To the Finish

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This is our prayer and declaration: we won’t draw back; we won’t turn away from God; that will be to our huge horrible disadvantage; perish the thought. We will persevere; we will endure to the end; we will enjoy the fullness of our salvation. God isn’t pleased with anyone who turns away; it’s our pleasure to please Him. He Himself promised not to leave us or forsake us. He is with us and will be with us throughout eternity.

We can count on His Word. No matter what the situation is, God doesn’t ever cower away. He doesn’t ever retreat. He fights our battles with us; many times, He even fights our battles for us. He climbs the mountains with us; He walks through the fire with us; He faces our challenges with us; goes through storms with us. He never took us this far just to leave us alone. He never taught us to fly just to let us fall. He’s with us for the long haul.

Yes, we face hardships, discouragements, and terrifying threats, but we hold on. All these trials are momentary and the rewards are unimaginable. God knows how to give good gifts to His children. He’s aware—He pays attention to everything we’re going through. There are temptations to give up, but we patiently wait. Our precious Lord Jesus is coming for sure, and He’s coming very soon. When He does, oh what a glorious day of rejoicing that will be. It will be worth it all-infinitely way more.

Loving Victory

Psalm 13:4-5  (HCSB)   My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliveranceI

It was the pride and joy of the enemy to see David shaken and fallen. Yes, David – the man after God’s own heart was shaken. Despite that, he didn’t lose heart; he had faith. He knew that joy was his; he believed that deliverance will come. His assurance was in knowing, believing and trusting that God loved him.

Our enemies’ victories are not final; the final score will declare God and His people triumphant. God’s seeming silence in the middle of attacks against Him and us doesn’t mean He’s carelessly indifferent and inactive; it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care. Simply, He isn’t threatened and He isn’t worried. We shouldn’t be either. He loves us; His plans for us are still good and never evil. His plans are still to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. Those haven’t changed; and neither has He. His deliverance will come; His will will be done, the final victory has been won.

Our loving and victorious God, Please help us to really learn to see everything through the eyes of faith. The enemies may declare their triumph, but may we see the reality of their defeat. The enemies may rejoice because we have fallen; but help us to joyfully see you lovingly lifting us up. May our eyes never fail to see our ultimate destiny of victory, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

False Christs

Luke 21:8  (KJV)   And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

One of the undesirable signs of the end of the age that Jesus pointed out is the rise of false Christs. It’s something that needs to be vigilantly watched because of its awful potential results – the deception of many. This will not be an isolated sign from a single impostor; many will try. The implication is that there will be credibility factor, perhaps presenting itself in many different angles. That’s why there will be a significant pull to follow them. But Jesus’ command is forthcoming: don’t follow them.

False Christs are already here. As the end of the age approaches, we can expect many more. It’s appalling to see how alarming numbers of people are blindly following. The present day false Christs don’t have marvelous miracles to show; they just have few remarkable achievements. Some don’t even have any achievements to show; all they have are their claims. As the end draws near, the enemy will empower his tools. They will be believable. They may even perform astounding feats – perhaps even miraculous. Sadly, if thousands are deceived now, we can only expect the numbers of the deceived to grow exponentially. Here’s where we have to be steadfast. Our Lord Jesus showed us how He will come back: we will see Him descend from heaven. It doesn’t matter how charismatic the personalities are and how wondrous and even seemingly helpful the works are, if they claim to be the Christ, that’s a non-negotiable indicator and a huge banner waved in front of our faces: “false.”

Our one true God, please grow our wisdom and discernment, and strengthen our resolve that we won’t ever be swayed by things we hear and see. May we be  guided by Your Word that we may know which ones are genuine and which ones are false, And may we be your voices to guide others as well.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.