We are a supernatural people, born again by a supernatural birth, kept by a supernatural
power, sustained on supernatural food, taught by a supernatural Teacher from a
supernatural Book (and empowered with the supernatural gifts of the
Spirit in bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. (Hudson Taylor)
There are certain verses in the Bible that can be very discouraging when we read them. For example: Matthew 5:44; James 1:2; Another example is found in Luke 23:27-31 when Jesus said to the broken hearted women who followed him to the hill where He was crucified, “ A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.29 For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30 People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’ 31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry? Jesus was the fact that if wicked people will do these kinds of injustices in the beginning of the end of time then they will do worse things as the end of the ages.
That verse alarmed me because things were difficult enough without persecution. Could I encounter the kind of treatment that Jesus faced to the point of giving my life as a sacrifice and retain my salvation? I didn't like to think about those things but as I read the scriptures I was forced to do so. One day while thinking about the words of Jesus from these passages the Holy Spirit gave me two inspired thoughts which has helped me face the unintended consequences of studying the Scriptures. The first through: if the Spirit of God moved in such a way in the early days of the church and evangelized the known world of the day how much more will He move in the DRY TREE as the end of the ages approach. Joel 2:28 says, “In the last days I will pour out my Holy Spirit on all flesh ….” The church was born on the Day of Pentecost in the midst of great hardship and persecution but it prevailed. Jesus, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, assured me that God would never allow the forces of spiritual wickedness to invade the domain of mankind without encountering such with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit bringing love, light and truth to all who will receive.
The second thought: For every commandment the Lord has asked us to keep and every challenge that He said we would face in life; God has promised to empower us to keep and power to endure.