Archive

Archive for the ‘prophecy’ Category

An Integrative Perspective of Mental Health in Light of Eternity

February 8, 2013 1 comment
Redemption drawing nigh

Redemption

For those who have a relationship with Christ, we look forward to redemption, both in body and spirit. The introduction of sin into a perfect and spotless world tainted everything, from the land to the health and longevity of the human body. What was once a flawless frame, complete with perfected organs, sickness, disease, and death resulted from the Fall. Most amazingly, the Author of life didn’t give up. Though His plan was eternal, physical fellowship with man, man chose separation. God still had a purposeful contingency, a second chance found through Christ’s blood. We are told in the bible, that for those who accept Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, we have an abiding hope of return to the glorified, original state God intended from the beginning. As Scripture states,

We will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53, NIV)

From the kidneys to the heart, our skin and eyes, every part of our being will be made new and perfected. This includes the brain.

Dr. Jenkins (2013) eloquently stated, “My brain is in need of redemption, just like the rest of my physical body. One day, my brain will be in its glorified state.” Time, toxic elements, chemicals, and stress all have tremendous impact in the decay of our fragile bodies. This includes the physical make up of the brain. Most often, when people think of physical health, the brain is not the first thought (No pun intended.). Negative factors, such as those listed above, greatly influence the health of brain material. Combined with genetic predispositions to disease, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, the state of the brain can be precarious, indeed. While evolutionists claim that homeostasis was a natural process that all life forms adapted to ensure the biological maintenance, creationists believe that an all-knowing God planned our bodies with purpose and design (Hart & Ksir, 2011).

Our environment and our personal choices all contribute to the state of our brain. While many issues arise that are not within our control, it is important to consider how we can better care for our health. Unfortunately, many of us do not realize or begin to get serious about these matters until damage is done or the unexpected news is delivered. With our physical mental abilities, come our volition and will.  These, too, will be redeemed and properly focused soley on the Lord.  The mind is an integration of a physical and spiritual state.  There is great hope in our redemption! One day our physical form, every part, will be perfected. We will be changed in an instant and will forever live in the presence of our loving Creator.

References

Hart, C. & Ksir, C. (2011). Drugs, society, and human behavior (14th ed.). Boston, MA:

McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0-07-338090-2.

Jenkins, D. (2013). Models of addiction. Audio Visual Presentation: Liberty University

The Prospect of 2013

December 29, 2012 1 comment

The Year 2013: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Following the Christmas holidays, its natural for people to get sentimental, reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year.  The media always has their “wrap-up” citing the headlines that most impacted the nation and the world.  There are wishes for a “Happy New Year,” promises, conjectured in the form of “New Year’s resolutions” (lose weight, spend more time with family, etc.).So, as I sit here and ponder the events of 2012, I must admit, my outlook is….bittersweet.  By nature, I consider myself neither an optimist, nor a pessimist.  A realist.  I know, I know, most people like to overuse that label for themselves, but truly, when asked if I see a cup half full or half empty, I will always respond, “BOTH!”Perhaps, it’s not my outlook, so much as my bull-headed determination.

I’ll stick with the previous assertion, thanks.  (Its my blog. Well, for now.)

This year has obviously been interesting with the election.  For my part, I was absolutely unclear about who was going to win, though, I certainly thought I saw tremendous support for Mitt.  However, in light of the direction the world was turning, reading the tea leaves also gave strong indications that Obama would pull through, in spite of no record, nothing what-so-ever to recommend him, and a continuing treasonous scandal.  I advocated for Romney, as much as I could, grew tense, like the rest of the country, fervently prayed, and waited.  Like many of you, that night, though I wasn’t shocked, but I was shocked.  I had been on my face, begging for God’s mercy on this country.  However, I also prayed for His will to be done.  The Lord spoke, the fate of America was solidified.

I went, immediately, to a somber state of acceptance.

Like most of you, the prospect of 2013 is dismal, in light of the political arena.  I have lost all faith in politicians, even in those I thought were truly fighting for truth and justice.  Time and time again, we have seen them bow to the will of those who grow in worldly power.

