John 8:36 - So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free.

Galatians 5:1 - We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law.

This is my journey.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Will I Be Ready?

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:42-44

The world can be a vastly frightening place – more so every day. Violent attitudes and actions daily, almost worsening before our very eyes. Yet many Christians have slipped into a slumber, believing persecution will not come to us here, almost that our American comfort makes us invincible.

We cannot count on our “rapture” teachings to protect us from persecution on this earth. The attitude of the world and promoted especially by the media, is one of intense and extreme hatred against Christians. That is not long from boiling over into massively violent acts against Christians. Will we be ready when that time comes?

There have been 2 times in history in which God has intervened in history in a worldwide manner. The first, when He flooded the earth in Noah's day, and the second, when He sent Jesus to turn the world upside down. These two events had something in common.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ...But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6: 5,8b

There was only evil everywhere on the earth, and other than Noah people living completely in carnality. So God destroyed the world as they knew it and remade it anew. At the time Jesus came to the earth, the Roman empire ruled most of the known world. It was a time of extreme violence, rampant sexual immorality, and complete godlessness.

I believe that is where our world is going to be once again when God intervenes on a worldwide scale for the last time – at the second coming of Jesus. This next up and coming generation has grown up filling their minds and hearts with the most horrifyingly violent and immoral images and ideas through the media. The majority of this insatiable beast of violence is aimed directly at those following Christ.

Will I be ready when the time comes, in the face of persecution and death, to look them in the eyes and claim Jesus before men? Am I ready to give up every worldly comfort in favor of spreading God's word and love?

Once again I am reminded and convicted to devote myself to prayer, daily, hourly. That is the only place that true change and miracles happen – on my knees before the wondrous God, the Creator of the universe!

Pray at all times as the Spirit inspires you. Keep watch, together with sustained prayer and supplication for all the holy ones. Ephesians 6:18

Do not be anxious about anything. In everything resort to prayer and supplication together with thanksgiving and bring your requests before God. Philippians 4:6

A video series about the messages hollywood is sending through movies/TV.

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