Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Because the days are evil
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
These days we are bombarded with opportunities that entice us to invest our time and energy. Each day the voices of urgency cry out for every available moment. So many causes promise that time spent on them will reap great rewards; how can we recognize God's voice among so many competing voices?
A fool makes unwise choices with his time. With every new opportunity that comes along, the fool chases off in a different direction, not questioning whether that is the best choice. The loudest voice gains his attention. At some point the fool discovers to his dismay that he has squandered the investment of his time.
The days in which you live are evil. Marriages are under tremendous pressure; families are disintegrating. Multitudes are dying each year without hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Investing your life wisely is critical to you and to those around you. Foolishly spending your time in sinful or wasteful pursuits can cost you and others dearly. Often, it is not evil pursuits that rob your time. Rather, the temptation is to sacrifice what is best for what is good. The enemy knows that blatantly tempting you with evil will be obvious, so he will lure you with distractions, leaving you no time to carry out God's will. He will tempt you to so fill your schedule with good things that you have no time for God's best. You may inadvertently substitute religious activity for God's will, pursuing your own goals for God's kingdom instead of waiting for His assignment. Time is a precious commodity. Be sure to invest it wisely.
- Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
I read the first part of this...well the second paragraph...and thought of the squeaky wheel getting the grease. Every single advertisement in television or online is offering something says 'come this way...I have something for you to see...'.
We live in the days when getting the most bang for your buck in advertising is actually pretty much a cut throat sport as any physical activity. You know it's a loss in the 10's of THOUSANDS of dollars for every SECOND you see dead space where a program or commercial is supposed to be?
These days are indeed evil. It seems like it's getting worse, but the reality is it's only getting ready for the times that will be after the Rapture.
In our world today we have watered down Churches that only seek to not offend anyone. We have idolatry laden Churches that are honestly not glorifying God, but are really putting on a concert each week. Apply 'love not the world nor the things of the world' and a great many of those 'Churches' would really disappear.
1 Corinthians 8 speaks of considering your actions around those who are weaker in the faith. How what you do influences them. If your Church is a watered down Church and the lines between idolatry and true worship of God cannot be determined then get out. You taint your testimony and can be showing someone who, unknown to you, looks at you for guidance as to what's acceptable and what isn't in worshipping.
These days are indeed evil. Binge watching is the thing of the recent years. Ever consider that's intentional on the part of Satan? You binge watch television or movies and the intent is to suck you into the story...why? So that you are not in prayer or your Bible or even a Bible preaching Bible teaching Church.
A great deal of books and videos are produced to try to consume your time on your health and recreational activities. There's a reason why. It draws your attention from the road of life leading to God.
Satan doesn't want new believers, he also certainly doesn't want those who became believers to know the truth of God. He wants them to have distorted understandings. To twist what's in the Bible to be something else so that the next round of people will be further lost than the current round of people.
He would rather you go in circles than make a decision as well. As the story goes there's two fields one has those who decided to follow Christ, there's a fence and on the other side are those who chose not to follow Christ. There are people on both sides and some sitting on the fence.
The Rapture happens and all those who followed Christ vanish. Then comes the judgment. All those who rejected Christ are taken. Then Satan goes to those on the fence and says they are going with him too. They complain and say they didn't choose either! He explains...he owns the fence. The undecided have decided.
Only those who have decided are written in the Lamb's book of Life. Only they are sealed in Christ. Those who who were on the fence are revealed to have been the same as those who rejected Christ.
In these evil days, State and local governments are disguising ordinances that are meant publicly to supposedly cover activities concerning this virus. In many places it's no big surprise that Churches are being targeted. Including home Bible studies. Look at California. The city of Pasadena threatened to file criminal charges against a Church, its Pastor and staff and everyone who would show up for a Church service. Yet people can congregate in the hundreds to protest legally. The days are evil.
There's still hope though in these times. Jesus hasn't returned...yet. But look up...that time is coming soon. Look not to mankind for safety or Salvation. It's only found in Christ Jesus. Waste not your time in Churches that aren't teaching the whole council of God. That are not teaching that there's a Heaven and Hell decision for those who attend to make.
Jesus said in this life we would have tribulations. He hid nothing. He never promised health wealth and prosperity. He said they hated Me, they will hate you. He said times were coming when a man's enemies will be members of his own house. Family members turning in family to the government.
Be in prayer more than you binge watch.
Be in prayer for our Leaders. They are indeed being swayed to single out Churches and Christians. There's a war going on and it's about the information, what we see, what we think, what we do, it's all about the information. It all on how to manipulate the masses to turn on Christians here as well as across the world. Christians who were Muslim are marked for death. In many countries to be a conservative Christian means to be ostracized by the public for not being tolerant.
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Doesn't say through any other means than the Bible. No self help book will get you anywhere.