Archive for April, 2012

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PRAYER to PREPARE

April 24, 2012
“Pray without ceasing.”

These three words formulate I Thessalonians 1:17, which is one of the shortest passages in scripture. Yet the implementing of this admonition will completly transform the life of one who loves Jesus in spirit and in truth. A sincere and continuous striving to not only remain conscious of, (Isaiah 26:3) but continuously fellowship with the Lord Jesus who is with us always. A life of being instant in prayer will keep one focused on the eternal perspective instead of becoming hung up on the worlds myriad of campaigns. Our conversation will consistantly gravitate toward heavenly things; even to the point where we are acused of being “aloof” or “not down-to-earth.” The closer one walks with Jesus, the fewer people there will be who understand them. When we encounter saints who are detached from the world on this level, the ensuing fellowship is very sweet. (I John 1:7)

Before proceeding farther, it seems necesary to share a decision which has made  April of 2012 a most incredible month. On the 4th day, I deactivated my facebook account. During the several months of activity there, I became mired in one endless discussion after another.  Some acquaintances were sincere while others were openly contentious. The chatter was deafening! I was becoming spiritually out of balance and less capable of  picking up on the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. The moment I left facebook, a heavy burden was lifted. On Sunday, April 8, the restoration became complete. The rest of the family went to my sister-in-laws house for dinner, but I remained home because Matthew was asleep. (awakening a 17 year old, 200 lb autistic boy can rock your world.) That afternoon became one of them most incredible times of prayer that I’ve had in years. It was as though I had wandered through the desert for weeks and suddenly stumbled upon an ice-cold crystal clear spring.

It was confirmation of the need to step away from all of the rapid-fire rhetoric and begin seeking the Lord with renewed fervency.

“How does your prayer life match up in comparison to the time you spend reading the words of men and posting your opinions?” (Nathan Leal.)

James 3:16 “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

“Do we anticipate, and rush toward, opportunities wherein we can be in prayer without distraction? Or do we look at prayer as an obligation and somehow try to squeeze it into our hectic westernized lifestyle?” The answer to this question will reveal whether or not Jesus is truly our first love. When we spend countless hours on divers vanities, entertainment, or worldly ambitions, and then give Jesus whatever time is left over, it’s…. insulting….to the one who shed his blood for us. During this month of April, the element of “anticipation” has returned regarding prayer time. There have been nights where I could hardly wait to leave the plant, drive home, and spend “as much time as my heart desired” fellowshipping with the Lord beneath the stars. A time of refreshing, thanksgiving, and worship. Of intercession for the eternal souls in my ambience and inquiry concerning great and mighty things which I know not. (Jeremiah 33:3) A time of just “being with Jesus;” our faithful high priest who was tempted in all points as we are and yet never sinned. He understands our deepest thoughts, our most extreme complexities and he longs for us to spend time with him.  

Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

We enter into his presence and suddenly the bigger picture begins to unfold. Situations which seemed insurmountable a few moments ago, are now placed into the hands of our faithful Creator. The peace of God envelops us, while the contentment is so complete that it cannot be defined with words. The age to come seems so real that one can almost touch it, while the present physical world seems like a faded memory from long ago. It’s an ever so faint taste of what awaits those who maintain the testimony of Jesus steadfast until the end. It’s also a reminder that Jesus will be present in whatsoever situation we may be faced with in this life. And finally, we have finally reached the intended thrust of this post. Prayer is not only our direct line of fellowship with the Lord, it’s an absolute necessity for spiritual preparation. Before continuing, another observation from the facebook season must be adressed.

Lord willing, at the completion of this post, I’ll never have to discuss the facebook season again.

