Sunday Bulletin-26 November 2023
Pastor Brian Chua | Nov 29, 2023
“He who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)
Beloved Saints of God,
It is not good enough to attend church regularly, sing a few songs and listen to godly messages being preached week in and week out. We are called to possess the promises of God. Hebrews 6:12 NIV says, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Although some breakthroughs might take years in coming, we must not give up but persevere. Jesus Himself assures us that our lives can change and when they do, we will be like “salt and light” to transform the world around us through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are many reasons why so many Christians have attained so few of God’s promises found in His Word. One main reason is they are in bondage to a passive spirit. They may have become lukewarm because of disappointments, harboring offenses that caused their hearts to be hardened and lived an undisciplined or sinful life. We must not forget that our source of spiritual life flows from our daily union with Father God in Christ. We cannot bear “FRUIT” on our own. Jesus said that if we ABIDE in Him, then we will bear “MUCH FRUIT” (John 15:5). He tells us to come to Him when we are “weary and heavy-laden” (Matthew 11:28). It is our nearness to God that gives us strength to break deception and see our hearts released to obey, follow and serve Jesus fervently.
We have seen Christians lose their first love for God. When love grows cold, a door is opened in our souls toward darkness, deception and passivity. We become vulnerable to sins of idolatry, covetousness and self-centeredness. Thank God for Jesus promised that “he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). Between now and the end of our lives, we will find and face many obstacles before us. Each battle comes like a thief in the night to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Glory to God Most High! Jesus came that we may have life and life more abundantly! Amen!
When the Word of God takes root in our hearts, His Spirit will inspire us to walk as “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Nothing can substitute for the life we draw uniquely from Jesus. In many ways and in many places God’s Word tells us that if we are to grow in true spiritual maturity, we must learn to OVERCOME. Do not doubt, tremble, or give excuse but remember what Hebrews 11:34 says, “…out of weakness (they) were made strong, became valiant in battle.” Walking in victory means we must take God’s promises at His Word and live by them regardless of the circumstances we are facing. He has called us to fight the fight of faith! Hallelujah! Salvation, glory and power belong to our God “who alone is immortal and who lives in “UNAPPROACHABLE LIGHT” (1 Timothy 6:16 NIV)!”
Shalom in Jesus’ love,
Pastor Brian Chua