Maintain Your Faith

I have never made it a secret that I believe we are indeed in the “Last Days,” if you understand what I mean by that. Now along those lines, Peter warns those of us in the Last Days, that Satan won’t approach us quietly and secretly. No, he will use a loud voice in his attempts to make us all worried and afraid. I am sure you have heard the adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Well, his squeaky voice gets your attention. But Peter wrote that when you hear that annoying voice, “Keep a cool head.” Oh really? To expand this, We are expected to “Withstand him (Satan);” How? “be firm in the faith [established, strong, immovable, and determined]. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping!” (I Peter 5:8).

Okay, so here is how I see it. In these Last Days, if that rotten scoundrel is going to show his power to everyone (believer and unbeliever), those of us following the Lord as closely as possible must know our Father’s voice! And that is okay because the Lord isn’t going to sit around while Satan roars his ornery voice at us! As Isaiah proclaimed, “Yahweh will make his majestic voice heard!” (Isaiah 30:30).

I suppose this is nothing new. Ever since our ancestors walked in the Garden the Lord has been attempting to make His voice heard by His man. Moses confirmed this when he wrote that, “In the cool of the evening, the man and his wife heard Yahweh Elohim walking around in the garden” (Genesis 3:8). Well, he heard Him, but Adam responded, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid” (Genesis 3:10). Well, I hope that is no longer the case. When we hear His voice, we don’t need to be afraid.

You see, throughout the Scriptures He has made his voice known to his people. But you are sitting there wondering if He will ever speak to you! Look, in the books of the prophets you will see that it continually reads, “And Yahweh said . . .” This phrase is repeated time after time after time. But here’s the thing, when He spoke, His voice was known and understood.

Oh, you doubt that. Well, Jesus confirmed what I just told you when He used the example of the Good Shepherd:

“Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good — a sheep rustler! However, a good shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gate opens and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.” (John 10:1-5)

Now we just saw that Adam hid from God’s voice, but that was because of the guilt and shame of his sin. And sadly, that is exactly where many supposed “Believers” are today. We are shivering in the corner, hiding, afraid to hear God speak!

But that should not happen. If we want to hear your Father’s voice, we have to be ready to have our souls purged and cleansed. John attempted to comfort us by writing, “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong” (I John 1:9).

Okay, I hope we have that settled. Relying on our Father’s acceptance and His forgiveness is an area many of us stumble. But to get back to what Peter was saying, we are to maintain “a cool head and stay alert,” He told us to “Keep your guard up. You are not the only ones plunged into these hard times.” Oh, I know that sometimes it may feel that we are, but, as Peter points out, “it is the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith.” That is what I am continually encouraging you to do, and it has become all the more important during the final days. Spend as much time as you can in study and fellowship with other disciples — and with your Lord.


(I send out messages like this each morning in emails, and if you are interested in receiving them, send me your email address and I will add you to the list. However, you can also find these messages at: Thought For The Day)

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