lest we give up

I believe in the Word of God. I have reason, beyond doubt that God is not a man that H should lie. I have known Him long enough to doubt His promises. So, when He says that He will surely bring to completion whatever good work He started in your life, He means just that; and mind you, there isn’t room for doubt around that. Oh yes. So be ye confident about it as Philippians 1:6 states.
Definitely, there comes that moment in our lives (this happens to us all) when we feel as though the salvation (which He began in our lives) hardly seems to work out, let alone making sense. The time when on looking around, brethren are deep into worship, prayer, studying the Word. And for them, it ends not at that, you see them even sharing their revelations and lessons on various platforms – exempli gratia, meetings and social media et cetera. It might feel like they have different tactics or secrets that keep them closer to God or rather in line with His ways. And these, combined with other stuff, might in the long run, make someone surmise that salvation has flunked for them and the entire journey is too onerous. Thoughts like, ‘I sin all the time’, ‘my past is always calling me’ or ‘this salvation seems to be only for them’, abruptly take over our thinking. Suddenly, we feel like we must give up the walk of faith.
However, Paul the Apostle reminds us about a central tenet of our faith. He asserts in Philippians 2:12-13, “wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure….” Whereas this seems to be a contradiction, it actually is not anything close to that. The principle stands, that it is in ‘our working out’ that God works in us. This too, is congruous to us. The demand is that we should work out this gift (salvation) a great deal of honor and reverence to God as though someone would snatch it from us. Then, in the process of us ‘working out our salvation’, God shall work in us as well. The journey is a walk that demands a lot of tutelage. That’s why towards this, Jesus Himself postulates, “watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation,” in Matthew 26:41.
I suppose most, if not all of us made resolutions this year of making their relationship with God good. But the fact remains, closeness with God is not a matter of resolutions. The principle of the kingdom is consistence and resilience. It demands trying it again, and having that personal determination of ‘even if He seems so far and all seems to be flanking, I will still do it again.’ The idea is, yes, we might fall again and again; we might have all sorts of feelings about the entirety of salvation, but it remains true. It was attested by men that saw Christ himself (1 John 1:1). Try it again – read that bible, make time for prayer, engage in fellowship, and serve the Lord. Do not wait for tomorrow. Do it now. I Pray that God helps you (and us all) in this journey. Temptations are sure to come. Truth be said, the enemy is at work and never gets satisfied unless a believer falls. Our savior overcame the world. So, we are to be of good cheer.
And finally, the will of God is that we all attain the fullness of salvation. “For the grace of God has appeared that gives salvation to all people. It teaches us to say NO to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:11-12). We do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every aspect was tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). God bless you and keep you in this journey.

Naomi Yator

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