September 28, 2006

This is a word that we’ve become very familiar with over the past couple of years.  It was the response that our oldest daughter would give whenever we tried to talk to her about something.  Regardless of the nature of the advice or the urgency of the warning (the types of warnings that all parents give to their kids to point them in the right direction) her common reply would be “whatever.”  It depicts an attitude that’s void of concern over what transpires down the road or what the consequences are. 

There is, however, something to learn from this.  Jesus told us to take up our cross and follow him.  We must determine in our hearts to follow him “whatever” the cost in this life may be.  It may cost us employment or cause family members to turn on us.  It may eventually cause imprisonment or even torture.  (Don’t think for a minute that it can’t happen here.  This country is changing faster that you realize)  It may cause them to put you to death.  You must determine to keep the faith of Jesus no matter what.  This is why it’s so important to not love this present world.  It’s not legalism; it’s a matter of stablishing the heart as to not fall when the whole world is under a strong delusion. 

 Job stated “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”  (Job 13:15)  He never allowed his situation to alter his relationship with God.  Even when Mrs. Job told him to stop retaining his integrity and charge God foolishly, he responded with “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh,”  (I have wondered in the past, what would happen if I told my wife that?)  I wonder how many of us would maintain our intgrity if we lost everything in this world, found ourselves covered with sore boils, and our significant other was getting on our case.  It’s not something that many think on in a day when folks confuse gain with godliness and yet we must have our heart “fixed” on the eternal things which are not seen. 

Soon, the king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences will “destroy the mighty and the holy people” and if you’re heart isn’t completly on Jesus you wont be prepared for it.  (Oh I forgot; we’re not going to be here because unlike every other generation of saints we’re not supposed to go through tribulation.)   Please for your own sake, get your affections on things above because love of this world is causing many to fall.  Jesus stated in Luke 21:19 “In your patience posess ye your souls.”  I pray that we would all examine ourselves and stablish our hearts.  Then when the “whatever” happens, we’ll be close to Jesus and prepared.    

One comment

  1. I agree with you, my brother in Christ, that things are rapidly changing and it could come to a true test of faith in our country! I need to keep coming here daily and read all of your posts…they truly build up my strength of spirit!
    Whenever I see the “American Idol” show advertised, I wonder how much power a TV show has and how much it minimizes “idols”…

    God Bless and Keep You Always, In All Ways, timbob!

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