We can take nice consolation in figuring out that the Holy Scriptures are completely true, the guarantees He makes to us, He will maintain
By Rob Pue, Publisher – Wisconsin Christian News
(TCP News) After working in full time ministry for the previous 22 years, I’m nonetheless amazed on the impression this work has had on so many individuals, and at how God has expanded this mission from what I had initially envisioned in methods I by no means imagined could be attainable. Our printed newspaper, Wisconsin Christian News, is now distributed not simply right here in Wisconsin, however nationally and even internationally.
Several years in the past, the founding father of the VCY America radio community invited me to do a twice-weekly radio commentary, and that program now airs coast-to-coast each Tuesday and Saturday afternoon . In 2019, I started doing an web TV program as soon as every week, the place I interview well-known Christian leaders from all over the world. This program can also be out there world-wide on the web.
All of this started greater than 20 years in the past, working from a plastic folding desk in my front room. Following the decision the Lord positioned on my life, and being obedient to His main, He has grown the work past something I ever anticipated. We have actually gone from reaching a whole bunch of individuals with God’s Word and reality to reaching tens of millions, world-wide now.
When God referred to as me to begin our Christian newspaper for Wisconsin, I thought there could be an incredible quantity of enthusiasm for it — from the church buildings, from Christian bookstores, from Christian radio stations and Christian-owned companies. So I stepped out in religion, bought my worthwhile enterprise and started Wisconsin Christian News with a variety of religion — religion a lot bigger than a “mustard seed!” In reality, religion so nice that most individuals thought I was loopy. That religion was rapidly examined.
There was no help for our work from any Christian organizations wherever. Churches would don’t have anything to do with us. I was instructed by an area Christian radio station that they might not help us as a result of they thought of us “competing media.” I used to be instructed by Christian bookstores that they may not enable the newspaper to be distributed there, as a result of their shops had no area for something that was given away without cost. They couldn’t “waste” invaluable area of their retailer for something they weren’t earning money on.
So it’s been an extended, troublesome journey and it continues to be troublesome in some ways. I was a lot youthful after we started, elevating a household with young children. We lived in the future at a time, by religion, and we really didn’t know the way we have been going to make it from in the future to the following. There have been many evenings once I sat down with my household on the dinner desk, with only some meager morsels to eat and every meal was our “last meal,” as a result of we had no revenue in any respect, so I had no thought the place the cash would come from for an additional one. That’s a variety of strain on a younger father with three young children and a spouse to offer for. But God offered, in the future at a time, as my religion was put by some severe testing.
We nonetheless dwell by religion, on daily basis. It’s solely by the grace of God that we’ve been capable of proceed. When we started, there have been about 120 Christian newspapers in North America. Today we’re one in every of solely a few dozen or so left — and even fewer are precise printed newspapers; most are “online only.” But God has blessed this ministry. While so many others have given up, we now have persevered, by the hardest of instances, and immediately, not solely are we nonetheless right here, however we are actually reaching extra individuals than ever earlier than — as I mentioned, actually world-wide.
One lesson I’ve discovered through the years, and which was just lately very effectively acknowledged by an exquisite ministry buddy is that this: “God doesn’t expect you to feed the 5,000, but He does expect you to show up with the five loaves and the two fish!” He’ll do the remainder. As lengthy as we’re obedient to His calling, irrespective of how inconceivable the duty earlier than of us could seem — so long as we’re prepared to step out in religion and observe the main of the Holy Spirit, He will do the heavy lifting for us. Knowing that if God is for us, none can stand towards us ought to alleviate a variety of the pointless stress and nervousness we undergo in our Christian stroll. But I do know from expertise, “not worrying” is usually simpler mentioned than achieved. I have nice religion in God, however my “flesh” is usually weak, inflicting me to fret and fret and surprise in regards to the many challenges and obstacles that encounter me on daily basis.
Jesus mentioned, “do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Now, I know I needn’t fear, however oftentimes I nonetheless do. I know that God can meet my each want if He needs to; however I additionally know that there are numerous instances I must undergo and wrestle by issues earlier than I can see His mighty hand in all the things. Hardship retains us humble, and helps us perceive and recognize that all the things we’re blessed with comes from Him. Paul instructed the Corinthians that thrice he pleaded with the Lord relating to his “thorn in the flesh,” however nonetheless the “thorn” remained, and Paul defined that he discovered to rejoice in it, as a result of it served to maintain him humble and to depend on God. Paul needed God to take away the thorn, however God mentioned, “My grace is sufficient for you; My power is made perfect in weakness.” And so it’s, for all of us.
I’ve shared a few of my story with you as a result of all of us want to know, the Christian life will not be one in every of ease, consolation and luxurious. Simply as a result of we now have religion and are obedient to our Lord, that doesn’t imply we is not going to have bother on this world. This world is stuffed with bother. Jesus warned His disciples of all of the struggling they might endure for His names’ sake. In John 16, He mentioned, “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor Me.” Later, He added, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” We should overcome the world as effectively.
We can take nice consolation in figuring out that the Holy Scriptures are completely true, and the God we serve is identical yesterday, immediately and eternally. The guarantees He makes to us, He will maintain. But once more: on this world, we WILL have tribulation, and it’s not at all times simple to be joyful. There are many nice servants of God in Scripture that have been very unhappy and sorrowful. Jeremiah was referred to as “the weeping prophet” as a result of the individuals wouldn’t take heed to his warnings from God. Jesus was sorrowful for the misplaced and perishing, and for many who liked darkness relatively than gentle. We can have nice religion, and we are able to completely know that our Father in heaven will work all issues collectively for good for many who love Him and are referred to as in keeping with His function. Yet we are able to nonetheless be unhappy, anxious and depressed.
