Hello! How is everyone? How is your week going? I hope your relationship with God is growing as times are getting tougher and tougher. I tell you, you can’t even turn on the news without hearing some horrible news that people are doing without any form of conscience. I’m sure you p robably have said or heard someone say “when I was younger, people never did…or, nobody would never have thought of behaving so….” Sin is so rampant these days-there’s no hiding it and the sad part is I’m sorry to say is that it’s only going to get worse; not because I’m being negative; not because it’s my opinion, because God has stated it in His word, the Bible.
I had a crazy week (I’m sure, like many of you) and there was such a provoking spirit working through so many people that it made me nuts! The worst part is my reaction to all the bad behavior of others. I know I am a child of God, but, unfortunately I got caught up in it all. It doesn’t seem like many people do not have boundaries towards respecting others. The scripture says I should avoid such people-instead I wind up challenging them The problem when I do that is, I take matters into my own hands instead of turning over the situation to God. The real issue is spiritual. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:12-18 NIV)
The character of people have steadily moved away from the holiness of God throughout the ages. That is why Jesus spoke of this when He was on the earth the first time. The Bible basically covers every aspect of life and all applicable situations. Some references are not literal for the times we are living in now but, principles are timeless. So even though the Bible was written two thousand years ago, God made His word , warning and applications available to all throughout the ages “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-9)
We are also not exempt from behaving the same way as it says in 2 Timothy. For those of us who are God’s children, it’s an exhortation for us to get back on track with God prior to His second coming. For those who do not belong to Jesus, it is a loving warning to repent and get right with God prior to His return so that they do not wind up in hell.“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking,marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. (Matthew 24:35-41)
As you walk Every Day With Grace, I ask that you become aware of the times we are living in and draw closer to God “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:7-10)
In His Love,
God loves you and does not rescind His promises. That why it is written:”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)