Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A time of encouragement

What a day. There was a 7.9 earthquake at Costa Rica (later reduced to a 7.6) which sparked a Caribbean-wide tsunami warning for a while.

There is a report of propaganda artwork from street vendors at the Democratic National Convention directly likening Obama to Jesus.

There is the DNC's floor fight using God as a political football to keep the term God-given in their party platform and to keep pro-Jerusalem language in it too.

There is a report of 100 Muslim delegates at the DNC, a quadrupling in number since 2004.

There is a video of a FL DNC Jewish Chairman who says any friendship with Christians is a false friendship, because the fundamentalist Christians only want Jews converted and slaughtered so the Second Coming can be ushered in.

I would include links but I really want to personally avoid this news and I don't want to promote it. If you're interested, google the terms and you'll find plenty. These news items were from today.

I find this news sickening, upsetting, and an omen of how close we are to the rapture. So rather than go into detail about the news, which should be obvious in its import, I'll go straight to the blessed Hope, which is Jesus, His Spirit who inspired the Word, and our Holy Father who providentially holds us in His hand.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10).

Is there any better place to be than His righteous right hand?? No.

"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Is there any better way to act than that? No. And the best part is that acting that way is not up to us, but we have the Spirit to help us in His power be loving and self-controlled!

"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

If you are in Jesus, the Lord God loves you! Did your read that verse slowly? He is in our midst! He saves! He rejoices over His children! He calms and quiets us by His love! And He sings exultantly over His people. I have a hard time visualizing God singing loudly over His people but the bible says He does, so there ya go. This is not because we are so great, but before the foundation of the world He loves us whilst we were still sinners. His glory is shown through His salvation to sinners.

Be encouraged. God, Jesus, The Spirit who are our Triune God is at work in every corner of the earth and every point of heaven. And in that work, He is mindful of you and me, down to the hairs on our head and our innermost thoughts. His Day will right all wrongs. Meanwhile, all we have to do is love Him and walk in His  ways, praying ceaselessly for strength and love, and He will give it.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you! Most encouraging post! MARANATHA!!

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  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    How very sad these things are happening, it makes my heart just break.

    I want to thank you for this last paragraph, I really needed to read this tonight.

    Blessings,
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  3. The stage is being set for those who perpetrate evil (the devil and his minions) working in the minds of "good" people to be worked up into a frenzy and cause them to turn on God's own and kill them for their views. Twisting the truth is the oldest game he has. Remember, if you have given yourself to Christ, there is nothing that can separate you from Him, nothing on earth or in heaven.

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  4. Great post, thank you very much. It encouraged me a lot :)

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  5. Anonymous, Child of God and John, I'm so glad you were encouraged! Jeff, you're so right, satan twists the truth. He did it in the garden and he does it today.

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement, we need as much as we can get in these dark days. And about the singing. Reminds me of when my mom sings around the house, its not terrible but its not the best, lol. No matter how much i tell her its annoy and to stop (of course jokingly, sometimes not so much) she keeps singing anyway XD Its hard for me to imagine God singing too, but I'm sure its beautiful more beautiful than any voice ever, I wonder if we'll ever hear it. Thank you so much for your blog, I'm a aspiring writer and i dont think i have enough creativity to write something everyday like you do, your hard work is greatly appreciated!

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    1. That's a good question, I don't know if God sings. I know that Jesus' voice is the sound of many rushing waters, Rev 1:15 and God's is the same (Ez 1:24). Aren't we blessed to even ponder hearing God's voice as His friend and not His enemy!

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    2. As a writer I'll give you the same advice I received when I was starting out: write every day. Writing begets writing. Keep a notebook, jot down observations, colorful phrases, thoughts. Send emails. Keep a blog and if time is an issue, snap photo and just write a few sentences describing where it was taken, or the thoughts when you took it or what you like about it. Just write. It sparks creativity. Like a runner who needs to stretch and then run, doing it every day keeps the skills honed.

      As for writing as a Christian, it is delving into the Word and the Holy Spirit who keeps me going. He gets the glory for the subject matters. I certainly would have run out of ideas long ago!

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