“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: (Rev 2:8)
Lord Jesus Christ said that He was dead and came to life. This refers to His death by crucifixion and His resurrection. Christianity is different from all other religions in the world for we serve a risen Lord.
Still I am certain to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Ps 27:13 (BSB)
Sometimes God resolves our problems immediately. Other times God seems silent. When problems arise, we may be confident in God’s help and kneel before Him with a hopeful heart. But when hours, days, and years go by, and there is still no improvement to our situation, we may feel discouraged, afraid, or even angry. These are natural responses to uncertainty and distress, but if we focus on these negative feelings, we may eventually lose hope and doubt God.
In Matthew 11:25-30, the Lord Jesus was compelled by the Holy Spirit to pray to the heavenly Father, revealing how we ought to pray to be heard by God.
“I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matt 11:25-27)
After pursuing God for a period of time, we often seem to reach a bottleneck. We want to draw closer to God, but we still feel stuck after many prayers, as if we cannot break through. Comparatively speaking, we may have attained a higher point in our faith. However, we also perceive that this is nowhere near the end—we know there is a mountain of spiritual maturity awaiting us. What must we do in order to climb this higher mountain and reach a new altitude in our faith?
To erode means to slowly destroy something. Just like bad bacteria in our bodies. It may seem very small at first, and we may not be aware that our body is infected. But slowly, it grows and consumes our good cells. Our bodies that are eroded by infection can be destroyed when left unchecked.