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Friday, October 1, 2021

Enduring Faith

Technology is wonderful! For it provides a vast array of opportunity to proclaim the word of God. The other day, as I was having a FaceTime Word devotion with one of our YouTube followers in Europe we read from the book of Hebrews,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”. Hebrews 12:1-2

Indeed, an important scripture passage that points to the true meaning of endurance. What does it mean to endure? For many, it is the clenched hands, the nose to the grindstone, the bull charge forward like “The Little Train that could” [by Watty Piper, 1930].

“I think I can, I think I can” as the train was chugging up the mountain by all of his will and way. And this is the picture of endurance according to man. We tell ourselves that we must simply push forward as if we are treading through thick mud, trying our best to simply go from point A to point B. Day to day, we live the grind, wincing and grimacing, hoping that this enduring design will eventually provide a light at the end of the tunnel.

Yet, we know the end result. We are tired and weary as we run out of steam. “I think I can” loses its luster as so is the hope for the light at the end of the tunnel. The writer of Hebrews describes the true meaning of endurance.

“Looking to Jesus...who for the joy that was set before him endured the Cross” “let us run with endurance that is set before us”

The enduring faith is one that trusts in the enduring word of Christ and His promise. For, it is our Lord Jesus who endured the Cross that was set before him to be the Savior for you. Our Lord endured in every facet. From the crown of thorns, to the nailed pierced hands, to harassment and ridicule, our Lord stayed the course. The course that was not filled with the words “I think I can”, “I think I can” but rather “Thy will be done”, “It is finished!” Therefore by His enduring faith, our Lord accounts for you by His work upon the Cross and Empty Tomb. In His victory over sin, death and the power of the devil, our Lord overcame the world and has given you the gracious remedy of His body and blood shed for the forgiveness of your sins.

And thus we proceed with enduring faith. No longer it is “I” that endures but rather it is Christ who endured, won, and delivered His gracious gift of salvation for you. This is your hope and true light as you endure in His name.

“if we endure we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us If we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself” 2Tm2:13

Your enduring faith is Christ who remains faithful. Even in the greatest struggle and suffering where we fail and fall short, I was reminded of the Name to which keeps us. The gentlemen in the FaceTime Word devotion said, “I am baptized into Christ and the victory has been won. And this victory is for me.” What great enduring words of faith!

And so it is for you. Even in the heaviest times, where it seems we are tunneled with terror and despair, take heart! For the light of Christ is not only at the end of the tunnel, but is with you always until the end of the age [Mt28:20].

Have a blessed October,
✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://flc.ms/files/pdf/2021/2021-10-Newsletter.pdf

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Armored

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” Ephesians 6:10

As St Paul closes his letter to the Ephesians, he instructs them on how to proceed. The Christian life is a victorious and triumphal joy as we rest in the gracious work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The old has gone, the new has come and thus as His children we rejoice in the blood of Lamb that was slain for us. Yet as we wait for the “not yet” [The Lord’s final return] the devil never stops scheming. His attack manual is a chockfull of strategies: a “how to” guide on tempting and turning us from God and His Word. Sometimes his attack is subtle while in other instances, more overt. For the Ephesians, the schemes of the evil foe were alive and well. From false teaching [Eph4:14], to falsehood [Eph4:25] and returning to their former life [Eph5], the temptations were surrounded the Ephesians as they too were living in the now and waiting for the not yet. And so it is with us. Therefore we must “be sober-minded. For your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” [1pt5:8].

But remember, your strength and might is not rooted in your human will and reason. Rather, it is Christ who has already been given you the strength in His mighty promises. In faith, we rest in the death and resurrection of our Lord where there our strength is. In faith, we cling to the gifts given through the Water and Word where there our might is given as God puts on you the garment of grace in Holy Baptism. In faith, we feed upon the very body and blood our Lord where there we are strong in His promise-filled words, “given and shed for the forgiveness of your sins”.

You may think that you must win this battle over the spiritual forces of darkness. Yet we know, this is something we cannot do but rather what needs to be done for us. And though the schemes of devil are plentiful, God is greater for He is the Lord of the Resurrection. Yes you will continue to face challenges, conflicts and sufferings. Yet even then, our Lord points you to the suffering of Christ upon the Cross who is your true comfort and care-the eternal remedy and armor for your soul.

In these gray latter days, it seems there is much to fear in this world. Yet remember, we do not proceed alone. Thanks be to God for His gracious care as He has given you the divine armor that not only withstands but also triumphs over sin, death and the devil. I pray that the Lord may grant you His peace as you live in Christ and the invincible armor that He has graciously bestowed upon you in His body and blood for the forgiveness of your sins.

Have a blessed September.

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2021/2021-09-Newsletter.pdf


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