NATIONALISM VS. PATRIOTISM

I have recognized, through this process, that there is a clear distinction in “nationalism vs. patriotism.”  Nationalism retains that sense of arrogance, even in the face of God that we are better, bigger, and stronger.  That nothing will stop or hold us down.  Contrarily, patriotism is vastly different.  The patriot humbly clings to the principles that make one’s country great.  He recognizes the blessings, even undeservedly, that have been bestowed upon his nation, contingent upon obedience to the Lord and the principles for foundation.  A patriot doesn’t put faith in any man, but looks to the Lord for his sense of national direction.  He bows his knee to the Great I AM, accepting His plans, knowing that the protection of the nation is directly hinged upon what is done with the blessings and how well we uphold Biblical precepts.

As I stated before, I am an eternal realist.  My worldly outlook for the nation ,as far as the state of this planet, is grave.  Evil has been unleashed.  All too common these days, we hear of rampages of brutal murder.  People immediately want an answer,

“WHY?” 

What could possibly be the reason for such senseless violence? Now we see a spectrum of blame, polarities that want to crackdown on this heinous barbarianism.  On one side, governmental leaders are grasping, white-knuckled, to the claim that the problem is GUNS.  “We MUST eliminate firearms!” Another argument from the other side is that “We MUST revisit mental illness!”

As you might expect, I do not subscribe to either.

The problem is that all sense of morality, more specific, humility before the Almighty, has been cast out.  Society, as a whole, has spit in God’s face and pushed out any shade of godliness.  People have been hypnotized by the Dark Angel, masquerading in light.  They don’t believe in evil, unless it suits their purposes.  They don’t believe in the antithesis of evil, that being salvation only through Christ’s blood.  Instead they exchange one lie for another, until all sense of rationality and reason is subjective and without basis.

So you see, we could talk about the continued, growing scandals that have growing tentacles over the White House.  We could talk about the wildfire of Radical Islamization.  We could talk about the fiscal cliff that looms, in mere hours.  We could talk about genocidal dictators racing toward mass-extermination.

But, the crux of the matter is not as complex as it seems.  People are hung up on the thousands of symptoms of a simple, albeit, eternal crisis.The world has cocooned itself in a cozy bed of Godlessness.  They have set up their own altars, whereby they sit on their own throne.  Rather than serving the God of the universe, humans, regardless of culture, ethnicity or nation (a true testament to color blindness), embrace and worship the god “within.”

This cannot last.

Just as God is grace, He is the perfect balance of Justice and Judge, as well.  He does not force His will on man, yet retains the control in decision-making.  He can allow us to make the ridiculous choices that will cause self-destruction, both individually, corporately, as a society, and internationally.

Though He allows us our own way, don’t think for a second that He isn’t angered by it.  We cannot be so pompously deluded to think that we were created by a limp-wristed pushover.

He is YAHWEH!

THE GLASS IS HALF-EMPTY, BUT IT IS ALSO HALF-FULL.

In God’s never-ending kindness, the removal of protection can serve as a wake-up call.  When we are stripped of comforts, whether in leadership, or in security, we have the opportunity to turn to the only lasting truth in YESHUA, Jesus Christ.

For the few of us, who are truly watching, wide-eyed at the plans unfolding around the world, faith is strengthened.  I’ve heard it said, “The national and international headlines are now catching up to the Bible.”  The cards are on the table.  We are coming to that fork in the road, whereby we can choose to move toward God, or turn our backs on God.  Sadly, the Bible tells me that many will fall away from the faith. (Matthew 7:14, 2Timothy 4) Further, Christ tells us, “15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” (Rev.3:15-17)

My hope is in the Lord.  I do not know the specifics of what 2013 will bring, but I trust that He is JEHOVAH.  I take great hope in His mighty power.  (Ephesians 6:10-18) My outlook for this world, in the direction it is hurtling toward, is bleak.  People have chosen the path of Baal.  The Lord is rousing from His Holy Hill and He will come with absolute Authority and Justice.

Though, I am desperate to see His glory and His might, at the same time, I tremble at the prospect of an angry, JUST God.  I fear living in a land that has chosen to shove the Lord’s hand of protection away for the false notion of self-preservation and governmental rule.

