| Pastor's Corner | Ptr. Gerry Holloway |
We are now in the new year 2017. It will soon no longer be a new year but just another year. However, we can make this year different in many ways by striving to be stronger in our walk with the Lord, and as the Apostle Paul says in this statement, “Continue in the faith.”
Throughout the year before us, our faith will be tested. It happens every year and we can expect it to continue this year. Satan, our great enemy, constantly tries to destroy our faith in God. He will bring problems into our lives to test your faith. There may be tragedies that will occur that will cause us to question God. We may suffer loss. We may encounter illnesses. All of these things will put our faith in God to the test.
It will be important for us to do several things to maintain our strong faith in God. First, remember all the great things God has done for you. He has been good. He has provided for you. He has comforted you in lonely times. All of these past memories will help sustain your faith in Him. Second, faithfully practice your Christian disciplines, such as reading God’s word; praying daily; attending worship service, so you can be around others who have faith in God.
If you do everything you can to maintain your faith in Him, God will do His part by helping you in the weak times. His Holy Spirit will strengthen you when temptations come. His presence will be real just when you need to know He is near. He will remind you of who you are as a child of God. He will bring scriptures to your mind such as, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
On a daily basis, continue in the faith. In first Corinthians 15:58, Paul tells, “My dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Let this verse guide you through the year as you continue in the faith.