God help us, that we don't simply pray for You to show us where to run away to in the face of adversity but rather how to stand.
Faith in the Almighty releases the heavy heart into the higher elevations of Divine Truth and Love where man is undone and made anew in our heavenly Father's transcendent and transforming Glory. Jesus The Christ!
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
The secular does not determine the relevance of God's Sacred Word. When we as the church look to the world to determine the relevance of scripture and we dismiss the priority of sound doctrine in pursuit of what we believe works for us, we subscribe to a gospel of preference and convenience rather than to that which brings personal and corporate transformation into the likeness of Christ.
When reading the scriptures it is abundantly clear that God is not concerned with winning favorable online reviews and ratings and it is just as clear that the church's greatest concern is not producing winning style points.
There is a distinction between the Sacred and the Secular. The first transforms the latter and is not molded into its likeness.
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
1 Thessalonians 2:13
13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
What doesn't defeat us becomes fertilizer for personal growth. We choose whether we live in defeat or allow our heavenly father to grow us.
2 Corinthians 4:7-11
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
Fear-mongering is a powerful and destructive force that preys upon those who make themselves susceptible to it by locking into a crushing embrace with a lesser faith and with cunning distortions of scriptural truth and authority. No matter how many variations of a lie that may be told in an effort to destroy personal faith, no matter how clever, audacious, or entertaining, they have no life and they have no power over a child of God. May those redeemed through the shed blood of Christ refuse to give Satan's lies, viability and certainly never the ability to reproduce among and infect others. In Christ's name, may we not be complicit in the propagation of those things which foster faithlessness, fear, and defeat.
Christ within, is always Greater and He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. Nothing more is needed.
May Christ's church be so saturated with the Holy Spirit that Satan's lies are smothered under the anointing of Truth that resides in Christ. In Christ we win! John 14:6