It seemed like……everyone was talking, but nobody was praying. (or listening) There was much discussion about things that we need to be watching as they relate to the end of the age and scriptural fulfilment. Links were featured; containing report after report about what’s developing. More links than anyone could ever thoroughly look into. It appeared that most of the participants considered this endless checking of links and discussing of issues as “preparing” for the manifesting of such. The Holy Spirit began to prompt me (thought it took me a while to realize it) of the need to spend much less time listening to the words of others and spend a lot more time before the Lord in prayer and searching the scriptures. We can invesitgate every facet of the new world order and still be spiritually unprepared to face it. We may have in-depth understanding of their plans, but if we’re not abiding close to Jesus, we’ll not stand in the moment of temptation. If, however, we minimize such input and spend serious time with Jesus, he will prepare us adequately and his grace will be sufficient. Should we be watching? Yes….however,we must be steadfastly looking to, and abiding in Jesus. Otherwise we’ll be consumed by these events.  (Matthew 14:30 and Luke 21:26)

John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” 

Before closing, it seems important to identify some of the primary areas of prayerful preparation, although some of these will be repetition. 

1. Preparation of the heart/root out contrary motivations. Although one must read the previous verses to grasp the whole, in Philippians 3:15, Paul writes “Let us therefore,as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” As we are pressing in with all sincerety, the Holy Spirit is faithful to reveal areas in which we are contrary. These are the moments when we realize that we’re not nearly as spiritual as we would like to believe. in the past, Ive actually asked “Lord please reveal my areas of contrariness…..but…..not all at once.” It’s an acknowledgment of the fact that “we need Jesus every hour.” Continual examining will cause us to daily become more like Jesus and less like what we used to be.

2. Prepare for war. Binding, loosing, pulling down strongholds, intercession for the lost, prayer for the saints. All the while be listening. It’s increible and humbling, to think that the Lord has placed us in such a critical position and has given us authority over the enemy. Just as an army is properly equipped to go into battle and be victorious, the Lord has equipped us to not just engage the enemy, but to trample on him. Spiritual warfare can be done almost anywhere. We can be in our bedroom, driving down the road, even machining gear sets, and at the same time be pulling down strongholds.

3. Prepare to be used of God. Once again, reference must be made to Ephesians 6:18-20 and Colossians 4:3-4. In both instances, Paul asks for prayer, that he might share the mystery of Christ as he ought. It’s all too easy to go out and give a mechanical presentation of the gospel without power. Of course the word of God doesn’t return void, however, it’s much better to be prayed up and prepared to be led of the Spirit and not bound by a market-tested format.

4. Be strong and do exploits. All around us, souls are perishing. They are in bondage to sin, many are possessed, many more are depressed……and most of them will never excape their situation. We need to be walking in the power of the Holy Ghost. Likewise, these captives “need for us to be walking in the power of the Holy Ghost.” I recently visited a certain blog for the first time and read about a lady who sought deliverance. She had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, however, in reality she was being tormented by demons. She ran to a church where a youth saw what was really going on. He called his parents who were in another location; knowing that they were prepared to address the situation. Sadly, however, before they could arrive on the scene, the pastor of the church had the lady returned to her former place. Here’s a link to this report, entitled “Pray for Carolina.” The site is entitled “Dreams of Dunamis” and is in the blogroll.

5. Prepare to endure. Many have adopted an “oh we’re not going to be here when those things happen” approach to persecution, imprisonment, and even death for their testimony of Jesus. Consequently, many are going to be ill-prepared to stand when it will cost them everything in this world…..including their head. Richard Wurmbrand spent years in a Romanian prison for his testimony of Jesus. This is one of his writings is entitled “Preparing for the Underground Church” which addresses the issues of preparation and endurance. In another place, Richard Wurmbrand once stated words to the effect of “I’ve encountered truly joyful Christians in only three places: in the bible, in prison, and in the underground church.”

