The Patience of the SaintsJuly 22, 2007
Today is July 22, 2007. As this phase of blogging comes to a conclusion, I was pondering exactly what is needful as the out years of this age run their course. A casual study of scripture concerning these times will reveal the treacheries that we all must navigate. Pitfalls that have confronted every generation, however are greatly magnified in our time. The following verse is as telling as it is familiar.
Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
The blatant ungodliness of the age is evident in every facet of society. When iniquity is rampant as it is today, accelerated by the ease of access, (mass-media, internet, etc) the hearts of the unregenerated will naturally be hardened. This combined with a lifting of spiritual restraints that have been in place for generations makes for a most volatile set of circumstances as the middle ground of indifference quickly dissipates and each of us are called upon to make a decision. It’s a time when the true saints of God are drawing closer to the Lord Jesus, the wicked are being conditioned to receive a mark, and the half-hearted are running the risk of being spewed out . None of us dare approach this with a “ho-hum” attitude. In the meme questions, I asked for input on passages of scripture that seem to appear often. Here’s one that I quote regularly, but it seems so needful that I must resort to it once again.
Daniel 11:32 “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”
The wicked will believe a lie; laced with smooth phrases and promises of a better tomorrow as the “myths” of religion give way to a great “awakening. (This is how it will be packaged) At the same time, those who know Jesus Christ as Savior will be maintain their faith and continue to reach out to those who are still lost and undone. One cannot stress enough the need for each of us to be close to the Lord Jesus and not be following from afar. To rid ourselves of every distraction, every self-serving motive, and every tradition. Three things come to mind as being imperative.
( 1 ) Endurance. Holding fast the profession of our faith, regardless of the fallout in the physical realm. Imagine for a moment, coming into contact with a person who is convinced that the world is flat. Most of us would be convinced that the individuals elevator stops a few stories short of the top floor and is in need of prayer. The coming delusions will make our faith appear to be just as ludicrous as the person who thinks that the earth is flat. Science, common sense, and supernatural fireworks will all appear to give credance to a way that is in error. In the same manner that the Soviets labeled christianity as a “psychological disorder” our faith will be so contrary to things which looks like indisputable knowledge that we will appear downright looney in the eyes of the deceived. What we see happening today is nothing when compared to that which is coming.
It’s imperative to not be troubled by those things which are to come, but to be in continuous fellowship with the Lord Jesus. To know that he will be with us in any trial and his grace will be sufficient for any circumstance that we find ourselves in. Just as it was for Stephen when he had finished his testimony, along with countless others throughout the ages who laid down their lives for the sake of the gospel.
( 2 ) Do all that we can do to reach the lost. Each of us have acquaintances that are outside the household of faith. We never know when our final encounter with them will transpire as none of us know what a day may bring forth. Last thursday morning at around 3:30 am, there was a fatal auto accident about two miles from here. Two guys, ages 23 and 24 were intoxicated and travelling at a high speed when they ran a stop sign, lost control of the vehicle and hit two trees. The force of the impact tore the Ford Mustang in two and the transmission was found two hundred feet from the rest of the vehicle. Two souls for whom Jesus died were launched into eternity that night while I was on a balancer at work. Whenever I hear such a report, I wonder if anyone had tried to tell them about Jesus. Whenever we encounter someone, we never know if we might be carrying with us their last opportunity to hear the gospel.
This hits me more than words can express because I’ve squandered a lot of opportunities in the past. It’s something that we must take seriously. It’s also another place where patience is a must. To be led of the Spirit at all times as we present truth to those around us. The line between gathering and scattering is a very fine one and we’re unable to effectively navigate it in our own wisdom. Another verse which I have quoted more times than I can count.
II Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
While we plant seed and water that which has been planted, God gives the increase. He can open even the hardest of hearts and we have to be instant in season whenever those divine appointments pop up. (They often show up without warning) Even in the darkest of times there will be those whose hearts the Lord opens. I often find it frustrating when those whom I love dearly seem to have no interest in the Lord Jesus. Yet I know that the Lord is working and am believing for the salvation of my household. I have to walk in obediance to the Lord and let him do his perfect work.
( 3 ) Ensure that Jesus is truly our first love. To not allow another person, a religious structure, or any idols of this life take up the dominant place in our heart. It’s imperative that we have our affections set firmly on things above and upon the Lord Jesus Christ. People make really bad choices when they have something or someone other than Jesus reigning in their heart.
Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife.”
Well, I’ll be going for now. As mentioned before, my blogging activities will be decreasing from here on. Today marks the one year anniversary of engaging in this method, starting out on blogger and then opening up a second account on wordpress. (I can no longer access the blogger account and havent touched it since march) As of now, the plan is to post on the 22nd of each month minimum. In between these dates, I’ll post whenever something hits me as needful, be it a scripture, a news event with prophetic implications, or just to say “howdy.” I really like blogging, but it takes up a lot of time. So until the next time, I will keep all in prayer upon every rememberance, and I wish a blessed day to all in Jesus.
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of god, and the faith of Jesus.”
Hello again. I just wanted to share a very needful post from Peter. Here’s the link
It tells about pride; one of the most destructive attributes that we wrestle with. Please check it out.