We are in the times that the Bible calls Perilous Times in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. These are strength reducing times: times when people turn away from the truth, vulnerable to every wind of doctrine and not given to sound doctrine. They are dangerous times indeed! We are in a time that even the mighty are falling away from the truth on a daily basis. One of the things that is quite worrisome in these times is the denial of the Person of Jesus Christ and His works amongst believers. There is so much that God has put within us that we must give expression to in this times. The reason why a lot of people deny Jesus Christ as Lord is because of the love and preservation of self. Let’s see an example in the Scriptures, Psalm 78:9 – “The children of Ephraim being armed and carrying bows turned back in the day of battle.” The experience of the children of Ephraim is being re-enacted in this times. People are running away from challenges or taken over by the troubles they are going through. God never promised us a problem free life, rather, He promised to be with us every step of the way. He admonished us not to lose heart because He has already overcome the world. Thus with this in mind, we are to enter every battle as victors and conquerors because the battle had been fought and won by our Lord. What we are only seeing is a physical manifestation of a finished spiritual work. God expects that every challenge or trouble we face should make us stronger than the way we were before the challenge. The men of Ephraim lost out of their eternal inheritance because of their cowardly act. It is naïve and a great delusion for us to think we will not go through these challenges, we forget that every word of God released or sent to us will be tried. When Jesus Christ came out of the water during His baptism, the Bible says that the Heavens opened and God the Father said: This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” A few verses later we heard the devil say to Christ: “If You are the Son of God…” The devil has continually used the same pattern ever since the beginning. Thus, we are in a battle field and the devil is the enemy. The reason why so many fail and fall in the battle is because they didn’t prepare for the battle in the first place. Friend, you don’t prepare for battle on the battle ground but you make your preparations before you get to the battle ground. How could a people who were armed for a particular battle flee from before their enemies? Nothing offends God like a man turning his back to run in the face of battle he was prepared for. No wonder Revelations 21:8 lists cowards as the first set of people that will not inherit the Kingdom of God. In 1 Peter 2:9, the Bible said we have been called to show forth the praises of Him that has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. This goes to show that we have been called out of something, in this case, darkness into something which is light. When we live our lives as though we were called out of something into nothing it is an affront to God. It is time to be awakened to the consciousness of the fact that God has called us for a definite purpose to showcase His power in our lives. Proverbs 24:10 tells us that “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” My friend, we are in a battle for our souls, to win we must be firm and strong. God has no delight in any one who draws or shrinks back (Hebrews 10:38). We have been called to hold fast to the word of truth and righteousness. Remember that there is no reward for the man that started but didn’t finish the race. In Revelation 7:1-8 when the children of Israel were numbered, Ephraim lost out because they did not hold on. Can you see that backing out of this battle will not only cost us our lives but equally our eternal and glorious inheritance as well? How will it be when the roll call is called in Heaven and your name is missing because you never stood for God in the battles of this life? It is time to cry for mercy and return because we must win and we have been created to do so! Can you humbly pray this: Lord help me not to turn away from the battles you have prepared me for and forgive me for the instances that I turned my back in the face of battle. Restore and forgive me because I don’t want to lose my eternal and glorious inheritance in You in Jesus Christ name, Amen! Take charge my friends!