Acts 27:25 Keep Up Your Courage

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Acts 27:25

When on a path to accomplish something, there are often many different types of difficulties that one may face. Sometimes people are warned that these difficulties will occur, other times they are not warned.

If no warning is given, many people will end up quitting the journey and go another direction. They lose all hope that they can finish the task.

Some will keep going, despite the difficulties, if they had already been warned. They will trust others that they will be able to make it.

As Paul was on a boat headed to Rome, they ran into a bad storm. He had a vision that they would survive it, though everything looked bad. He encouraged the sailors to keep going because he had faith in what God had said.

Throughout the years there have been some people who have said that being a believer is easy. The reality is that as a human being there will be many difficulties in life. As a believer, there are even more difficulties added, because the world is against the true believer of God. Many like to look at the end of the bible and see the promise of heaven and perfect life, but forget that they are still in this world and get discouraged at the challenges bombarding them daily.

The journey through life is very difficult when one has hope in God and knows what the future can hold. It is even more difficult for those who do not have hope in God.

Every believer must keep his eyes upon God and the promises of God. He has promised that anyone who trusts in Him will make it through to the end. They can have courage to keep going through the tough times.

Just like Paul, you probably have some major problems in your life that appear to be setting you back or attempting to stop you. Do not live in fear, give up or get discouraged, God is still with you in the midst of those troubles.

Remember that Jesus saved you and will continue to save you, as long as you put your trust in Him. Have courage that God will bring you through to the end in heaven for eternity with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you not be discouraged when you face troubles; that you will put all your hope in God and His promises; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will have courage to keep walking with God; and that God will give you the strength to keep moving forward with Him.

Acts 14:22 Remain True

strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Acts 14:22

Doing anything that is worthwhile often involves difficulties and hardships. Many people will often back down from doing something when they hit a large wall of difficulty in it. Instead of pushing through the challenges, people want to take the easier road, giving up and doing something different.

Those who are highly successful and accomplished, are the ones who never gave up and remained true to their goal.

As Paul and Barnabas preaching and reaching new believers, he gives a word of encouragement to remain true to the faith, alongside a warning of hardships to be endured.

One of the common beliefs of being a believer is that as a believer one will no longer have any troubles or hardships in his life. It is a belief that life will be easy, because God is for the believer.

Although God is for a person and on his side, there is still sin in this world and with sin, there is also trouble. Satan and the world does not want a believer to move forward with God and will throw anything and everything against him to stop him. These troubles could be simple struggles to pay the bills all the way up to direct persecution, threatening one’s life.

The challenge for the believer is to remain true to his faith in God. He should never back down or give up on his faith when trouble comes his way. He must continue to trust in God and His word, knowing that God will win in the end. As God wins, so will he, if he remains true to His word.

Even as a believer, you will have many struggles in this life. Life will be extremely difficult at times, with no end in direct sight. The struggles may even be to the point of threatening your very physical life.

Instead of focusing on the troubles and being discouraged, look to Jesus, who overcame death on the cross to give you victory. Jesus went through the greatest struggle of all time and won. In Him, you can win also.

Hold on to what you know of Jesus and God. Don’t give up the faith, but remain true to God. In the end you will win with God on your side, if you remain true in your faith.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has gone through for you; that you will know God will bring you through all struggles; and that you will not back down on your faith in God as struggles come.

Hebrews 10:26 Keep Doing His Will

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In the workplace, the boss will often require things to be done that is not always easy, fun or even interesting. The worker needs to make a choice when told what to do.

He can do the work and get a paycheck in the end. Or he can not do the work, not get a paycheck and be relieved from working there.

The benefit of the paycheck and continuing to have a job is found in persevering in doing what needs to be done, regardless of how one feels.

After pointing out what Jesus had done to remove sins, the author of Hebrews encourages the believers to keep on doing God’s will. This is encouraged so that they will receive the promise of God.

Doing God’s will can often be challenging and many times not making sense in the moment. God will have a person do something that at the moment looks ridiculous and maybe even dangerous.

Man only sees in the moment and in the immediate vicinity. He cannot see things further out, as God can see. Everything that God tells a believer to do is with perfect love and an eternal kingdom perspective.

What God has a person do is being done for the focus of eternal life in heaven and perfect love. Right from the beginning of time in the garden of Eden, all God wanted was a relationship and obedience. This has not changed since then.

As the believer takes his focus off of the here and now, and the current struggles, he will be able to continue to do what God has called him to do. When life is over for that believer, God will be able to reward him for his work.

As a believer, God is calling you to do a work for His kingdom. It may be large or small, easy or very difficult, boring or exciting. Regardless of what the work is like, you must be willing to complete the task given to you.

Turn your focus off of the here and now, and focus on serving God and His eternal promises. Do not give up. As you continue to do His work and complete it, God will reward you abundantly with the promises He has already promised.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s desire for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that you will never give up doing God’s task for you; and that you will see the rewards of God abundantly in your life.

Isaiah 42:4 Never Discouraged

Sunshine through the clouds

He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope. Isaiah 42:4

Discouragement has killed many dreams and desires of people throughout history. People have great dreams about accomplishing some great thing, but as failure and difficulties arise, discouragement sets in.

The more a person looks and feels discouragement, the higher the chance of quitting the task arises. People give in to the negative responses and lose their dreams. They settle for second best or worse, then what the original goal was, stopping short of what is best.

Isaiah has some prophecies about Jesus and what He will be like. One of the things prophesied is that he will not be discouraged or give up in His task to bring justice to the earth.

Some people have wondered what Jesus has accomplished or if He really was successful. Looking at the world, it appears that it is worse then it was during the time He walked on the earth, and is getting worse all the time.

Many have started to work at building God’s kingdom, only to be faced with a mountain of difficulties. In facing these problems, many have quit building. They see it as an unsurmountable task that they have failed at. They give in to the pressures of the world.

Those who are truly following Jesus will not give in. They will see that Jesus is still working towards the same goal He had begun nearly two thousand years ago.

Focus needs to be upon the those who are changing and the work God is doing right now. One may have to look at the little steps being made, rather than focusing on the long road ahead. Seeing the progress being made will stop discouragement and give one the strength to keep going forward in the mission to build God’s kingdom.

You may have things in your life that have appeared as failures and major mountains. Discouragement has crept at your door, attempting to get you to stop and give in to the pressures of this world.

Take a look at what Jesus started and has not stopped doing for centuries. He is not discouraged, and so, neither should you be. Focus on doing what God has called you to do and keep doing it faithfully.

In the end God will succeed. As you follow God, you also will succeed if you do not give up.

I pray today that you will know God’s plan for your life; that you will see God at work in your life; that you will keep building God’s kingdom; that God will remove all discouragement in your life; and that you will see the hope you have in Jesus.