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Till There Was No Remedy

July 13, 2007

I Peter 4:7-8  “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover a multitude of sins.”

This passage reveals two things. 

( 1 )  The age has a conclusion to it.  There will be a “final moment” to the paradigm that we have all come to know as the status quo.  For most of us in the west, its a hard concept to grasp in that we have always lived in a world of relative stability.  Most changes have been superficial in nature as fads move along in their predictable pattern and technologies advance.   Nonetheless, the mail arrives every day, the lights are always on, (except for when a storm knocks out power for a brief period) and the marketplaces are stocked with everything that ones heart could desire.  Yet all of this supposed stability is based upon the promises of atoms and is unable to deliver in times of unprecidented upheaval.  Isaiah 31 offers a warning to not trust in the chariots of Egypt which appear steadfast but are not.  (Their horses are flesh and not spirit)

( 2 )  It tells us how to be prepared for such times.  To be sober minded and remain in fellowship with the Lord Jesus, knowing that he is our strong tower.  Our sure foundation at a time when everything is being shaken to the core.  Also to have no contrary attitudes residing in our hearts.  To love the brethren and all who reside around us with the love of Christ.  Keeping our hearts with all diligence and not allowing self-serving motivations to crop up.  To truly love our neighbor as ourself, both the saints and those who are still parked in the valley of decision.  The following passage is one that we are all familiar with but is ever so imperative. 

Matthew 6:14-15  “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.”

Last night was a sleepless one.  I pondered coming out here and posting about this at around 2:30 am, but was hesitant because it seems as though such posts have become quite common as of late.  Yet this sense of urgency is so great that it could almost be equated with “fire shut up in my bones.”  It’s not a sense of panic or anxiety.   It’s simply an understanding that this current situation is coming to its end.  As such, it’s imperative that each of us be not unwise but knowing what the will of the Lord is.  It will be different for each of us as there are different circumstances, different gifts, and different callings.  We cannot rely solely on the advice of others in this and we cannot simply follow the crowd. 

The peace of God which passes all understanding, will supercede any and all physical transpirations, so long as we look to Jesus and not trust in the arm of flesh.  If we should find ourselves becoming anxious or fearful, we need to get in closer to the Lord.  He will abide with those who know him and place their complete confidence in him.  This is important because so many people that I know of seem to become rattled when such things are discussed.  Anything which suggests an abrupt departure from the realm of familiarity causes panic and this panic is the result of having some level of confidence in the flesh.   But if we keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, his peace will be with us, no matter what takes place.  Another familiar passage:

John 16:33  “These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

I have mentioned it before, but I was a very fearful person in my earlier years.  Even as a christian, I found myself worrying over how to pay all of the bills, how to get this done or that done, what happens if my job disappears and what-have-you.  I knew that it was wrong to be like that, and yet victory seemed unattainable.  By the grace of God, this is not a problem in 2007, even though my job could go south overnight and I now have a household to care for.  The joy of the Lord doesn’t depend upon favorable circumstances nor does it depend upon what other around us are doing.  In fact, when we allow fear to set in, we are doing a disservice to those around us who may be outside the household of faith and wondering if what we have is real.  But when they see Gods peace in our lives and the fruit of the Spirit being manifest despite the most adverse of conditions, they’ll know that Jesus is real and that his word is true.

There is no doubt in my mind that judgment is in the land as folks have continuously disregarded warning after warning.  Yet I know that the lord Jesus will take care of his own and I pray that the events coming shortly will cause those in my household to come to Jesus.  Just as winds of Euroclydon led to the salvation of not only members of the ships crew (Acts 27:24) but to folks on the island of Malta I pray that the events to come will have similar results. 

About two years ago, (maybe longer) I remember reading a prophecy.  In the ever increasing vastness of cyberspace one can find any number of such writings, however this one struck me as peculiar to the point of making a note of it.  It told of judgment now being in the land as a point of no return had been crossed.  Part of this judgment would be noticable in that we would see those in positions of authority making decisions which make absolutely no sense and are actually destructive.  Just as Rehoboam chose the bad advise of the younger guys that he grew up with over the good advise of the aged men who stood before Solomon, (I Kings 12:1-17 with verse 15 explaining “why”) their decisions will be seemingly backwards.  Today we have blatant sin in the land, a lukewarm church which equates “gain for godliness” and a refusal by many to repent of their contrary ways.  This has been a recipe for disaster throughout history.

Just as the aged men must have looked at Rehoboams decisions with astonishment, we look at the flurry of contrary policies coming from those in authority and wonder what type of thinking is taking place.  (For example, waging a war on terror without securing the border.  Brilliant!)  I suspect that it’s part of the judgment on a nation that proclaims ” I sit a queen and am no widow.”  A nation that loves pleasure more than God and a generation that’s  heaping to itself treasures for the last days.  The title of this post comes from II Chronicles 36:15-16 where the children of Israel had disregarded the warnings from God time after time until there was no other option but to carry out judgment.  (II Peter 3:8-10 describes the mechanics of this in greater detail.)  

Well, I have to be going.  It’s almost 4:00 pm and I haven’t accomplished much today around here.  Sunday night, it’s back to work as the two week shutdown period is over.  I’m posting less than in previous times as  a change of seasons is well underway.  I pray that we all would be understanding as to the will of the Lord and that we would draw increasingly closer to him in these most perilous of times.    I wish a blessed day in Christ to all, and will conclude with the following passage.

II Peter 3:13-14  “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless.”

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7 comments

  1. Hi Timbob,

    Indeed, we are living in the perilous times of which the Bible speaks. Yet in spite of all the ungodliness, lukewarmness and nonsensical decisions of some in authority, I still believe that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more and that we are living in a day where we will see unprecedented revival. I appreciate this reminder to keep our eyes on Jesus no matter how turbulent things may get down here. Hope you have a blessed weekend.

    Carol


  2. i think we are the only ones left on wordpress 😦


  3. Above all, love each other warmly,
    because love covers many sins.
    I Peter 4:7-8 (GW)

    Yes, Love can do many things even covering sins

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  4. When we passed from the old covenant to the new covenant, we realized that many were still trying to operate in the old.

    For me, the end times, are the last times of those trying to operate in the old, (or in ignorance of any covenant at all).

    Mans religion or lack thereof are both vain attempts (or non-attempts) to live True Life.

    As vessels of the Spirit of God, may we illuminate the world and draw all men to faith in God through Jesus Christ.

    EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGuE SHALL CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!!!!!!!!!!

    HALLELUJAH!


  5. Amen, Brother. May His grace and love abound!

    God Bless you today and always,
    Scotti


  6. “There will be a “final moment” to the paradigm that we have all come to know as the status quo.”

    I think it will be Hillary/Obama ’08. Gives me the shivers just to think of it. 🙂


  7. “It’s not a sense of panic or anxiety” – no, but one of imminency. Time to move into what has already been prepared.

    I do think that we will see some revival, how much or in what form I do not know, but I think it will only come through the gate of judgment, also the gate of severe mercy.

    In all things, stand firm in Him, who loved us when we were still far off.

    Blessings,

    Peter



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