The darkness creates illusions. The only power the darkness has is to convince you that there is no light. The darkness takes hope away. It makes things look like nothing is going to work out for you...your future promises no change... your hopes are dashed...your dreams are dead...and all you are left with are hard questions. "Do you see what I see?" This question will be a dividing line in these Last Days - bringing a separation among the people. What or Who are you seeing in the midst of your "storms" or "battles"? God's Good News has come into a Bad News world. But you have to LOOK for the Good News. You have to believe that God can bring the BEST OF TIMES in the midst of the WORST OF TIMES in your circumstances.
There are two reasons why people backslide today. One reason is because sin is no longer loathed or rejected as something abominable, detestable, loathsome, or repulsive. The second reason is because these same people take on the worldly mindset that says - "It's all about ME!" In order to avoid backsliding, don't follow JESUS based on a temporal advantage... don't set up camp in this world...and don't allow anyone or anything to steal your love away from Him!
How many people are really walking with God? What does it entail? Are you one of them? You can confess that you are "walking with God" all day long. You can lie and even convince those around you that you are doing so. BUT GOD KNOWS! He knows those who are truly "walking" with Him - as Enoch and Noah. No one - absolutely no one - is "walking with God" who is walking in sin or after the ways of the world and the flesh. It's time - like never before - to GET REAL!
Matthew Henry, the BIble Commentator, considers "giving thanks" to the Lord as paying rent to Him for all of His manifold blessings. To withhold thanksgiving would be very unjust. Have you paid your rent to Jesus for the blessings of this day...this week...this month...or this year? All He asks is that you pay by continually "giving thanks" for all of His benefits.
"Let us never fear as to the future. Jesus is now reigning - though all His enemies are not subdued. He is in the place of power. His dominion is in no jeopardy. He sits because all is safe, and He sits at Jehovah's right hand because omnipotence waits to accomplish His will, Therefore, there is no cause for alarm whatever may happen in the lower world; the sight of Jesus enthroned in divine glory is the sure guarantee that all things are moving onward towards ultimate victory." (Charles Spurgeon) Nothing is so comforting and so animating as to see JESUS at the right hand of God! Do you see Him there today?
Everyone hates to hear "bad news." It is every person's worst nightmare. Only you can imagine what that "bad news" would be for you. It doesn't matter what place or position you have in life - you are not and will never be exempt from receiving "bad news." For example, whether you are rich or poor, male or female, young or old, black or white, married or single, Christian or non-Christian, your life throughout will consist of hearing "good news" as well as the "bad." From this study, we see how it is possible for the believer to enjoy freedom from all fear in the upcoming, "perilous times." It all begins with "trusting in the Lord."
God promises security and protection from all evil for those who remain in close fellowship with Him. Yet, as we look around today in our society, or even in the church world, we see people who really don't have time for God or who are not much interested in pursuing or maintaining a closer walk with Him. Why is that? This study will pinpoint the cause for such unreasonable behavior.
The Cloud is speaking. It has a message for you today. Do you know what it is saying? It is speaking of the Father's love and concern for you as you travel through this worldly "wilderness." It is speaking of revival in answer to repentance from all idolatry. It is speaking of having an encounter with God...the glory coming into the Church in answer to man's obedience ...and moving with God at His command. It is also speaking of how sin brings loss of spiritual vision, influence, and answers to prayer. How imperative it is that the Church receives and heeds these messages from the Meaningful Cloud.
"We would like to think that the best always win, that the deserving are always rewarded. But our experience shows that expectations are not always realized." (Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary) "Hardly anything in this upside-down world comes out the way it should. Life isn't always fair! The Good Man isn't always remembered. Wise words are often ignored while foolishness is given the blue ribbon." (David Jeremiah) It's always better to act wisely, But as oftentimes is the case, wisdom does not ostensibly pay off - due to the wickedness of foolish people. However, we should still act wisely and not be discouraged - for there is a God in Heaven Who is overseeing the world and acknowledging the good that we do.
Do you have GIANTS in your life who are opposing you on every front? Do they mock you every time you venture forth in the purpose or plan that God has ordained for you? Did you know that the key to bringing down your GIANTS is found in your PRAISE? Seeing the Invisible God and knowing Him to be the GREAT GOD that He is - GOD ALONE and above all gods - will enable you to take down your GIANTS once and for all. You are called to be a GIANT KILLER.