Because our ministry is now so far-reaching, many individuals know me from all around the world, and infrequently instances I’m contacted by those that are very troubled, coping with some very robust points of their lives. They contact me searching for solutions and searching for counsel and prayer. I’m honored that they might come to me and I’m at all times blessed to assist once I’m ready.
In current years, as we’ve watched the world develop so darkish and so demonic, I’m getting an increasing number of such calls. So many individuals on this world — even, and possibly particularly, Christians — are coping with some very, very laborious issues. Troubled marriages, wayward youngsters, damaged households, severe sickness and at all times non secular warfare. And as we see the New World Order come into being now, with America so wounded, being destroyed by our enemies — each overseas and particularly home — individuals are frightened of what the long run would possibly maintain — for themselves, their youngsters and grandchildren. The world and all we’ve grown up with and recognized our complete lives has all of a sudden been flipped the wrong way up.
The evil ones are inspired to run wild and free — absolute lawlessness abounds, whereas God’s individuals are particularly focused for intense persecution. It’s clear now that the “Great Reset” they’ve deliberate for the world will not be going to be good for Christians. It’s additionally very clear that we now dwell in a rustic that now not is aware of God nor fears Him. Instead, the individuals mock Him and conspire towards His individuals. And whether or not we prefer it or not, many — myself included — see no method to cease the communist takeover of America and the world.
Those who contact me are frightened. And after greater than a 12 months of ever-increasing measures by the federal government to make sure obedience and blind compliance with nearly any orders handed down by the Almighty State, those that contact me are affected by not solely concern and nervousness, however despair, nice disappointment and intense loneliness. Of course, they stay up for our Savior’s second coming, when He will set all the things proper once more. But within the meantime, so many are struggling emotionally, spiritually, mentally and bodily.
They lengthy for the times earlier than all of the nonsense started. But it started way back, and got here so progressively that nobody appeared to note or care. Until now. Now, it’s hitting dwelling, however now, I’m afraid, it’s too late to cease. I used to be one who did my utmost to sound the warning to God’s individuals, for over twenty years. Many heeded my warnings, and the warnings of so many others, and have ready for this. But for essentially the most half, the trendy American Church couldn’t have cared much less. Indeed, even with clear proof of utmost evil reigning in our land, many so-called “Christian churches” and church leaders are persevering with on as they at all times have, not realizing that they’re wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and bare.
Some, that declare to be “Christian churches” are even serving to the satan and his demons as they advocate for sodomy, abortion, all method of sexual perversion, whereas eagerly complying with an evil authorities that shutters true homes of worship, muzzles the citizenry with masks that do nothing in any respect however implement submission and perpetuate concern, mandates experimental drug injections and forces individuals to obey “Caesar” or face harsh punishments. The trendy American Church is complicit in all this, and it has been weighed within the steadiness, and located wanting. The one establishment in our land that might have prevented all this evil by merely being obedient to God and His Word, selected as a substitute to bow to the false gods of “easy believism,” “convenience,” and “entertainment.”
Most of those professing Christian leaders are nonetheless blind, nonetheless deceiving their individuals by refusing to evangelise the entire counsel of God and so they lack the braveness to face up towards the tyranny and oppression of the satan. They’d relatively stay deaf and dumb, and so they’d relatively their individuals stay that means too. “Business as usual” because the world burns.
Those who really do have the Holy Spirit inside them can clearly see that what Jesus mentioned was true as they research and meditate on His phrases from Matthew 16: “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
As they saying goes, “everyone wants to follow Jesus, until they find out where He’s going.” When our Lord was arrested and crucified by the federal government and spiritual leaders, all however one in every of His disciples deserted Him — they fled in concern. Those 11 all later suffered horrendous deaths as martyrs, all besides John, who remained by His facet by all of it — however even John was boiled in oil and later exiled to the island of Patmos. Not precisely “Your Best Life Now,” is it?
No, associates, the Christian life on this world is difficult. We’re not immune from the tribulations of this world. Like the hundreds of devoted followers of God earlier than us, we are going to proceed to wrestle on this world. It’s alright to take care of instances of disappointment, despair, loneliness and even despair. But when these instances come, acknowledge them for what they’re: non secular assaults from the enemy. The key’s to face robust in our religion, it doesn’t matter what. And we have to perceive this now, greater than ever, as a result of issues are solely going to worsen for many who really observe Christ. Remember the phrases of Revelation 12: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
This world will not be our dwelling and we solely get one life right here during which to show our religion, win souls and oppose the enemy. Always know that God is with us — certainly His Holy Spirit is even inside us — if we’re really His. And He can and can “do exceedingly more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” So concern not.
Let us use these lifetimes correctly, and thru all of it, at all times bear in mind what Paul instructed the Corinthians: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” I pray that you’ve that peace that passes all understanding immediately.
© 2021 Rob Pue
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About Rob Pue
Rob is an ordained minister and the founder and writer of Wisconsin Christian News, a nationwide Christian newspaper based mostly in Wisconsin. He writes a month-to-month commentary for WCN, and can be heard twice weekly, (Tuesdays and Saturdays) nationwide on the VCY America Radio Network, (in addition to a number of different impartial stations), together with his “From the Editor’s Desk” commentaries. Rob’s messages supply distinctive educating and insights from God’s Word, coping with crucial problems with our day. In addition, Rob hosts the weekly web TV program, “WCN-TV,” each Wednesday at 2 pm Central time, which could be discovered at WCNTV.web. He can also be out there for talking engagements for conferences and particular occasions. View his web site at: WisconsinChristianNews.com