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ESOCS Devotional 31 October 2021: Nothing Should Discourage Us

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ESOCS Devotional 31 October 2021

TEXT: ACTS 8:4-25

MEMORY VERSE: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35 KJV).

Paul asked an important question, which should help examine ourselves truly in order to see from our innermost heart, sincerity in our relationship with God. Do we relate with Him only when things are good and favourable to us? Do we turn away from Him when we face trial, temptation, or affliction? In midst of severe difficulties, what kind of heart and mind do we have towards Him? Have we actually groomed ourselves to grow in the Christian race to the extent that, like Paul and the other triumphant saints we can confidently say that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?” (v 39).

The apostles and other disciples of Christ did not allow the persecution they suffered, hardship, imprisonment, torture, and many other inhuman treatments they experienced to make them turn away from the Lord and return to the world. Rather, they persevered in the work of the gospel, and were steadfast, committed, and carried on with crusading zeal. The more they suffered, the more dedicated they were, and faithful.

We are called as Christians to imitate them in our life. Life is filled with worrisome moments that could make a person wonder about the essence of human existence at all. But the truth is that God knows it all. He is working to repair the world. All we have to do is to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:3). Nothing else should ever cross our mind.

  • Remain strong willed in enduring the trials and temptation.
  • Lord, I need your grace to remain steadfast, so as to come out victorious.
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FURTHER READING: Judges 18:1-31; Haggai 2:1-23; Matthew 22:15-33

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ESOCS Devotional 31 October 2021

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