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Needful Things

March 16, 2007

This post is a two-parter if you will.  The first three paragraphs cover some very alarming trends while the remainder focuses on the things that we all need to be doing as time is getting shorter.  My desire is that all of us would seek the Lord Jesus Christ with a greater fervency.

Ephesians 5:15-17  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 

James 5:8  “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

Revelation 14:12  “Here is the patience of the saints:  here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

Last night was somewhat out of the ordinary; at least for me.  I took a night off work to tend to some things around the house and in the process found time to tune into various reports which brought about pondering.  John Gault was filling in for Steve Quayle on his nightly shortwave broadcast (7.465 mhrz from 7:00-8:00pm EST) and was discussing the dire situation of the US economy.  This is something which I’m aware of; far more so than the “smooth prophets” of CNBC, and yet each time someone goes through the particulars, it becomes all the more real.  (jobs vanishing, astronomical national debt, astronomical personal debt, unstable fiat currency, etc.)  Not a source of panic  as I truly know in my heart of hearts that God is bigger than any earthly situation; regardless of how dire.  Nonetheless, it’s a situation that, when it implodes, will leave millions in a state of bewilderment. 

Later on, there was a report on the explosion of teenage violence in this country.  This was touched on by Cumby yesterday as he told about the thirteen year old boy in Ohio who had 128 charges against him.  Such incidents are increasing throughout the land as we have more teens, less parental supervision, and greater access to contrary influences.  A prime example is this world wide web that we use for godly conversation, but is used by others for the most diabolical of motives.  When I was growing up in the seventies, it took a concerted effort to get a hold of material which today, comes into the bedroom of, or at least the household of, nearly all in the upcoming generation.  Combine this with both parents working increasingly long hours and we have a generation without guidance, sitting in front of a computer hours on end with every form of wickedness imaginable just a few key strokes away.   

Finally, while wandering around the blogosphere at a time when I would usually be working, I came across a most needful post at www.faithwalk.wordpress.com  (Susan)  This is a must-read for any who find themselves getting complacent and I found myself much in need of the exhortation contained in the post  “Do we Really See Them” It involves reaching out to the lost who are in need of a Savior.  Those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior hold the truth that can make folks free from the stranglehold of depression, addiction, fear, torment, you name it.  The gift of eternal life that is available to any who will repent of (be sincerely sorry for willing to turn from) their sin and accept Jesus shed blood on the old rugged cross as payment for their sin.  The post concludes with lyrics that I would encourage any to read as it’s impossible to be unchanged and unchallenged by them. 

For the last few days or weeks, I’ve been thinking on this concept.  “What do we need to be doing as things are coming to pass?”  This post has been planned for a while but hasn’t been formulated beforehand; not even with notebook scribblings.  What it comes down to is basically that we need to be about the things that we already know to do.  So this post will now launch into a list of things which we all know to do but need refocusing often.  At least I need a continual refocusing.

( 1 ) Pray without ceasing.  Wherever we are, we can be in a state of fellowship with the Lord.  I find a lot of time at work as the various tasks don’t require a lot of in-depth thinking.  The main problem is staying focused as the world never runs out of distractions to throw at us.  Also increased time with the Lord “away from it all” where we can really be focused and more attentive. 

( 2 ) Study to show ourselves approved.  Spending time in the word of God can be challenging when your life is in perpetual overdrive; running here and running there to tend to all of the necessities of twenty first century living.  Nonetheless, we need to find time and whenever a few moments is available, get into the word of God.  I remember hearing how Smith Wigglesworth would make sure that he was in the word of God at regular intervals throughout the day.  It didn’t matter where he was at or who didn’t like it.  I truly believe that if we have the proper hunger for the things of God, we’ll make time.  Just as we make time for physical nourishment.  I’m stepping on my own toes here as I find myself in need of increased diligence in both of the above and in the one that’s about to be mentioned.

( 3 )  Instruct those that oppose themselves.  Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ who can make a person free from anything that has them in its grasp.  I would again recommend reading Susans post at Faithwalk as it hits this issue in a way that I can’t place into words.  That we would take the great commission to heart in the way that we’re supposed to.  I’m praying on this also; that the Lord would grant me the love for the lost that he has for them.  If we get this in our heart, we’ll be unstoppable.  That we would have a grasp of the seriousness of the hour and a true compassion for those who are hanging in the balance at this very moment.

( 4 )  Set our affections on things above.  A love of this world will bring a person to ruin.  Just like in the parable of the sower, the thorns of lifes cares and attractions will cause a person to become content, idle, and lusting after the worlds neverending parade of allurements.  The flesh is never satisfied and the world will constantly tell us “You cannot possibly be happy until you have this latest gizmo.”  It never ends and if our heart is pursuing the things of this life, we’ll be unable to lay up treasure in heaven. 

