~Ephesians 6:17-20 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

We hear how the Christian must persevere – but just what does that mean? The word perseverance appears only once (in any of its forms) in Scripture.  Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word as:

PERSEVE’RANCE, n. [L. perseverantia. See Persevere.]
1. Persistence in any thing undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business or enterprise begun; applied alike to good or evil.
Perseverance keeps honor bright.
Patience and perseverance overcome the greatest difficulties.
2. In theology, continuance in a state of grace to a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance.

Verses 17-20 speak of spreading the Gospel, watching, persevering, and praying for all the saints.  The spreading of the Gospel back in Paul’s day came with a cost – many times the saints died for their effort.  Is it any wonder that Paul encouraged them to persevere? Those were difficult days indeed.  Thirty years ago, it was easy to spread the Gospel.  People were more open to listening and very gracious.  However, those times are quickly coming to an end.  People are much less tolerant and consider those who spread the Gospel as “haters and intolerant.”

~Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Today’s text on perseverance is, once again, becoming a “life lesson” to the believer. We can’t give up – not now after we’ve been through so much. We can’t give up telling others about Jesus Christ!  We can’t give up on someone’s soul!

~Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

We are in the end times spoken of in Matthew 24, friend.  As the end draws nearer, the saints are going to need to persevere.  Our tribulations are only the beginning of sorrows – we mustn’t give up or faint! I totally believe that our time is short to tell others about salvation through Jesus Christ. Given a few more years, the little bit of tolerance left will be totally gone.  In fact, it will probably be against the law to stand on the streets to share the Gospel.  Evangelists and soul winners in Michigan are experiencing that right now and being arrested for preaching on the streets because it offends Muslims.  In a few more years, this will be true all over our country.

As the world worsens as Matthew 24 warns, our testimony during trials and tribulations will speak volumes to the unbelieving world. Therefore, we must keep ourselves ‘fed’ in the word of God.  The Scriptures are filled with encouraging words to help us!  God’s spoken words are all there in one place, the Bible, ready to equip the saint and train them in perseverance (Ephesians 6:13).

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~Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Our country is getting there, isn’t it? Prayer has been taken out of schools. The Lord’s Name is not revered but a curse word on the lips of men. There’s a church on every street corner, practically, but our country is more depraved than ever! Sin is rampant. Men call evil good and good evil! But all this was foretold in God’s Word and we should be quick to read it and learn from it.

Without God’s Word, man will get much worse. Depravity will worsen and we will be destroyed.

~Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

It’s not too late… we can turn this around.

~2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Gleaning Gold

~Ephesians 3:17-19, That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Nuggets of Truth

Rooted and grounded in love … just what is Paul teaching us here?  To be grounded in our faith is to base our faith on Jesus Christ, our foundation.

~1 Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

With Christ as the foundation, a believer now has the opportunity to grow as a Christian as he reads the Word and allows himself to be taught by the Holy Spirit.  Like a plant, as the believer grows, his spiritual roots grow deeper and deeper and he becomes stable and well planted in his beliefs.  As we glean from Ephesians 3:17-19, we find that the love of God is the center of the very life of the believer.  It is this love that permeates every level of the believer’s life.

~1 John 4:16-17 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

When someone claims to be “born again,” it becomes evident in his actions.  The act of dwelling implies permanence in these verses in 1 John.  Anyone who has experienced the love of God cannot help but to expose that love in his actions and words.  Anyone who has experienced God’s mercy in their lives cannot help but share that mercy with others.

Refining the Gold

~2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

As we build on the foundation of Christ and root ourselves in His Word, we find ourselves dwelling in God’s love.  As a result, we are able to stand fast and hang onto what Christ has taught us.  We are not blown about with the wind of false doctrine but we hold to the traditions taught us in the Word.  Not the traditions of men, as some “religions” teach, but the traditions based on the foundation of the world, Jesus Christ.  Christ is seen in and revealed throughout the Old Testament and these “traditions” from the Word are the very foundation of the Christian church.

In these end times, it is all the more important for us to follow these instructions.  Let’s be rooted – let’s dwell in God’s love – let’s stand fast and hold to what we have been taught in God’s Word!  God, in His great love, has promised us consolation, good hope and comfort during these upcoming trials which will come upon the whole world.

