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In a couple of days ¼ of the year will have been completed. If you're like me, your thoughts might be, where did the time go? Could it be that God is shortening the days because of the evil upon us? In the hour we're living, the Lord is allowing the gates of hell to bring forth much evil. In his word, he tells us it's going to get worse as we approach the coming of the Lord. God's Word is true and settled in heaven and will not return void. Due to the insanity that's happening (much through the demonic) fear has gripped the hearts of many. As believers we should not fear what we see and what we know is happening. The Lord has everything under control.
This world is not our home. We are strangers and pilgrims on the earth Heb. 11:13c. Our hope is in his word, which tells us of the next major event. The body of Christ will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. 1Thess. 4:16-17," For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord". The phrase most commonly used for "caught up" is "rapture" which is not in scripture. I understand that the timing of it during the seven year reign of the anti-Christ could be an issue.
Thank God for his dispensation of grace. In the New Testament one sees his mercy and grace changing lives from death and sin to life and righteousness. The letters to the church are very important, showing us how to live a life pleasing to the Lord. In my opinion, from the many sermons I've heard, I don't believe there is enough teaching and preaching coming from the Old Testament which shows our heavenly Father as a warring God fighting for his children. In the hour we are living in one needs to see the God of the universe (who tells us 365 times in scripture to "fear not") in action. If your father was a martial arts expert and there was somebody bullying you; there'd be no doubt, if there was a confrontation, your father would win. You knew that would happen because you watched him work out for years. There would be no worries in your heart. That's exactly what we see in the Old Testament Scriptures.
God wants to do his work through willing vessels. Many times those he has chosen, when first confronted, made excuses because they didn't feel qualified. What about you? "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" 1 Cor. 1:27. Look at some of the people used by the Lord to transform the world: tax collectors. unruly fisherman, murders, harlots, children etc.
The following examples show God fighting for his children: Gideon was the youngest in his family threshing wheat to hide it from the Midianites. They ravaged the land for 7 years. He didn't believe that he would be used by the Lord to defeat their enemy. Unexpectedly an angel came and told him he was a mighty man of valour (warrior) who was going to save Israel from the Midianites. He made excuses that were not acceptable to the Lord. My family is poor and I'm the least in my father's house. If the odds seem overwhelming against you it's probably because God is ready to show himself mighty and strong on your behalf. Gideon had 32,000 men and that was too many for God. They would have given themselves the credit when the victory came. The end result was the odds were 450 to 1, 300 men against 135,000. The God of battles confused the enemy which brought them victory.
Jehoshaphat also had the odds overwhelming against him. He proclaimed, "O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee" 2Chr. 20:12. God then sent a prophet in the midst of the congregation and he brought forth this word; "Be not afraid or dismayed by reason of this great multitude: for the battle is not yours, but Gods" 2 Chr. 20:15b. In verse 16 they get direction what to do. And in verse 17 it says, "ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, Oh Judah and Jerusalem: Fear not nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you." The next morning when they started to worship the Lord he sent an ambush against their enemies. God again put confusion upon them and they killed one another. If you'll let God fight your battles, he'll do the same for you.
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