Never grow weary, there is hope…

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. ~ 2 Thessalonians 1-5

Jesus was tempted, Jesus grew weary…but His love for us was greater still. He followed the will of His Father, He made the choice for love and salvation for man. He did the hardest thing…He made the greatest sacrifice. He sacrificed himself while men sinned and forsook Him. He walked the road to the cross for the worst of us. He asks us only to follow Him. Sure, that’s not really an ‘only’—it’s a journey wrought with struggles, fears, and daily choices to stay on the path. Pray for faith for ourselves and intercede for others. He is faithful. 

Never grow weary. I have fought battles with Satan and weeped on my knees for myself and for others. I have watched loved ones fall. I have watched loved ones stand back up again. We will fall on this journey. It’s inevitable. We will grow weary. The key is how we get back up. The key is not staying down when we stumble or fall.

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. ~ 2 Thessalonians 13-16

When others fall, we need to keep encouraging them to come back to God. Rebuke. Admonish. Let them know that we understand the pull of the pleasures of the world. Sin is like wine. It sparkles, it entices, it deceives. In the end, it poisons.

Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” ~Proverbs 23:31-35

Never grow weary. There will always be battles with sin. It’s never easy for those who love the souls of men to watch any human suffering. Yet, it is an unimaginable grief to see our loved ones suffer and feel helpless to change the circumstances. Pray. Pray fervently. God is listening. He answers our prayers.

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. ~James 5:13-19

We may not see the results we want, but God is our comfort. He is our comfort when men refuse to follow Him. He is our comfort when marriages fail, when children’s hearts are wounded by selfish parents, when spouses are left feeling broken, when souls are lingering near the pit of Hell. There is always hope. Hope for struggling souls, hope for broken marriages, hope for souls binding themselves to Satan. While there is breath of life, there is hope for glory. There is hope that hearts will turn to God. There is hope that a broken life will be beautiful again. Pray. Pray fervently.

For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant. ~Job 14:7-9

If there is hope that a dead stump of a tree will bud out and bloom, there is hope that a struggling soul will be find its way. At the scent of water, it will grow. It may be dead for a time, it may look dead, there may seem to be nothing growing. Yet, like a seed, like a broken stump, it can grow. We can plant and we can water, but God gives the increase. Pray. Pray fervently. Satan may win battles for souls, but God has the ultimate victory. He won’t force the victory on us. It is ours for the taking. His grace is greater than our sin. His grace covers our failings. His grace can make us whole again. We must choose His way.

The pleasures of sin are fleeting. The Way offers eternal life. There is nothing this world can offer that can replace the beauty of the peace of God. I’ve tasted both the pleasures of sin and the pleasure of a life dedicated to God. There is peace in righteous living. There is comfort in the family of God. There is love, so much love. It can envelop us, if only we open our hearts.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. ~Hebrews 11: 23-27

Pray. Be diligent. Be vigilant. Satan is truly seeking souls and many choose his path. They will not see the thorns, the darkness, the doom. They soak up the worldly pleasures. They forget what they once knew. God’s path is one of safety. It is the way to life eternal. He removes the thorns, His light shines in the darkness, His saving grace replaces the doom with glory.

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