6. Prepare for Matthew 24:24 style deception. The implementation of the lie which causes the world to wonder after the beast will be seamless. There will be no holes in its presentation and it will appear to be “the way to truth love, and the betterment of all.”  The son of perdition is going to enter in peaceably and destroy wonderfully. Arms shall stand on his side, he shall cause craft to prosper, and supernatural manifestation will make the lie seem as irrefutable as it is irresistable. “Who can make war with him?” It will be so convincing that, in the eyes of those who know not the Lord Jesus, the true gospel message will appear to be undeniably erroneous. We must be grounded in truth and abiding in Jesus when everything and everyone around us provides seemingly indesputable proof of a different way.” (Sorry for meshing so many scripture fragments together.)

The final point is the most incredible. When we get this in our heart of hearts, implementing the previous ones will seem to be a small task.

7. Prepare to be with Jesus forever; world without ending.  Our time here is ever so short. We have an inheritance incorruptible, wherein we are going to spend “all of forever” with the Lord Jesus; who bore our sins and rescued us from everlasting destruction. Just thinking about this should foster in us a fervent desire to draw close to him now and learn of him. it should compel us to seek out every possible moment to be with our Savior. To talk, listen, receive instruction……and sometimes…….just hang out with. This may sound weird, but many times in prayer, there are moments of reflection with no talking at all. Just being with the Lord Jesus. (This should not be confused with “contemplative prayer” which is a completely different practice.)

Well, it’s after 4:30 am and I must be going. In regard to the scripture references following the conclusion of this post, they were from a draft which, due to my fifteen month absence from here, never became a completed post. (This post was written over the draft) Each verse referenced is powerful and true, so they shall remain.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

Job 8:9, Psalm 41:1, Jeremiah 24:7, Isaiah 64:7, Matthew 19:29, Luke 9:23-26, Luke 14:28-33, John 12:25 

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A Song of Sorrows

April 18, 2012

Romans 11:33 “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.

Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

It’s so deep…..so unfathomably deep, that our finite mind cannot even construct a rough composit. A God who has no beginning, (he has always been God) and never changes. The timeless Creator of all things who sees the end from the beginning and all things in between. He knows how many galaxies fill the emptiness of space. he knows how many stars each galaxy is comprised of, and how many planets, comets, moons, astroids, and miscallaneous bits of debris make up each solar system. He established it all. At the same time, he knows how many hairs are on the head of each of earths nearly 7 billion inhabitants, and knows the contents of every heart.  A God who became flesh and entered a world that was completely contrary to his holy nature; that he might save those who are perishing. The unfathomable peace and joy that one has when they are born of the Spirit and walking close to Jesus. So true are the words of Isaiah: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

And yet, along with this joy, peace, and revelation of our faithful Creator, there is an accompanying element of profound sadness.  An embodiment of understanding that while we are seated in heavenly places, most of our contemporaries are in a much different state. It’s a more complete grasping of the spiritual climate around us which, at times, can be so profound that one is nearly consumed by it. This sorrow is touched on by the following passage, and at the outset, it may appear that I’m taking this verse out of its context. Yet this passage swerves into a truth that, once we understand it, will compel us toward intercession, intervention, and a more sober-minded approach to our remaining time in this theater of atoms.

Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the heart of myrth.”

This is not something that we think on often and yet, it is an intregal component that will become more pronounced as we mature spiritually. It’s a sorrow concerning that which is lost, or soon will be. A sadness over the blindness that afflicts most of our contemporaries, and the effectiveness of the devices employed by the enemy to keep his captives in bondage. It’s the realization that nearly every ambition is geared toward that which has no eternal significance. And it’s an examining of self that quickly reveals how corrupt we are in comparison to “the Father of lights with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”  Oftentimes in prayerful cogitation, a single question comes forth. “Lord Jesus; do any of us have even a remote understanding as to how serious these things are? We tell ourselves that we understand, and yet, somehow, our lives along with the thrust of our conversation fail to reflect the seriousness that’s demanded of such.”

The late David Wilkerson addressed this issue far more adequately than I’m able to. Tears will fall as one listens to this; A Call to Anguish

Here’s a partial list of areas which, when understood more fully, foster a sorrow to repentance and action.

