Well hello my friend! So glad you could join me today.
Spring has sprung here on the East coast of Australia, the buds have burst forth.
The fruit trees are in a delightful display of pink blossoms. The native Australian wattles are a magnificent yellow. And our Azalea bushes are heavy with flower.
We will be enjoying our cuppa & reflection overlooking our delightful garden.
I have a High tea ready for us with delicious tiny sandwiches, mini quiches, scones with strawberry Jam & cream, topping it off with Petite Fours.
Our lock down is continuing here due to Delta, so we may as well enjoy this time together in style!
Now we’re settled let’s begin our rather serious but extremely important topic for reflection.
Have you noticed…
Have you noticed that this world is in some serious trouble my friend?
I think we all have! Haven’t we?
Overt & covert things are heating up across the globe.
Let’s take a wee look at just a few of these;
Wars & rumours of wars…
Unprecedented Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Super storms Floods, Fire storms & Droughts (famines).
Plagues (Pestilence)…epidemics (SARS & Eboli in recent years) & this continuing CoVid pandemic with all its variants.
Western governments making deals with evil forces, costing the lives of many innocent men, women & children.
Brothers & sisters being martyred for their faith in Christ today, not hundreds or thousands of years ago but today!
Do we need to be fearful & anxious?
Looking at the above we may feel rather anxious & fearful & that would be a very normal human reaction to these troubling times.
We may also feel, as I do, great compassion & empathy for those who are suffering within the above circumstances.
Having personally lived through two major droughts, fire storms, floods & now living through this continuing pandemic.
I can truly empathize, through experience, with others facing similar experiences.
But one thing I’m very grateful for is that I haven’t lived in a place of physical war!
I can only imagine what it’s like to live in such a horrific setting, trying each day to protect your family from warfare.
Although did you know a major warfare is playing out around us?
There is a major spiritual battle going on around us, all the time.
Haven’t you noticed?
That there is real evil in this world that requires constant confrontation & addressing by the forces of good.
And those forces of good come directly from the heart & throne room of God! God’s Angelic forces are constantly in a battle for us. Why?
War is always about an attempt by evil forces to take power from the good forces.
Essentially it’s the good guys fighting against the bad guys.
This spiritual battle we’re in is about this same attempt for power.
Satan & his cohorts (also known as demons) absolutely hate God who is the power, He is all things good, pure & righteous.
And because we are God’s special creation Satan hates us!
You see he wants to take over & reign this world under his evil, He wants the power God has, essentially he wants to be as God!
So the evil that perpetuates in this world is Satan & his cohorts doing everything they possibly can to take as many of mankind down with them.
Because my friend he & his cohorts already know they are defeated!
That’s why we don’t have to be fearful & anxious!
As they are already a defeated foe! How? By Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection & ascension.
And these foes know their time is running out!
Their time on this planet of causing all manner of evil & havoc is coming to an end...
Only God knows the day & hour…but as that time draws near to Jesus’ return, the battle will heat up & it’s definitely heating up!
Jesus left us with the following;
“…Jesus…said..: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ, & will deceive many.
And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars.
See that you are not troubled or become anxious; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines, plagues, and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of the anguish.”
Matthew 24: 4-8 Paraphrased
“From the fig tree learn this lesson: as soon as it’s new growth & tender leaves appear, you know for certain that summer is near.
So when you also see these signs,
all taken together, coming to fulfillment,
you will know for certain that He is near, at the very door (of Jesus’ return).”
Matthew 24: 32 & 33 Paraphrased
Are you ready & watching?
Jesus also warned us a time will come that will be difficult for those living during that season of anguish;
“Immediately after the troubles of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then the sign of the Son of Man (Jesus) will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect (those who follow Jesus) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Are you prepared my friend?
For those of us who know Him we need to be watchful, things are already heating up around the globe on a scale as never before.
For those of you who are yet to know Him as your Lord & Saviour, He is knocking on the door of your heart right now!
Waiting for you to open it to His love, His healing & His Salvation for you. The moment I opened the door of my heart shared Here
Don’t wait too long my friend to get your heart right with God!
Whether you know him already or not. Make sure your heart is right with Him!
For Jesus has said, when He does come He will come very quickly.
And when that happens my friend there will be no more knocking on the door of hearts!
As scripture states above there will be great mourning throughout the nations.
For at that time it will be too late to accept Him into your life…thus the mourning He warns about.
For the era of God’s Grace, that we now live in, will come to it’s end.
Please, be ready!
Until next time,
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