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SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD

December 4, 2009
Before going into this post, it’s imperative to link to a writing that is actually on the blogroll. (only from a different site) It’s possible that most who stop by here are already familiar with it, however, the times at hand make this message all the more urgent. It’s a letter, written in  by Corrie Ten Boom, that addresses the issue of enduring unto the end. Although it was written back in 1974, it may well be even more relevant today. This particular link, I found on Steve Quayles site and was labeled as:
CORRIE TEN BOOMS FINAL MESSAGE TO CHRISTIANS
If one is pressed for time, I would seriously ask that they forgo the remainder of this post and focus on this letter.
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Lately much has been written concerning the times that we are in and the events that are looming on the horizon. Sadly, if there’s a continuance in this venue, such topics are certain to be addressed as we witness the fulfilment of scripture. It’s imparative, however, that in visiting such topics, we don’t become fixated on them. Regardless of what circumstances we may find ourselves in, they are but for a very short season.  We all will admit to understanding this, however, physical manifestations are loud and in our face. The seemingly infalliable “logic” that’s certain to stand in agreement with the final deceptions, will call out to our compassion and our capacity to reason. The ridicule of those who have been corrupted by flatteries may cause us to appear “mean spirited and backwards” because we do not embrace this new “consciousness” that appears to have solved all of the worlds long standing ills and contentions.
A very short season. From an eternal perspective, a lifetime isn’t even a drop in the bucket and the time of tribulation is even shorter. And all we have to do during this time is to endure. To maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ; even if it means a departure from the theater of atoms at the hands of those who know not the Lord. We have the Holy Spirit abiding within who will comfort us in all our tribulation and provide us with dialogue which our adversaries will be unable to resist. The grace of God will be sufficient to any situation. (Corrie addresses this in the letter) If we are in Christ, we are already equipped to face the times ahead, but we must walk in that provision. One of the primary elements of walking in that provision is having our affections on things above and to be looking for Jesus return. Multitudes will be tripped up by a promise of continuance in the flesh and as such, we must ensure that we have abandoned our affections for the “here.”
Hebrews 12:16-17 “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who sold his birthright for one morsel of bread.
For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited a blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Another thing has been pondered much in recent days and it ties in with enduring. We have examples in the natural world as when we first fall madly in love with another. (Of the opposite sex of course. The fact that this must be clarified reveals, all the more, the lateness of the hour) We would do anything for that person. We would think it a small thing to alter our own agenda to be with that person. They begin to fill our thoughts continuously as we inventory the traits that make this person so special. Eventually, if all goes well, we begin to plan for the day when our paths become one. External resistance from others serves only to strengthen the bond. We no longer view the days ahead with a “lone wolf” mentality, but rather envision a life in which this special someone is an inseparable part.
This is a sidetrip, but I remember when my parents passed away and the comments that many gave during the respective eulogies. Everyone who knew them, viewed them as “one.” It was like you couldn’t think of one without also thinking of the other. Actually they are my aunt and uncle, but they raised me from the time that I was three months old and, as such, they were my parents. (Their youngest daughter was 18 when they took me in.) They met in 1940 while working in a hotel in Sturgis MI. Three weeks later, they were married. They remained together for sixty years and three months; until Mom passed away in 2000, following a lengthy battle with cancer. They had a lot of contentions over the years, but they remained together through it all. (Sorry; it seemed important to throw this information into the post)
It’s a perfect model for our relationship with the Lord. We should love him so much that we’ll do anything he asks of us. We’ll think it a small thing to alter our agenda to be where he wants us to be. Our thoughts will gravitate continuously unto the Lord and we will find ourselves diligently learning of him. We will long for the day when we are absent from the body and present with him forever. External resistance will only serve to strengthen our resolve to be faithful to our first love. We will no longer view life with a short-sighted “grow up, get a job, collect things, retire, move to Florida, play shuffleboard, and fade away” mentality.  We will fully understand that “if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, etrnal in the heavens.”
I John 3:2 Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
I John 3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
Although these verses are in sequence, I separated them because the content in I John 3:3 is key. If we love Jesus and have our affections in the age to come, the besetments of this world will lose their mastery over us. All of us have a diversity of issues that we struggle with as we are still growing. But as our love for Christ grows and the reality of the age to come is increasingly manifest, we’ll find that these struggles begin to diminish. (Not that we can ever become lazy; this flesh still contains the whole of the old nature which longs to stage a comeback) The primary desire in writing this is that we would all set our affections on things above and that we would love the Lord Jesus with all of our heart. When we fully grasp this, the other issues (such as “what will I do when the agents come for me in the middle of the night?) will become non-issues as our eyes are steadfastly upon Jesus.
There’s another aspect that needs covering. It involves loving our neighbor as ourselves, but it needs its own post as the cogitations are too vast and currently somewhat scattered. The last few days, I’ve been experiencing almost a profound “sorrow;” like an increased understanding of just how few people are truly born of the Spirit. It’s not like depression, or an absence of the peace of God. It is, however, a sadness that defies words as we see so many eternal souls rushing headlong toward the dropoff. More on this later; if it can be placed into words.
Well it’s about time to go. Earlier I came across the following link on Steve Quayles site and it addresses a very troubling trend. There can be no doubt that we are witnessing the final moments of the age. Here’s the link:
EXPOSING VAMPIRES, CREATURES OF THE NIGHT, AND OTHER ROMANTICIZED DEMONIC ENTITIES: THE SEDUCTION OF OUR YOUTH (Christian Paranormal Answers)
Blessings again in Jesus name.
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4 comments

  1. Hi, Timbob

    Good post, as always. On the vein of the vampire stuff, a friend just told me that her daughter (who was fascinated with the Twilight series) came home in tears because one of her “Twilight friends” had decided to become a Wiccan. It’s not innocent. Thanks for bringing this up.

    Love, Cindy


  2. Hi Cindy. The alurement of such things is sadly misunderstood by many. Before I was saved, there seemed to be a “pull” as it were, to occult belief structures (which I didn’t recognize as being such at the time) paranormal phenomenon, and an assortment of related issues. The status quo world seemed “boring” and the realm of the supernatural was “fascinating.

    It’s by the grace of God that I didn’t fall headlong into any of the various occultic venues. In the summer of 1983, the Lord brought some true saints into my life and in September of that year, I believed on the Lord Jesus.

    You are so right; “It’s no innocent.” Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Blessings in Jesus name.


  3. Timbob – the analogy of the love and affection for our spouse as a guide to how we should be with God is one I often talk about. So many say they love God that they love Jesus but their actions reveal something much different. I used to be one of those people.

    When you pull back the layers many are following an image of God presented to them and lack a real relationship. To disciple others into a real relationship is strongly needed.

    Rachel
    http://stirringthedeep.com


  4. Hi Rachel. Without a doubt, our actions toward others; especially our better half, will reveal much about our heart. My situation is quite complicated as my wife doesn’t appear to be saved. This gives the enemy much area to interfere and I have to be mindful not to fall for his trickeries. I do know that the Lord is working on Kimberlys heart and that, had this marriage dissolved, this may well have been a missed opportunity.

    “Souls in the balance” is a sobering reality.

    So often folks (even saints) make dicissions in the interest of self, when the picture is so far beyond us that we cannot even begin to fathom it. The Lord has sustained this household and I’m believing that in time, all will know the Lord.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll swing by when I can. Blessings always in Jesus name.



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