Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Not peace but a sword
Not peace but a sword
“I came not to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 NLT
Christians are sure to make enemies. It will be one of their goals to not make enemies; but if doing right and believing truth should cause them to lose every earthly friend, they will consider it only a small loss, since their great Friend in heaven will be even friendlier, revealing himself to them more graciously than ever. Oh, reader, you who have taken up His cross, don’t you know what your Master said? “I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!” (Matthew 10:35–36 NLT). Christ is the great Peacemaker, but before peace, He brings war. Where the light comes, the darkness must retreat. Where truth is, lies must flee—or if they stay, there must be a stern conflict, for truth cannot and will not lower its standard. The lie must be trampled underfoot. If you follow Christ, you will have all the dogs of the world yelping at your heels. If you want to live in such a way as to stand the test of the final judgment, depend on this: the world will not speak well of you. The person who has the friendship of the world is an enemy of God. But if you are true and faithful to the Most High, others will resent your unflinching fidelity—it is a testimony against their own sin. Without fear of any consequences, you must do right. You will need the courage of a lion to pursue a course that will turn your best friend into your fiercest foe; but for the love of Jesus, you must be courageous in this. Risking your reputation and friendships for the sake of the truth is such a difficult deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral principle that only the Spirit of God can work in you. Do not turn your back like a coward, but be courageous. Follow boldly in your Master’s steps, for He has traveled this rough way before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest than false peace and everlasting torment. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
There probably will come a day when I will be forbidden from writing this blog. But it won't stop me from doing so. The closer we get to the return of Christ, the more what Jesus said of that time reveals itself.
A man's enemies will be members of his own house. Even in this so-called pandemic, governments of all levels are encouraging people to turn in family members if they violate health orders. Before this, schools notified parents they have the right, not the parents, to determine what their children grow up believing. Be it about history or biology. Whether or not the parents beliefs are against what is taught or not. If they convince the child that they are gender confused, the parents no longer have a right to stop the schools from enabling the child to pursue this. Paving the way for a man's enemies to be members of his own house.
In many states, new 'red flag' laws now enable neighbors or family members to have the Government enter their home to remove all firearms based on suspicion alone. No facts are required.
It's not a terrible leap to banning belief in God. It's not a terrible leap to banning Bibles as they teach that which is contrary to what the world says is right and true. It's not a terrible leap that companies who churn out e-books to decide which books violate their terms of service and delete them from your library without your permission. They have done that already.
Shutting down Churches has been the core of what many States are shooting for during this so-called pandemic. Stop the Church from meeting or being the hands and feet of Jesus. Lest anyone forget this so-called pandemic began in 2019...at a time when the serious push for transgender rights and privileges were being fought for in Government. When Churches were pushing back against being forced to accept them in their hiring practices. The whole LGBTQ movement was trying to force all to accept them under the guise of diversity. The chief people resisting this were in the true Church. They have not given up just because of this pandemic. Diversity programs are being crafted during this time by corporations and governments to make sure that the Church becomes an enemy of the State.
Interestingly enough this is exactly what plays into a man's enemies being members of his own house.
It is the crux of the 7 year Tribulation. Throughout it mankind refuses to repent of their sexual immorality. The whole LGBTQ movement is sexual immorality in light of Scripture.
The Governments are preparing for the arrival of one person...and it isn't Jesus. They want a Government Leader that is global. They want to satisfy what the ruler of this world wants. They want to satisfy Satan. Satan's aim is to pervert and kill and destroy anything and anyone who stands on the Word of God.
Why in the world would you say all this if you're wanting people to come to Christ?
My friend, read the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say.
Would you really walk into a ballroom, banquet tables as far as the eye can see. Ready to eat your fill, enjoy your time there. All the while knowing that the food is going to make you ill. The time isn't going to be as joyous as you had in your mind. That the day would end in disaster?
If you knew ahead of time exactly how that day would end would you honestly risk going through it?
If you were all excited about jumping in, and a friend was trying to block your way because this friend knew the danger to you was real, would you be grateful or dismissive towards them?
But look at what all there is that's going on! But look at you, on your deathbed later!
If you have to compromise your beliefs in God's plan and purpose then the price is too high.
If it means people being upset with you now because you stood on the promises of God then by all means stand on the promises of God. Would you rather disappoint God or those around you?
Read Revelation 19. All the rest of mankind is before Christ in judgment. All from all history. All judged on what they did in their lives. Then...none of that mattered if their names were not found in the book of Life. All they did or said or thought in their lives didn't matter if their names were not found in the book of Life.
If you live it up, go do your own thing, reveling in the day. No regard for what Jesus said in needing to be born again. If you live a life doing nothing but helping and loving on people, no thought to your sacrifice to do so. A Mother Teresa on steroids if you will. It all means nothing if your name isn't in the book of Life. If you have not Salvation in Christ you have nothing. Even if it means your enemy being in your own home. Those in this world may destroy the body of a believer but they cannot touch their soul. That belongs to Christ. To win you may lose.
Knowing if you are or are not in the book of Life is the most important question for you today. Saying what I do may not make me popular and may eventually get me banned from posting in various places but I cannot stop speaking on what God tells me to say. The precedent in Scripture says it doesn't bode well with those given a Word from God to keep it to themselves.
The world is against God. It is as it was in the days of Noah. It's increasing. The sexual immorality we see is getting worse. Pornography is among the highest most profitable businesses going. Human trafficking feeds it. Which is why so many governments really aren't fighting it. Slavery still exists. People are being sold into slavery even today. All these things are spoken of in Revelation. Yet the world doesn't want to acknowledge it. In Revelation they cry out in anger towards God because He's wanting them to stop!
They refuse to repent of their sexual immorality.
My friend, is your brief moment of happiness, if it truly is that, worth more than an eternity in torment in judgment?