A lot is happening in the world today…wars, hostilities, natural disasters, Nations warring against Nations; brothers fighting against brothers.
It is easy for those of us who are not exposed to these horrors to overlook the desperate situations in which some our fellows in Faith are living, be they enduring physical onslaught, or mental anguish while the god of this world has his way during these end times.
(In the Epistles, Paul reminds us that we who believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins; was resurrected and now lives …are part of a New Creature. A “third” race upon this earth.
We are not Jews, Gentiles, males nor females…in HIM…because we are joined together in the body of Christ…that body of which Christ is the Head.) (1)
As such, we have a duty to each other; to look out for each other, to support each other; to lovingly reach out to and comfort each other while the trials and tribulations of our lives are being played out.
This writer cannot imagine who will be reading the words posted here. In what country a reader may be living. Their reasons for searching out these articles; perhaps only for the knowledge that there are others in this world who belong to Jesus’ Family, some who are isolated, physically alone, relying on the Holy Spirit for all things, yet to whom a word of assurance from another of God’s own…might provide a warming bit of comfort. A “virtual” holy kiss (5) just as the congregants of old greeted each other.
That thought brings to mind the situation of Elijah when he ran to the cave in the mountains; weeping, defeated and thinking he was the only believer left on the face of the earth. (He ran for about 150 miles, forty days and forty nights after eating the meal provided by the Angel of The Lord. Such was the strength given him in his time of torment.)
But God…(ah..those words…) told him differently. There was a remnant preserved in His name, as there always is. True believers who had not bowed to the god of the world. (2)
Was this truth revealed in thundering storm or in the wind??? No. It was revealed in a still, small voice. No drama. A calm, quiet voice that we who believe must train ourselves to hear. A quiet communication. Perhaps not revealed in words alone, but through creation itself.
A prayer is sent up that all of you who are HIS and are in danger; that all with whom the enemy is “engaging” in a fearsome battle will remember to keep all eyes upon Jesus! Intently listening for that quiet “voice.” No matter what is happening! HE will give you the strength you need to see things through at the exact moment that HIS strength and sustenance is needed.
Not too early. Not too late. Exactly on time. It is almost like walking off the edge of a cliff. Placing that trust in HIM which His love and grace imbues us with..knowing that a net is there, catching us as we live out the faith we profess as we display to the world in these moments of crisis…just where our hope lies. (Even like Peter, when he sank into the sea while walking upon the water. Peter; sinking because he took his eyes off of our Lord.) He became aware of the pounding waves and the screaming winds all around him. He became aware of the world! And in losing sight of the invisible, now seeing the visible, he was no longer relying on faith. He..was… sunk!!!
This can happen to us if we lose our focus by looking away from HIM. If we do not pray for that unspeakable strength and power available to those who are HIS! To us…who are adopted into His family.
By thinking only of Jesus, fearsome thoughts cannot invade our mind. We will have the POWER of the very God available to us, fulfilling the promises of the scriptures meant for the true believer. (3)
And so, this is written with a mind for the oppressed, abused and downtrodden members of HIS Royal Family. Wherever you are. You are His body the church. Not a brick and mortar building…but that invisible, heavenly living body of souls who have chosen to accept the free gift of grace in these trying times.
We are all together. We cannot see each other, nor are we privy to actually knowing just who is truly worshiping the triune God. So we communicate to each other by way of devices provided to us…computer, web page, email…enabled to reach out in order that we share the scriptures; fortifying our hope in Christ…the Blessed Hope, reminding our brethren that soon, HE will be calling us to come up there with Him. The Rapture is very near.
Many prayers are with you…please know that others are on their knees, asking that God’s mercy be shown you; that He reach down and comfort you, letting you know at whatever is happening is but for a short time in the overall scene of things. Reminding us that the promise of the eternity to come, to be spent in HIS presence…is far greater than the ills that the world can inflict upon us. These trials are also sent in order to harden us. To give us steel in our backbone. Just as coal becomes a diamond, so are we on the path to, well…becoming a pure white clear beautiful stone. Enduring, surviving the heat and pressure needed for our final refinement.
Jesus prayed that we were not to be taken out of the trials…but asked God that we would be given the tools needed to survive those trials. (Remember when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were bound and thrown into that fire; flames so intense that the guards accompanying them were burnt to a crisp …those teenagers then being observed to be moving amidst the flames with a fourth man who seemed as “the son of God?” The men outside those flames were killed by the heat. Yet, those young Jewish men walked within the same flames, stepping out of the furnace, clothing and bodies pristine, unsinged… all the while proclaiming their loyalty to the living God. At the exact moment that those men needed fire “insurance”…they were given all the protection they needed; surviving a horrific trial…their hearts did not fail them as they gave God the glory.) (4)
They had faith.
Faith. Belief in the unseen.
We know, because He has told us…that God always has a remnant, and that those of us who truly worship Him are a part of this small group. ( A part of His family, after we were re-born and given Divine DNA.) And as such should know that there are others out there…reaching out in love and charity to each other. And so the need to stand firm; stay focused, stay calm…stand resolved in our reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ is brought into sharp relief.
We are bound together in His power. (5)
May the peace of God, which knows no human understanding…keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus!
Maranatha….even so Lord, come quickly….
“Even spiritual comforts are not given us for our use alone; they, like all the gifts of God, are given that they may be distributed, or become instruments of help to others. A minister’s trials and comforts are permitted and sent for the benefit of the Church.” (Clarke)
1 Cor 12:13, 14 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For the Body is not one member, but many.”
(2) 1 Kings 8:12 “and after the earthquake a fire; but The Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still, small voice.”
(3) 2 Cor 4:8-11 “we are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of The Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
(4) Daniel 3:25 “he answered and said…Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
(5) 2 Cor 13:11, 12 “Finally brethren, farewell. Be perfect; be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with a Holy kiss.”