Life is a battleground for Christians. We go into a war everyday with the goal to represent our families and our God in a respectful manner. However, there are many tests and temptations we must overcome. There are many different cultures, beliefs, and ethnicities that we must respect and engage with while remaining committed to our own values.
Unfortunately, these tests and temptations do not cease but follow us the rest our lives. Our elders diligently strive to instill the word of God in our hearts so that we can withstand the attacks of the enemy. However, there are groups of people who simply have no respect for others or their beliefs, and we must decide in our hearts to never waiver from our trust in God.
The closer we get to God, the harder our tests and temptations will be. As we grow, we face trials to strengthen our faith. There will be times when we feel distant or disconnected from God, but stay encouraged and trust that your reward will be greater in heaven. The enemy will entice you through pressures to conform to the world, but strive to reach a new level in your walk with Christ.
Andre D. Lee
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.