As we near the end of this age, and the closer we get to the return of our Lord to this earth, and that time which Jesus called the “Time of Sorrows,” all around us, our world is in crisis; as life and the events of life, and the problems of life, all seem to be accelerating on all sides… haven’t you noticed that?
I dare say that we, in this generation, via our electronic media, and also due to the unsettling and the increasingly insecure and unstable nature of this world we are living in, and also in our economy, in just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck, that we are subject to more in the way of, not just pressure and insecurity; but also death, mayhem, tragedy and loss, on a daily basis, just by watching the evening news, than our grandparents and great grandparents had in their whole lifetime.
Life today for many people has become a pressure cooker of problems, which have been intensified, by virtue of the fact that so many things that people have looked to for security in the past have all failed them; and so more and more people today are finding themselves without answers, and are on the verge of desperation, and are themselves very depressed, and often without hope!
As Christians, we need to recognize that we have the ONLY answer for the world; and we need to know that the enemy of our soul, the master of deception, aka “Father of Liars” would have us all to believe, if we let him, after all seems to have turned against us (as happened with Job), that our view of reality is accurate; but the Bible teaches that we must learn to do spiritual warfare and battle!
Jesus warned us that these things would happen, with increased frequency in the last days, and that things would get so bad that men’s hearts would fail them. However, even with our many problems, and our trials and tribulations in our life, I think it is very plain to see that even with our worst problems, here in the West, and especially here in the United States, that we still have it so much easier than most the rest of the world.
For Christians in most of your Third World countries, like in the Sudan, India, and in many of the Islamic countries of the world, where to even be a Christian, you take your life in your hands; if the Christians in these countries had our problems they would have thought they had died and gone to heaven.
All of this just shows you how much we are spoiled here, and how sheltered and protected, as Christians, we have been, here in the United States for so long; and all owed, I might add, to the faith and commitment of our forefathers, which they had towards God; which is something this present generation, at least among the leadership of our country, and most of its populations, have long forgotten.
What is the answer? God gives us an answer in 2 Chronicles 7:14, that if God’s people, who are called by His name, would but follow the instructions given here, in these verses, that if we would turn from our wicked ways, and begin to seek God’s face, meaning we seek intimacy with Him, that God would hear our prayers, and that He would heal our land.
Everything with God is all about relationship… and it’s NOT about religion!
It is about spending enough time in God’s Word that you begin to see and discern between truth and deception; good and evil; and it requires our putting on the mind of Christ, and learning to utilize the Spiritual Tools and Weapons He has provided us, in the Spirit.
It is a life lived that is no longer natural, but is now supernatural, as we learn to tap into the God of the universe, where Jesus said ALL power in heaven and earth is now made available for us, that we might become His hands extended, in the earth, to this lost and darken world, as we become the conduit and channel of His love to the world. Selah
This is a good message that follows, that I thought would be good for us all to read and meditate upon, in these days and times… that we not be tempted to give up, and lose hope… as so many in the world are doing today.
That’s the enemy’s plan folks, in case you don’t know it, just as it happened with Job. Satan was trying to discourages Job and get him to give up on God and quit; while all the while God was using those same circumstances in Job’s life to teach Him to trust and have faith.
The same applies to us, as we are under that same training program!
Just know this, to win this race, called life, it doesn’t matter if you finish first; all that matters is that you don’t quit, and that you keep your faith connection with God intact.
It’s the same idea behind the parable that Jesus gave about the man who went out into the city to hire workers to work in his field.
As it turned out the ones who were hired at the very end, where paid the exact same as those who worked through the heat of the day, which to our way of thinking (especially with our union mentality that most have today) this would be most unfair; but it isn’t at all unfair, from God’s perspective; nor ours either, when we understand what’s going on; because the true prize, for which these workers were all working for, was not the money, but it was Jesus Christ, Himself… who is given to all equally.
So the point is, whatever you are facing today, and however large the problems, in your life appear to be, just know that God has both you and your problems well in hand (just as he did with Job—there is no difference); and if you will begin to look to Him, and trust in Him; and STOP looking to your problems and circumstances… and instead, commit your life, your problems, and ALL that you have to Him, in faith, and this applies to ALL who will do this in Jesus name, then you will find that God will not let you down! Selah
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2010 4:03 AM
Subject: What The Lord Is Saying Today