Your faithfulness does make a difference

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Your faithfulness does make a difference.”
In recent devotionals I’ve been making the case that what our nation needs now more than ever, is for the Church to be the Church. In other words, Christians as individuals and as churches need to focus on the issues and activities that will help to build the kingdom of God on earth. Leading people to faith in Christ and helping them to grow as His disciples is the best and surest way to bring about positive change in our society.
I also made the case that we need to commit ourselves to the hard work of developing long-term solutions rather than being attracted to and seduced by the sugar-high of angry demonstrations, or snarky posts on social media, or other activities that might enthuse those who already agree with us but which actually don’t change anyone’s mind or accomplish much good. Long-term solutions like building healthy churches, helping people grow into mature Christians, establishing and supporting a crisis pregnancy center, or a local rescue mission, or a church-based after-school program for at-risk children, are all hard work, they take time, and they require a big commitment by resilient Christians, but those are the ministry activities that make the most difference in the long run.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 is an important and insightful verse of Scripture which in context, is about the end times, but which also reveals an important truth that applies to our lives right now. Paul was writing about the work of the Holy Spirit in the world and how it is that the presence of the Spirit in the world is the restraining influence on Satan. The Holy Spirit is present in the world, living in the hearts of the followers of Christ, counteracting the evil perpetrated by Satan and his demonic hordes.
However, at the end of time, at the rapture, the saints of God will be removed from the world and the work of the Spirit through them will cease. At that time there will no longer be a restraint on Satan and then there will be nothing to stop him from unleashing the full force of his evil. But until then, it’s the work of the Spirit, through you, and me, and us, which holds Satan in-check, pushing back and overcoming his evil in the world.
When I say that the Church needs to simply be the Church what I mean is that it’s imperative for all of us as individuals and as the church to be faithful and to simply live our lives and perform our ministries day-in and day-out. Our churches need to be strong in our communities; each of us needs to be faithful and true witnesses and servants; and we need to just keep-on keeping-on as we faithfully serve others in the Name of Jesus and declare the Good News of the Gospel at every opportunity.  
Your continued faithfulness is what will make the difference in the long run. The best thing you can do for our nation right now is to continue being the resilient Christian you are.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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