With all of the world falling down around us, the global financial markets may appear to be stable but they are being held together by threads and tape, ready to collapse at any moment. The government of the United States has taken the path of total control with the hope of entering into a police state very soon. Fascism rearing its head around the world in the marriage of corporations and governments we are again seeing the dawning of the type of government the world is striving to bring about, that being corporatism, where business interests demand and control the legislation and rules of the game, pushing the individuals into nothing more but resources to be used for profit.
We have become human resources, property of the elites to use for their profit and enjoyment. We are the new slave class that can be thrown aside at their leisure.
Persecution is growing against Christians and anything that reflects the virtues of our Savior, the world holds a special animus for the Son of GOD and the sacrifice He made on the cross for all of humanity. Across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas hatred against those who profess the name of Christ will continue to grow in intensity.
Already in certain areas of the world Christians are dying daily for their faith, in other parts the persecution is growing at an alarming rate.
We are told in John 15:18 ” If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” We are also told in 1 John 3:13 “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” From here we should know from the example and words of our Savior that the world is going to hate us for our love for Him.
I would ask you reader, do you know Jesus as your savior? Do you understand that He came into the world not to condemn the world but that through Him the world could be saved from sin and the resulting wickedness of sin? John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
With all the things going on and those things which are coming, this is the most important question, do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?
If not then in the end of these things you are going to be spending an eternity in hell, if you do not believe then you are condemned already. As it is written, John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
A common response to this absolute condition is that why would GOD throw people in hell for not believing, that you cannot believe a loving GOD would punish anyone for not simply believing, well the answer is also found in scripture as follows, it to is an absolute condition. John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
So you see reader, it is because the light has come into the world, the righteousness of the Father revealed in the life of HIS Son, that being to believe in the name of HIS Son and to Love one another as He gave us command. Mankind loved their wickedness and evil doings, they rejected anything that would bring to light their ungodly deeds. Light brings to bear all the things in our life, it shows us how we really look, it shows us that we are all evil and wicked. This result of light in the darkness simply is this, Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;. Once we see this we see it all. Everyone has sinned and everyone is condemned unless we accept the love of Jesus as shown in His love for us and His willingness to die for us on the cross.
The simplicity of the Gospel is in this reader, Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. It is with our heart that we have to believe the above statements in John, the reason for Jesus coming to the earth, it was to save mankind from sin as stated in Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The result of sin is death, that is eternal death, separation from the Father and the Son, alone in the darkness and fires of hell.
The simple way to fix this reader is as follows, Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
It is that easy.
Once you begin this journey your life will change, you will be forgiven, you will become part of a family of believers who are going to rest in the fact that you are only a traveler on a journey in this old world and that there will be something else waiting for you.
Your new life in Christ will be a life filled with joy and with pain, much like todays walk but with the solace that you are part of a better ending. As the beginning of this little discourse stated, the world will hate you because of your new found faith in a loving GOD, they cannot understand because you are given a gift that they do not have, Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Yes you will have that peace that passes all understanding, a peace the world cannot know because it lies in darkness and sin, you will be that light in the darkness that they will want to extinguish because your reflection of Christ in your life will draw them so they will see their own lives for what it is.
You are now a child of the Living GOD, an heir to the riches which we will receive from the Father. This the world will hate because their spirit knows they cannot touch your riches and prize in the heavens, the wicked of the earth knows where it is going, although mankind may be blinded by Satan they still knows in their spirit where they are going in the end, yet they loved their darkness or sin more than the light.
The thief, Satan, comes for one purpose, that being this;
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
So you see reader, the Lord came that you and I may have a life, a life that is more abundant in Christ, this does not necessarily mean wealth and health, what it means is a life of abundant Grace. The Grace of GOD shown in and reflected in our life through Christ our Savior.
Your abundance will be in knowing what real love is and what real life is, something that this old world cannot fathom, to the world love is reflected in sex, in Christ it is reflected in mercy. His mercy shown toward us in that while we were yet in sin He loved us enough to die for us. This is what our GOD wants of us reader, from those who believe in the Son, 1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
The Love of Christ is reflected in our lives and in our love for our neighbor in these scriptures;
1st Corinthians 1 ¶ Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 ¶ Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 ¶ Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
So what do we have here, love defined as Charity or Love in Action.
These are the things which our Lord means when it is written to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is the abundance of Grace and the abundant life we are promised reader. When we learn this and we learn to live it then we will be higher up on that mountain so to speak and we will be able to look down into that dark valley from which we were saved.
We will be able to distinguish the sins and wickedness around us and see it for with it is.
Knowing what love is reader is the foremost step in our walk with our savior.
It too is part of that most important question, do you know Jesus as your personal savior?
If you do not know Jesus as your Christ and Savior if you want to pray a simple prayer, you can use this as a guide, it does not take a long drawn out chant or a thousand words, all it takes is a repentant heart, knowing that we have sinned and done wrong, letting the Spirit of GOD work in our hearts, all of these things are seen in the term repentance which means this:
noun: repentance; plural noun: repentances
the action of repenting; sincere regret or remorse.
The remorse you feel from knowing your sin, that is the Spirit working in your life, heart, and mind.
Use this as a guide if you like;
” Lord I know that I am a sinner, I understand that I need you in my life and I now come to you and ask that you forgive me of my sins, please come into my heart and help me believe in you, to know you and to love you.
Please forgive me and be my savior. “
Now if you prayed this prayer or something similar I would like to welcome you into the family, whether brother or sister, young or old, whatever race or ethnicity or political affiliation, welcome to our family.
This is now who you are if you accepted Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Again, welcome to our family.