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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.

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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….

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.

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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??

God Has Everything Under Control

October 30, 2009 4 comments

Thursday, October 29, 2009

David Wilkerson http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/

The whole world is trembling right now over the outbreak of terror and calamities happening throughout the earth. Every day we wake up to learn of another disaster. Some observers say we are witnessing the beginnings of World War III. Non-believers are becoming convinced there are no solutions left, that everything is spinning into chaos because there is no “all-seeing governance.” But God’s people know differently. We know there is no reason to fear, because the Bible reminds us again and again the Lord has everything under control. Nothing happens in the world without his knowledge and governance. The Psalmist writes, “The kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations” (Psalm 22:28). Likewise, the prophet Isaiah declares to the world, “Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein” (Isaiah 34:1). He’s saying, “Listen, nations, and give me your ear. I want to tell you something important about the Creator of the world.” Isaiah states that when God’s indignation is aroused against nations and their armies, it is the Lord himself who delivers them to slaughter. “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance…. All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing…. It is he [God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers…. To whom then will ye liken me?” (Isaiah 40:15, 17, 22, 25). Isaiah then speaks to God’s people, who are battered and troubled by world events. He counsels, “Look up to the sky, to the glorious heavens. Behold the millions of stars placed there. Your God created and named every one. Are you not more precious to him than they are? So, fear not.” We are to know there is a map in heaven, a plan that our Father has outlined for the course of history. And he knows the end from the beginning. As this plan comes to fruition, I believe we are to ask ourselves this question: “Where is the Lord’s eye focused in all this?” God’s eye is not focused on the world’s tin-god dictators or their threats. Scripture assures us these wild men’s bombs, armies and powers are as nothing to the Lord. He laughs at them as mere specks of dust, and soon he will blow them all away (see Isaiah 40:23-24). ”

Isaiah 40:23-24 (New International Version)

 23 He brings princes to naught
       and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. 24 No sooner are they planted,
       no sooner are they sown,
       no sooner do they take root in the ground,
       than he blows on them and they wither,
       and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

 

Rapid-fire Rumblers – Michael Mickey 10/8/2009

Luke 21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Are we seeing prophetic fulfillment in this area of late or what? In the last 6 days, October 2nd thru 8th (and the day isn’t over I might add), there have been 10 historic level quakes (magnitude 6.0 or greater), 7 of which have occurred within the last 24 hours according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Upon reading these statistics, many of you will be taken back in memory to the recent quake that struck Samoa causing a tidal wave that wiped out entire villages and the quakes that struck Indonesia, killing well over 1,100 people. Demonstrative of how frequently these dramatic events foretold in bible prophecy have been occurring, would it surprise you to learn that neither the Samoan or Indonesian quakes are included in the numbers quoted in the previous paragraph? Believe it or not, they aren’t! Those quakes took place outside the USGS’s 7-day report window I used to document the quake activity above! Staggering to consider, isn’t it? But try telling most people in our world today, even Christians, that Christ’s return is so near the earth seems to be trembling in anticipation and see what kind of looks you’ll get, not to mention off-the-wall comments.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, if there has ever been an hour when the Church needs to be sounding the alert that Jesus Christ is coming soon, that time is now!

Through events being documented in the news of our world today, the Lord is not only calling us to action, He’s giving some interesting information to share with a lost and dying world – information that is more than convincing that the times we’re living in are anything but ‘business as usual.’

The King is coming, Church! Who can we prayerfully share that message with today, even if it’s as subtle as dropping a friend or loved one an e-mail? Think on it. Pray on it. Act on it! We’re running out of time.

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Strangers in a Foreign Land

The last 24 hours my mind has been increasing diverted to things outside the realm of worldly logic.  By now you know that this has been a mental pattern that I adopt, but there is something different.  It is difficult to express.  Which, you can imagine, must be complex given my proclivity to animated descriptives.  But, I came across a passage of scripture tonight which only further drove me to this metamorphosis. 

A bit of background:  This passage is a historical reflection of Jewish saints of the past, Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham.  Each were greatly favored by God and foundational to the legacy of the Jewish people on to Jesus.  At the time this was written each of these people were gone, all dead, except for Enoch who had the distinct priviledge of being taken immediately to Heaven without dying.  (He must have been an amazing person, God allowed him to skip that certain fate of man.) 