1. The perishing. A few days ago, a truth was dropped into my heart which took a moment to resonate, but has been the focus of prayer ever since.. It was words to the effect of “nearly everyone that you talk to daily is going to die lost.” The scope of this truth shook me. There are souls in my own household who are not saved. I work in a plant which currently has over 700 employees with much hiring planned over the next several months. There are very few professing Christians there and even fewer who actually strive to discuss eternal issues with others. It demands that we address the question of “what am I doing about it? Am I praying for the lost and continuously seeking opportunities to share Jesus? or am I just doing my own thing and not wanting to be inconvenienced by the need of those who are not prepared to take their final breath?

The foolishness has to stop. (This is a note-to-self) The squandering of large segments of time on issues of no eternal significance has to end. We (I) need to stop following the latest heresay (even if it’s wrapped in christian-speak) and begin seeking the Lord with a fervency that lines up with the tragedies that are playing out. There are people in hell at this very moment who were drinking their morning coffee while catching up on the news just 12 hours ago. When taking into account, how much time I have squandered, and how many opportunities I’ve allowed to slip away. it’s nearly incapacitating. The first step toward remedy is sincere  repentance, followed by a fervent and consistant drawing closer to Jesus. If we abide in him and are obediant, he is faithful to change us from glory to glory and bring us to where we need to be. Please consider the message by David Wilkerson. 

2. The overwhelming blindness of the lost. We hear it in their conversation and see it in their choices. It’s agonizing for three reasons. First, we have been there and remember well what the Lord has delivered us from. Second, we know where that road ends. It’s the same road that we were once travelling down and like those who know not the Lord, we were equally unconcerned about our eternal situation. And third, the wall of deception seems insurmountable at times. To address this, we must walk continuously in the Spirit. The following two passages have, in effect become a continual prayer request regarding a proper approach to the seemingly insurmountable blindness:

Ephesians 6:18-20 (verses 19 and 20 are the focus) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that i may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Colossians 4:3-4 “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Our words must be with power and the must be the right words to a given situation. Our own powerless rationalizing will not suffice. (I Peter 4:11 also comes to mind)

3. Lukewarmness amongst the professing saints. I recently read a post where the term “la la church” was coined.  (Spiritual Abuse sanctuary)  Again, I must refer back to the words of David Wilkerson on this. Most of what we see today are the inventions of men that attempt to compensate for the lack of power. There is a large church north of here. Almost every time I talk to a member from this church, they are quick to tell me how awesome it is. They have this program and that program, and they are about to launch a major building project. There seems to be a concerted effort to “keep people busy and entertained” so that they’ll “feel fulfilled” when some of them may actually be nearing a point of spiritual death. 

4. Diminishing of time. It goes without saying that time is running out. yesterday, time ran out for multitudes and today time will run out for multitudes more. To grasp even a portion of the unfolding tragedy is nearly unbearable. And finally:

5. The end of the age. Each day that arrives, I give God the glory for it; thanking him for another day of continuance. Because we know that a time is fast approaching when the ultimate season of sorrows will be upon us. It will be a time of unparalleled loss and tribulation. Jesus described it like this:

Matthew 24:21-22 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days were shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened.”

In other words, prior to the return of Jesus, the worlds population will drop from 7+ billion…….to nearly zero. No war, no campaign of genocide, no season of anarchy has ever been as horrific as that which is soon to take place. The only cataclysmic event that’s comparable is the great flood; wherein only eight survived. Mens hearts will fail them for fear and the floodgates to hell will be wide open. Very few saints are prepared for what they will soon be faced with. On a side note, it goes without saying that much is being written and talked about concerning the end of days and how it will play out. Some is accurate, some is not accurate, and all of us see a picture in part. Here’s another indicator to watch. When the earths population as a whole begins to decline, we’ll know that the end of the age is at the door. I could be wrong, (I hope I’m wrong) however, once this decline begins, I suspect that it will be like a snowball rolling down a steep hill; gaining momentum with every rotation. 

