Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Billy Graham once said, “Too many Christian churches, television and radio programs have been geared to please, to entertain and to gain the favor of this world… (but) within the New Testament there is no indication that Christians should be healthy, wealthy and always successful in this present age.”
Every time I preach at church or look into a television camera, I’m reminded that it is my first and foremost responsibility to be faithful and true to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the pure Gospel is not always pleasing. But as Christians, we must never sedate the message. We must please God first! And when we please God, there will be opposition.
As Christians, we’re going to ruffle some feathers at times. This will happen any time you stand for truth. But when people argue against us, we must make sure they’re resistant to our message, not our methods. We have to preach the Word, but do so in love.
Don’t let resistance discourage you from standing on God’s truth. Instead, keep your feet planted firmly in the Gospel, speaking the truth in love and standing for your Savior. When that’s your focus, God will use you to reach others for Christ!
INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GAIN FAVOR IN THE WORLD, YOUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO STAND ON GOD’S SOLID TRUTH!
By Gary Wilkerson
Don’t settle for partial victories just because you are weary, frustrated or
feeling helpless. God never stops at half a victory. The moment you feel so
tired you can’t take one more step is often the moment He is about to give
the greatest victory — when the breakthrough is about to come.
The church is not meant to be composed of masses and crowds who want comfort,
pleasure and everything handed to them on a silver platter. The church is meant
to be like “Gideon’s 300,” warriors who say, “God, I know this is going
to be a fight. I know it is going to be wearisome and will even cause tears to
flow but, God, I’m with You in this battle!”
You may feel that you have prayed the last prayer you’re ever going to be
able to pray about the need that is pressing you. You are exhausted but you
must stay in the fight. Don’t stop praying and don’t give up. Yes, it has
been a long day! Nighttime is coming and inside you are saying, “It’s time
for me to sleep.” But instead God says, “No, no, the fight is just
What has happened to the all-night prayer meetings in churches? What has
happened to people waiting on God? What has happened to people who fast and
pray for a breakthrough?
The church was called into battle. It was not begun just to have good services
and a nice building with lights that go off and on during the music. That’s
not why we’re here! We are here to do battle against the gates of hell
because we have a promise that hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18). We do not
have a promise that it won’t be strenuous or that all we have to do is whisper
and the gates of hell will not prevail. No! There is going to be a battle and
Satan is not going to give up easily — but we have a promise.
It’s going to take a battle! Are you ready to fight?