“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12).
Among the prophecies of the Lord was one that must have been painful for Him to speak. It is contained in the above verse.
The apostle Paul, in his instruction, said we should put on the whole armor of God that “you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13).
There can be no doubt that the Lord’s words are true. You can see how the love of many has turned cold.
Christians, once steadfast, once regular in attendance, once supportive of every good work, abandoning their faith and breaking the hearts of loved ones in Christ, their lives blighting their relationship with others, and their consuming self-interest has destroyed their usefulness to the Lord.
Their love has waxed cold.
Those who have held steadfast sometimes asked themselves, “Why?” Self-incrimination often follows. They ask themselves, “Where have I failed?” or “How have I failed?” “What could I have done that would have made a difference?”
A person seeking entrance into the military electronic school was told by his superior officer in the service, “You will never make the grade.”
The reason Christians are compared to soldiers (Ephesians 6) is because of the rigors of training. Some just do not have the qualities required to be able to “stand.”
Or, do you feel like the little boy trying to sharpen a cheap pocket knife? It just does not have metal hard enough to take an edge.
Has the world taken the “temper” (degree of hardness or strength) out of you…that which would enable you to, as the Scriptures say, “Stand?”
Making the simple switch, from sitting to standing, begins with love.