Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Twilight of the Prosperous Nation

What does it mean to be courageous? Why did God tell Joshua to be strong and courageous? On the one hand God told him to take heart because God was reassuring him that HE would be right there with HIm taking care of him. That gave Joshua some reassurance and it gives us reassurance that God's Word says HE will never leave us nor forsake us.

Jesus said that in this world we are gonna have tribulation---BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER I have overcome the world....

Paul the APostle SUFFERED, he suffered in prison, shipwreck, beatings, stoning etc. BUt he also relished the sweetness and glory and majesty of God!

We live in some perilous times. We are witnessing a lot of heartbreaking things in this generation. But be of good cheer, because amidst this all you can have personal, heart-communion with a magnificent God.

in the 90's, we saw amazingly low gas prices and amazingly high stocks! and now, it seems to be going the other way. Well, they called the 1920's the Roaoring 20s! But you know what happened in the 30s and 40s. Aint it about time to learn something from history?

WHo are you reading and studying and paying attention to? Can I give you some advice? If you want to do well in these coming years, model your life after the heroes of similar ages, examples from the Bible would be Daniel in captivity, and ELijah under a wicked kingdom. More modern examples would be Miss Corrie Ten Boom in World War 2 Holland, and Pastor Yusseff in an Iranian prison cell.

I am not trying to be some kind of doomsday maniac, depressing, negative alarmist. All I'm trying to do is pay attention to what's going on in the world and what kind of times were living in. If you don't have the discernment to see that we are all going to face some hard times, you just are not paying attention.

And ya know, even if we were not in such a time as this, fact is, every single one of us is, has and will face suffering and burdens. But don't despair. FInd the courage and freedom that it brings in God.

One of the first things we have to do is get our perspective back.

Why are Americans, even CHristians....keeping track of what the Kardashians are doing? Why are we spending more money at Wallmart and the mall that we EVER have before when our whole nation is broke? Why do we think we have to have a tv in every room, even the bathroom, when there was a time that the MOST we had was one in the living room? Why does every kid think they HAVE to have a car when we used to hop in the station wagon as a family? And yet we're all freaking out because we're so poor? DId I miss something?

One second we are freaking out saying this is the worse things since the Depression, and the nest thing we're buying ANOTHER phone upgrade? Did I miss something? lol

My point is not that we need 2 be more thrifty, although we probably should be, my point is that we have totally lost perspective.

We don't seem to remember how to be happy as a culture. We are not thankful even though we have lots to be thankful for, and at the same time-it seems that very soon that all the things we're so unthankful for may very well disapear...at which point we'll be even more unthankful....

Example-people in asian, middleast and african nations have no rights to freedom of worship. They wish and long for a day when they could publicly worship God with no fear. They risk life n limb and freedom for a piece of Scripture or an underground Church. Meanwhile, folks back in the USA-count themselves as fulfilling some kind of difficult, taxing duty by waking up early enough to make the 'sacrifice' to come to sunday school at their Church. Millions would PRIZE and cherish the right to come to a nice building and have a Bible study, but millions in America either 1 dont come or 2 come out of a feeling of obligation. Think maybe we've lost perspective?

EVery time that I find myself in Church, I find myself thinking how blessed and priveleged we all are at having the opportunity and wondering for how many more years our freedoms will be preserved. Imagine if calamity comes to this country and we no longer have the privelege of a Church service, I wonder how many Christians will finally regret all the years that they completely neglected the opportunity.

Thousands of people freaked out that ChicFilA was under attack and flocked to its doors to show support. Good for them. But I guess when I go to Church I feel kinda like those ppl felt about their favorite chicken restaurant. I feel like, ya know, I need to support this type of place, a place where God's Word gets the pre-eminence...I love chicken but this is even more important than chicken...lol

There's a saying that we don't know what we've got until it's gone. that can apply to so many of the priveleges we enjoy as American Christians.

It's just like those that live in a happy home. They may not feel overwhelmed with joy because they dont know what an unhappy home can be like! If only they knew! People who have healthy spouses and kids etc, are very very very blessed especially in this day in age when broken homes are so common.

I have found in my life, that I have been treated very well. That I have been blessed and shown kindness by so many. Not everyone has had that kind of a life. I have so much to be thankful for!

My Grandmother was all alone in life, she had to make her own way, but then, when she found a great man and married him and started a family, she became the matriarch of a family that was one of provision and warmth and kindness and security. She did not have those blessings, but she had a God who watched over her and directed her life and brought her to a place where she could build a family. Almost no one has been more influential on my life than my Grandmother. She was hardowrking, kind, classy, polite. pleasant, thoughtful, insightful-she was a blessing from the Lord. I give thanks for that, and for the fact that in a world that can be pretty intimdating, I was given encouragement, instruction, examples, and confidence. God's been good. And as Americans, it's the same way, rather than being intimidated, abused and misused by the State, we have been given opportunities, help, support and liberty such as the world has neve known. We should take advantage of this while we still have it, because it seems the end of such National Benevolence and security and the beginning of State-ism and socialism could very well be on its way. Take advantage of your freedom. Use it for the glory of God.

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