When you just need an ear…

It always seems as if the enemy is gaining in the war on sin. With every attack his only goal is to knock us down, to shake our foundation, to shatter our faith (steal, kill, destroy). When the unthinkable happens my first thought is..why, Lord?

I tell myself it’s not God that makes mistakes. It’s His children that make bad choices, that choose not to be obedient. I inevitably question my own walk, my own committment to the living God. Ultimately, I ask myself…”Did I not impress upon my loved ones the ways of God sufficiently to have avoided this horrible incident?” 

(RM) “Sometimes my life makes no sense!” That’s what I say. When I read that

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:26-28).”

Hearing the news…I cry out, Lord, I don’t know what to pray. 

The world does not know what it wants! It’s quite evident in the lives of many individuals. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of the impenitent sin of the people, complete deviation. Our society is heading south very quickly and moral absolutes are no more. 

Rich Mullins sang, “I am ready for the storm…” As I sit and listen to him sing this song, I am telling myself…”NO, I am not ready for this storm! Lord. 

The storms of life can be devastating on so many levels.  As believers we turn to our God knowing full well that the battle has already been won. The enemy has been destroyed. He may try to shake our foundation, but the Lord is our rock and He is not shaken. He is not moved.

We are in this world, but we are not of this world, and though we must confront the enemy we hold on to the promise of God that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. Still, we need to confess our doubts and fears, and our unbelief so that the Lord can minister to us, so the Lord can work in us and through us, so the Lord can meet us where we are and give us peace.  

Oh Lord…guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

The True Believer Waits

It is disheartening to read stories about mass suicides, or about families that took their own life and that of their children for fear of some impending doom. The unbelieving public comes out quickly, enraged, to judge and condemn religious fanatics for their beliefs, for brainwashing children into believing their lies, truly believing that their belief in God is what led them to their demise. They (the public) tend to feel badly for the children who were cut down so young. It’s OK for an adult to take his, or her own life, but neither has the right to take the life of another, especially a child. Gosh, who hasn’t been shocked by the numerous stories of mass suicides led by a cult leader? And regardless if we understand such actions were those of “fanatics” God, the living God (a.k.a. religion as some do not distinguish) often takes the brunt of the blame.

I love to read the comments on various articles, especially on articles where families are involved. They always provide insight into people’s world view. A couple of days ago, I was reading an article about the family in Utah that committed suicide. It was troubling to say the least. Even more troubling was the comments from people who obviously had no need for the saving grace of the living God. Nevertheless, I too wanted to share my thoughts on the matter, but for whatever reason I held back. I just couldn’t find the right words to explain that this tragedy was not provoked in any way by the living God. Later that evening, still pondering this article, I recalled what Jesus said about Jonah. Specifically “But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas…”

Then I thought about Jonah and his mission from God. Jonah ran, because he knew God. He knew God was a gracious and forgiving God. Then I thought about Abraham and God, right before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. God told Abraham what He was about to do and Abraham could not believe it, so he pleads with God for the righteous. After much pleading, God finally tells Abraham, that for 10 righteous people He would spare Sodom. I thought, God is always willing to save, to relent, to forgive, to show grace, to have no one be destroyed, that’s what Jonah knew about God and what Abraham learned. Both thought God was unfair. One thought it unfair for God to save a rebellious people, the other thought it was unfair for God to destroy the righteous with the unrighteous. If anyone is more misunderstood, it’s God…and He knows it.

Then I thought, true believers are not waiting in fear. Jesus told us all the signs we should look out for, the false prophet, the abomination, and even warned us that we would be persecuted for His sake. And he told of other signs to look for in Mathew 24.

We wait anxiously for His return, in reverent fear, because He promised to return to gather His church, His bride and He who promised is faithful.

Finally, a friend called me up with a word for me. Hebrew 13: 1-7 he said, read it. It will change your outlook. So, I read it, and I read it, again, and again. Then it hit me.

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct…

As believers, that’s what we are doing. We are living and learning… through trial and tribulation to become more like Christ. He suffered for sinful man.

John 15:20  “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”

We do not live in fear of an apocalypse, or tribulation, or any other impending doom. We wait patiently for His return, because He who promised is faithful.

Ps. 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

The true believer waits…Isaiah 41:28-31

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

But the veil…keeps people blind and bound and forever blaming God.

Just a few random thoughts. Be blessed.

Danger Will Robinson!

Here’s an interesting story from Forbes. Wars, rumors of wars, famines, natural disasters, perversions of sorts, we’ve experienced all, but lately with greater intensity.  Nevertheless, when one man can be declared the most powerful leader on the planet, you have to wonder….about Mat. 24. Not that Putin is the “abomination of desolation” spoken of…I am just saying that the signs are to obvious to dismiss. But I am also sure that past generations have thought much the same way. Is it a sign, or just one person’s opinion?  You have to wonder.

Vladimir Putin Declared the World’s Most Powerful Man

Michael Schaus | Nov 07, 2014

The Great Tribulation

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’[c] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

Finding Faith in a faithless society

Recently, I was sharing a conversation with a woman who had found her lost faith in Christ. She was in the process of looking for a church home, but since she had yet to find one she felt strongly lead to attend, she was reading her bible daily and faithfully, and daily she said, the Lord was showing her many wonderous things. The conversation went on, but I could not help but be encouraged by her enthusiasm and eagerness to search the scriptures, to learn all she could about Jesus and to learn to recognize the voice of God. It was just her and God.  It was a breath of fresh air in today’s megachurch mentality. 

Megachurches have become nothing less than feelgood places. Positive thinkers in a negative world, forever preaching the word of God, but never grasping the life changing power of His majesty.

Matthew 9:36 Jesus was moved by compassion
Matthew 9: 2 Jesus saw their faith
Mathew 4 Jesus knew their thoughts

Christians are supposed to love others as themselves. However, harshly judged, but correctly judged Christians can be greedy, lack compassion, selfish, complacent, judgmental, lack self control, and self examination. So where is the body of Christ?