Twilight WarriorsJune 3, 2007
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Every person to ever partake of the land of the living does so at their appropriate time. Even if a person was considered an “oops;” being the result of a spontaneous interlude, nobody is a mistake as it is God who grants the very breath of life. Every soul, regardless of their circumstances, is eternal and priceless. Each person arrives and departs the land of the living at their appointed time. This sounds really basic perhaps; that each of us who are present here, were chosen to partake of this space in time. An age in which end time prophecies; long a source of much pondering and division are in the process of fulfillment. A time, the coming of which has caused folks throughout the centuries to utter the prayer “How long O Lord? When shall these things come to pass?”
This has been on my heart all of the previous night. Going from this moment on, it’s imperative that everything written be that which encourages and admonishes the saints. To not be sidetracked by gnat-straining or by rhetorical conversations which really serve no purpose, but rather to strive in promoting that which is needful for the times of which we have been chosen to partake. This kind of trims away some things that I had wanted to post on in the future, but it’s ever so imperative to be sober-minded and focused “completely” on the Lord Jesus Christ. These times will see an assault against the truth that will seem to march under the banners of common sense and universal compassion. A half-hearted person will be ill-prepared to understand what’s taking place. The following passages are quoted so often as to cause one to think within themself “ho-hum” but here they are again; every bit as needful as when they were first recorded.
John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.”
II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
“Chosen” to be a soldier for such a time as this.
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience, the race that is set before us.”
Patience again; this time coupled with running a race.
In short, the night season is upon us and we must make the most of the remaining time. We should likewise be prepared to witness events; the intensity of which will astonish even the most diligent watchman. It’s imperative to do those things which we know to be needful. Praying without ceasing; maintaining a continuous fellowship with the Lord and hiding his word in our hearts as much as is possible. This is not only for ourselves but also for the souls who are, at this moment, hanging in the balance as time continues to slip away. All of us have family members and friends who fall into this catagory and they “need” someone to be in intercession for them. To stand in the gap for them and maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ; the only name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved. To maintain an attitude of sober-mindedness, and resist temptations to fulfil self-serving “wants” that may subdue the flesh for a season but do nothing of eternal significance.
It’s ever so easy to lapse into a state of carnal mindedness. The battles that we engage in are fought in the spiritual realm and just a little slippage can wreck havoc. I remember when I first entered the navy and was sent to boot camp. For eight weeks, our lives were intensely regimented and the least little slip-up was dealt with in a fashion as to make one think twice before becoming negligent again. There was a reason for this. In a combat situation, one little mistake or misjudgment can cost lives and place a mission in jeopardy. We were being trained to uphold a state of discipline that is a most critical element in any such situation. In the realm of spiritual warfare, a single incident of foolish jesting, one ill-timed comment, one opportunity missed, one night spent in front of a television instead of in a prayer closet can have eternal consequences for those in the balance.
The passage of Daniel 11:32-35 tells about the place of saints in the final days. Days that will be highlighted by supernatural strong delusions, mens hearts failing them for fear, and the forces of darkness capitalizing on a chaotic situation to demand the loyalties of those lacking in understanding. I quote Daniel 11:32 often but the following verses are also needful.
Daniel 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, and by captivity many days.”
Sounds similar to the early church. They went forth into a world that was given over to paganism and instructed many concerning the Lord Jesus. Many became martyrs and endured incredible persecution for the cause of Christ; yet the church grew. Just as it does today under such conditions. In fact, I’m convinced that in the days to come; when everything is shaken, we’re going to see reallignments of epic proportions take place. We will see souls coming to Jesus while the great falling away is sifting out the lukewarm and the tares. Just as was the case when Jesus came the first time, there will be a lot of surprises.
I need to wrap this up. A reading of Daniel 11:34-35 is needed also here, but I have to tend to some things. In closing I want to admonish all to draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus and be watching always. To continuously build on our relationship with Jesus who shed his blood for us.
Love him wholeheartedly
Serve him unconditonally
Trust him completely
In closing, I’ll leave off with another passage that seems to be quoted often but is just as needful as any. Until next time, I wish all a great day in Christ.
II Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obediance of christ. And having in a readiness to revenge all disobediance, when your obediance is fulfilled.”
Greetings. It’s now June 4th and while I normally don’t add to posts once comments have been made, this post by Jen is right “right on.” Here it is.