Stay Faithful, My Friends

I always thought that John the Baptist was awesome. Mark 1:6 NKJV says, “Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” That’s awesome. I always picture him as a Phil Robertson kinda guy. But the more I read about Paul, the more I’m really starting to like this guy. He started out persecuting Christians and trying to destroy God’s church, and ended up writing a good bit of the New Testament. I just started the book of Galatians and Paul is writing a letter to the churches of Galatia. In the first chapter he basically calls them out for their lack of faith. Galatians 1:6 NKJV, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,” Now I’m still pretty new in my walk with God, but I hope and pray that I stay on fire for Him like I am right now till the day I get called home. I know exactly what Paul is talking about here though. Sadly you see this all the time in the church, someone will give their life to God, be on fire for a while, and then slowly that fire will start to die down. After a while, that person stops coming to church and is right back where they were before, lost. Living a Godly life is not easy. And sadly, we Christians are one of the big reasons for that. Church is the one place where you should be able to feel truly safe. A place where you can let your guard down, and really put it all out there. Galatians 6:1-2 NKJV, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” If you were struggling with something, do you feel like you could approach someone at church an spill the beans? You should. What if it was something like pornography addiction? Would you be able to tell someone without fear of judgment or embarrassment? The bible clearly states that we should bear one another’s burdens, we have to be able to rely on each other for spiritual support. I leave you today with one final verse in hopes of encouraging you to stay on the straight and narrow path, fighting the good fight. Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

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