Tuesday, January 9, 2024

By No Means is ANYTHING Over

By No Means is ANYTHING Over
by David Brenneman 

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." Galatians 6:7-10.

"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

It matters not what you see or hear in the news.  Doesn't matter what the Chinese government has allowed to be slanted in their filtering of Tic-Tok.  Doesn't matter what stories that the US Government has twisted or created to influence people in the USA.  Doesn't matter what is permitted or not on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, X or any other social media platform. 

There is but One who reigns and His name is Jesus Christ the Triumphant.  King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

This same King, this same Jesus has said that He has come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance. 

Have you ever inserted your own name in this passage?

"As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He *said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.  Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?”  But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”" ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:9‭-‬13‬.

Replace Matthew with your own name. Insert your occupation.  Jesus called you to come follow Him...and in doing so said and followed through with saving you.  

Once salvation has come to the Believer it cannot be revoked.  It's written in the Covenant of the blood of Jesus Christ.  

Jesus says that you are signed, sealed, and one day soon you will be delivered to Him personally.  

Don't look to the wisdom of this world.  
Don't be shaken by world events.

That same Jesus promised to never leave you nor forsake you.  You may not understand what you are going through or maybe even why you are doing what He's called you to be doing.  Do it anyway.  

Proverbs 3:5-6 "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 your paths straight."  

‬‬"Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." James‬ ‭4:17‬.

In 1922, Helen Howarth Lemmel's song "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" was brought to the world. 

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

2. Thro' death into life everlasting,
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion--
For more than conqu’rors we are!

3. His Word shall not fail you--He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Jesus said to all who are called according to His purpose "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Many years ago I purposed to give up watching the news.  For one, it was a constant source of irritation, for another I could see through the lies.  Why should I immerse my mind in lies?  It's God's own truth that matters. 

It's very easy to be discouraged in the world we live today.  People in the very gall of iniquity are parading around touting to have more rights than Believer's.  People living in such sin that they wouldn't know the truth if it came up and introduced itself to them.  They believe what they see, and hear the world telling them.  They do not seek the truth of God. The literal blind leading the blind...and I refer mostly to the so-called churches of today.  The rest of this world...wants all who claim the name of Jesus Christ to in any small or great way to compromise.  To let sin slide.  To not call it sin but rather individual choice. Individual truth.  

By no means should we who are in Christ think for a moment that Jesus has ever changed His mind about the potency or bitterness of sin.  This world wants lukewarm Christians.  Wants Christians who shut up rather than speak up. 

Satan's schemes sometimes involve him just being loud.  Trying to get someone to believe their circumstances are more powerful than their God in Heaven.  

Jesus said of Himself that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. That same Jesus we read of in the Bible is the same for you today.  THAT is truth. 

By no means let all the skewed, slanted, distorted, twisted, views that the darkness of this world tries to preach as truth blind you from the real truth of God's word.

Another great perspective is to know that Satan wouldn't fight so hard, try so hard, to still come after today's Believers unless the truth of God's word wasn't still true today.  He seriously DOES know that Jesus is returning someday soon.  I do believe that another key reason that the date of His return not being known is to keep Satan from being fully prepared for it.  So we read that he always has an Antichrist ready. We're students of history...we can see that truth.  

Don't give up or give in to your circumstances.  Learn to filter out the world.  Be in prayer, be in your Bible.  The Author of it is waiting to talk to you about it.  His peace He leaves with you and I.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Take that view in...and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in light of His glory and grace.  

Know that whatever comes into your life has had to be allowed by Jesus. Obey Him in whatever comes your way and leave the consequences to Him. 

The world and all its laws, policies, regulations etc. would have you believe that Christians should be silent. They can never keep me from my Savior's throne room.  They can never separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  No matter what...I am His and He is mine.  He said so.  He chose me from before the foundation of the world...and the same thing goes for you. 

Read the book, you'll find that no matter what...Jesus wins.  Remind Satan and his minions of that when life gets into rough waters.  Remind yourself as well.  Jesus wins. He wins we win. 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus...

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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