If this nation refuses to humble herself in fear of the Lord, it is doomed to destruction. 

Nationalism is idolatry.  It is an ideology that dominates both parties, both sides of the aisle. 

With all of this bleakness, comes great hope, when one seeks and clings to the ONLY hope we have!  We have access to TRUE LIBERTY!  We can be unfettered and freed from bondage in the hope that comes from faith in the Lord, through YESHUA.  When we recognize that He IS the source of life; we are liberated, REGARDLESS of worldly powers.

These days, I treasure God’s Word.  I recognize the NECESSITY OF IT.  It is easy to get enthralled and overly distracted with the events unfolding.  Though Christ commanded us to, “WATCH!” (Matt.24:4, 42 read all of chapter 24) I must keep my FOCUS upon HIM.  We must SATURATE ourselves in the WORD.  I am constantly amazed and deeply grateful for the Bible.  Without it, faith and hope would be very burdensome.  But again, God in His grace and mercy, gave us the Cliff Notes version.

In summary: I know how the story ends;

He wins.

——————————————————————

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON:

1 Samuel 12:24-25

24 But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 25 Yet if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king will be swept away.”

You Don’t Wanna Miss This….

Turning a blind eye

Today I learned a valuable lesson.  (When you have twin toddlers, the lessons for parents never end.)  One of my three-year olds decided that deodorant could serve a variety of purposes.  My oldest happened to walk by the restroom to find her little sister contentedly squeezing the life out of a stick of deodorant.  After yelling for my attention, I found the happy, little vandal wringing her creamy, fragrant hands over a scattered pile of Suave flakes covering the bathroom rug.  I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, grab the camera or start to pray.  After I cleaned her hands and picked up the bigger remains of the anti-perspirent, I took the rug outside and shook it.  The bathroom now has a heavenly aroma of powder.  We can all take comfort that the rug will avoid embarrassing pit-stains for quite sometime.  Who knew that even deodorant serves a variety of purposes?

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a frustrating trend amongst many of my brothers and sisters-in-Christ.  Unfortunately, this mindset has sadly been either openly promoted or quietly reinforced by the Church.  Like much of the Bible, many people like to take the portions that they are comfortable with and happily toss the rest out.  This “a la carte” mentality is often coupled with blatant misuses of scripture.  However, I know that many of my brothers and sisters don’t fall into that “blatant” category.  Understanding the true meaning and intent of biblical texts can, at times, require tremendous study, reflection, and consultation.  Further, because of the abuses that many of the “blatants” have placed upon scripture, people can have a tendency to shy away from certain topics or texts for fear of being misunderstood or even lumped in with the “blatants.”  There is, perhaps, no more “taboo” topic in Christian circles than prophecy or end-times theology. 

Thanks to predecessors such as Jack van Impe and Harold Camping, those of us who enjoy researching scripture and discussing “That Great Day” can often be silenced or immediately written off as, either kooks or scholars.  (I claim to be neither, though some would disagree about the first.)  I expect that the majority of the world might come to the “nutcase” conclusion and that doesn’t bother me.  It is the reaction of the Christian community that ruffles my feathers.  When I have brought up current events and scripture or even the mere word “rapture,” with fellow believers, I am often met with naysaying, which can instantly terminate the discussion.  I hear one phrase:  “Well, you know, the Bible says that we can’t know that hour or the day.”  What I hear is, “Case closed!”  I take the hint and move on.

