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Egbunu: Concentrate on God, even in midst of troubles

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Christians have been urged not to allow the suffering and challenges of this present time and therefore shift their focus from God and His promises for now and the future.

The Bishop of Lokoja Anglican Diocese, Most Rev Emmanuel Egbunu, disclosed this in his sermon, while preaching in an online broadcast on the topic: “Facing difficult times with a healthy perspective.” Egbunu, who said there is need for believers to have the right perspective during difficult times, noted that such times often come with lessons that are either helpful or problematic.

He explained that in such times, Christians are expected to remain focused and faithful to Christ, and to follow His example of perseverance through suffering. He urged believers to focus on what God has done through His Son, Jesus Christ and allow it to control their attitude towards suffering and life’s challenges. 

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The finished work of the Cross, the Bishop said, cannot be reversed or terminated in time or eternity. On the contrary, suffering is temporary, and will come to an end with time. He implored believers to persevere to the end, as there is a reward.

He said: “Being born again has a reward, and all these sufferings because of our faith is not for nothing. There is a living hope and an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading, which is already kept in Heaven for God’s children.”

In difficult times, he urged Christians to focus on what God has done in the past, what He is doing in the present and what He will do in the future. The power of God guards all who put their faith in Him.

The cleric stated that trials arise to test the genuineness of one’s faith, and to reveal God’s glory in the life of a genuine believer. He noted that even if trials and tribulations result in death, it is not the end; for Christians have a living hope and an eternal reward that cannot die, because Jesus Who resurrected from the dead has assured them of resurrection after death.

He urged believers to put their investments in Heaven, as that is where their inheritance is. He enjoined all Christians facing tribulations because of their faith not to lose hope, as God is still in control and will divinely reveal Himself to all who diligently seek Him.

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