God gives every one of His believers the strength to overcome the enemy. We are not trodden down underfoot because of temptations, but are able to withstand the blows for Christ is in us. Without Him, we can do nothing good but only stumble along the way. I love it when Paul said, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:7-10) Those who remain in Christ will be blessed with eternal life in heaven. Death will be abolished, along with all sicknesses. Only joy, love, and peace reside in this place with our God reigning supreme.
Speaking of Paul the apostle of Jesus, he continued and said, “whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. (2 Timothy 1:11-14) Surely, Paul has instructed us in knowing God’s will for all mankind. It is God’s Word and it is here to instruct us in His ways. Paul suffered much for the sake of Christ and even died for his faith in Jesus, our Lord, and Savior. He is a great example in faith and what it means to trust in the Lord, even until the very end. Therefore, go forth and stand firm in your faith and love for Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit will be with you as You keep Jesus in your remembrance. In this way, we will be guided safely home when we eventually die.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will keep me safe from the enemy. Keep me on holy ground, that I may not fall victim to the evil schemes of the enemy. It is so hard to get those evil thoughts out of my mind when they are placed there, but with You in me, these thoughts have to leave. For darkness cannot abide in Your light. Your light is stronger than any impurity that may try to enter in. Therefore, all I desire is to be in Your presence at all times and in all places. Keep me upright so that falling is not an option. This life can be hard, but it is also that much more bearable and easier to go through when You are with us, God. Even when persecution rises, I won’t have to worry about suffering on my own, for You will be suffering right there with me. Your peace is beyond my understanding and I am grateful that it is for me also when times are difficult and when times are good. I need Your peace and guidance all the days of my life. What lies ahead of me is unknown, but I do know that what comes my way will be for my learning and growth in the faith. I don’t fear people or even death. If You have me, then I know that my place will be with You in heaven someday. I believe in You. I trust in You, God. I love You. Amen.