How are you holding up?
The Bllue Ridge Mountains
God's love in us is our greatest weapon against evil.
How are you holding up? We live in an ever increasing evil world. Headlines in any paper paint a bleak picture of what lies ahead for our global civilization who have turned their backs on God. There are literally millions who fear what the future holds for themselves and their families. It truly is frightening the lack of knowledge of the Word of God and what He has planned. Many have made goals and hopes for the new year that includes world peace, prosperity, and nations getting along.
But the Word of God defines a battle that is not going to get better, but much worse. To disagree with this position is to ignore the obvious and the God of this age? One overlooked truth, found in the Bible, is unsaved mankind of today lives under the control of Satan. Take for example the Muslim attack on innocent people in Orlando and San Bernadino, CA. Or the knife and gun attack by Islamics on a group of tourist in Egypt. Where ever evil erupts God's love is the answer. It has become not popular to say this, in fact, they may call me a nut or whatever. However, so be it. Yes, I realize it is politically incorrect to say mankind instead of humanity. Political correctness plagiarized the Word of God in any case. Christians do not need political correctness to be polite, caring, non-judgmental, and loving to everyone we meet. The lost, the atheist, the agnostic, the Satanist, and the hurting and confused.
On another subject, our President has made it harder for the average citizen to acquire a gun while the criminals, gangs, and organized crime can acquire guns without the government requirement anytime of any day. Do not think taking guns from everyday people will keep them out of the hands of criminals. It is foolish to think that way. After all, organized crime helps keep the average population in check through fear. Paul says of the Christian, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1.7)
We are in the midst of warfare between the material world and the supernatural world which is by far the superior of the two, the subject of which stands not preached very often. (2nd Corinthians 10:4-5) Where preached, not too many Christians will even acknowledge we are in a war. However, if one understands the supernatural created the material world, should it not stand to reason? Christians are “more than conquerors” in this battle. (Romans 8.37)
Before that which precedes the famous Romans verse, for the myopic it reads,
“Who shall ever separate us from Christ's love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. [Psalm 44:22] Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Amplified Romans 8.35-39)
A series of verses for and about Christians who have turned their life over to Jesus Christ. Have you? It was comforting for the coming persecution that Paul, Peter, and the others faced then which we are facing more and more now. Persecuted simply for their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The reason Christians feels as if they are being mistreated or persecuted by the followers of Satan is that they do not believe they can hold up to that mistreatment or persecution and show the love of Christ Jesus. Nevertheless, God is a God of justice, and He will not stand for anyone or anything hurting his children for too long. If Christians do what our Father has asked them to do, He will always bring justice in our life. If evil has hurt you, God will give you double for your trouble. You can count on this.
It was David who said, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. [Psalm 23:3, 4] The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever–forsake not the works of Your own hands. [Psalm 57:2; Philippians 1:6] Right in the midst of our trouble, we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ. (Psalm 138.7-8) Do not wait till troubles are over to call on the name of our Father. When it is happening scream out the name of Jesus Christ and be proud of it.
Many Christians have the wrong mindset. If our minds are full of the Words of God contained in the Bible then what we think about are the things of God. You will learn our most effective weapon against Satan and his darkness in the world is His love. If we love all His creation then we do not demonize them, think we are better, or spiritual elite. The great gift God gave us was His eternal love. This is especially true during the difficult times. We are His children, and the proper mindset is to our Father. My initial question was “How are you holding up in the midst of an ever increasing evil in the world?” The Bible says to stand firm, “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:13 - 3:5; Ephesians 6.10-24)
Stand firm and hold to the teachings of the Apostles. Does this sound like the churches in America? Sure it does of some. However, many churches are far-flung from the teaching of the Apostles. Three rules for the Gentiles in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (Acts 15.20) Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the only way to God. (John 14.6) Teach this in a multicultural world. If we do not we each individually must stand before our Lord and account for what we have and have not done. We need more street preachers who are willing to teach in the open as Paul did. The Holy Spirit will show up and touch the ones in the Book of Life if we do our part.
Judgmentalism, hypocrisy, apostasy, hate and narrow-mindedness should cease in the body of Christ. People without God will come to the Lord Jesus through your display of love for God’s creation much faster than your damning them to hell. They are damned without you saying a word. Every one of those that Jesus touched with a miracle He went to them through His perfect and magnificent love. The young people in the world do not need for us to tell them there are going the wrong way and are hopeless. They just want to live a productive life. We will reach them through the love of Jesus Christ. We are in a war for the souls of mankind.
God forgive us for being judgmental, for our hypocrisy, and our turning our backs on you, forgive our narrowmindedness. Help us rather be your love to a generation who have no love. Let us be your representative led by the Holy Spirit. May we be holy, or set apart, for your service of love in a world controlled by the evil one. Men and women without God are nothing. With Jesus Christ and His love, they can and do have hope for themselves and those around them. The point of this is the love we have from God conquers fear, and overcomes the evil in the world. God’s love and blessings to you, Prof. Gary Hill.
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Jerusalem - the capital of Israel
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J. Dwight Pentecost on Maranatha
Kudzu is very much like sin.
How are You holding up?
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