Archive | February 2021

Pray and Prepare

As followers of Christ, our trust will always be in God. We KNOW He is the One who will bring us through whatever we must face in the future. By abiding in Him, He will guide us and give us the wisdom and discernment we need to navigate. One thing I have sensed lately is a leading to prepare for difficult times that may be coming as a result of the financial overspending of our governments. That along with the fact that many people are losing their jobs and are being put in very difficult financial stress. As long as this pandemic is drawn out, this will only increase. On top of all this, governments all over the world are having animals slaughtered due to potential covid contamination. Whether there is any legitimate reason to do this or not they are creating a future environment of limits of food. All of this can be researched online and it leads me to promote that each of us put away some dry goods and canned goods along with bottled water for the future.

The idea of preparing for potential shortages and increased hardship is not taking away from the fact our God will see us through. It is however using wisdom based on what is currently happening. Your ability to take care of your family and perhaps others in need will be a huge advantage in such a case. But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. (1 Timothy 5:8) The signs are all here for us to see that difficult days are coming economically and spiritually. This would also be a very good time to reduce unnecessary spending and work on reducing or ridding your life of debt. The governments are not going to be reliable to count on in this coming storm. So for each of us to prepare in whatever way we can is wise. Remember how God used Joseph to prepare for stormy days and he was used mightily in staving off starvation for his people.

I would suggest each of us pray and ask God what it is we can do to prepare. This will vary greatly depending on our location, our financial situation and the resources available to us. I do believe it is a good idea to do what we can. A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 27:12)

Preparing is not replacing our trust in God. We know ultimately God has us in His hand and will care for us but that does not mean when we see what is coming, we are to ignore it and not do what we can to prepare. That is just wisdom. So do not get stressed or anxious. Ask God for direction in what it is you can do and than do it. He tells us that if we need wisdom we are to ask and He will give it to us freely! If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5) If you are not in a position to do anything at this time, do not worry. God knows that. He has your back!

Have a blessed day!

Do Your Part

Things are certainly changing in our world and so are the attitudes of many towards the body of Christ. Christians are being considered as radicals that are intolerant of things considered wicked by God. Many followers of Christ are finally waking up to realize that they can no longer count on any form of government for support or shelter. Though this will make life much more difficult it will also help us to realize that our security has never been and never will never be in our rulers. Our security comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ alone, along with the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We, in North America, are now being faced with this when Christians all over the world have been dealing with this reality for decades and in some cases centuries.

With some of the new legislations coming about we are being weaned off of milk and are being forced to search for the meat of the Word. The church of the future will no longer be about entertainment and comfort but will instead be about those who really want to stay close to the LORD and are willing to risk much to gather and support and build up one another in faith. Our faith is likely about to be tested like never before.

Though our future may look scary we have to remember that we were born for a time such as this. None of what is happening is a surprise to God. He knew when we were formed in our mother’s wombs what the future would hold for us. He will see us through whatever comes our way. My prayer is that believers will get serious about their walk with Jesus and stop wasting time on things that really don’t matter in eternity.

If you can’t find a church that is keeping it’s doors open why not start a small group in your own home? Spend time encouraging and building up the body of Christ. Allow your home to be a place where people can hear the gospel, perhaps even for the first time. If you don’t want to preach or teach yourself there are a number of excellent preaching/teaching videos you can purchase or even watch on the internet for free and than discuss afterwards. Prayer, worship and communion can be done beautifully in a small group setting in your home. Find a way to continue to meet and grow in your faith with other believers. It is vital.

It is sad but many churches will never open their doors again. Home church is a great alternative for those who find themselves church orphans. With religious freedoms being attacked it may be the way of the future for all believers worldwide. Ask the LORD if this is something He would like you to do and if it is pray for direction on how to go about starting it. Another option is to house a small group bible study. Perhaps even tap into an online bible study through your church and have others who may not have access to the internet attend and be able to enjoy good solid teaching.

Moving forward in our new reality, it is so important we don’t isolate ourselves from other Christians. Too many have gotten comfortable staying in their own homes watching a 30 minute message from their couch and than doing nothing the rest of the week to support or build up the body of Christ. That is NOT what we have been called to do. We are to be about our Father’s business until He takes us home or we see the face of our beautiful Savior when He appear to take us home. Isolation makes us vulnerable to deception and loneliness. God didn’t create any of us to be islands. We are to function as a body with many parts, each one important in it’s own way. So ask the LORD for direction on what you can do to fulfill your part.

Hebrews 10: 23-25 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.   And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Have a blessed day!

Time for Trusting

When we look around us today we see so many areas of concern. Freedoms are being eroded. Propaganda is being pushed in all media formats. Financial insecurity is increasing. There are many reasons for people to be concerned, especially those that don’t put their trust in Jesus Christ.

But for those of us who do put our trust in Christ, we do not need to fear the future. This earth is NOT our home. We have a mansion waiting for us that our Savior has gone to prepare! Jesus Himself told us in John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Let that sink in. Jesus Himself has prepared a mansion for each of us that love Him! I am sure our new home will be so much more beautiful than anything we could ever live in here! And Jesus Himself is coming again to take us up with Him. That is exciting news!

If you find yourself getting heartsick about the current situation turn off the news and open your Bible. Let GOD’s word bring you peace and encouragement. Talk to the LORD. Give your fears and concerns to Him and let His Word wash over you and strengthen your faith. Trust Him. He will see you through the days ahead. You were born for a time such as this because God NEVER makes mistakes.

I’m going to end this message today with words from Psalm 5. Read them aloud and rest in the truth of each line.

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11,12)

Blessings!