The reference to this brow-beaten response is found in Mark 13:32, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  It is vital to understand and grasp this statement straight from the lips of Jesus, himself.  So when you hear of supposed theologians and self-proclaimed scholars who say they have determined the day that Christ is to return DO NOT LISTEN.  This is a direct contradiction of what scripture tells us!  That is a point that should be stressed and underlined.  Yet, many Christians stop here and go no further with what Jesus continued to say.  What a tragedy!  There is much more to his exhortation even prior to this statement!  But, following the place where people close the book and continue daydreaming, Jesus has this to say in the same chapter,

33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (emphasis added)

Jesus is making emphatic, strong statements here!  He commands that we keep watch.  At this point in scripture, the disciples, naturally wanted to know what they were to watch for.  In other words, *hushed whisper and gasp* they wanted signs. WHOA!  Imagine that!  You got it! Jesus was the first prophecy geek!  (You know the more I live, the more I realize that Jesus was a radical.  So I’ll take that label as the highest compliment!)  So, Jesus, being God (GOD!!) and having the authority to do what ever he wanted, decided that He wanted to give us specific clues (there it is again *gasp* SIGNS!) as to what the disciples (all of us, not just the dudes in dirty sandals and robes) should look for (not stumble upon, but LOOK FOR. “Watch!”).  He said this, after he gave the signs to his return, in verses 28-31,

 28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

 And just because He knew many of us probably still wouldn’t get it, He went on to say this,

“When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? (Luke 12:54-56, NIV)

I love storms.  I especially love just when the storm approaches and half of the sky is bright and the other half is getting increasingly dark.  The wind blows strong and the lightning begins to flash!  It’s one of the most amazing beauties of this earth.  A few days ago, I went to take a walk with my dog and noticed a fast moving wall cloud approaching.  I knew there was a chance for thunderstorms, but, really, when can the weather report be trusted, right?  I had just begun my walk, when I am saw my favorite part of the storm approaching.  I rounded around the block, knowing that this probably couldn’t be a long walk.  I wasn’t fearful, just knew my time was limited and I was going to enjoy the view!  My sister-in-law who lives on the street behind us, actually drove by and asked if I needed a ride.  But, this was the best part of the storm!  Before it actually unleashes!  So I thanked her and my pup and I continued.  As I approached my house, big droplets began to fall.  We just got inside and then hail, larger than pea-sized, pelted the house. 

Now, once I saw the wall cloud and then the darkening sky, I knew what was coming.  I didn’t take a Sunday stroll, oblivious to what was going on all around me, but neither was I afraid.  I had no idea the storm, though swift, would get that violent, and I was so thankful that my dog and I weren’t bombarded with the shards of ice falling from the sky.  I knew my destination.  Though the beginning signs of a storm are exciting, I knew that the assault would really begin, and soon.  I was focused on getting home, but anxiety didn’t color my journey.  I didn’t have to wonder what would follow after the first indications of weather change.  Wall clouds lead to wind, lightning, and rain.  I didn’t know there would be hail, but I prepared to be in the shelter.

This is how Christ expects us to act when we see the clues he gave us about his return.  We are on a journey and recognize the signs of the impending storm.  We aren’t to be anxious and fearful, but remain vigilant and focused on our destination.  Though catastrophe and destruction swirls around us, we know that these things lead to our redemption and so we take joy in His soon coming.  The damage and pain in this world is heart-wrenching, but it cannot weigh our hearts down in dissipation and overwhelming anxiety. All the while we pray for the afflicted, persecuted, and those who don’t have the Hope that we hold on to…our Shelter from the storm.

Watch, dear brothers and sisters!  Don’t get hung up on only one part of the message.  There is so much more to what Jesus was trying to tell us….

Muslim Brotherhood: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

February 3, 2011 4 comments

Muslim Brotherhood with Arabic Caption - "Prepare"

I’ll be writing and researching this in more depth, but I felt it imperative to get this out ASAP. This is the group likely to take control of Egypt and who the liberal left seem to think are not a threat. I beg to differ…. Here is just one highlight of the actual scanned document. Please read it’s entirety. Forward to anyone you know. This is THEIR plan for OUR country!!!

Goals of the Muslim Brotherhood – actual document. Highlight on Page 21: “4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North America:

“The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen be equal.”

http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf.

The Bible – Reliable News Source, Thousands of Years in the Making

January 30, 2011 13 comments

Egypt Erupts in Riots and Looting

If you have flicked on the T.V. and watched headlines for even a brief moment within the last few days, you are aware that something major is going on the Middle East, specifically Egypt.  As a self-described “news junky,” and a student of the Bible, it’s as though I am reading one source in the same.  One difference, the Bible was written in the span of 1500 years, hundreds to thousands of years ago.  With the amount of media coverage that the chaos in Egypt is receiving, it was natural for me to open the “Good Book” and see what may have been written about the topic.  What I found is staggering…

Isaiah 19

A Prophecy Against Egypt

1 A prophecy against Egypt:

See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud

and is coming to Egypt.

