As we continue experience going issues with COVID19 and watch it devastate economies, communities, families and faith. How are we (Christians) preparing for the harder times prophesied by Jesus and the Apostle Paul (Matthew 24: 7 – 14; 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 5;)
Our faith is being challenged in so many ways – for example direct action by the state has limited the activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia – follow the link JW-Russia.org. This is an example of the direct fulfilment of Jesus words at Matthew 24: 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name.“
So how do we build our faith and resilience to face these difficult times?
Keep On the Watch!
Jesus explained that those who saw and understood the sign of his would Matthew 24: 42 “Keep on the watch, therefore, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”
We should expect these things because as verse 8 informs us: “All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.“
So we begin by recognizing that we live in challenging times, that the evidence points to Christ’s presence in Kingdom Power and God’s Kingdom has started to rule amidst its enemies.
Three parts to preparation
- John 17: 3 – Get to know Jehovah God and his Son Jesus – personally.
- Romans 6: 12, Accept the value of Christs Sacrifice because through it we are being saved. Note the verse: “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned“
- 1 Peter 3: 21 for those who accept the ransom that has been paid we dedicate our lives to God and get baptized. Note the verse: “Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Never hide your faith
As a young person the hardest lesson to learn was that everyone knew I was different for a reason and they expected me to live up to that. Something I really struggled to do. However, one point that became apparent the less I tried to hide my faith the easier it became to live up to it.
Many years on and it is a privilege to be known for being a person not only with a faith in god but a person “of faith”.
Here is why – 1 John 5: 3 “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,” and verse 4 provides this assurance “because everyone who has been born from God conquers the world. And this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.“
Keeping Gods commandments now means that when our faith is tested we prove that Hebrews 10: 39 is true in our case: “Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.”
SO we prepare now for difficult times ahead and those we experience today so that we know that it will be said we did “JUST SO!” and that we have “CONQUERED THE WORLD”
Need to build that strong faith – start by regular bible reading download a schedule, need a bible in your language then look at the New World Translation and the range of languages it is available in. Download a free copy.
Need assistance then free online lessons because without knowledge of God – Jehovah and his Son Jesus Christ we have no hope for salvation and preparing for an uncertain future is like staring into the abyss.
Do not rely on humans, governments or science, turn to the only source of truth the Bible and let it set you free.