Facing Discouraging Times
Christian, Do not be discouraged by worldly events, rather, encourage one another in Christ. Be those holy ones of God who bring God’s love to a fallen world. Have you so soon forgotten who you were before you were washed and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb? Stop looking down on those who remain slaves to their base appetites and look up to the only One who can do them any eternal good.
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV)
A most powerful and effective threat to a ruined world is for Christians to behave as Christians.
To this end a good and timely read for Christians who look at discouraging world events and despair so easily is “Foundations of God’s City: Christians in a Crumbling Culture” by James Montgomery Boice. ISB: 0-8308-2225-9
“Deeply biblical in its argument, thoroughly conversant with contemporary culture and practically informed by personal involvement in urban ministry, this is a book for the hour. It awakens Christians to their identity within society and to their eternal destiny, instructing them in the one right thing to do: “Be God’s people in the midst of this world’s culture.” – Amazon
The apostle Paul wrote of the apostolic calling and ministry; “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus ‘sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-12 ESV)