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signsofthetimes(A Brief Meditation on Psalm 46 and Matthew 24)

The way of grace teaches us that our hope for life begins in repentance. We prioritize out of necessity and for the sake of aligning ourselves with the truth.

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ because man-made opinions and bubbles burst and the world tries to bustle us into becoming entangled with its causes, wars, and disputes. We believe so our ways might be exchanged for the ways of God, worldly reactions and responses exchanged for the will of God’s Kingdom.

We build up our faith because the systems upon which we lean and depend will be kicked out from under us. There will be divisions along ethnic lines and realms of thought.

We bless others in the power of the Spirit because a spirit of bitterness is taking hold of our society. There is a famine of taking in God’s Word.  We are called to move as free people, willing to let go of our own lives for the sake of those who are locked into their limiting fortresses of unbelief. We know soon all the vain things which leech and consume our attention will be consumed by God’s fiery judgment so while the light of grace still shines we are working.

We bring life in Jesus’ name to those pestered and plagued by sin, seemingly bound to turmoil, chaos, and unrest. We influence this wicked and perverse generation by the rest and stillness we have found in the presence of God. As we allow God to ascend in the midst of what we do, even the ‘fools who say there is no God’ may discover otherwise.

We breakthrough as the One whose name is above all names is exalted in our lives. Everything we know will be shaken including the ground upon which we stand. The confidence we carry is “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46: 7, 11)

Knight and Day“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3: 12 – 13)

If Jesus tells you He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (and He does) and He tells you He is the Door, the narrow gate through which you access life, why are you still walking around looking for an entrance?

How many miracles does Jesus have to do to prove to you who He is?

How many people does Jesus have to forgive before you would call on him to forgive you where you have missed the mark with him?

How many people would Jesus have to restore, heal, and redirect before you would say, that’s something He is really good at doing?

How is God supposed to make things new in your life when you don’t accept anything new into your belief system?

What are you predisposed to believe: God is out to help you or God is out to hurt you? God is out to bless you or God is out to burn you?

Why do you think Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead? What if it directly applies to you?

Which is more important: your opinion or the truth?

Thanks for reading. Had to ask.

P. S.  I am reminded of the scene in Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz where Cruise’s character, Roy tries to explain to June her chances of survival: “with me or without me”.  This is why I had to ask these questions today. With Jesus or without Jesus?  Have you got peace, forgiveness of sins, joy, eternal life, an abundance of grace with which to move, breathe, and live?

Had to ask.