We live in a generation that is so infiltrated with evil. Christians in many quarters are being pressured by many factors to give up their Faith. While a few still holding firm to the faith, the vast majority however are like dangling pendulum with the thought that God is silent or absent in their situations and they have either watered down their faith or abandoned it in pursuance of what is insignificant and less worthy just as the scripture rightly predicted that " sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold...." (Matthew 24:12)
A quick reminder and encouragement to all believers worthy of serious consideration and deep reflection in this challenging time is the event Luke recorded in Acts 2. Where the disciples and other believers numbering one hundred and twenty thousand who despite the demoralizing and devastating experience of Christ's death, resurrection, ascension and the subsequent persecution they faced; yet they continued to thrive and stayed on course against all odds. This led to the overwhelming experience of the presence of God in a most spectacular and unused way; "The day of Pentecost" where the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples and other believers who where all gathered in one accord in the upper room waiting upon the Lord. In the midst of this experience that seem like a drama and a gathering of drunkers to on lookers, apostle Peter stood up with the eleven and proclaimed to the crowd that this event was the fulfilment of the prophecy " I will pour out my spirit." (Joel 2:28-29). In Acts 2:17, it reads "And in the last days, God says, " I will pour out my Spirit Upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and Your old men will dream dreams." Peter added that "this event was the beginning of a continual outpouring that would be available to all believers from that point on, Jews and gentiles alike " Acts 2:39 as a result 3000 people gave their lives to Christ and were baptised.
Believers today need an atmosphere where there will be a continual nurturing and sustenance of their faith; where the Holy Spirit continuously empowers one to preach, teach, healed and demonstrate Gods love beyond measures; such that where ever a believer goes or lives, the people's history and lives are positively affected.
Believers must therefore embrace the apostles' mentality of waiting upon the lord against all odds until his divine presence is made manifest in the situations of men for the scripture says ".... the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the good news about the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:13 & 14).
Come join us as we together wait upon Him even in the midst of this present turmoil that we face individually and collectively for His promises of the manifestation of His awesome presence amongst us is sure.
"Make hay while the sun shines"
Rev'd Bitrus A. King, Vicar