There is a time in a nation’s history that requires the people of that nation to re-assess their life styles and their reluctance to seek God. There are two stories in the Bible of two different nations that were at this crossroad. Their records are found in the books of Jeremiah and Jonah.
The only time that the shepherds did this was when it was warm enough. In the winter months they would take the herds out during the day and then bring them back in at night and put them in a pen. Therefore , the birth of Jesus could not have been on December 25th but earlier in the year when the shepherds were still letting the sheep stay in the fields over night.
Did you ever wonder why God chose shepherds? Of all the people that God could have Chosen why did He choose these shepherds? It is because they chose God! They were humble enough to BELIEVE that there was a messiah coming. No governor, no ruler, no religious leader was told because they didn’t believe.
We have had some friends and acquaintances that are going through tough times right now. One has had her hours at work cut. She is single and now can’t even pay her rent. One couple had a company, that was supposed to be helping them, steel all the money out of their bank account. Another can’t pay for their children’s swim lessons. And it goes on. There are many more stories out there of not so merry times. People in these circumstances tend to look at the circumstances that surround them. It is only natural but is it the best thing to be doing? Is it the right thing to do? Our culture would have us to believe that we should fear because there is no help to be had. That the circumstances are too big to overcome. That maybe fact but it is not true.
Many people these days are stockpiling food and weapons and ammunition. They are going to classes to learn how to shoot quick and straight, how to do first aid and how to run a homestead. All of this is good BUT the one thing that people need most, the one class they need to take, the one form of survival training they need most is the one that they do not bother with. That one class is HOW to walk with God and HOW to listen and hear His voice.
There has been a moving away from God over the past one hundred years to the point that we have almost completely forgotten who God is and how this country, the United States of America, came to be. It was because of the people’s belief in God and Him protecting and prospering them that this country was formed.
Psalm 121: 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
The other day I had a conversation with a good friend who happens to be a pastor. We got on the topic of Sanctification. Although, my friend had a basic understanding of what sanctification is he was still wrong. What he said was that, yes, God sanctifies you BUT you still have to sanctify yourself (which can only be by works).
Psalm 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This verse is easy to say,this verse is easy to claim, but how sure are you of this verse and of God Himself?
When Christians think of the “end times” what should they be thinking of? After all, some parts of the end times are horrific. The Anti-Christ, the wrath, the tribulation, the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Yes, these are all scary prospects but do the Christians have to be concerned about these things? Do they have to worry after going through all of that they have to go through hell and purgatory? The only place and when I say the only place I mean the ONLY PLACE to get the information that we need is the Bible. When I say the Bible I do not mean what a pastor says the Bible says. I don’t mean what a priest says the Bible says and I most certainly don’t mean what the main stream media says the Bible says. What I mean is WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE END TIMES FOR CHRISTIANS.
There has been no end to the confusion on whether Christians go through the great tribulation or the wrath there are even some that say that Christians have to go through the resurrection. They don’t understand, first, our position as sons of God, second, the difference between the resurrection of Israel and all unbelievers and the rising of the Christians. One of the verses that has cause such confusion is II Thessalonians 2:3.