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BEWARE THE EVIL TIMES

February 1, 2017

      Text: ” Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” So wrote Charles Dickens in his novel A Tale of Two Cities and described the circumstances of despair as well as hope. As he advances this gripping beginning, he truly aims the spotlight on our age. Undoubtedly, our age struggles with an era that endures sordid evil and soaring hopes of the future.

My generation looks back at seven decades of progress and prosperity in our American Dream, perhaps the best days of  our History, but now there are dark and ominous threats nearing. We are under duress to admit the Evil at our doors. As Christians we expect more and more of the increasing hostilities, rants, and revocation of our rights. There have always been snide remarks, degrading humor, personal animosity, and attacks on our beliefs. But now there seems to be indication of increasing physical threat, pressure to leave our faith, more personal insistence that we stop being what Jesus wants us to be, and be more like Satan’s minions.

I have not assumed the role of prophesying the future, but we need to prepare for it if it does fall out that way!   (It is imperative for us to be stronger Christians regardless.) We need to start training as if we were U.S Marines readying for battle. I recognize  that our apprehensions are growing and our anxiety for the future looks threatening on every level, but then we must have complete and extend trust in our God. Trust in the LORD with all your heart , and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 

I would be the last to presume ever to put words in God’s mouth about what will happen in the future, but I would remind us of some things he told his true prophets to warn his people to do to meet imminent threats. Because the Israelites were disobedient to God’s Laws the Lord was forced to punish them repeatedly and thus get them “back on the right path”. “And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.20Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 8:19-20  

Of first importance is to learn not to deny evil.  Evil has gotten the upper hand. More ungodliness and anti-godliness, immorality, hatred, perversion, homosexuality,   disregard for human life, crime, selfishness, and greed has never been seen in our country than now. The gross immensity of sin  is an extremely enormous burden. With all this being forcibly stuffed down our throats, it is not a time to be Mary Poppins. Identify it and battle it before it overwhelms us! “Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you.  Know and see that it is evil and bitter  for you to forsake the LORD your God;  the fear of me is not in you,  declares the Lord GOD of hosts.” Jeremiah 2:19 

Do not descend into the trap of calling good evil and evil good.  The Devil is a subtle deceiver and is very busy blurring right and wrong as well as truth and error.  He is very successful these days finding folk to change error into “facts”.  We used to call some of these people “journalists” but now they are blatantly “fabulists” writing error and passing it off for truth.  Beware of  writings that are patently “fake news”  and “alternative facts”. This is crafty “double talk” and we need to recognize it for what it is: unvarnished untruth. Jesus spoke straight forwardly of the Devil “When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44c (ESV) Oh, yes, Satan knows how to get men to practice deceit, misrepresentation, distortion, and twisting and misusing words. He has been doing that since the Garden of Eden. When discussing Bible teaching (doctrine) be firm, be fair, be true to what the text says, and back it up with the way you live. Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.” Isaiah 23:23

Always remember that the disposition of your soul could be determined by the company you keep.  “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”” I Corinthians 15:33  In most cases it doesn’t take long to what your new companion is like: how he or she dresses, what kind of speech one employs (wholesome or profane), what he eats and drinks, his morals, his obedience or disobedience to the laws of God , his respect or disrespect to other persons,  and what his thoughts and values are.  You must realize that your association with such persons will affect many of your opinions and behaviors, for the good or the evil path you follow through life. The old adage is true: “When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas”.

In order to fight for the cause of righteousness you must remember and do these things!

 

REM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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