Acts 14: 21-22- They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
How does God lead lead you into a place where He controls more and more areas of your life? Or in other words, where you accept His control over more and more parts of your life? Where you receive His rule over your finances, relationships, thought life, diet, job, ministry, prayer times and so forth? What does it take for these areas of your life to come under His control to enter the His kingdom? What confronts those things in our lives that resist His kingdom, thoses lesser supports, false securities, and selfish ambitions?
The answer is hardships and tribulations.
This is a hard teaching. Because none of us like to go through hard times. Yet it seems to be the way the Lord chooses to keep our eyes fixed on Him, His kingdom and eternity. I send this to you as an encouragement and I pray that it does strengthen your faith. We know that the troubles we face here are light and momentary compared to the glory in eternity that far outweighs any trouble. My prayer for all of us is that we would have an obsession with our focus on Him. That we would seek His face and grow more and more in love with Him every day. Do this in us Jesus! Amen
Guest post: Heidi F., Recent CRBC member moved to Kansas City, MO to work with Lighthouse Network and IHOP.