A Nomads Tale

October 15, 2006

This past week, I talked with the pastor of the church where I had been fellowshiping.  I love them all dearly and in such situations as this it’s ever so important to keep your heart in check.  To ensure that we’re not harboring any bitterness or pride.  To truly seek the Lords will and not our own.  As the Pastor and I were talking about things, I brought up that we are going to be together with the Lord forever.  Everyone who knows Jesus will testify to this very basic fact, and yet we so easily lose sight of it.  We become so easily distracted by the present evil world; by the daily functions, by the unfolding of events, and by the desires of others as opposed to the desire of God.  Never in history has the need for discernment been greater, and never in history has discernment been more lacking as it is in this generation.  As I write this, I’m struggling with this very issue as the will of our Lord, Jesus Christ is of primary importance and yet distractions abound.  To ensure that we are following God and not a man, a denomination, or our own selfish desires.

In the context of confessing your faults, I’ve been one to change fellowships many times over the years.  It’s a quest that may never be satisfied.  You read about the early saints in the bible; about their steadfast love for Jesus, the way that they would pray consistantly and we’re spreading the gospel everywhere in a world that had never been exposed to such ideas.  You read the biblical accounts of the saints from all generations and you see how they truly “loved not their lives in this world.”  And then, you contrast it to the goings on of this day, you see just how far removed we are.  If you read the accounts of the pentecostal revivals of the past two centuries and see the steadfast love for Jesus; the fervent prayer life of those folks and diligent searching of scripture, you’ll see that todays church is not even close.  Many have chosen a flesh parade over time around the altar.  Teachings of men centered on selfish desires have taken the place of sound doctrine.  It’s a day in which the great falling away is transpiring before our eyes.  I find myself looking for a fellowship that is focused completly on Jesus and his will, and yet I don’t know if I’ll ever find it?  And if I did find it, would I fit in?  The thing to do is to keep our eyes on Jesus steadfastly, regardless of what othere are doing.  (or aren’t doing)

One more thing; this may seem like a hobby horse and I try not to bring it up often, but it’s just too important to ignore.  I believe that the church is entering a time of unparalleled trial of faith.  During the reign of the antichrist, Daniel tells how he will make war with the saints and prevail against them.  You will have to love not your life unto the death if you are to have eternal life.  Just how many will hold on to their faith under such conditions?  Especially those waiting for a pre-tribulation rapture.  I know that most disagree with me on this; in fact the church that I’m with now is a pre-tribulation preaching church, but think on this for a minute.  Are you really as steadfast as you think you are?  It’s a question that we all should consider as this things are moving fast along the prophetic timeline.  So as James 5:8 admonishes us to do “Be ye also patient; stablish your hrearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”  Keep your heart fixed on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who will shortly appear.  Don’t allow anyone or anything in this life distract you. 

One comment

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