In today's passage Jesus is telling His disciples of what's to come to them in their lives, and when it does, to remember His words.
We can be assured His words comforted and encouraged them in times of trouble. Peter gives encouraging words to his fellow believers much in the same way Jesus did in 1 Peter 3:14 "But even if you should suffer for righteous sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled."
Beloved let us be encouraged to seek comfort in the words of Jesus in our trials, troubles and persecutions.
In His Service,
Beloved, it is hard to wait. We are often told to wait and to be patient but being patient is a hard thing to do. We want what we want, and we want it now. So why wait?
We wait because God has a plan. So as a single person we wait for God’s best. In the midst of our many afflictions, we wait for God’s direction and healing. While we endure times of financial stress and fear we wait for His provision and protection.
And as we study Habakkuk, we learn that we must wait by faith, “but the righteous shall live by his faith.” We must learn to trust God and when we do it becomes much easier to wait
Beloved, we begin this short study through the Book of Habakkuk. We should only be here for five studies at most but through them we will learn how we are to maintain our faith in evil times.
Now, the Book of Habakkuk is very contemporary in its application, especially during evil times. And yes, we are living in difficult, troubling, and evil times. We are living in a time when people do not know their identity and are searching for hope in all the wrong places.
Yes, we are living in evil times as 2 Timothy 3:1–5 says, “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
So how do we maintain our faith during evil times? Let’s study the Book of Habakkuk and learn together!
Beloved, the most important types of baptism are discussed in our text this morning and there is much controversy surrounding how this historical narrative should have application to believers today. It should be clear that there is some type of progression in view from - first, the baptism of John the Baptist that, is described as a baptism of repentance, of preparation for faith in Jesus Christ to -second, a baptism by fire.
What does not seem to be in view here is any type of infant baptism experience or any type of connection between baptism and circumcision as if Christian baptism is somehow the fulfillment of circumcision.
The big idea is this: Christian Baptism should symbolize both our union with Jesus Christ and our reception of the Holy Spirit.
While many may argue whether or not there is a second filling of the Holy Spirit, which some call the baptism of the Spirit, the reality is this: many Christians do not appropriate all of their sufficiency in Christ. Many believers leave so much of God unwrapped and unused for His glory. May that not be said of us!
Beloved, Paul was pressing on. He was hard core! He said in Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
We also have been called to press on, to carry on and move forward. May we do so with the heart of Christ!