Keep Going!

Keep Going

Let’s not grow weary…

April 13th, 2019

This morning I woke up and as I was preparing to sit down and being to write this devotional, I was listening to a discussion on Moody Radio. The topic was pertinent to the day and times we live in. The morning talk show had a couple of ladies who were the result of failed abortions.

It was an emotional discussion that had all the participants caught up in the conversation.

What came to the consensus as the program drew to a close was that life and death is a serious issue and we should never surrender to the prevailing mentality of the day.

As a result of making coffee and listening, I understood where the Lord wanted us to go this morning; As a disciple of Jesus, it positions us on the battlefront of struggle for life, we should be relentless and never give up!

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV)

Abortion is a moral problem that has been repositioned by the forces of Satan as a political and civil rights issue. On any level at any point in the pregnancy, is a soft word for the termination of life. There is a more argument to be made about the health of the mother in opposition to the life of the child she carries, however once the health of both mother and child are not in serious risk, any termination of that life is murder. The line isn’t as obscured as the proponents of abortion would have us believe.

I don’t want this to be about abortion. Instead, it is about our role in the struggle of life and death as we are present in this physical life. That struggle includes the issue of abortion, but abortion is only one segment of the issues we must remain persistent in our effort to promote the growth of goodness that comes from being about the purpose for which Jesus calls us.

And let us not grow weary
of doing good, for in due
season we will reap,
if we do not give up.

Encouraging the hope and joy that God is presenting to every person, every day, may not be something we feel an obligation to do, but it is our responsibility.

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

Psalms 16:8-9 (ESV)

It’s shocking just how few people who are Bible believing Christians fail to realize that as disciples of Jesus we are to share the joy, share the peace and convey the hope that comes from trusting in Christ’s sacrificed for us. The giving of His life was to decimate Life to us!

Jesus told us in no uncertain terms that His prime aim was to bring us life…

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10b (ESV)

If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you have been given that life. If you have been given that life, it should be in abundance in you right this minute. If the Spirit of Christ Jesus is living and active in you, then you will possess the abundance of that life which will be manifest in the fruits of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

The fruit of the Spirit IS the expression of a redeemed life. It is the evidence of the abundance that Jesus came to provide to us. The beauty of these fruits is that as we give them away to others, they are constantly replenished in us. As if this wasn’t wonderful in itself, the reality is even more amazing; the refreshing of those fruits is even in greater volume than they were before!

And this happens repeatedly till it exceeds our capacity to contain it.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Psalms 23:5b (ESV)

Discouragement is a favored weapon of the enemy against us. Problems we are faced to contend with arise and even though we have been promised that the strength to overcome each obstacle before is living us.

When we allow ourselves to succumb to the impediments of this world, we proportionally diminish our ability to disperse those fruits of the Spirits poured out on us along with our witness to those who remain outside the grace of Christ Jesus. “Let us not grow weary of doing good”!

The mistake we make, is regarding this life as anything other than a mission field for each of us. Our homes, neighborhoods, work, worship, and leisure engagements; all part of our platform from which we are to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share the abundance surrender Him results in.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

It is OUR purpose here. If it were not for this charge, Jesus would have simply summoned each of us home to be with Him immediately after we surrendered to Him. If not for the need for us to share God’s love with the world around us, our purpose here would be fulfilled.

If we understand this truth, then hazards that are thrown before our path are not encumbrancers to our effectiveness. We take on each or walk around them and on to our goal undeterred from the goal of serving as the disciples of Lord of lords and the King of kings!

Jesus said…

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13 (ESV)

He is providing his followers a hint that this was his purpose for being with them. As a result of Him doing so, the likelihood of many of us giving up our lives for another are slight. But he does want us to understand that He desires that we give of ourselves constantly. Not in a life-ending event but, in a life-giving event, from which He replenishes and refreshes us through His Word, His Grace, His Spirit, and His Will living and active in us.

We are to “Keep Going!”

In the Grace of Jesus!
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