Monthly Archives: October 2016
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed HOPE – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” .. Titus 2:11-13 (NIV – emphasis mine) ……
As this world continues to spin more & more out of control, as Bible prophecy told us it would, it is becoming much more difficult for people of this day to find any hope – to find something to grab on to – and if we stop for just a moment, it’s easy to see why. .. There’s an oppressive weight bearing down on almost every facet of our lives. .. World conditions such as war, famine disease, increasing weather pestilences, societal upheaval, persecution .. the list is endless. .. The “birth pains” spoken of by Jesus Himself in Matthew 24:8 concerning the end of days are coming true right before our eyes! .. Simply, our personal lives we’ve grown accustomed to are vanishing. .. Even the institutions we’ve long trusted are evaporating at dizzying speed! ..
I sounds so positive, don’t I?? .. So now let’s get to the “Hopelessness be Damned” part. .. The bottom line is that no ‘normal’ human being can find any reason to be positive in this crazy world .. that is, unless they have something to hold on to .. something that’s real and gives them the hope & knowledge of better things to come. .. And what is that? .. One of the good things about being a student of Bible prophecy is that we know the troubles of this life are quickly drawing to a close. .. The prophecies teach us that though we will go through very difficult times at the culmination of this age, a perfect & wonderful world is just ahead! .. We know that if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior, we will see our departure as imminent. .. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Trumpet of salvation is going to blow at any time & it will all change in the twinkling of an eye! .. Hallelujah! ..
I found this poem on the web that talks about this hope. .. Let me share it with you now ……
“I read of the wonders of Heaven above – In the place He’s preparing for me ..
no sickness or sorrow can enter that land – And I wanted its beauty to see ..
“Yet I needed Christ’s help just to cope with each task – That life with its cares
..sent my way ..
Through triumphs and failures that filled up my years – My Heaven seemed
..ages away ..
“But now that I’m living my winter of life – I find not a day will go by ..
Without precious thoughts of my Heavenly home – And my meeting with
..Christ in the sky ..
“I’ll see all my loved ones who’ve gone on before – And I’ll sing with the
..Heavenly throng ..
I’ll have a new body with no aches and pains – And I’ll worship my Lord all
..day long ..
“Each day brings me closer to life’s curtain call – When the face of my Lord I
…will see ..
I’ll no longer be homesick, for I will be home – And with Jesus forever I’ll be ..”
While this short poem appears to deal with someone of an older age, it does apply to everyone in today’s world. .. No matter what age we are in the present, this world we now live in will soon vanish, and finally we will have the perfect world that we all long for, with a King of Kings that will never fail us! .. Seems impossible to some of you, I know, but it IS coming, & it is real! ……
Let me close with this passage from 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 …. “Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4) who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5) For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6) If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7) And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
Many of you out there are really discouraged right now. .. Even many of us who know Jesus Christ have moments of despair. .. But all we have to do is turn our faces to the one & only real & true hope .. to comfort us now, and then to share with those who do not know of this hope. .. Simply, there is a way out of this mess, and quite frankly. I’m weary of all this negative stuff! … So my cry is this ….. HOPELESSNESS BE DAMNED! ……
Know that I am praying for each & every one of you, & Jesus knows exactly who you are! … Hallelujah! ..
Until next time,