The idols of Egypt tremble before him,

and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.

2 “I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—

brother will fight against brother,

neighbor against neighbor,

city against city,

kingdom against kingdom.(emphasis added) 

3 The Egyptians will lose heart,

and I will bring their plans to nothing;

they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,

the mediums and the spiritists.

4 I will hand the Egyptians over

to the power of a cruel master,

and a fierce king will rule over them,”

declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

—————————————–

Ezekiel 30

   A Lament Over Egypt

 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

   “‘Wail and say,

   “Alas for that day!”

3 For the day is near,

   the day of the LORD is near—

a day of clouds,

   a time of doom for the nations.

4 A sword will come against Egypt,

   and anguish will come upon Cush.[a]

When the slain fall in Egypt,

   her wealth will be carried away

   and her foundations torn down.

 5 Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

 6 “‘This is what the LORD says:

   “‘The allies of Egypt will fall

   and her proud strength will fail.

From Migdol to Aswan

   they will fall by the sword within her,

            declares the Sovereign LORD.

7 “‘They will be desolate

   among desolate lands,

and their cities will lie

   among ruined cities.

8 Then they will know that I am the LORD,

   when I set fire to Egypt

   and all her helpers are crushed.”

For skeptics of the Bible, let me ask you a question. 

How do you explain this??

Hyperinflation: To Prepare or Not to Prepare.

November 20, 2010 2 comments

Hyperinflation: Tanking the dollar.

If you have watched the news, read the paper, or spoken to co-workers, it’s likely that you have heard speculation about “hyperinflation”.  If you haven’t or aren’t sure what hyperinflation is, Wikipedia defines it as:

The main cause of hyperinflation is a massive and rapid increase in the amount of money that is not supported by a corresponding growth in the output of goods and services. This results in an imbalance between the supply and demand for the money (including currency and bank deposits), accompanied by a complete loss of confidence in the money, similar to a bank run. Enactment of legal tender laws and price controls to prevent discounting the value of paper money relative to gold, silver, hard currency, or commodities, fail to force acceptance of a paper money which lacks intrinsic value. If the entity responsible for printing a currency promotes excessive money printing, with other factors contributing a reinforcing effect, hyperinflation usually continues. Often the body responsible for printing the currency cannot physically print paper currency faster than the rate at which it is devaluing, thus neutralizing their attempts to stimulate the economy.

If you find that to be econobabble, let me give a rough layman’s explanation.  Basically, when a government spends money faster than the growth of the economy and then prints the paper currency, as though the Rockefeller Christmas tree is pretty and a mutant money tree, given enough time, hyperinflation can result.  That’s the “how”.  Here’s the “what” it actually is:  suddenly any commodity, food, fuel, and other everyday item costs skyrocket.  Items can reach costs that are upwards of ten times their previous value. 

 Is this possible

Are Michelle Obama’s shoes worth more than my house? 

Uh, yeah.

Given the fact that our government for the last two years has enjoyed a multi-trillion dollar spending spree, we now find that, guess whatThere’s no money left! (I’ll take “Economics 101” for $2000, Alex.)  So, it seems that we have a problem that could lead to a massive problem.  And by massive, I mean “Houston, we have a problem,” kind of problem.

So.  For the Christian, what should our direction be? 

As with any understanding, balance is essential.  For the believer, balance is only possible with full reliance and dependence upon Christ.  Regarding this issue, many Christians will take an unbalanced perspective and action. In pursuit of understanding what my reaction should be and knowing that I have never been faced with this type of crisis before, I have consulted the bible.  For the believer, this is the most fundamental source of inspiration and faith, but also a great source for historical documentation into past crisis events.  In reflection, I believe that there are two common unbalanced reactions to the prospect of crisis. Neither of these actions is correct.

