We are in the days and times when so many voices speak to us. We hear many voices and words; speak to us at one time or the other.
“I am with you.” Jesus promised that His presence and authority would be with all believers who go forth to “teach all nations.”
It is quite clear that indeed power has changed from the hand of the lanky, foxy and taciturn one to the hand of a very artful dodger who actually prepared for a strategic state capture.
WE must be careful never to conclude that God is bound to furnish material prosperity to everyone who follows these conditions. Such general principles do not absolutely guarantee prosperity, because they are subject to God’s higher choices for each of us and sometimes God allows us to undergo suffering and adversity.
From the Bible days, great men of God found themselves in some sort of confusions, needing to hear from God.
There are two powerful pictures of soul-winning in the New Testament. One is of a “fisherman,” the other is of a “shepherd.”
Isaiah had been serving the Lord and ministering to people before he was considered to be given a new commission with a wider scope. Before he could be given the new assignment, there was a revelation of the presence of the Lord to him.
The fear of the Lord causes us to discipline and restrain our tongues so that we are careful about what we say and how much we speak (Prov. 10:19; Eccl 5:2, 6-7; Matt 12:36).
Surely the above circumstances were providentially arranged. So the Christian should ask, when attempting to discover God’s will, is the Lord showing me something through my circumstances?
Given that power, the believer must then accept that responsibility in salvation and remain in Christ. The Greek word “meno” means to remain, continue, abide or live.
Trouble is a normal phenomenon in Christianity. Nobody can rule out troubles and persecution in Christian faith. In fact, there are reasons for such persecutions. But Christians are not patient enough to see the end result of persecution.