Insight To His Sight: Recognizing Your Purpose in Life
Chapter: The Strength of Christ (Pages 11-13)
When we consider what it means to live by faith, we ought to consider how our faith reflect into our actions. Do we truly live by what we believe? As I have drawn closer and closer to God and knowing Christ, I have realized that our heart determines where we stand. God knows every person’s heart and every person’s intentions. I believe that in situations, many Christians have been persecuted to the point where they are not comfortable showing their true hearts and have been overcome by fear—fear that they will be attacked if they do not submit to the evil in the world.
To remember that fear is simply an illusion is to know the power of Christ. By trusting in Him, we always win. The one thing that I do know without a doubt is that if we stand firm in our faith, we will always be looked after, no matter as to how the consequences may appear. The consequences may seem dire, but if we stand up for the faith that we know to be true, we have nothing to be concerned about. God is always right beside us. I believe that God has placed Angels around each and every person that has put their trust in Him. He has also placed a shield of light around us that keeps us safe.
Being aware that everything we see around us is not all that exists is important in realizing the magnitude of the power of God. To see God work in people’s lives is what drives me as well as seeing and feeling God work in my own life. He gives me strength that I have never known, and is the light that always prevails even in the darkest hour. To fear God is to see the big picture.
What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled, and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
“And He said to the disciples, “The days shall come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them. For just as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let not the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house go down to take them away; and likewise let not the one who is in the field turn back. “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it. I tell you, on that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken, and the other will be left. (“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”) And answering they said to Him, “Where, Lord?”And He said to them, ‘Where the body is, there also will the vultures be gathered.”
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