May 6, 2022

Rhonda Patterson
“At that time many shall be offended, and betray one another, and shall hate one another. Many false prophets shall rise and deceive many. And because wickedness shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. But he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 24:10-13

In this passage, Jesus is telling the disciples of signs of His return and the end of the age. He’s speaking of many in the church falling away with unhealed cold hearts, void of love. Sadly some of the most difficult wounds to our hearts happen within the church. We’d like to think we’re safe and immune to hurts within the body of Christ. But as Pastor Jose reminds us, the church is made up of imperfect people, worshipping a perfect Savior. We have personality differences, insecurities, and egos, to name a few. Sometimes, folks fall away and leave church without ever giving God the opportunity to work in the situation and bring healing. If we are to endure to the end, we need to continually entrust our hearts to our Savior. He is purifying His bride.

As we go to Him when we’ve been wounded, with Holy Spirit guiding us, we are gradually able to heal. If you’ve been wounded in the church (whether here at Cypress or somewhere else), God sees you, and He cares. A great place for you to begin to process a hurt in a safe setting might be coming in to the prayer ministry here at Cypress – please feel free to reach out to me for information. Oh, how I pray that each of us will endure with soft hearts filled with God’s love until we see Christ face to face!

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8