Strength To Endure
Read Matthew Chapter 13
Mt 13:18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
We mentioned it yesterday – the gulf between God’s people and the people of this world is growing wider all the time. How can we correctly identify the true believer? This parable gives us the answer. The people who belong to the Lord will not fall away. They will remain true to Christ, God, and Their words, no matter what comes their way. They will persevere through all of their trials, persecutions, and temptations. They may have temporary failings, as did King David, but they will not separate themselves from God and His truth.
In our day, many are turning away from the truth about homosexuality and its inherent behaviors. They can falsely believe that God has changed His mind about the unholiness of oral and anal sex between same-sex partners. The true believer might want to believe that, but the Holy Spirit within will not allow it. God’s people will continue to believe, even if they don’t enjoy what they know.
Mt 13:15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
But we should not glory in our position in Christ. You and I are not super-special because we have continued to persevere. We are simply blessed by our Lord. He has opened our eyes and our ears so that we have the ability and strength to believe correctly. He has given us the ability to persevere to the end. We have heard the word and understood it, in regard to homosexuality. Let us continue to cling to that truth, in the face of a world which will increasingly try to shame us into submission to their world view.
We also must give special consideration to our blessings. We so often want to have pity parties because we are burdened with SSA. That is a waste of our energies. We should be extremely grateful that God has called us from among the unbelievers and the deceived. Our thanksgiving expressions toward our Savior should overcome and outweigh any sadness and sorrow we might have over the difficulty of our battles.
Prayer: Thank You for drilling Your truth into our stubborn brains. It is only because of Your love and mercy that we continue to cling to Your word. Do not fail to keep us strong in our thinking about homosexual behaviors. You are faithful. We know that You will continue the work You began in us, all the way to the end.