Chances are if you are reading this you:
-Are thinking about quitting church
-Have thought about quitting church
-Know someone who may be thinking about leaving church
So what do you do? What do you say?
When I was eight years old I heard a sermon that marked the beginning of my life with God. I had been in church prior to this but there comes a point in every church kid’s life where he or she has to decide that they will be a Christian because THEY believe it and not just because their parents do.
This sermon was that moment. It was by the Rev. Robert Bayer and it was called “Resolution to Stand”
He preached about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being cast into the fiery furnace because they refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol. He highlighted how when the heat was up, the pressure was on, and they stood alone the young men made a resolution to stand. They wouldn’t quit. They wouldn’t turn away from God. They knew He would save them. That He would deliver them. They refused to quit. They made a Resolution to Stand.
I encourage you to listen to these words tonight.
-If you feel like you are standing alone right now, make a Resolution to Stand.
-If the heat is on–things aren’t going how you expected them to and you are caught in a whirlwind of problems, make a Resolution to Stand.
-If you are coming up against massive amounts of pressure, make a Resolution to Stand.
“But you don’t understand. I’ve been offended. I’ve been hurt. My unsaved family is against me. My friends are leaving me. I don’t feel God. I’m not even sure I believe this.”
Keep in mind that the Bible says no temptation comes against you that isn’t common to man (I Corinthians 10:13). If you are struggling with something be sure others are as well. I will caps this so if there’s one thing you notice it is this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
And it’s okay to hurt. It’s okay to be confused. It’s okay to need answers. It’s okay if people are against you. It doesn’t feel like it, but things will get better. Time DOES heal all wounds (if not completely as least a bit). Just make a Resolution to Stand.
Don’t give up. If you give up things can’t get better. It is only by hanging on that you will begin to see things change over time. It is only by holding on that you will see God work in your life. But if you walk away from God how can He work in your life? Make a Resolution to Stand.