Do You Continue Your Faith?
After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. —Acts 14:21-22
The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith. We are saved through faith and we live by faith. I always told the congregation I pastored not to ever go by your feelings but by faith and that is especially true in the hard times. If your faith cannot make it through adversity, then, it’s probably isn't real faith. the old saying that the faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted is so true. Real faith gets stronger through hardship, not weaker. Real faith will not fall apart under pressure.
In Acts 14, we read that Paul and Barnabas encouraged the believers "to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God" (verse 22).
Notice that Paul and Barnabas encouraged them to continue in the faith, not in the feeling. Emotions come and go. There are times when you feel God's presence, and then there are times when you don't. So, what do you do then? You keep pressing on, because "the just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). Whether we feel God's presence today or we don't, that is okay. We are to press on because this is a walk of faith. Don't worry about emotions. Don't focus on emotions that fluctuate. Remember that God is with you, and one day you will join Him in glory.
When you are a young Christian, you want the blessing. But as you grow, you just want God. That is a mark of maturity. We need to continue in the faith when the skies are blue and when they are filled with clouds. We must press on when our health is good and when it is not what it used to be. Because we know in that final day it will all be worth it. God Bless!