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Gleaning Gold:

~2 Timothy 3:1-4, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Nuggets of Truth:

As one reads today’s Gold, can we not fully see ourselves in the end times?  How frightening it is to see the end unfold before us.  Incidences we never dreamed would happen in our lifetime are happening before our very eyes!  I never dreamed that there would come a leader in our country who would literally swoop people off their feet during campaigning!  Women were fainting and screaming at the sight of our current President.  When I was first born again and reading about these end times in my Bible, I would ask myself how the antichrist could come into power with such force and control over the world’s population.  I now can see how the antichrist will control the world just by watching this past year’s presidential campaigns.

Am I afraid of what our future holds for us?  No, I’m not afraid.  I am, however, saddened that our beloved country has allowed herself to get to the place we now find ourselves.  The Word says that we are in for some very difficult times – times that have never been experienced before.  Times were rough during the Civil War.  Times were unbelievably difficult during the Great Depression when the stock market crashed.  Times were hard during the holocaust for the millions of Jews who were murdered by Hitler and his minions.  But the Word of God says that there is a time that is coming when the entire world will be affected by the great trials coming.  The believer does not need to be afraid.  We are the children of the King and He has promised us peace through our trials and tribulations.

~Matthew 10:26-30  Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.   But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Unbelieving mankind, however, has every reason to be afraid.  He is battling the one who has the ability to destroy his soul.  The devil is very much alive and well on planet Earth, my friend.  He has control over the unsaved and they don’t even realize it.  Their minds are in a fog – they don’t see clearly.  Their hearts are hardened and all things morally good are becoming less and less prevalent in their lives.  In the end, they will be totally at the mercy of the antichrist and the devil will have won their souls.

The believer, however, is not in this predicament.  Yes, the believer can lose his physical life but his soul has been claimed, bought and paid for, by the blood of our precious Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Refining the Gold:

There are so many cares and burdens being carried by believers today.  Not only do we have our every day lives, but we see the predictions of God’s Word unfolding before our very eyes!  The believer could be afraid but we do not need to be.  The Lord has given us consolation in His Word so that we may find peace in tumultuous times.

~John 14:1-3  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

~Luke 12:22-32 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.  Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?  Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Why fret when the One who is in total control of all things is there for us until the day we stand before Him?  Our Saviour gave His everything for us – why should He stop now?  You don’t stop short of providing for those you love, do you?  Christ certainly won’t!  He’s preparing a place for us and will take us there soon!  Look up, Christian.  Thy redemption draweth nigh!!

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~Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

I truly believe it is too late for our country to turn back to its Christian roots.  Just reading through history, I find how much we as a nation has strayed. I believe we are undergoing the beginning of judgment and there’s a lot more to come which will be much worse.

~2 Timothy 4:3-4  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Our grandparents would have recognized the lies being told them by politicians of their day and would have voted them out of office.  Today’s American is asleep at the wheel.  We have allowed those in office to steal our rights and they have voted on bills that their constituents did not want.

Our people need a good shaking to awaken them out of their sleep!

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08. April 2008 · 2 comments · Categories: End Times · Tags:

Wake up Christian! Do not be deceived!

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Excellent teaching!

By Richard D. Sandlin (printed with permission)

I tell young preachers who are entering their first pastorate to begin it by teaching through 1 Corinthians. Why do I say this? Because we are in the age of the Corinthian Christian. You cannot read through this book and not notice the similarities.They boasted of their spiritual gifts, but never recognized the Giver; they gloried in preachers, but not in God; fornication was the accepted norm; they sued one another; they drank to excess, and came to church that way; divorce was rampant; their religious trinkets (idols) were more important to them than a Divine relationship; there was the masculinization of women and the feminization of men. We could go on, but this should suffice to prove my point.

What was the cure for such a people and church? Well, Paul did not give them a long list of man-made rules. He gave them a simple cure-all for everything. It has to do with ownership:

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (6:19-20).

There is no spiritual problem that the filling of the Holy Spirit cannot solve.