Do not lose hope!
January 8, 2021
From Pastor Dennis:
Today, I am writing to encourage you, child of God, “do not lose hope!” There is only one way to do that, and it is to keep the faith delivered to us through the Holy Scriptures. Discard all else, but keep the faith! In Paul’s letters to Timothy – 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NCV) – Paul encouraged Timothy to remember the words spoken over him. Here is what he said: 18)Timothy, my child, I am giving you a command that agrees with the prophecies that were given about you in the past. I tell you this so you can follow them and fight the good fight. 19)Continue to have faith and do what you know is right. Some people have rejected this, and their faith has been shipwrecked.
God has not changed His mind about you! He loves you and what He has done and still doing in your life is real. Agree with Him! His encouragement to us all is to keep trusting in Him with all of our heart and do not lean upon our own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all we say and do and He will direct our pathway in life. The power of darkness is surging in the earth as I write. But, we can fight the good fight and still win the victories that are important to God and to us!
Continue to live life by faith, not sight! Do what you know is right according to the manual on faith, the Bible. There may be many who turn from the way of the Lord in all that is happening in our nation and in our world. But, this will only cause trouble and disaster to come upon those who abandon the principles of faith as presented in the Word of God the Bible. Here is a final word…
Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]. (Hebrews 4:14-16 AMP)
May His Grace, Peace, and Love be upon you…in Jesus’ Name! AMEN
-Pastor Dennis Langford