Feel Alone Sometimes?
Remember when Elijah thought he was the only one left following the LORD? ….. Jesus had to assure Paul that he was not alone either …. “For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. “ (Acts 18:10)
Will we follow Him, even when it costs us “friendships” with people we thought were true friends? Read this brief article please and consider this important question which should test our hearts as to whom we love the most.
“NO MAN stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:16-18
Even when “no man stood” with Paul, He knew Christ was with him and He pressed toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14). The apostle Paul is a blessed and God-given example given to us. We are following Paul as he followed Jesus – no matter who else does or doesn’t!
Is Jesus worth it to you? Is He truly your very “FIRST love”? (Revelation 2:4-5)
Have you driven this stake in the ground yet? If not, would you consider doing so today?
The girl who invited me to the meeting where I was saved backslid shortly afterward.
The man who preached when God saved my wretched soul was a false prophet.
So what? Shall this be my excuse for not serving the LORD? Shall I walk away from God for what men do? How foolish would that be!?
I used to drive an Acura (an old one), so should I go dump it in the lake since I found out that a bank robbery was performed in an Acura?
“They are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Am I not 100% responsible before my LORD, God, and Maker for my own life?
“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10
Judgment Day is on the way. Can you see this? On Judgment Day, there will be many who say “But LORD, the people who were supposed to be following You weren’t truly following You and when I found that out I waned, and then that caused me to backslide.” Then will He say to them “Depart from Me ye cursed and ye worker of iniquity, into everlasting fire!” (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:46)
Should I have left the LORD Jesus Christ because of what men were doing?
The LORD is calling us to soundness of doctrine, soundness of heart and mind, and soundness of Christlikeness, being evermore conformed to the image of the Son of God who is coming soon (Romans 8:29).
Beloved, let us never blame the Almighty, immutable God, even Jesus Christ who is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” for what faulty, sinful men do! (Hebrews 13:8).
“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
It’s only those who are not truly seeking the face of the LORD who condemn and turn aside their hearts from the LORD when others fail. Instead of praying for them and being sorrowful for the lapse of another, they foolishly scorn, never stopping to admit their own failings, heart wanderings, and sin.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Are you a restoring agent (Galatians 6:1-2) or are you a self-righteous modern Pharisee who sits in the seat of the scornful? (Psalms 1; Matthew 23)
Never forget that self-righteous need to be saved too!
While witnessing with a pastor on the streets as a new believer, we came upon a lost man who was down and out, living on the street. When he heard the Gospel, the sinner said “There’s too many hypocrites in the church!” To this the pastor immediately responded with: “Would you rather go to church with the hypocrites OR do you want to go to hell with them?”
That pastor stated this well over 20 years ago and it stuck in my mind by God’s grace. He’s so good to us!
Never judge God for what men do!
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13
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