North Central District
These Things Will Not Go
Strengthen the things which remain.--Rev. 3:2
Many of the securities which we thought were solid are crumbling in these critical times. But there are eternal things that cannot go and will not go. They are the timeless, everlasting, sustaining values of God. During the first century, when the world was going to pieces, John wrote a message of cheer to the church at Sardis: "Strengthen the things which remain." What are these realities that will not go?
First, God's love. "I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus." No matter what happens, take refuge in the golden pledge that the love of God remains constant as a magnificent stabilizer for courageous living.
Second, the power of prayer. Someone asked Blake, the artist: "What do you do when you lose vision?" He turned to his wife for the answer. "We kneel down and pray," she replied. The mightiest power in the world, which can conquer anything, is the power of prayer.
Third, Jesus Christ. He is "the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." His truth remains; His divinity remains. His deathless message of salvation from Calvary's cross remains; No force on this earth is powerful enough to overthrow Him. Long after the sun has set in the skies forevermore, His Person, His work, and everything for which He stands will remain.
O CHRIST, Thou art from everlasting to everlasting. When all things go, Thou wilt not leave us nor forsake us. We believe in Thee and Thy eternity. Help Thou our unbelief. Amen.
Dr. Rick Lanford
The North Central District of The UMC
735 Pierce Ave., Macon, GA 31204
P.O. Box 18169, Macon, GA 31209
Phone: (478) 254-6023