The last few days have been awash with drama on a number of fronts; both physically and in the spiritual realm. In the physical realm, there’s much uncertainty as to our future circumstances in the physical realm; although for God it’s no mystery at all. Beyond this immediate household, we’re watching as people in our ambience make very destructive decisions; thereby securing heartache in the years ahead; both for themselves and for those in their wake. Others are so distracted and obsessed with the goings on of this world that eternal issues rarely enter into their mind. Sadly, this includes people in their sunset years who, despite knowing that their remaining time is short, continue to be unconcerned about their eternal faring. The chains are secure; the blindness is complete and, unless the Holy Spirit brings true conviction, there is no remedy. The tragedy playing out before us is unfathomable.
Before going farther, I must relay a testimony that Steve Quayle shared, late Friday night on Omega Man radio. It transpired in the 1970s as he was on a plane headed for Tahiti. Upon taking inventory of the cabin and its occupants, he noticed that Marlin Brando was on board. He was preparing to go over and share Jesus with Mr. Brando, when the Lord suffered him to not go forward. Upon inquiry as to why, the Lord revealed that “he has had multiple opportunities to believe. There’s nothing in him that can respond to the words of life.” It was remeniscent of something that transpired in Elkhart on the morning of October 21. I approached an elderly man along Main street and, before I could get two words out, he gave a forceful “NO!” He didn’t even offer up so much as a feeble “oh I’m good.” It was a flat out “I want nothing to do with that!”
In considering this over the past two days, the words from Genesis 6:3, “my spirit shall not always strive with man,” have been coming to mind. After years of rejection, a person can become so hardened that the Spirit will no longer strive with them.
When we take note of these conditions, we are brought into direct contact with the spiritual battle that’s playing out beyond our line of sight. An added sense of urgency is made manifest as we “know beyond a doubt” that this age is nearing its conclusion. We see it in scripture and we have the inner witness that time is running out. A hardness is setting in, and a universal lie is being rolled out that will ensnare multitudes; even to the point of orchestrating a great falling away from the faith of Jesus. Yet most of our contemporaries (even many who profess faith in Jesus) are oblivious to it. Despite the undeniable truth that “there is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit;” most go about their day fully expecting to be on the scene for the next sunrise. When considering the number of folks whom I know who fall into the camp of the unaware and/or unconcerned, it’s heartbreaking. The words of Jesus are playing out before us:
Luke 17:26-27 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
“There is a point of no return.” When a person leaves this physical world, their final answer forges their situation in the hereafter. I’ve heard testimonies concerning visions; both of the gateway to heaven and the dropoff into hell. While souls trickle past the gateway into heaven, souls are pouring into hell like a like a flood. One cannot verify that another did, or did not, have such a vision, however, the scriptural accuracy of the report warrants a retelling. The enemy doesn’t get sidetracked from his objective the way that we do. He continually seeks to devour the eternal ones while sidetracking the saints with an array of irrelevant issues. Incidentally, one of the tracts that I use is entitled “I Have Seen Hell.” It relays the testimony of one who had such a vision.
I Peter 4:7 ” But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”
This brings us to the title of this posting. When one attempts to grasp the whole of what’s taking place before our eyes, it’s overwhelming. The prophetic events unfolding before us, the unfathomable loss taking place as multitudes slip into eternity, every minute of every day, without Jesus, and the profound bondage of darkness that grips the lives of so many in the valley of decisions. We begin to realize how inadequate we are in our own strength or wisdom to properly respond to the need. We see our own shortcomings and realize the need to be “in close to Jesus in every moment of every day. Praying without ceasing; always abiding in a place spiritually where we are hearing the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. Staying in his word as to discern between truth and error; understanding that, if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. Being instant in season and ready at the drop of a hat to share the gospel with anyone who asks of the hope that is in us.
There is so much coming at us these days from every facet of the ambience. The enemy is in a full court press; seeking to counter the will of God. If we are walking in truth and bearing fruit, he has us in his crosshairs; seeking to sidetrack, and if possible, shipwreck us. He’ll seek to keep us tied up with a myriad of “obligations” in this world and thereby wear us out. He’ll attempt to get us drawn into endless debatings over issues that have no relevance while our neighbors are teetering on the edge of the abyss. For our sake, and the sake of those around us who know not the Lord Jesus, we must keep our hearts with all diligence. The primary ,motive behind this post is a prayer that all who stop by will be encouraged to fervently seek the Lod Jesus. Setting aside the words of contemporaries and taking everything to God in prayer. We have the promise outlined in Jeremiah 33:3 and James 1:5; that if we call on the Lord desiring understanding; not for selfish gain, but out of a pure heart, he will answer.
Well it’s about time to be going for now. Please keep this household in prayer as much is in transition. The Lord is working on the hearts of my son Ryan and my niece Jamie; two souls whom the enemy would love to devour. And also for wisdom on planting seeds of truth faithfully and always being in a place to share the words of life. That may sound like a strange request, but, there are times when I just don’t want to engage in dialogue. Be it from distraction, fatigue, much business, or what have you, I sometimes just don’t want to talk to anyone. It’s an area of my life in which a victory is needed. Because it could well be that, during one of those moments, when I’m in a state of weakness, that someone could call the cell phone number on the back of the tracts that are routinely distributed, and ask to know more about Jesus. Being always ready is a must and the best way to be always ready is to be always in prayer.
FAITH and DOUBT QUOTES (Tentmaker) This is a link where one can read some incredible statements on faith.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.