The intent of this post is not to discourage anyone, but rather, to encourage all of us to draw close to Jesus. To use our remaining time wisely and be about those issues which have eternal ramifications. Two links before I close.

The Prophetic savant (Tentmaker) When a person has much revelation from on high, they will be affected in ways that will make it almost impossible to fit in with their contemporaries. (Even saved contemporaries) This article has fostered much cogitation ever since I first read it about seven years ago.

Forum Shut Down (Watchmans Cry) This article addresses the danger of forums and becomming consumed by endless debatings. Nathan Leal states that if we are spending more time on boards and on the internet than in prayer and studying of the scriptures, something is wrong. This was one of the elements which ultimately resulted in my departure from Facebook. It’s time to be sober-minded and drawing close to Jesus.

I don’t really have time to thoroughly edit this, so I apolagize for any linguistical flaws, repetitious points, grammerical errors, and what have you. I’ll try to clean it up later. Blessings always in Jesus name.

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Breathe Deep

April 11, 2012

The drive from AAM to our driveway takes 23 minutes (27 minutes if I park on the north end) and usually takes place at either 12:00 midnight or 2:00am. It doesn’t seem like a long time; and yet, it’s during this drive that the most interesting cogitations are brought forth. It’s always a time of prayer and on most nights, by the time i pull into the driveway, the topic at hand has taken a completely unexpected turn. Last night, the following passages came to mind:

Job 12:9-10 “who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Daniel 5:22-23 “And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; (He knew full well how God had worked in the life of his father and considered it not)
But hast lifted up thyself against the LORD of heaven: and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.”

Every single breath is a gift and every single moment that we remain in this theater of atoms is evidence of a God who is longsuffering and compassionate. We’ve all heard people say “Well how could a loving God allow so much pain and suffering?” The proper way of viewing it is quite different. Whenever we see one commiting injustice and seeming to get away with it, we are, in fact witnessing the Lord being merciful to that soul. At any moment, he can say “that was your final act of disobediance;” much as he did to Belshazzar. (When the writing was on the wall, it was all over) No matter how many days a person has in this world, when the moment of departure arrives, the only thing that matters is whether or not; their name appears in the book of life. Every earthly agenda and trapping loses its significance in that moment.

I know; it seems simple; until I began considering how many times my words are not pleasing to the Lord. How many individual breaths have I used to speak foolishness or engage in what many would consider to be small talk? Each one was an individual gift and yet, they were used in a manner that wasn’t glorifying to the Lord. If Psalm 90:12 adminishes to number our days, perhaps it’s necessary to break it down even further and consider each individual moment. As I was driving home, I began to consider how much of my conversation is given to carnal things. Not things that we would necessarily consider to be bad; just things that are not heavenly oriented. The inventory wasn’t a pleasing one and I’m determined to make the necessary corrections.

I recently heard a story about Sarina Wurmbrand. (She was the wife of Richard wurmbrand) It was said of Sarina, that no matter what a person began to talk to her about, she would always bring the conversation around to Jesus. If you said, “Some weather we’re having” or “did you hear about the latest goings on is such and such a place” or “how is the family doing” she would always manage to steer the conversation toward Jesus and issues of eternal significance. How many times have I allowed casual conversations ramble on endlessly until the opportunity closed? It’s as though we comparmentalize our life. We go to work and talk primarily about work related issues. We go to a family reunion and talk primarily about goings on in the lives of loved ones. While in each setting, we may strive to share Jesus, more often than not, it’s on the back burner.

The thrust of our conversation will “always” reveal what we consider important and what we only talk about ‘when the topic arises.”

Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgement.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

So serious is the issue. So short is the allotment of days that we have. When I think of how much time I have squandered, it’s depressing. Each of us have a distinct number of breaths which can be used either for good or evil. With time nearing its end and each of us burning through our allotment of breaths at this very moment, we all must give thought to how we utilize our moments.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

Acts 17:24-25 “God that made the world and all thingsd therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;”

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C A P T I V I T Y

April 4, 2012

I Corinthians 7:29-31 “But this I say brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

It seems strange to be posting here after a fifteen month absence. (I’m prayerfully considering making this my primary outlet again as other cyber-venues have become way too distracting) Yet because this continues to receive a substantial amount of traffic despite the inactivity, It seemed necessary to share the dream here. A dream which, did two things for me. First, it was a confirmation for me of what others are seeing. Second, it allowed for a  “taste” as it were, of what it will be like to live under some very different conditions. I pray that this doesn’t foster apprehension, but will cause one to draw closer to Jesus. To lay aside all things frivillous, prepare spiritually for the times ahead, and be about the Fathers business in the time remaining.

Leonard Ravenhill once stated words to the effect of “five minutes into eternity and all of us will wish that we had prayed more, fasted more, witnessed more, and not wasted so much time on things that don’t matter.” (I don’t remember the exact quote, but that is the thrust of what he was saying)

The dream began with a new world upon us. My family and I were living in a small apartment (we will be moving soon; probably this summer) and we were under occupation by a foreign army. There was no indication as to where this army was from. As such, I’m inclined to believe that it was a multi-national force. While my family waited in the apartment, I was going around town; trying to locate my younger daughter. As I crossed a bridge, someone informed me “we have to get inside. Curfew is 6:00 pm.” This was the first indicator that life would be very different under this occupation. It was already after 6:00 but I continued. Once I found my daughter, we returned to the apartment.

This apartment was……tiny. Two rooms; one of which was larger than the other. This larger room seemed to serve as a kitchen/bedroom. It was very crowded and one had to move the table in order to get from the front half of the room to the back. After returning to the apartment, the unanswered questions began to surface. I didn’t know the identity of the new enforcers. I seemed to have no contact with other citizens; other than those of my own household. There was no news or internet. Thoughts ran through my mind. Try to resist? Find a way of escape? Escape to where? And how? I didn’t know what town we were in or what direction to take….even if we could flee. It was at this moment that I remembered a statement that I had once heard concerning the coming judgment against this land. “You have been in bondage. Now you will go into captivity.”

One thing was very clear as the dream progressed. This was the very early part of the occupation. I knew that in the days to come, things would become far more difficult and brutal.

I awakened and soon went about my daily routine, however, things were not the same. The frailty of the status quo seemed far more manifest. That “taste” of a different situation remains with me. It is a warning that this status quo is soon to be replaced by a new reality. Two more observations are necessary before closing. First, the situation in the dream (especially the apartment) reminded me of the Warsaw ghettos during World War II. This was where Jewish families were relocated by the nazis and forced to live in very crowded conditions……awaiting their eventual transit to the camps. The second observation requires a passage before delving into. This verse was on my heart for about two weeks prior to having this dream, however, I didn’t know why:

Ecclesiastes 7:10 “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days days were better than these? for thou dost not inqire wisely concerning this.”

Following such a profound disruption of peace and safety, there will be an overwhelming urge to long for the “good-ol-days.” There will be a tendancy to look back and not forward. We must look to Jesus steadfastly; regardless of what transpires or where we may find ourselves. This life, even at its most discomforting, is very temporal and will come to pass. If we know Jesus, we know that once this life is over, we shall be forever in his presence. Our destination is a city not made with hands, where we shall dwell in the presence of the Lord, along with the great cloud of witnesses. Once we have our affections set firmly in heaven, what befalls us along the journey will not move us. As the apostle Paul stated:

Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

Well, I have to go for now.  May we all number our days (Psalm 90:12) and use our remaining time wisely. Blessings always in Jesus name.