Exhortations

Stay Strong

Stay Strong and in Spirit.

There are so many deceitful temptations coming from the evil ones combined with their lying acts in the world we live in, and we can avoid one, two, three… and so on, but the struggle to avoid it seems a never-ending challenge to our faith. This wickedness will not stop until we submit to their purpose of getting as many as they can before their judgment day comes. The more people are deceived, the longer the delay of their judgment. These evils won’t stop victimizing and overcoming the saved people of God through their deceitful acts.

Fear weakens our strength to overcome challenges. When in distress, we can call on the LORD, who will free us from fear. God gave us a spirit, not of fear but power, Love, and self-control. We need to control our feelings of fear, or it will eat us and make us submit to temptation.

God said He wants His children to be with Him. The only way is to be strong, as the Gospel of Mark said (12:30): “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind and with all your strength.”  Prayer is one of the strengths that we use in times of need. We need to pray and thank God because the knowledge of prayer He gave us to communicate with Him is so powerful that it reaches the throne of righteousness in heaven. We communicate with God through prayers; He hears us and will never ignore our requests.

When we ask, believe, and we shall have it in his time and His ways.

Paul advised us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9

To be vital means we need to focus so we can fight harder and intelligently to defeat the challenges we face every day. Our faith and our hope are mainly involved. Ignorance and lack of knowledge are weaknesses and should not be allowed in any room in our kingdom. Whether natural or spiritual, our awareness is a significant factor in determining what we are fighting for and who we are against.

If it is a spiritual battle, faith primarily will be measured, but we will not allow it so we can keep it and not be taken away in our kingdom. The power of healing, the prosperity we gain, enjoyment of peaceful living through peace of mind, free from any emotions that only show lesser strength, our Love and contentment must not be shaken, and our body is justified and sanctified by faith through the Body of Christ.

We must be firm with our marriage and adequately bring the children the knowledge about God and proper parenting to Christian Living. We should not be afraid to fight a good fight of faith. The LORD is our stronghold, and no evil work will succeed to defeat us, and no wicked spirit can devour our flesh because we already submitted it to the LORD who owns it, and when they continue to attack us, they will indeed stumble, and they knew it.

We should not fear anymore because our strength comes from the LORD, and we must be confident about it. Therefore, let our hearts fear no more, and our minds follow the dictate of our heart, which comes from the LORD.

Joshua said that we have to be courageous and not be frightened or dismayed wherever we are because he is with us whether it is day or night—1:9. God will never leave nor forsake us, so we have to be bold and strong, confident and fearless for we have the LORD upon us, within us, and in us. As the scriptures say, if the LORD is in you, no one can be against you, which is a promise.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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