Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
(540) 473-2325

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I Cor.15:58

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Gal.6:9

“And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

II Thess.3:13

“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well-doing.”

These verses call all of God’s people to hang in there in times when our spiritual labors are lean. We must never forget that it is the Lord who works in us to do His good pleasure.

The Apostle Paul encouraged young Timothy to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, II Tim.2:1. His grace is all sufficient to supply our every need.

Sometimes times are hard for all of us so we must endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, II Tim.2:3.

Often times we must do as the writer of Heb.12:1-2 tells us. We must lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that is set before us. There are many details in life that can distract us from concentrating on the Lord. Sometimes the details of life pull us away from faith. When this occurs we focus more on ourselves and our circumstances than we do the Lord and His solutions.

Thus we must look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

All believers are called to be God’s salt and God’s light to a world of lost sinners. The world is in need, and we must never lose sight of just how much people need our witness. Darkness and despair are everywhere. It would be so easy to throw up our hands and give in to the despair. But what would that accomplish? More misery would result in more sorrow for us and others. Since we have Jesus Christ we have the light we and the world needs. Just because there are those who resist the light is no reason for those of us who have it to hide it. If the light of the Lord’s word, and the Lord’s presence so illuminates our lives we can do no less than live it and let it shine.

Financial success, expanded educational gains, and great human talent are not the light of the world. With Christ in us He says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden, neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lampstand, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who in heaven.” Matt.5:14-16.

Whenever you sense His light is dimming in your life, and you grow weary of well doing think on these verses. Let these Bible truths encourage you, and let God speak to your heart. Let your Savior, who knows better than any person what it is like to be tested by the darkness of this world, encourage you. He knows our frame and our make up. He knows how much we can take. We must never allow the details of life, and the temptations of sin to get a foot hold on the spiritual ground Jesus Christ suffered and died to win for us. The sin nature in all of us will resist every step of the way of giving in to Jesus Christ’s Lordship, but never forget that you are in Him, and victory is already His. Your Christian life is important no matter how it is received by others. So let God love you with His guidance, and then share that love of Christ with the world.

The Pastor
April 2012

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