The War is On

We are getting near the end times, if we are not already there. "The world has gone bye-bye, Egon" (Borrowed from Bill Murray, Ghostbusters 1984). Those who believe in Jesus Christ are well aware of this. Or at least they should be. "There will be wars and rumors of wars...Nation will rise against nation...famines, earthquakes in various places..." These are the birth pains Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24.

"Lawlessness will be increased" (Matt. 24:12). Does that sound familiar? Just look at Seattle, New York, Chicago... I read a headline the other day: 283 Law Enforcement Officers shot, 44 Fatally Wounded as Year End Nears, Stats Show (Fox News). "At least 42 Shot, 11 Killed in Thanksgiving Holiday Violence" (CBS Chicago).

Those are just some of the scary headlines we see every day. But what does the news like to talk about? People want celebrity gossip - what this person or that person is tweeting. They want to know who is pregnant, who is breaking up, who is coming out as transgender.

I read another article recently about an actor who had made the announcement they are "transgender." They talked about how "remarkable" they feel and "how free they are to love themselves." They are "authentic" now. They are completely denying how God made them and they call that "authentic." And they got over 300,000 “likes” for this on their Twitter page.

So God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him; man and woman He created them. -Genesis 1:26

LORD, what is happening? People feel the need to change who they are, how they were created to love themselves? Do they not know they were made in the image of God? God made them who they are. But never mind what God thinks. It is our own happiness and appeasement that matters.

“For people will be lovers of self.” -The Apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:2)

Then they will tell you that you can not judge them for their choice. “My body, my choice,” is the pro-choice cry of the day.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells within you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.” -The Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

We were made by God so that He could live in us and dwell with us. That is why people are lost. They have no guidance from the Spirit. People are out for their own causes now. Not for God’s cause. They put their wants, needs, and happiness above God’s and everyone else’s. How else do you explain people declaring themselves a different gender from which they were born? How else do you explain shooting kids and burning down grocery stores? What does any of that solve? What about the happiness of the families of all those who were killed over the Thanksgiving weekend?

“Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.” -Plato

“If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.” -Epictetus

People want more and more of what this world gives. The world does not give pleasure or happiness like they think it does. We can find all the pleasure we want but it does not last. In the end, what this world offers is evil, anger, sadness, and death. Only true joy and pleasure can be found in Jesus Christ. “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4).

Even Peter was rebuked for putting his desires over God’s plan of salvation. In Matthew 16, Jesus tells the disciples of how He must suffer and be killed and resurrected on the third day and Peter tells Him he will not allow it. What did Jesus say to him? “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hinderance to me! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but the things of man” (16:23-24)!

“People all put their own interests ahead of Jesus Christ’s”

-Paul, Philippians 2:21

We have to stop thinking of ourselves. It is idolatry. We must have God in mind in everything, at all times. This world is not ours. Our bodies are not ours. We were made by God and we were bought by Him for a price – Jesus’ blood (1 Corinthians 6:20). Our own creator died to rescue us from ourselves and the mess we made of this world. And how do we repay Him? By killing each other, by declaring ourselves or turning ourselves into something or someone we were not created to be.

This world is winning the fight right now, I hate to say it. Believers must get in the game, get in the fight! Play through the pain. And there will be plenty of that. We must be prepared to fight. Not with weapons of war, not with guns and knives and bombs. “He who lives by the sword dies by the sword” (Matthew 26:52).

“Put on the whole armor of God” -Paul, Ephesians 6:11

It is with prayer, with the word of God, and with LOVE that we must fight. With these things do we fight this battle. Paul, in Ephesians 6:13 – “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, having done all to stand firm. He continues in his instructions: Put on the belt of truth (the truth holds you upright), the breastplate of righteousness (that is of a true heart toward God), shoes ready spread the gospel of peace (go wherever it takes you), take up the shield of faith (it will protect you against the attacks of the world), the helmet of salvation (knowing in your mind that God is always with you), and the sword of the Spirit – the word of God (that is how you strike, with God’s very own words).+

“The second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” -Jesus (Matthew 22:39)

“I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the LORD God; so turn and live.”

-Ezekiel 18:32

God does not wish to kill anyone. He never wanted to. But man brought sin out and caused the world to become corrupt. Adam and Eve would still be alive today if that had not happened. Sin and death are the law of the land, now. People are sinning more and more than ever and are destined to die eternally. Men and women are distorting how God made them. Little boys are painting themselves up like transvestites and parading themselves on the internet. And the masses love it! Murder is skyrocketing. Pornography is rampant. Sex trafficking and abortion are killing children destroying families.

We need to get going. This world is headed for destruction soon. Jesus is on His way back, I can feel it. If we are not on the right side of God, we are toast. This world will go up in flames – and every sinner with it. Let us believers take back as many as we can from the evil that has taken over this world.

They have been blinded. We believers know the truth. We know what is happening. We are the watchmen now. It is our duty to warn the world of the wrath that is coming. But mostly we need to tell them about the love of God and the salvation they can have in Jesus Christ.

It is a fight for salvation. Lives are on the line. Eternal life or eternal damnation. We can not let Satan win. We must try to get as many lives back from Satan as we can, before it’s too late.

***LORD God, please hear our cry for help.

This world is lost and it needs you. These people are

Destined for eternal fire, eternal anguish, and death.

Give strength and courage to believers everywhere, that we

Can reach out to these lost souls,

That we can pull them back from the grip of Satan and the

Evils of this world. Give us knowledge of your word, LORD

And the wisdom to use it wisely. Give us patience and confidence

To stand up to opposition. Give us love, not disdain for these lost souls,

To fight for them, not against them.

Let us, LORD, put on your armor that we can stay in the fight,

And not get lost ourselves. Please, LORD God, hear me. Give us victory in these

Evil times, against this evil world.

For your glory. For your kingdom. For the love of Jesus Christ.

In His name. Amen.***

+ words in parentheses are my interpretations


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