Exhortations

Stay Strong

Stay Strong and in Spirit.

There are so many deceitful and temptations coming from the evil ones combined with their lying acts in the world we live in and we can avoid one, two, three… and so on, but the struggle to avoid it seems a never-ending challenge to our faith. This wickedness will not stop until we submit to their purpose of getting as many as they can get before their judgment day comes. The more people are deceived, the longer the delay of their judgment.  These evils won’t stop victimizing and overcome the saved people of God by their deceitful acts.

Fear weakens our strength to overcome challenges. When in distress we can call on the LORD and he will set us free from the bondage of fear. For God gave us a spirit, not of fear but power along with love and self-control. We need to control our feelings of fear or it will eat us and submit to temptation.

God said He wants His children to be with Him. The only way is to be strong as in the Gospel of Mark said (12:30): “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind and with all your strength.”  Prayer is one of our strength that we use in time of needs.  We need to pray and thank God because the knowledge of prayer He gave us to communicate with Him is so powerful that it reaches the throne of righteousness in heaven.  We communicate with God through prayers and He hears us and will never ignore our request.

When we ask, just believe and we shall have it in his time, and His ways

Paul advised us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9

To be strong means we need to focus so we can fight harder and intelligently to defeat the challenges we are facing every day of our life. Our faith, our hope is mostly involved. Ignorance and lack of knowledge is a weakness and should not be allowed in any room in our kingdom. Either it’s natural or spiritual, our awareness is a big factor to determine what are we fighting for and who we are up against.

If it is spiritual battle, faith mostly will be measured but we will not allow it, so we can keep and not be taken away in our kingdom.  The power of healing, the prosperity we gain, enjoyment of peaceful living through peace of mind, free from any emotions that only shows lesser strength, our Love and contentment must not be shaken, and our body is justified and sanctified by faith through the Body of Christ.

We have to be strong with our marriage and properly bring the children the knowledge about God, and proper parenting to Christian Living. We should not be afraid to fight a good fight of faith.  The LORD is our stronghold and no evil work will succeed to defeat us and no wicked spirit can devour our flesh because we already submitted it to the LORD who owns it, and when they continue to attack us they will surely stumble and they knew it.

We should not fear anymore because our strength comes from the LORD and we must be confident about it. Let our hearts fear no more and our minds follow the dictate of our heart which comes from the LORD.

Joshua said that we have to be courageous and not be frightened or dismayed wherever we are because he is with us whether it is day or night—1:9.  God will never leave nor forsake us, so we have to be bold and strong, confident and fearless for we have the LORD upon us, within us, and in us. As the scriptures say; if the LORD is in you no one can be against you, and that is a promise.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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