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Remain True To The Faith

Posted by Job on August 17, 2007

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***THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF EVERY FOLLOWER OF CHRIST IS TO REMAIN TRUE TO THE FAITH.  THIS IS A DEVOTIONAL THAT YOU MUST FORWARD TO EVERY FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, CO-WORKER, PERSON THAT YOU KNOW.  IT IS THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE FOR THE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST TO REMAIN STEADFAST, TO PERSEVERE, AND TO REMAIN TRUE OT THE FAITH!!!

“…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

Remain true to the faith.  Along our journey of faith, God knows when we
need encouragement, when our flesh is weak and we need to be challenged to
press on.  I am no different than you or any other man.  I have my times of
weakness, my moments of doubt, those days when the battles are simply too
fierce.  Satan is only too happy to seize those moments as he did when Jesus
was in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.  He comes to tempt me, acting
as my friend who is concerned about my well being, giving me all the
justification I need to take my eyes off the prize.  This is how satan will
come to you as well.  Listen to me carefully.  SATAN IS A LIAR!  HE IS NOT
OUR FRIEND!  HIS GOAL IS TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY….YOU AND ME!!!

Several months ago a dear friend sent me an excerpt from the writings of
that great preacher and theologian from the 1800’s Charles Spurgeon.  As
God’s timing is always perfect, it came at a moment when I needed some
encouragement.  The weight of the work was extremely heavy and the flesh
weary that day.  I sat at my desk and read Spurgeon’s’ words and tears
literally ran down my cheeks as I was read about my life, my battles, my
challenges in his poignant words.  I have printed out that passage he wrote
and keep it with me.  I refer to it often since it so perfectly sums up my
life.  It also perfectly sums up the life of any follower of Christ who is
sold out to serve the Lord until their dying breath.

I want to share those powerful words with you today.  I pray that they will
inspire and encourage you as much as they have me so many days.  They really
sum up what this journey is all about.  There is perhaps no greater
challenge we have as followers of Christ than to remain true to the faith.
So many over the years have been like Demas who we read about in the Book of
Acts.  Demas was a man serving God, but decided to turn back to the world.
In those moments of temptation I often think back to the words of Peter.
When asked by Jesus if he would turn away from the Lord Peter boldly
responded in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of
eternal life!”  That is why the child of God presses on, remains true to the
faith.  To whom shall we go?

Spurgeon writes:  “Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian
life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in
the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the
great Napoleon: he said, “Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must
maintain me.” So, under God, dear brother in the Lord, conquest has made you
what you are, and conquest must sustain you. Your motto must be,
“Excelsior.” He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last,
who continueth till war’s trumpet is blown no more. Perseverance is,
therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not
object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to
cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity
Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to
glory. “It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to
be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from
this constant warfare.” Satan will make many a fierce attack on your
perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to
hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and
that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he
will whisper, “Curse God, and die.” Or he will attack your steadfastness:
“What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do
others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do.” Or he will assail
your doctrinal sentiments: “Why do you hold to these denominational creeds?
Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks:
fall in with the times.” Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon
your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by His Spirit you may endure to
the end.”

AMEN…AMEN….AND AMEN!!!

I love you and care about you so much.  I pray today that you will pray over
these powerful words, reading them over and over.  They sum up so eloquently
the challenge of remaining true to the faith.  The challenge to not turn
away from serving the Lord after a season to go back into the world.  The
temptation to indulge the flesh.  The lies that the work you do for the Lord
is all in vain and makes no difference.  The physical battle of fighting
weariness and fatigue.  The war against apathy and political correctness.
These are all very real issues those who serve the Lord must face along
their journey through life as they strive to remain true to the faith.

I pray today that these words will challenge and encourage you in your
personal journey.  It is our steadfastness and perseverance that satan will
assail.  A Christian does not scare satan, however, a Christian who is
steadfast and perseveres no matter what life throws his way is the enemy’s
worst nightmare!  I hear every day from people who tell me they have
followed the exploits of Liverpayer over these many years and have been
encouraged by the fact no matter what challenges come our way we keep
pressing forward, faithfully serving the Lord and trusting Him each step of
the way, and then see the incredible fruit from that steadfastness and
perseverance.  I try my best daily to set an example for you that Jesus has
already won the victory, our responsibility is to simply remain true to the
faith!

 In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

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