Recently I have been so encouraged by the strength of my fellow Christians. As we have all been traveling down the same road in this trying time, the faithfulness of my brethren has been impressive. But, I don’t want us to let up one ounce. It’s easy to get lost in the maze and it may be time to get back to the start. While some of us are growing spiritually even amid a pandemic, some are really struggling. Some are getting lost and need to get back to the start. We can do this by getting back to the straightforward, foundational, fundamental truths of the Bible. It is there that we will all find strength and unity. It is there we can all begin again
Reality is that during this time is takes minimal effort for us to get down and depressed. We could easily fall away and become unfaithful. If we choose that path, then we will suffer on many fronts. It might be true that our physical health might be in the dumps right now because you are eating cookie cereal for every meal. But we can find plenty of diet and exercise plans on the internet to pull us out of that slump. I’m more concerned about our spiritual health. I’m worried that we might be neglecting studying the Bible the way that we should.
Let’s do a quick assessment…
- Are you reading God’s word every single day?
- Are you taking the time to study a topic or text from the Bible?
- Are you spending time talking with others about what you have been studying?
- Are you tuning in to our online worship and Bible classes that are offered via our YouTube channel? (WATCH THIS)
If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then there is room for improvement in your spiritual life.
I’m not oblivious nor naïve. I know it’s tempting to neglect this part of your life. I know it’s easy to determine that you have other things to do. I mean, no one can know for sure if you are worshiping in your home anymore. No one can tell if you are reading your Bible. No one can determine if you are praying the way you should. Only God knows. You see, that was the benefit of our meeting together every week face to face. I can check on you, and you can check on me. It is now more challenging than ever before to encourage each other to do what is right. We need each other to keep each other accountable. Well, this is me checking on you.
We need to take this time to FORTIFY OUR FAITH. Hebrews 11:1 defines our faith as “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. Faith is a firm conviction, even though we might not have visible evidence. We have to have confident trust in God to have faith in Him because it is the only way we can please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Our faith in Christ is the only way to attain forgiveness and eternal life. Our faith motivates us to trust and obey, for there’s no other way.
The Bible teaches us that the Word of God is designed to produce faith. Romans 10:17 says, “Now faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ”. John writes in John 20:30-31, “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”
Do you see why I’m so adamant about us reading and studying God’s word? I want us to believe and have life. I want us to FORTIFY OUR FAITH, and the only way we are going to do that is if we commit to being immersed in the Scriptures.
When you are finding yourself spiritually in the dumps, pick up your Bible and read and study it so that you will begin to rebuild the faith you once had. Let’s FORTIFY OUR FAITH together! It is more important than anything else. It a matter of life.
I love you,