Excited About the Times?

Are you at peace within and excited about the times?  You can be.  Do you need some help?  Some encouragement about now.  Or do you really struggle with anxiety and worry over all that is going on in the world right now and the times to come?  I feel it all around me and in most people that I talk with daily.
Whether you are watching television, listening to the radio, or reading the newspapers, news magazines, blogs, emails, or the Bible – you know the world is in sorry shape and a lot of hard times are coming soon, probably right around the corner.  If you are aware of Biblical prophesy at all, you are sure to recognize some of the confirmation and “signs of the times” that are already happening in the natural realm.

Most people are already living with so much anxiety, fear, and worry over current affairs and are overwhelmingly aware of impending doom.  But that is not what I want to talk to you about today.

Do you know that for those who are “in Christ” we have a different forecast?  Recently, I came upon this scripture passage in 2 Peter 3:10-13 “But when the Day of God’s Judgement does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief.  The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all it’s works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgement.  Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life, trusting the Father?  Daily expect the Day of God, EAGER FOR IT’S ARRIVAL.  The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day – BUT WE WILL HARDLY NOTICE.  WE WILL BE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, READY FOR THE PROMISED NEW HEAVENS AND THE PROMISED NEW EARTH.” WOW!
This tells me some pretty heavy stuff will be happening all around and yet – we are not to be consumed with that, but expectantly looking with joy “the other way”.  Hardly noticing.
Funny thing – even the above passage has been interpreted from very literal to very abstract in the most obscure interpretations.  Have you noticed the opposite predictions that you can hear preached or taught on every Biblical prophesy there is?  It really amazes me how many diverse and contradicting predictions you can hear about how everything will play out in the end.  It is a good thing our salvation does not depend on knowing it all, or having all the answers, isn’t it?  I think most of it is a mystery and we will be shocked to see how it really all unfolds.  What I do know is that we are to TRUST OUR Father, and to “run the race and finish the course set before us!”
Fear is the enemy’s greatest tool, tactic, and weapon.  And what does the Bible tell us  overcomes fear?  PERFECT LOVE!  (1 John 4:18)  First for the Father and then all those around you.  If you simply focused your energies on love alone, you would find yourself living in a higher dimension than almost everyone around.  Maybe that is why Jesus’s most important commandments were to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and strength and then love each other.  When you literally put all your energies toward love – emotionally, physically and spiritually you will find yourself consumed with all that matters most and not the temporary matters of this world.  When others all around are completely depleted and have no resources left to draw from – you will be empowered and thriving and strengthened in your inner man and literally fueled – by His love.  Think about what I am saying.  See yourself walking out the Love of the Father – even as Jesus asked you to do.
As you focus your heart on loving the Father – more than you fear anything – you will find yourself drawing closer and closer to Him than you ever have before.  And that will become your strongest “weapon” if you will.  It will make you feel like a conqueror, rather than a victim.  It will give you purpose and make you thrive when the rest of the world is freaking out and falling apart.
The more you trust Him and the closer you walk with Him, the more you will know Him and His faithfullness.
Where others fear – WE SHALL TRUST HIM.  We will rest and know…that everything works out Gloriously in the end.  We already know the end, so how can we let go – short of that?  “For those who run the race and finish the course and overcome.”

WE SHALL OVERCOME!  How can I know that?  Because my family and I have chosen that no matter what happens – 1). We will trust the Father. 2). We will walk in His love 3). And we will NOT let go of His hand.
Revelations 12:11 gives us the recipe for overcoming – “They (Believers) defeated him (the enemy) by the Blood of the Lamb” – that is to recognize the Finished Work that Jesus accomplished at the cross and the power that He gives to you and me here and now.
“and the word of our testimony” – hint – that has to do not only with our “testimony” of what Jesus has done in our past, but the Word we speak and see and believe about His care over us for our future.  It is worth Trusting Him with everything you have got!
“and they loved not their own lives even unto death”.
Most of you may be surprised to learn that I have a very difficult time being pregnant, and an even worse time with childbirth.  (I have spent 95 months of my life pregnant!)  But the way I see it is for 9 months of Hell, I have now co-created with Father God Himself, this person who will now exist for all of this life and eternity.  MORE THAN WORTH IT ALL!
That is how we are to view what ever hardships lie ahead.  They are so temporary, even if they seem so long.  There is no pain, or suffering, or struggle that we can experience here, that we won’t be rewarded for eternally, if we but hang on and finish the race and the course set before us.
We CAN be at peace.  We are sons and daughters of the Most High God.  And He is in control.  He is not scared or anxious or worried about a thing – not even slightly.  Plug into His heart every time your mind begins to worry, absorb His peace, His joy, His love, by choosing to trust in Him.  Whether you understand God and all His ways or not – He is the only One worth putting our trust in.  He is really all we have got!  And you will find He really is all you need!  And remember…whatever hardships may come they are only momentary compared to the Glory set before us.
Yes, we are to love HIm – even above our own lives.  And in this we are truly set free.  This alone will enable you to face the future with much less fear.

FEAR DESTROYS – RESIST IT!
TRUST AND LOVE EMPOWERS – EMBRACE IT!

And Choose you this day – with your family – that you will be overcomers!  No matter what!  Trust in the Father – you Sons and Daughters of the Most High God.  Be full of His Glory, His peace, His rest, His joy and His love.

And I will see YOU at the Finish Line!!!

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