By Dr. Shelton Smith
Scriptural Certainties Have Not Eroded
In times of uncertainty, we do have solid ground upon which we have stood in the past and where we may stand right now. Consider these principles from II Timothy.
The gifting of God equips us.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Tim. 1:7)
Partake of the pressure.
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God” (vs. 8).
Saved and secure forever.
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (vs. 12).
Hold tightly to God’s truth.
“Hold fast the form of sound words” (vs. 13).
Endure the tough times.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2:3).
Keep winning people to Christ.
“Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (vs. 10).
Stay on track.
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (3:14).
These Bible passages and hundreds of others like them give us perspective for the dark days. Christians are in a strong position to tackle whatever comes and come out on top when the day is done. We have not faced a lot of this here in our homeland in a long time, but the time has come when we must stand tall.
If you reread the Book of Acts, chapters 4–14, you will get a good view of the things that can happen and how Christians should deal with them.