October 17, 2014
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To Be and Not to Be

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While doing a search on Meet Me in the Meadow files, I came upon this posting from 2010. In light of all that is going on around us, I sensed this was a good time to bring these thoughts to our hearts once again. May you be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord, the Almighty One, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, and your God. -Roy Lessin

Jesus knew that those who believed in Him and obeyed His word would face difficulties. In the book of John, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Followers of Jesus Christ have always faced trials, testing, hardships, and persecutions. When Jesus spoke about the times before His coming He had these things to say about how His people should respond:

BE

  • Be standing firm
  • Be watchful
  • Be peaceful
  • Be prayerful
  • Be sober
  • Be ready

DO NOT BE:

  • Do not be fearful
  • Do not be troubled
  • Do not let your heart be weighed down with cares
  • Do not be spiritually asleep

God wants us to live as people of faith. We are to be people who live amidst fear, yet have peace; who live amidst sorrow, yet have joy; who live amidst trouble, yet have comfort; who live amidst uncertainty, yet have hope.

People of faith are not people who have found a way to avoid uncertainties or escape trouble. They are people who have learned to live in this world, but not be of it; they are people who have learned to face difficulties and overcome them; they are people who have learned to face hardships and walk through them.

People of faith are not people who have put their faith in their faith, but people who have put their faith in the faithfulness of God. God is their shield, their refuge, their high tower, and their defender. Their trust is in God’s character, their confidence is in God’s ways, and their hope is in God’s promises.

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