The Father is seeking "true worshipers" who will worship Him "in spirit" and "in truth." He uses affliction to cause His people to worship Him "in spirit" - with their whole heart engaged and their will in total submission to His will. He uses the word of "reproof" - personally or through His ministers - to cause them to worship Him "in truth" - without any hypocrisy. He has ordained that all of His ministers be "reprovers in the gate." They are called to be "watchman" - seeing that nothing hinders the people from being "true worshipers" of the Father.
"True religion is a determined purpose to do right, and not to do wrong, whatever may be the consequences, in either case. It matters not what follows - wealth or poverty; honor or dishonor; good report or evil report; life or death; the mind is firmly fixed on doing right, and not on doing wrong...whatever may be the result in regard to us, our determination is settled." (Barnes' Notes) "Come what may, this is who I am, and this is my commitment. If an enemy ship wants to try to blow me out of the water, that is up to him. My colors are nailed to the mast." (Preacher's Commentary) O Saint of God, are your "colors nailed to the mast"? Are you defiantly displaying your beliefs and determined to hold onto them until the end?
What sort of God? Are you feeling insecure...worrying about the future... worrying about what's going to happen? What sort of God? Is He world-changing, life-changing, city-changing, or nation-changing? Is He powerful enough to save ...to change your society? If you don't believe that anything can be changed, and you feel like giving up - perhaps it is time to start wondering what God you have! What sort of God? Awakenings and revivals begin when people ask - What sort of God? Behold your God! This is your God! Here is your God! It's time to remove the limits off of Him!
"When God's people compromise with the world and turn away from obeying God's righteous ways, He calls them to repent, confess their spiritual poverty and seek His face. Christ wants all churches to examine their spiritual state in the light of the New Testament and its standards. Like Isaiah, today's prophets should call for repentance, humility, tears, prayer, and fasting, rather than frivolity." (Life in the Spirit Study Bible) IT'S NOT TIME TO PARTY!
"...God's glory, majesty, and holiness demand that those who serve Him also must be holy. Churches today likewise need a vision of God as holy in their midst, the King and Judge, the Lord Almighty." (Life in the Spirit Study Bible) Several people - mentioned in the Bible - got a glimpse of God's terrible majesty and had a notable reaction. Isaiah was one of them. Seeing God's terrible majesty caused him to ultimately cry out for cleansing. Oh! How we - as the Church - need that same vision today!
Men reach extraordinary elevations in Christ who want to. You must intend to be godly. You are what you design to be. You possess as much of Jesus as you want. You possess the character which you intend to possess. You gain only what you mean to gain. The life of a Christian is a growth. A little child becomes a young man who then becomes a father in Christ. Matthew Henry said - "Christians are utterly to blame who do not endeavor to grow in grace and knowledge." IT'S TIME TO GROW UP!
Are we living in Noah's world? Do you see a similarity between our society and Noah's? Is our society wicked, violent, ungodly, and refusing to listen to the righteous word of God? Is our society denying the Lord Jesus a place - doing whatever it wants without any thought to what He wants? Is our society preached to over and over again about the need to repent and turn to God - only to ignore and ridicule the warnings? Has not our society grieved God with its rebellion and sin? Then, yes, we have to agree with Jesus that we are indeed that Last Days' generation living in Noah's world!
One thing the Church needs is the power of God resting upon it in order to serve Christ effectively. The Church Needs Divine Power! The world is filled with spiritual deadness and spiritual carelessness. People's hearts are closed to the truth. The world has no desire after God. It is not eagerly waiting to hear of a Savior. We must come back to the understanding that the Power of the Church comes from the Holy Spirit and not from man. Nowadays God's work is going backwards instead of forwards. Churches and Christian schools are shrivelling up and shutting down or compromising. There is one alternative - ENDUEMENT!
How does the needy church pray when - in the midst of wicked and evil days - she faces an acceleration of a departure from God within her society? David offered this prayer in Psalm 119:126, which says - "It is time for Thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void Thy law." It is so important to understand that when the Bible is discarded, a flood of wickedness always follows. Consequently, it is time for the people of God to sigh and cry out to the Lord - for evil men, seducers, men of corrupt minds, scoffers, mockers, and babblers are presently seeking to "make void" God's Word.
What gives you the power, strength, and courage to - withstand the king's wrath ...stand against the tide of unbelief and doubt...do your God-given duty no matter the consequences...live for God in a hostile pagan world...and keep the faith in spite of severe testing, discouragement, and much trouble? Ask Noah, Moses, Caleb, Job, the three Hebrew children, Daniel, and Paul. They each will attest that Faith in God is MIGHTY indeed!
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Great message Connie. Jeff