The first, common reaction, is (let’s call it the “manna” mindset) is to dismiss any pondering of hyperinflation.  Our Manna friends maintain the view that God will provide at the point of need, therefore any prior contemplation and preparation is unnecessary and frankly, a lack of faith.  However, it is important to look back at scripture to realize that God often forewarned of coming disaster.  His purpose was to spur on action in preparation for the coming crisis.  The most similar example from scripture to hyperinflation is the story found in Genesis 41.  Pharaoh has a dream.  Joseph is the only person who is dependent upon God to interpret the dream.  The interpretation is that their will be seven years of plentiful crop and seven years of famine.  Once the message is understood, God provides direction to prepare for the coming food crisis.  So in response to our “Manna from the sky” friends, God many times provided wisdom (for those who earnestly sought him and were paying attention) in that he prompted preparation for the coming difficulties.  Please understand that I am not removing the faith element or power of Almighty God, if He wants to provide by sending manna from heaven or a bucket of KFC©, He will and He most certainly can!!

The second less common reaction by believers is to overreact.  In other words: FREAK. OUT (let’s refer to this group as our “pandemonium” mindset).  This is a fear-based overreaction that leaves God out of the equation completely and takes what we must do to prepare in sole view.  When contemplating a crisis, Pandemoniums remove God (most often, not intentionally) from provider and place their own abilities and knowledge at the forefront of action.  At even the hint of any speculative problem, Pandemoniums will allow their fear to interrupt daily living and joy.  There is so much emphasis placed upon what we must do, that God is placed in a carefully gift-wrapped box to collect dust.  The bible speaks against this, as well.  In Genesis 17, we are introduced to a widow, her son, and Elijah.  Elijah has been traveling and is weary, hungry, and thirsty.  When he asks the widow for food and drink, she is happy to provide him water, but hesitant to feed him.  She only has one meal left for herself and her son.  She even says following the meal they will go and die.  Not a good scenario, very bleak, indeed.  However, Elijah, with direction from the Lord, encourages her, telling her that God will provide.  She trusts and her food supplies never run out.  This is amazing testament of God’s supernatural provision!  He did it then and he most certainly can do it now.  However, it is important to understand that many times God chooses to stretch our faith in different ways, demanding our attention and our preparation. 

We are unable to have a clear, balanced mindset without the full reliance upon Christ.  We can know that He will provide!  His provision may include foreknowledge to spur preparation or it may come in our bleakest hour, in supernatural ways.  I cannot specify what exactly He would have you and your family to do in these daunting times, but I encourage you to seek Him and ask.  He will lead you to take the proper action and you will be blessed in following His guidance.

A Planet in Peril

These are strange times, indeed.  I don’t mean just the election or the political scenarios, though that is a huge indicator.  No, I mean the way of the world.  This shift in all things: morality, respectability, honor, endeavors, and motives.  It’s like the world is spinning in the opposite direction.  Like the sun is rising in the west and setting in the east.  And what is so disturbing is that few notice it!  It bereaves my soul to see how many people are just wasting away.  Letting the hours go by without a thought to what is going on in the world today.  They climb their career ladders and lust after the pleasures this temporary place has to offer. 

 Does anyone else notice the earth careening, seemingly out of control?  Are there really so few who see it? 

Yet, I know that it is not all for naught.  There is a greater purpose.  Jesus.  It is all about Him.  “He is before all things and in Him all things hold together,” Colossians 1:17(NIV).  The only thing that keeps this planet spinning in its proper (at least in the physical sense) place is the authority of the Almighty. 

The scientific community and  environmentalists think that the threat we face is global warming.  As though by changing light bulbs and recycling could save the danger that plagues all mankind!  Save the whales on the way to hell?  Really?  There is no mistake that we should take care of what the Creator bestowed upon us.  Even when mankind was thrust from the garden and cast out into a lonely world, God still allowed our landing-place to be the beauty of Earth.  Our original purpose was to tend the land and oversee the animals, ironically!  It seems we have come full circle.  Yet, when man-made the choice to forsake his intended purpose and design, we thru away any hope of keeping our simple, beautiful existence. 

