Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Acts 5:20 “Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”
The four day span of time that’s comprised of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the ensuing weekend, was a busy time, however, most of the business is of a temporal nature. The span of time between Thanksgiving and the the pinning up of next years calendar is more troubling than any other season, due to the emphasis upon materialism under the banner of a “Christian holiday.” My heart is no longer in this world; nor does it follow after the traditions that folks enslave themselves to. This is the result of an incredible deliverance that the Lord Jesus has worked in my life. Subsequently, thoughts and desires gravite toward eternal issues while those in the ambience are wanting me to “not be so heavenly minded that I ruin their holidays.” With precious souls in the ambience, it’s imperative to walk in the Spirit and not do or say things which will cause unnecessary scattering.
Despite the hectic nature of the past few days, there has been much reflection; primarily in the form of increased observation of those around me. Priceless souls who are imprisoned on the hell-bound train, wherein each of us were once passengers. The strongholds often appear inpenetrable; almost intimidatingly so, and one struggles to find openings in which to plant seed. We often find ourselves interceding “spontaneously,” as it were, for the precious ones in our ambience whose lives are being ravaged by sin and confusion. The devil is a cruel taskmaster who seeks only to destroy and we see the evidence of his campaigns at every turn. This is a war that cannot be fought in the arena of ideologies, ten-step programs, and clever slogans. It’s a supernatural conflict that transpires 24/7. Wherever there’s a soul who hasn’t believed on Jesus and wherever there’s a saint who strives to be about their Fathers business, the enemy will be striving to cause disruption.
Sunday morning, Pastor Jeff Zacchary (Because Pastor Miller was on the east coast) made a couple of observations before getting into his primary message. First he mentioned how astonishing it is that, from a day of giving thanks, we go directly into a day of unadulterated lusting after material goods. Secondly, he mentioned the statistic of how the suicide rate literally doubles during this time of year. Precious ones who could have been saved, but for whatever reason, never believed on Jesus. Finally, they were driven to a point of such despair that that an immediate departure from the valley of decisions seemed to be the only solution. Once again I’m wondering “Do we have even a remote understanding of how serious this is?” While we purchase material goods, plan our family gatherings, and deck our halls with boughs of folly, (misspelling intended) eternal souls are dropping away from the surface of the earth at an accelerated rate.
And so, while oberving those around me, I often wonder what kind of thought are being entertained. I know of a girl named Courtney, (she used to work at the plant) who has made several attempts on her life. I “never knew” that this was going on while she worked with us. Has Morgan had thoughts of checking out? Her life has much self-inflicted drama and one can never be certain as to what’s going on behind the facade. I’m genuinely fearful that some incident will drive her to the point of no return. The same is true for her boyfriend. Although he complicates our daughters life, I can’t look at Dustin as simply somebody who causes problems. He has a soul and that soul is eternal. There are fragile souls all around us who are at varying stages of despair. Each one is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, and each one is targeted by an enemy who relentlessly seeks whom he may devour. While we often respond to things as they appear on the surface, the enemy is striving to hang on to his captives by any means possible. His task is easier when we become distracted by skirmishes around the perimeter.
This will seem a strange place to find words of significance. During the weekend, I came across an album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. While some of their offereings raise questions concerning scriptural understanding, they routinely employ some “very intriguing lyrics” in their songs. The following words address the storyline which is woven into this album, however, these eighteen words unwittingly touch on something far more profound:
Here the tragically beautiful And the beautifully tragic Drift through this night In a last quest for magic
In this fallen world, beautiful souls are drifting through the darkness. Wandering to and fro; looking for something that’s authentic, but not knowing where to turn. This is what came to mind when I first encountered these words. We are surrounded by beautiful eternal souls who are in need of an encounter with the Savior. Outwardly, they identify with a theme and put on a show for the world. Oftentimes they are loud and appear confident. But inwardly they are crying out for deliverance; even though they may not realize it. This course, if left unaltered, will lead to hardness and despair. The prisoner will continulusly seek more of the devils trappings in an effort to fill the empty void that only God can fill. At the end of this road, there’s wailing and gnashing of teeth. Again one must wonder “do we really understand the seriousness of this issue?” We often hear about the seriousness of the times from a prophetic standpoint, but this is a tragedy that’s unfolding every single minute of every single day.
Several years ago, Lester Sumrall was granted a view of the dropoff. It’s a place where, upon leaving the physical body, a lost soul enters the realm of the damned. He saw this endless procession of souls; like a continuous waterfall, dropping into the pit. They were flailing around and grabbing in vain for something to stop their descent. Every account that I’ve ever read or heard of someone who was granted a glimpse of this place; they were never the same afterwards. I have prayed; asking the Lord for an increased understanding of how serious this is, however, I do not desire to see what Lester Sumrall, Bill Weiss, and others have reported. Yet we have friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, teachers, and divers acquaintances that we pass by every day, who know not the Lord. Eternal souls for whom, should they go into eternity without knowing Jesus, will meet such a fate.
In writing this, I’m reminded of how negligent I’ve been in past years. The situation in my houehold today is largely one of my own making.
II Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of god, should shine upon them.”
Well it’s time to end this for now. I sincerely thank everyone who has been keeping us in prayer. I know that the Lord is working in Kimberlys heart. We only see a small portion of what’s going on in a situation and, if we’re not careful, we can become frustrated when things don’t progress at a speed that we would desire. Yet God is in control of each situation. We need to continuously walk in the Spirit, keep these souls in prayer, and be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks of the hope that is in us.
The following is a link to a post that hits home on a number of fronts, including gossip. It’s a new blog, but the wisdom that the author has been granted is undeniable. (This blog is now on the blogroll) Here’s the link:
Tuesday night (dec. 1) and into Wednesday morning, L.A. Marzulli will be the featured guest on Coast to Coast and will discuss natural phenomenon (earthquakes, tsunamis, etc) wars, rumors of wars, and other harbingers of the great end times deception. Here’s a link to his blog site: