. Remember, Jesus could come today!
Four words, (Rest, Remain, Reign, Remember), put them in your heart and mind, they will help you not to faint in the day of adversity. Proverbs 24:10 “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” However, Paul said: “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
Amen! Be Encouraged, Jesus loves you!