Bible Ballistics: BBs #191 Not Stressed But Saddened???
What a sad “state” of affairs we have seen in America these last few weeks, and the events of recent days have grieved my heart to the extreme. I just want to call us to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, And PRAY for our nation—for our world! What have we come to when we butcher our law officers, and jail public officials who have a conscience to obey God rather than man? I would never have thought I would see these things in my lifetime.
How did we get here? The same way the old joke says, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”, we have taken one step after another after another and another and we’re still seemingly marching on to that same drummer with no compunction to avoid or fear what is at the end of that road, or to realize where that road is leading.
A pastor was sharing recently that part of the torment of hell would be the ‘absence of God’. As I heard and pondered that thought, it came to my mind and heart that we are seeing that very principle today. America and the world have rejected the good news of the gospel of salvation, the Word of God, the Son of God and the God of the Son!!! And by that ‘excusing’ of God from our midst what do we see? A world gone amuck –terrorists on every hand –rejection of authority (Partly because we have raised, trained and educated a whole generation who refuse to accept responsibility for their own actions—therefore all actions are acceptable and blame free!)—A world on the verge of anarchy.
Anarchy: a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
So, why am I belaboring the issue? Because so many seem to be oblivious to where we are, or just don’t care, but I must at least speak and try to awake those who are willing to be ‘awakened’!
O ye heavens, at this,
and be horribly afraid,
be ye very desolate, saith the Lord.
13 For my people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns,
that can hold no water.” Jer. 2:12-13
We ‘earth dwellers’, and especially those who have claimed to know the God of the universe, the creator of all things, and His Son Jesus Christ, have abandoned and forsaken HIS truth for the lies of the enemy.
“But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:40-47
As I am often known to say, “saying so, doesn’t make it so”! Just saying you are a “Christian”, a “Believer”, a person of “Faith”, doesn’t make it so! What makes it so is “being born again” by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, through repentance and faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, for our sin debt!!! (See John 1:11-13 & John 3:3-19) If we know Him, we will have a new heart and peace with God—that means we will be in right relationship with God through Jesus and follow HIM! I believe it is virtually impossible to follow Jesus and reject HIS Word(s)! I CAN NOT truly love Jesus and His Father God and reject His Word or the principles that it proclaims!!! Yes, I said CAN NOT!!! I don’t usually spend this much time sharing my own thoughts but I am compelled by the harm that is barely at bay; to warn us all of the impending danger if we don’t repent and get right with God. And to call genuine believers in Jesus to “stand fast in the evil day”, for we are there!
Are you ready for the onslaught of evil? Are you prepared to pay the price for “standing fast” with Jesus and to His Word? Are you focused on our Lord and God, or on this world and all it’s deceitful pleasures? Are you bothered by the vulgar, the crude, and the immoral things going on around us? Or are you part of the vulgar, the crude and the immoral and excusing it as “OK”? We MUST examine ourselves and ask God to “search my heart” and “lead me in the way everlasting” (See Psalm139:23-24). James sums it up pretty well:
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:
let your laughter be turned to mourning,
and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,
and he shall lift you up.” James 4:4-10
The choice is yours. Submit yourselves to God or the Devil. But be sure you have checked out the consequences of each choice. The days of the Devil are at hand, are you sure you’re on the right side? We who belong to God will win, but there may be suffering before the victory. Are you ready? You better get ready—the days are at hand!
“It is a faithful saying:
For if we be dead with him,
we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer,
we shall also reign with him:
if we deny him,
he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not,
yet he abideth faithful:
he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:11-13
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution.
2 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:12-13
Please don’t be deceived and miss Jesus!!!