Hebrews 11:13-15

13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

I must confess that these words are a difficult “act to follow,” as they say.  I’m quite sure there is nothing that I could possibly say to build on the fantastic prospect that God has for us, as so eloquently penned here.  In this day, when our country is so divided, when threats face our nation, when the world seems on the brink of destruction, I have this hope.  This is why I do not worry.   When my heart beats its last or when I am swept up on the wings of the wind at the archangel’s shout, I have this to look forward to.  Right now I am a stranger in a foreign land.  My home is not this Earth.  My mind, my heart of hearts knows that I am destined for another country.  I am merely on a journey, on the verge of finding my home land.  My God has prepared a city for me.  This life is merely a preclude to the next.  I call Him My God and He is not ashamed to call me His child.

Awaiting my final destination,

Jennifer

Becoming Malleable – Part 3

Fall.  Autumn.  Ahh, the scent of a bonfire.  There is no greater fragrance that marks a season.  I often wonder if that is one of the reasons that God was so pleased with burnt offerings in the Old Testament.  Who doesn’t love the smell of burning leaves?  But then I realized that the sacrifice was not leaves, but animals and then it dawned on me!  God isn’t most pleased with a bonfire, but a BAR-B-Q!!  I love a good bonfire, but I love me some barbeque, too!  Amen?! 

The better, more theological answer to the question about why God was so pleased with burnt offerings (other than the tantalizing smell of ribs) is the cost.  People didn’t just stop at the supermarket to find the cheapest sirloins and slap ’em down on the barby.  They had to select a perfect, flawless animal.  Where was their wealth in those days?  Did people trade on the stock market?  NO, of course not.  Their wealth was in their livestock.  And selecting the finest of their wealth  was a sacrifice (hmmm…Gucci goat or Chanel cattle?).

Dictionary.com lists a definition of sacrifice as, “the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.”  By taking some of their wealth and offering it to God they were gaining more:  the favor of the Almighty.  Now, my purpose in this discussion is not to talk about tithing, although that is important.  Do we really think that God needs our wealth (or money)?  He owns everything…He made everything, He can do anything He wants.   But what is it that He wants most of all?  You.  Ironically, the thing He wants, He loves more than anything else He created is the one thing He gives free will to.  He made us, but unless we come and surrender to Him, He doesn’t own or possess us. 

For those of us who have come to Him, are we living in full devotion to Him?  Do we daily consecrate our lives for His service?  Not to serve ourselves, but Him.  Do you ask yourself:

“What is my purpose in life?”

“Am I effective?” 

“Am I making a difference, a real difference in the world?” 

Perhaps you never have.  Maybe you’ve just accepted the daily grind, as simply “your life”.  You run the rat race in your new Nike’s content with the food pellets this world has to offer, when a barbeque lies just outside the maze. 

Psalm 51:10-13 again,

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
       and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 11 Do not cast me from your presence
       or take your Holy Spirit from me.

 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
       and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
       and sinners will turn back to you. (NIV, 1984)

Why is it that so many people are contented with what this world has to offer?  More specifically, why is the church content with this world?  So many live straddling the fence, hoping their church membership and family legacy will be enough to buy them into the Kingdom.  They blend in hoping not to attract attention with their personal belief system, leading a double life of sorts, one identity in the church, quite another Monday through Saturday.  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide have nothing on these people. 

Verses 10b -13 are unachievable without a purification from the Lord.  Without being purified, you will have a weary spirit.  Without purification you cannot have the Holy Spirit, you will not have joy or sustenance, and you will certainly not lead sinners back to Christ!  Why is it that Christians think we can go “half-cocked” into the world and lead others to Christ when we ourselves are a HOT MESS?!  Talk about ineffective and damaging to the church!  Understand I am not saying we are perfect, but we can be PURIFIED!!  And only a constant surrender and submission to Christ will continue that lifetime purification process that will allow us to lead others to the feet of Jesus.

Here’s the deal, we are running out of time.  Wait. You don’t know what I am talking about?!  Read the international headlines!  Earthquakes, famine, one-world order, it’s all there folks!  I know, some of you are gonna say, “We don’t know the day or the hour.”  You’re right, but guess what Jesus said FIRST in that same breath, “Therefore keep watch..” (Mt. 24:42)  KEEP WATCH!  So what are you doin’ asleep at the wheel?!  WAKE UP!

Jesus said,

42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

What are we to watch for?  Read Matthew 24. Jesus gives specific things to watch for.  There is so much going on RIGHT. NOW.  You blink and you are going to miss it.  C’mon people, I am gettin’ blessed just reading the news!!  Jesus is coming so soon.  His Word is ALIVE!!!  Hallelujah!

Eagerly anticipating that BIG barbeque in the sky,

Jenn

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