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No Time Like the Present

There is such tension in the world today. We are seeing various forms of social media censoring things that just a few years ago would never have been censored. Main stream media are not reporting the news as it is actually happening but rather in the slant of what suits their current agenda. We see a decline in religious freedoms taking place. People in many places are still not allowed to attend church. If they can attend, they can’t sing due to the mask restrictions. More Christians, worldwide, are dying for their faith than ever before. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. (John 15:20) Things are becoming increasingly uncomfortable and there is no sign things will get better.

Having said all this, does that mean we should throw up our hands and crawl into our basements and retire? NO!! Absolutely not! God has called us to occupy until Jesus appears for His church. We are not to stay silent. We are to share the gospel, speak out against evil, defend the orphans and the widows and live each day as if it is our last! Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. (Ephesians 5:11) Those that are afraid to engage in our culture by sharing the truth need to grow a backbone. The days of quietly letting others speak up with the gospel are over. It is the responsibility of each and everyone of us. Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. (Proverbs 29:25)

Our time here is short. We must use it wisely to further the Kingdom and help others escape the coming wrath. A wrath that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy! Too many Christians are sitting back and waiting for things to return to normal before they go about the Father’s business. Things will likely never return to the normal we once knew.

If you are struggling with fear of sharing the gospel, ask God for courage. Ask Him for wisdom in knowing how and when to share. Don’t waste another day simply living for yourself and your comfort! Time is short. Live so as not to be ashamed when He appears to take us home!

Like a mighty warrior is our God

Sometimes things seem a wee bit overwhelming.  When we look around us life circumstances can seem insurmountable. I am a fixer by nature. I like to do what I can to fix situations. Perhaps being a mother of five has made me so.  I don’t know, but I do know that I like to do everything within my power to make things right when I can.  There are times that is not enough. The older I get, the more I realize that God will often allow us to get to the end of ourselves in order to reveal His mighty hand in the situation. At times it really frightens me to let go and let God.  However, I find myself in that situation more and more and am beginning to see a pattern.  Trial comes, I engage in trying to do all I can and it is not enough to fix the situation so I let go and let God. Perhaps if I relinquished my efforts earlier and yielded to God earlier I would not be seeing this pattern so often! 🙂

Because God’s love for me (and everyone else) is relentless, He doesn’t give up on us. He does continue to allow us to go through these lessons however, until we finally do get it! He does not want us fighting our own battles. We are ill equipped. He knows all and sees all and is much more able to fight them for us.  If we are abiding in Him and walking in His ways He promises to do just that.  The following verse makes that very clear, Jeremiah 20:11 NIV 11 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.

I am determining in my heart to yield faster. It is simply a waste of time battling it out on our own. Satan knows the areas of our lives that we are most vulnerable and these are the areas he is relentless in. If we yield the battle to God earlier, we retain our peace and joy throughout the trial. If we get into an out and out battle ourselves we lose both.

We are King’s kids. Through Christ, we have obtained all the promises and blessings of the Father. It’s time we stop wasting time struggling on our own and let Him fight the fight for us. 2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

Determine to let God fight your battles for you. Walk right, love much and seek His will in all areas of your life. When we strive to do it on our own our hearts can become bitter and angry. This will prevent us from interceding and seeking God for the ones that need Him most. Let the “lover of our soul” do the fighting for us.