( 5 )  Steadfastness.  A determination to keep on keeping on, regardless of what others say or do.  Patience would also tie in here.  To keep praying for and talking with those who seem to only go the opposite direction faster as we pray for them fervently.  I’ve had to really learn patience in my own household and it’s a continuing lesson.  When attitudes go nutty for no apparent reason I must not engage in a way that would torpedo my testimony.  This requires keeping the old man silent as he may be screeming “Are you going to let them get away with calling you that?”  By the grace of God, I’m starting to see little indicators of hope in this family and I dare not mess it up.  Just like when you have seeds just breaking ground, you have to be ever so careful to not step on them. 

( 6 )  Keep our hearts with all diligence.  The devil walks about seking whom he may devour and he’ll look for any opportuity to cause us to drift.  We have to be mindful of his tacitics and be atuned with the Lord at all times.  If we stay close in with the Lord Jesus, he’ll let us know when we’re starting to stray and if we don’t give diligence to the things that we know to do, straying will take place.  I know this all too well. 

( 7 )  Follow hard after the Lord.  This probably should be near the top but time is short and I don’t feel like re-numbering these.  This falls in line with hungering and thirsting after righteousness.  I always find it amazing how some folks will follow a sports team.  They’ll pay ridiculous prices for licenced attire, attend sporting events covered in body paint (in some cases) and will know every statistic about every player on the team along with the statistics of their opponents.  They will put a lot of effort into following their team.  We should follow the Lord Jesus Christ with an even greater fervor.  Not the body painting elements but a sincere love for the one who paid for our sins with his own blood. 

I need to end this for now as I have some things to attend to.  This list is, once again, a “telling of the obvious” but it’s nonetheless imperative to keep these things in mind.  It’s so easy to start drifting in a world with an increasingly complex arsenal of allurements, an old nature that seeks self preservation and fulfillment through natural means, and an enemy who knows just what buttons to push and just when to push them.  (Such as when on a fast and your wife decides, at that very moment to fix your absolute favorite dinner.  It’s not intentional, but it almost always happens.)  

I just glanced over at www.abmi.wordpress.com where Phil has just posted what looks to be a very needful post as is the one mentioned above.  It’s entitled “Playing games with Eternity” and I’m planning to read it very shortly.  I’ll close out with this passage:

Luke 10:2  “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

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6 comments

  1. As I read your post, I couldn’t help but think of this passage in 2 Peter:

    2 Peter 1:12-13 (NKJV) For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,

    Thank you for your faithful reminding us of those things which we all need to begin in, continue in, and indeed, remain in. You are an encouragement in the Lord Jesus Christ, truly!

    Blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  2. Timbob, another wonderful post! While you may feel this is redundant, the truth cannot be spoken often enough. Statistics show most “christians” neither read their bibles and/or truly pray more than the ‘please give me this or do this for me’ kind of prayers, which I won’t elaborate on how I feel about that!

    We make time for what is important to us. I have to admit though, that in this season, it has been wonderful for both of us to get up every morning and have a couple of hours to study the word and pray.
    It is much more difficult in your position, but you can do it!
    Picture that great cloud of witnesses cheering you on!!!
    Go Timbob, go!
    Folllow hard after the Lord!!!

    May the Lord encourage your heart and strengthen you daily.
    May you be found in the Word and in prayer daily, and in heartfelt worship to Jesus, our Lord, Savior and King.
    May His grace abound in your life, keep you from sin, and lead you ever forward as a man after Gods own heart. And may He bless you with wisdom, patience and grace that your family will follow, and your household be saved!

    Blesings to you always in Christ!

    Susan


  3. Oh, and thank you for the pingback or link or whatever it is!

    Blessings!


  4. There’s an older movie by stephen king called, “Needful Things.” It’s actually half decent and there’s a lot of truth to it.


  5. Another one to add to your list, if I may be so bold, is to strive for holiness and purity. The Holy Spirit will not be able to flow as a river through a vessel that is polluted.

    The reason the world flocks to other religions and psychics, is that the Church lacks the power to meet their needs. This is not what Jesus intended when He gave us the Great Commission.

    As I held my dog in my arms the other night, after injecting him with valium to ease the symptoms of his seizure, I became extremely angry with the devil, but mostly with myself.

    It doesn’t require much sin to stop the power flowing. As Jesus said, it may just be a speck in the eye.


  6. very informative article



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