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May 3, 2017


Text: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Job 13:15a KJV

It seems that the world is about to explode! There are so many situations in human society  that bode terror, produce uneasiness, shadow horror, and declare evil, that one can hardly lay his head on a comfortable pillow to find a peaceful rest. War threatens, terrorism strikes with swift destruction, and movies and books demonstrate how individuals and society itself can be vulnerable to  swift devastation.

But even worse than this is the present politics and culture of our entire modern world.  Since World War II Socialism, Atheism,  one-world politics, and liberal culturism have co-opted to erode the core consertive way of life in our world. Our values and morals, our Christianity, our educational systems have been destroyed. The “Western” way of life and truth has been gutted but remain in  the memory of those from whom it has been wrested.

I have discovered that this world is an existence of hurts, terrors, sorrow, hatred, despair, and lostness.  All about me I see fear, dread, shame, puzzlement, and uncertainty. People are in great jeopardy in this life’s circumstances, and have huge fears about the future.  And every generation alive exists in apprehensive panic, threatened existence, and feels compromised security. The eyes of many people betray these fears, even Christians!  Nevertheless, I have lived most of my life in times of happiness and joy, of peace and prosperity, of plenty and good will. God has been good to me!

Let me firmly deny that I am among the “chicken littles”. Nor am I a total “Doom Sayer”. And please don’t mix me up with the End of the World prophets. Rather, I am an evangelist of  Assurance!  That is to say: “I preach Christ crucified! ” “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Romans 15:13 Christ’s sheep deeply need a gospel that guarantees them security, comfort, steadfastness, and hope!   To be sure, we have just such a gospel; but do we live as if we believe it? It is high time to renounce such disbelief and put true faith back in our hearts!  It is urgent that we fortify ourselves and not allow ourselves to be disheartened and uncertain against the assaults of Satan.

Let’s affirm this first: God stands firmly upon the promises he has made his children.  YHWH (Jehovah) promised to the descendants of Abraham that he would give them the land of Canaan after he had freed them from Egyptian bondage. He was as good as his Word! If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 7:12   In all that God had covenanted and affirmed with the Israelites, God has never failed, abandoned, nor forgotten what he has said. NOR WILL OUR GOD EVER DO LESS THAN HE HAS PROMISED.   “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14 

 The recognition and appreciation of the bedrock of our life is the Love we have  toward God and all other men.   He said, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, 3 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:2-3  Life needs a solid foundation. The under-girding for a human and divine relationship must be built upon immovable trust between two indivisible persons. You must know the unwavering character of the rock and Savior that our God is. He is immovable in faithfulness toward us, and we must be so toward him. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews. 13:5 

LIFE IN CHRIST  PRODUCES HOPE. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” Romans 5:3-4  The growth of hope is determined by how we maintain the seedbed of the heart. Here is where we reap the benefits of the sustenance of our own souls. Enjoy that maintenance of contentment by fostering a happy heart, and live with the joy of God’s presence. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13  

Our God is a God of salvation.  Our sins are many, and our offenses against God are egregious.  But God has mercy and forgiveness for all. Our consciousness of our own sins is mountainous, but God’s resources to grant us forgiveness is inexhaustible. Just writing about it stresses my paltry ability to understand it. God handles the reality of doing forgiveness worlds beyond the ease with which my wife cooks a chocolate sheath cake. THAT WAS IT!  And we are its beneficiaries! ” Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” Psalms 68:19 

Perhaps of all the items we have listed in this article the one we might need most frequently  in this sinister world is COMFORT.  There are sorrows, woes, pains, and heartbreaks to fill every  lifetime and have tons left over. Christians by their obedience to God’s laws can avoid evil consequences of  sin, but they will disobey sometimes and face the punishment themselves. And, of course, there are natural occurrences for which they must suffer. That is to say, Punishment cannot always be bypassed. Nights of sorrow and regret follow (and days also). So if our times bode horrid threats, frightening events seem to loom in  night shadows, and days threaten in dark clouds, we still have a source of comfort to alleviate the blues and cheer broken hearts. We must reach out and seek divine comfort.  The Comforter must hear our prayers for assistance as we must express our unwavering knowledge that our God’s resources are Satan’s threats. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  

TRUTH is one of the most important elements in God’s relationship with man. Without truth in spiritual relations there is nothing! GOD IS TRUTH AND IS INCAPABLE OF DOING ANYTHING BUT TRUTH.  SADLY, MAN IS PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF BREAKING TRUTH, AND IS CONSTANTLY DOING SO TO HIS OWN DESTRUCTION. THOUGH HE IS CAPABLE OF DOING TRUTH, HE IGNORES, DISSOLVES, FORGETS, AND USES OR MISUSES TRUTH TO WHATEVER ENDS HE PLEASES. God has never used truth against man but to guide and bless man. He gives truth to man to guide and bless him in this life and to instruct him to a heavenly future life. Sad to say, modern man has de-valued truth: he has altered everything about truth to suit any use (good, evil, selfishness, for propaganda [good or bad]). It seems that “truth” can be anything one wants it to be. However, if you follow Jesus Christ, you must have an honorable and obedient relationship with truth. No exceptions. Consider your relationship  with Deity.  God the Father is truth. “So that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth, and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes.” Isaiah 65:16 The Holy Spirit is truth. “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” John 15:26 Jesus relates that he is truth. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” John 15:6  Your spiritual life depends on spiritual truth and the truth resides explicitly in the Godhead.  That tie cannot be broken by the Godhead, so you must honor it, obey it, and teach it. 

” And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15





















































One Comment
  1. Larry Shelley permalink

    Ohmy! That was a heavy article. The first part really painted it black, but I’m glad you didn’t stop there and gave us the hope. Keep up the good work. ls

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