Monday, June 26, 2017

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Any fair assessment of the news reports today would demonstrate we are globally in a mess. It seems we are being threatened on every side of life – with voices all around saying: “ We are leading to an economic meltdown either through inflation or deflation!” “Our businesses are threatened with an increase in cyber attacks for which there is no shield”; “Our personal information has been stolen”; “Our cities are unsafe from the influx of drugs and human traffic”; “Now, threats of rampant disease”; “Earthquakes are happening in unexpected places with unusual frequency!”; “Natural disasters are overtaxing our resources”; “Another credible global terrorist threat?” Where is the safety in the midst of this turbulence?

 

 

Today news headlines are all about the situation in the Ukraine with Russian troops invading the sovereign nation, which includes the Crimean Peninsula. This region of the globe has been no stranger to chaos historically. And, then there is Syria, as well as the violence at the borders between Palestine and Israel. The situations are endless. Some people are glued to the TV for the news of such events, while others are yawning saying what else is new? Whether your view is brutal reality or comfortable denial, the situation is the same – our world is in chaos. So what does Christ say about this?

'There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.' (Psalms 91:10-11)

'How sad when people — even believers — lose contact with the presence of the Lord who is always with us. How tragic when they can no longer see the hand of God at work in their lives and are overwhelmed by despair. Thinking that nobody cares for them or is looking out for them, they try walking alone through the dark valleys of this world and are overwhelmed. The sad statistics reveal that more and more people are committing suicide, taking matters into their own hands.' (Rexella Van Impe)

'O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.' (Psalms 119:97-99) -- 'Meditation implies more than careful thought about God’s Word; it implies an objective for such thought – the intentional application of the conclusions of biblical meditation to one’s life and practice.' (Dr. Sam Horn)

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”–Romans 13:11
"It is well past the time that Christians and churches should have begun to seek the Lord in earnest for the revival we need. In response to the breakdown all around us and to the call of our God, let Christians around the world confess that it is high time that we come back to victorious living and triumphant evangelism.
1] It Is High Time We Surrendered Absolutely (Rom 12:1–2); 2] It Is High Time We Lived the Life of Love (Rom 13:8); 3] It Is High Time We Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal 2:20; Rom 13:12)." (Dr. Rick Flanders)
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. --Philippians 4:4
'The joy of salvation —what is it? 1]It is the joyous sense of deliverance, or of escape from impending doom (Ps 7:11-13). 2] It is the joyous sense of pardon, or conscious freedom from condemnation (Rom 8:1). 3] It is the joyous sense of hope, impelling, victorious, and assuring hope, with full and perfect anchorage (Heb. 6:19). 4] It is the joyous sense of peace, that peace which passeth all understanding, even the peace of standing in the grace of God (Rom 5:1-2). 5] It is the joyous sense of assurance, assurance which comes because believers know that they are God’s sheep and that they are held in the hands of the Father and of the Son (Jn 10:27-29).' (The Baptist Challenge)