Dear IFCA Family,
Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus and welcome to 2021. Just when you thought the craziness of 2020 was behind us, we find our future again being rocked with uncertainty. We are now facing new strands of Covid-19. If that isn’t bad enough, what will the effects of the continued restrictions play on our world’s economy? Finally, there’s the fears and questions surrounding the foundation of our own government.
Now I don’t share these things to frighten or discourage you; I share them in light of what the apostle Paul shared with Timothy regarding the difficulties and fears he himself was facing, “. . . 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.”
Again, I don’t know if you realize this or not, but Paul is now writing to his Son in the faith to encourage him about enduring the hardships associated with both life and ministry. He’s been beaten, he’s been stoned, he’s been shipwrecked and even now as he writes, he’s a prisoner of Rome. By all accounts, there is nothing about this world that he’s able to tell Timothy he can count on. But then suddenly his focus changes. Now his focus turns from what is temporal and fleeting to that which is eternal, “For I know whom I have believed . . . and I am persuaded . . . that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Well let me encourage you, no matter what you find yourself facing on any particular day, the uncertainties, the fears, the persecution and/or hardships of life, it doesn’t matter; there’s one thing you must never forget – you are God’s child. This and this alone is the eternal assurance that will sustain and keep you no matter what you are facing.
In His Service, Bro. Rick George
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