How laughable that people today think that the human race is contingent upon what we can do!  How sad that the pursuit of so many today is not how they can serve their Creator, but how they can serve themselves and the creation.  It is true that the lives of so many hang in the balance.  But the ultimate reason is not because of the diminishing state of the physical world.  There is no amount of saved carbon footprints, no measure of energy refinement, no emission law that will save this planet.  It is a ticking time bomb.  Why? 

Because of pollution? 

Because of our dependence upon oil? 

No, not even that! 

Our sin tainted this earth and began the demise in state, long ago.  It’s like that part in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy steps out of the trailer and suddenly sees the blaze of color.  Only imagine it in a slow reversal.  The longer we go the colors continue to fade.  We have gone from a radiant state to the infiltration of a colorless decay.  Only this time there is no good witch from the north to give us ruby slippers.  We can’t just click three times to return to our home.  This isn’t a fairytale.

It amazes me that God had purpose for me.  I was to be in this time.  Though none of what is going on in the world surprises me (hint: Daniel 7 and 12,Ezekial 38 and 39, Matthew 24, 2Thessalonians 2), I am almost in a constant state of amazement.  Everything He said is true.  Everything that was.  Everything that is.  Everything that He said will be is happening before my incredulous eyes.  I don’t worry about much, though the prospect of where this world is leading is daunting, to be sure.  I rely on the Lord, day-to-day.  I give thanks to Him for the generous gift of seeing the bible come to life, of having my faith met with such blessed revelation. 

I cannot help but cry out to those who are asleep at the wheel!  Those who are supposed to be sounding the alarm and those who do not know that there is hope!  That this life isn’t all there is and that the state of this world and its demise is the work of man, but not due to the energy crisis!  We are in a salvation crisis!  The physical world is decaying along with the state of men! Polls show that most Americans do not believe that Cap and Trade will save our nation, but do they also know that nothing will?  Nothing within you or I can save us!  Only Jesus Christ can save.  This world is spinning out of control because of our lack of dependence upon God. 

Ironic in the most absolute degree:  Earth is doomed because of mankind, but not from climate change!

Without a Savior we are doomed because of sin.  We wanted our own way in the garden and God gave it to us.  This world in its self-idolatry is again crying out for our independence from God and He is giving it to us!  How much more power will men try to wrestle away from God?  Though it cannot be manipulated or forced away from His hand, He eventually gives us what we ask for. 

 Now we have a planet in peril

Israel’s King David penned these words millennia before this time, but I wonder if he was inspired for this very moment in our Earth’s history,

Psalm 12-14 (New International Version)

Psalm 12

1 Help, LORD, for no one is faithful anymore;

   those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;

   they flatter with their lips

   but harbor deception in their hearts.

  3 May the LORD silence all flattering lips

   and every boastful tongue—

4 those who say,

   “By our tongues we will prevail;

   our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

 5 “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

   I will now arise,” says the LORD.

   “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

6 And the words of the LORD are flawless,

   like silver purified in a crucible,

   like gold refined seven times.

 7 You, LORD, will keep the needy safe

   and will protect us forever from the wicked,

8 who freely strut about

   when what is vile is honored by the human race.

Psalm 13

1 How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?

   How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

   and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

   How long will my enemy triumph over me?

 3 Look on me and answer, LORD my God.

   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,

4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”

   and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

 5 But I trust in your unfailing love;

   my heart rejoices in your salvation.

6 I will sing the LORD’s praise,

   for he has been good to me.

Psalm 14

1 The fool says in his heart,

   “There is no God.”

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;

   there is no one who does good.

 2 The LORD looks down from heaven

   on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,

   any who seek God.

3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;

   there is no one who does good,

   not even one.

 4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?

   They devour my people as though eating bread;

   they never call on the LORD.

5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,

   for God is present in the company of the righteous.

6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,

   but the LORD is their refuge.

 7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

   When the LORD restores his people,

   let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Does any of this sound familiar?  Wake up, people! 

Our salvation isn’t somewhere over the climate changed rainbow….

%d bloggers like this: