Archive | October 2021

Turn Discouragement into Prayer

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Every once in a while I find myself getting so discouraged with the way the world is spiraling downward. Crimes against babies, crimes against children, tyrannical leaders, brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted, and sin being blasted from every facet of society. If we let it, it can get quite overwhelming. This week when I was feeling particularly sad and discouraged about things when the Holy Spirit reminded me that all this is a call to prayer. I can’t fix any of it by myself. I can’t hold back the tide of wickedness in the natural. Complaining and getting upset will not change one thing. However, what I can do is talk to my Father about it. I can lay it all at His feet. He IS able to do something about it.

In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me.”~Psalm 120:1

Difficult times are often used to draw us closer and the unbelievers to find Christ. We can be quite content to go on with life as usual when things are good, with little time spent with the Lover of our soul. When things get difficult and we know things are beyond our “fixing” is often the time we look beyond ourselves for help and answers. This can be true for the believer in Christ and the unbeliever.

You have done many good things for me, Lord,
    just as you promised. I believe in your commands;
    now teach me good judgment and knowledge. I used to wander off until you disciplined me;
    but now I closely follow your word. You are good and do only good;
    teach me your decrees. Arrogant people smear me with lies,
    but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart. Their hearts are dull and stupid,
    but I delight in your instructions. My suffering was good for me,
    for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. Your instructions are more valuable to me
    than millions in gold and silver.~ Psalm 119:65-72

So rather than allow discouragement to bring us down we should allow it to nudge us toward the One who has all the answers. Spend time with Him. Talk to Him about what has you grieved. Ask Him for ways you can make a difference. Ask Him to use the dark times to draw your unsaved loved ones to Christ and to draw you into deeper prayer and intimacy with Him.

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again my Savior and my God!~Psalm 43:5

Blessings!

LYING HERE, DECEPTION THERE-HEED THE RIGHT VOICE

Every day we draw closer to the day of our LORD’s appearance! When we turn on our electronic devices or listen to the news we can see the forces of darkness encroaching in on our world. Men and women are being used to perpetuate fear, dread and separation among families, friends and communities. The media is collaborating with the oligarchs in trying to push out a constant stream of division and so many are falling for the lies being pushed. BE AFRAID OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BE AFRAID OF ANYONE THAT DIFFERS IN OPINION TO YOU.

It is tragic that even some followers of Christ have accepted this mantra and are allowing fear, an enemy of faith, to govern their actions. Fear is keeping them from reaching out to others and sharing the gospel. It is keeping them from gathering with fellow believers as we have been told to continue to do, even more so as the day of the LORD draws closer.

I pray that we all will take our eyes off of the current agenda and focus on the Creator of the universe. The ONE that is able to keep us through storms, trials and anything else that may come at us. The ONE that is still in control. He has already told us how things end and HE and we win! Though we see leaders of every level of government seemingly pushing the same agenda, worldwide, we do not need to fixate on their plans.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”~Matthew 10:16 The Holy Spirit will give us the discernment and wisdom to see what is going on if/when we ask Him. He will also equip us to navigate through the mire while retaining our love for others. It is so easy to get caught up in bitterness and anger towards those bringing about the current tyranny worldwide. One only needs to look at Australia to see how the people are being oppressed on every level. Our natural inclination is to say, “LORD where are you? Why aren’t you doing anything to help the people?” However, none of this is catching God off guard. In fact He warned us about what would be coming to this world. He also told us to not be afraid! It is not up to us to deal with those oppressing the people. It is beyond our capabilities. That being said, we need not worry about the instigators getting away with all these things. Jesus told us as much.

Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but WOE TO HIM through whom they do come!~Luke 17:1

When the Son of God says, “Woe to him,” we know they will be dealt with in God’s time. Our job is to continue to speak the truth, love on others, encourage the body of Christ and share the gospel with those we meet. Unapologetically.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed with all you see and hear, turn your eyes back onto the Savior. Ask Him for discernment which you will need to see what is really going on and for the wisdom to walk through it in victory! Let His voice drown out all the fear and division. Titus 2:1-13 tells us how to live while we wait on the appearance of our beautiful King!

As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.  Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.

 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.  These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,  to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

 In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely.  And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.  Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.

 Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back  or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.

 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.  And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,  while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

Be blessed!

LYING HERE, DECEPTION THERE-HEED THE RIGHT VOICE

Stand and Stand UP

It is so important today that we stand for righteousness in a world greatly lacking truth. Too often the people of God just go along to get along. They think being “nice” is the most important way to behave. Well there are times being “nice” is not the solution but rather being bold and standing up for truth. It is so important that we stand against evil that would like to control our children, grandchildren and fellow men and women.

Are you taking a stand for truth or just quietly going along so as not to draw attention to yourself? Please know that tyrants rule when people refuse to take a stand and speak up for truth. We have seen too many pulpits stay quiet and refuse to engage in conversation about government overreach. Instead they are trying to fly under the radar and by doing so refuse to encourage their bodies to speak out for truth. If you know something is dangerous should you not warn others to avoid the danger? If you know lies are being perpetuated in most of the media and social platforms, should you not warn others to stay close to the Master and spend less time being indoctrinated by lies and propaganda?

Please get involved in your children’s school plans. Know what is being taught. Speak up when you see lies and demonic agendas being pushed. Contact your local member of Parliament when you are aware of bills being voted on that will negatively affect not only you but generations to come, should the LORD tarry. If you are still on social media and have been quietly hiding your faith stop! Share the gospel. Dare to speak up when someone challenges your faith. Be ready in season and out to say why you believe what you believe.

The days of being afraid to speak up or stand up for truth are over. Jesus Christ Himself told us that things would get difficult. He also told us that we would receive the Comforter that would help us, guide us and tell us things to come.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.~John 16:13-15

With the Holy Spirit guiding, us we will be equipped to do the work the Father has planned for us. We do not need to be afraid! In fact, there is no place for cowards in the Kingdom of God.

But the COWARDLY, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”~Revelation 21:8

Being cowardly only demonstrates that we do not have the faith to believe Christ will see us through that which He has called us to do. That being said, this doesn’t mean we won’t feel fear when we are lead to do something that requires courage. However, we are not to allow that fear to keep us from obedience!

So seek the LORD for what it is He wants you to do at this time. Ask Him ways that He can use you to spread the gospel and stand for truth and righteousness. He has a plan for you and is faithful. He will speak to your heart and lead you through whatever it is that He is calling you to do. There are too many of God’s own people hiding in the shadows and that is one thing He has never called us to do.

Blessings!

What is OUR New Normal?

There is a prevailing attitude today that if we follow certain instructions our lives will be able to go back to ‘normal’. I suspect there is nothing further from the truth. What the world has considered ‘normal’ is no longer on the agenda for those powers that be who wish to usher in their ‘new normal’. It is likely these same people and organizations will just keep moving the goal posts to include more and more requirements and restrictions. These things are precursors for the coming Tribulation. A way of training the masses to follow the leader that will appear one day. We must do something they have mandated in order to be able to do commerce etc. It should sound familiar if you have read the book of Revelation.

Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth. He had two horns like those of a lamb, but he spoke with the voice of a dragon.  He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and its people to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.  He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching.  And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life.  He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.

 He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead.  And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.~Revelation 13:11-18

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you need to know that the days we are living in are those that Apostle Paul warned us about in his letters to Timothy.

 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,  always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;  but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.~2 Timothy 3:1-9

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.  But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.~2 Timothy 4:3-5

Jesus Himself warned us of these days.

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you,  for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.  Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.  But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.~Matthew 24:4-8

Does any of this sound familiar? We don’t have to look to far to see just how close we are to the time of His appearance! He is soon going to appear to His church! That is us! Those who love Him and follow Him and are excitedly awaiting His appearance.

We tell you this as it came from the Lord. Those of us who are alive when the Lord comes again will not go ahead of those who have died.  For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud call. The head angel will speak with a loud voice. God’s horn will give its sounds. First, those who belong to Christ will come out of their graves to meet the Lord.  Then, those of us who are still living here on earth will be gathered together with them in the clouds. We will meet the Lord in the sky and be with Him forever.  Because of this, comfort each other with these words.~1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.~Titus 2:11-15

So for those of us awaiting His appearance, we don’t need to rely on our leaders for our life to return to ‘normal’. Our ‘new normal’ has nothing to do with the patterns of this world. Our ‘new normal’ will be spending time in eternity with our beautiful Savior and King, Jesus Christ! It is so important we remember this world is NOT our home. We are to occupy and fulfill the purposes He has for our lives while we are here, but we cannot emotionally or spiritually set up permanent camp here. So please don’t hold on too tight to those things that can easily be taken from you. Hold on to the eternal! Guard your relationship with Christ. Pray for your family and those in your community to come to know Him as Lord and Savior. Serve others and keep looking up.

Blessings!

Just WHO can we trust?

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD. And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”~Jeremiah 17:7-8

If there was ever a time for us to trust in the LORD it is surely now. Our world, globally has become an unstable mess of deception and tyranny. Through schemes and some very dark agendas, we are seeing much of what we once counted on disappear. Governments have become so corrupt in many cases, that they don’t even try to hide their lies and agendas anymore. They have become emboldened, while using a health crisis as a reason to strip citizens of their rights and freedoms.

We are seeing our economy collapse due to overspending and corruption. We are being warned of current and upcoming shortages in food, gas, electricity etc. all done by orchestrated design. To sum it up, people no longer trust or rely on their governments to help them out of the world’s current mess.

We are currently living in the beginning of the perilous times the Bible warned us of. So that said, while we wait on the appearance of our beautiful King Jesus, should we wring our hands in fear and stress?

NO!

Our trust and hope is not in man, our hope is in the LORD! The same LORD that took care of Daniel during the days of his captivity by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The same LORD that took care of Joseph after being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. The same LORD that provided a way out for Esther and the Jewish people by preventing them from being annihilated.

These are but three real people that lived in perilous times and GOD made a way for each of them. He will make a way for us too. It is time for us to stay close to His side, pray without ceasing and go about doing His business until our precious Savior comes to take us home. There is little this world has to offer us in comparison to the beautiful mansion Jesus has prepared for us in Heaven!

Stay close to Him. Seek Him daily. Pray continually. Remember our time here is very short in comparison to eternity with Jesus Christ! Be the “blessed” man or woman that hopes and trusts in the LORD. Don’t be anxious or fearful. He never takes His eyes off of you! As you lean into Christ, ask Him to help you be fruitful and yield a harvest of souls for His Kingdom while we wait on his glorious appearance!

Blessings!