Sunday, August 24, 2014

The end times...are we ready?

Good morning my sisters-

Ever since I became a Christian in the early 80's I have read about the end times.  It's in the Word.  I was so scared when I was reading revelation that I actually stopped reading it and didn't pick up that beautiful chapter until I was in my 30's.  Why you might ask yourself?  Because it terrified me to know that God would become angry and that this earth and its inhabitants would really suffer.

I have always known there was a strong and fierce spiritual battle raging on this earth.  It wasn't a sense or even something I read; it was something I felt.  God and I have spent many hours together as I have prayed for a world that is hopeless and yet, every single time I have found Him and hope.  Hope is the cornerstone of not fearing tomorrow.  It is in a butterfly, a rainbow, a childs laughter.  Hope is all around us and even though we are in dark times we must look for that one true hope.

Anne Graham Lotz is feeling God's call.  She is calling us all to repent and to align our hearts to God.  She's not saying she knows the hour of His coming but she does know that God wants her to speak boldly about Him.  When you read her words, you could get scared.  The signs of Christ coming are all around us and yet, we don't know the hour or time of that coming.  He will choose but we must be ready.  One of the things I have heard her say that really has penetrated my heart is, "If you knew Jesus was coming how would you live your life differently?"  Interesting don't you think.  I think of a million things I wouldn't care about if Jesus was coming.  Just a few would be my children's futures, my 401K savings account, where will I live and most importantly, my health.  These are things that I am in prayer about because how will I provide and will I be healthy to do so.  Well that went out the door for me this week as I contemplated Christ and the bigger picture.

All over the world chaos is erupting and I'm praying.  I think I get on the news feeds more now than I ever have.  You may be asking yourself why?  It's really to pray for others. I have my own problems and my own set of stresses but my home isn't being bombed, my child didn't just die of starvation and my husband wasn't beheaded for a crime he didn't commit.  I can practice writing and reading Scripture without fear of death and I am free to spread the gospel through the Internet.  I am blessed and because I don't have those stresses, God is calling me to call others to pray for those that are in this turmoil.  Sometimes when I think my life is bad, I read something in the news and realize that I'm just feeling sorry for myself and then I begin to pray for someone nameless that I don't know.  The result is I intercede, repent and pray for hope.  These are the things that are important, not whether I know the future of tomorrow.  Christ has asked us to live daily and we are only to fear Him.  Anne's call is not to make people fear but to bring people closer to the One True God.  Hearts won't be turned unless we take up the cross and sing it to the world.  He came and many denied Him.  His disciples came and left this earth just like we will and many denied them and today, we will come and go and many will deny Him but that's not the purpose of our journey.  The purpose is for the ones that will come, bowing before our King and saying, "Lord save me!"  We can choose to fear the events around us or pray through the events.  My choice today is to pray because that's the only power I have.

Countries and people alike must get on their knees and repent.  Every time I think about that, one song comes through my mind, "Imagine."  I can't even imagine what it will be like to see Jesus but I will and I'm sure He will have a lot to say to me.  I'm far from perfect and find myself repenting more often than I would like. But the one thing I can say about repenting is I lose my shame and once again become filled with hope.  I leave my actions behind because He has forgiven me and I move forward in the hope that is Jesus.

I hope you find comfort in my words today.  They are inspired by our Lord.  When I seek Him, He walks with me.  I may not see Him or hear Him but He is near.  Be well my sisters and look up!

Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. (‭Psalm‬ ‭112‬:‭8‬ NIV)

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬ NIV)

In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭2‬:‭2‬ NIV)

I pray all of these Scriptures in Jesus Name.  May the Holy King of Nations rise up and may we follow with passion, hope and prayer.  Please pray these Scriptures with me today and ask God to forgive our nations, our leaders and our people.  Please lift up gangs, terrorists and anyone suffering from hate around the world and ask God to help them see Him.  I pray these Scriptures and ask the Lord to reveal His mighty will.

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