Philippians 1:6 makes it clear why the Lord is so patient with His children with their ups and downs—in sin one moment and repentant in the next, doing God’s will, so the cycle goes for a long period of time, demonstrating God’s gracious patience. Jesus sees the outcome—the end result of the believer—at the beginning of His conversion, being made into the image of Christ Jesus.
We can be confident that the Lord will never leave us and will use us for His glory, no matter the times we are living in. With this promise, we can push forward.
This world has gotten darker. As a believer in Jesus, you need to start getting stronger because we are entering into a new epic—the evil of the last days. Persecution is coming for all genuine believers—don’t be fooled. If someone tells you that a revival is coming, don’t believe it because many false prophets have arisen to deceive as many as possible. The Scriptures warns us that the opposite is coming. We are living in the time of the end—a sign of Jesus’ return being that near.
1 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people! -2 Timothy 3:1-5
People will start to get worse—more wicked. When you have a wicked leader leading a nation, the people will follow suit.
Jehoram also built high places in the hills of Judah, and he caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, and he led Judah astray. -2 Chronicles 21:11
Now is the time to spend, as much as you can, in the Word of God and prayer—to build yourself up in the faith because the evil day will come—knocking at your door—ready or not, you will face it.