I sense this urgency now more than ever. Not a panicky urgency, just a sense that time is short, that these are critical times, that “as in the days of Noah” there will be many who are oblivious to the times and be caught off guard by His coming.
No, I’m not talking about stock-piling supplies, that sort of thing. I mean that Jesus urges His followers often that in the end, as the time draws near, the love of many will grow cold. There will be widespread deception, even among believers. The Scriptures will be twisted to say whatever pleases the masses.
For me personally, PRAYER has been megaphone-loud message I keep hearing and receiving from the Scriptures, from the Spirit.
Now is the time to pray. For our loved ones, for our country, for ourselves. Now is the time to be discerning. Please, for the love of Jesus Christ and for the sake of the world, we must be discerning people.
How? By immersing ourselves in the truth of the Scriptures, the whole scriptures, by spending more time in the presence of God in prayer than in the presence of social media. By fighting fiercely not against people, but against the enemy of our souls, the one who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, the father of lies, the deceiver of the brethren, the roaring lion. Only as we are discerning can we truly love people but hate evil, only as the full-gospel guides our view can we purely pursue God’s glory and help rescue people from the burning building of sin, of deception, of bondage.
The Good News is good news! It is GOOD! It is that even though we are all lost in our trespasses, we don’t have to be! We don’t have to live in slavery to our sin, to our fleshly passions, to our selfishness. The gospel sets us FREE!
There is a great opportunity right now to do the Armor of God study by Priscilla Shirer, online over the summer. They are offering her videos (slightly shortened) for FREE, so the only cost is the book. What a great way to suit up! To put on the truth of God’s Word and take up the sword and be prepared to walk in boldness and discernment.
Here is the information: http://blog.lifeway.com/womenallaccess/2016/04/22/the-armor-of-god-online-bible-study-sign-up/?emid=women-AOGOBS-announcement-20160428
I guess this is less of a post and more of a plea: Let’s suit up, friends. Let’s seek the Lord in prayer. Let’s get in the Word of God and let His truth guide our hearts and lives. Let’s not waste our lives. Let’s give generously, love lavishly, and surrender fully. I’m with you on this journey, in this battle. Let’s suit up!
Thank you for reading.