The Falling Away

I have been praying for Christians who were once on fire for the Lord but seem to be languishing now. The Holy Spirit dropped into my mind 

Matthew 24:10-13 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 

As time progresses and life becomes more difficult for people, Christians will be occupied with making a living rather than looking to God. He says He will be our Source and Supply but in desperation, Christians will turn away from Him to make their own way. Bit by bit they will become lukewarm as their relationship with Jesus is allowed to drift.

Revelation 3:15-17  ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.  Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,  So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit/vomit you out of My mouth.

Christians in my area love Bible/book studies but they won’t concern themselves with getting acquainted with the Author who is standing at their elbows waiting to be acknowledged! 

Ephesians 3:19amp [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].

This is a precious verse that local Christians tell me is heresy! Knowing God as a real personality is heresy?!

I admonish you, my Christian brothers and sisters, stir yourselves  because the day is coming to a close and darkness is settling on the earth. You may make yourself a prey, but whatever it costs to follow Jesus passionately will be well worth the cost. You will be thankful for all eternity. 

Isaiah 59:15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. 

Becoming obsessed with anything that takes one’s mind off Jesus is a danger to the sincere Christian. That could be Covid-19 currently. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus and let Him be your shelter. A distracted and fearful person will find focusing on Jesus difficult. A good way of focusing on intimacy with Jesus is to sing to the Lord, or read the Psalms aloud to Him. Take a look at Psalm 91 and the profusion of promises the Lord gives us, His little children.

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the dragon;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

God's promises are awesome - IF you believe them and trust Him!!!

Thoughts Sparked by Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I have trusted Jesus for many years to supply all my needs and many of my wants. I chose to not marry to be free of domestic responsibilities to follow God, thus I went to China without support. All my needs were met. But when I came home to retire, I had no retirement. Eventually I got a stipend from Social Security of less than $300/month. I manage money well but that was a challenge! I have proven that God is trustworthy in every situation. Extra money comes when I need it but seldom from the place I expect it.

One of my favorite passages is Hebrews 13:5-6

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never w”ill I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

6 So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?

I know what it means to be totally without money and have no food in the house. That happened to me twice in China, and it has happened since I came home when I had a little food but not enough money to buy dish soap. But God promised so I continued to praise and worship Him gratefully. He is more precious to me than food and clean water!

5 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

I have recieved three phone calls and one letter from government agencies urging me to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Slowly the wisdom of my refusal is being confirmed. The danger hasn’t passed, however, because now shedding is a serious danger to the unvaccinated. But God knew what was going to transpire many years ago and He promised in Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Drinking any deadly thing in this passage can include anything that enters the body: bacteria, viruses, other dangerous substances. While teaching in China I prayed this passage as protection over myself and didn’t have the health issues other foreigners had. Now I am trusting Father God to keep me safe from man-made viruses, the chemical cocktails being touted as vaccines, and the shedding of manufactured proteins from the bodies of those who were unfortunate enough to accept a “vaccine” from the death cult.

7 Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,

In His own time and His own way God will destroy evil doers. But our God is a God of love, and Jesus died for those who are desperately evil. We ALL have come short of God’s requirements so Jesus paid our debt. While God is keeping us safe, He is also visiting those who have been deceived by Satan during the night-time to call them to Himself.

    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
    and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he knows their day is coming.

We all have free will to choose evil. There are many who will choose the lake of fire as described in the last book of the Bible, in spite of all God provided for them. Then He will laugh at their calamity.

14 The wicked draw the sword
    and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
    and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
    than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,

Several months ago I had a desire to read the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a young man when God called him to be a prophet to his people. They ridiculed him when he admonished them to go with their enemy to Babylon to live in safety and prosperity. Eventually, all those who refused died either by famine, disease, or the sword.

The circumstances here in my building were intolerable to me so I applied to move to an apartment complex that was under a different administration with different rules which were not enforced. Those who knew me were not pleased with my decision but I was steadfast with confidence that I had heard my God. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say to me that my move was analogous to God’s admonition for the Jews to go with their captors to Babylon! I was surprised but confident in the Voice. Sometimes what He says seems contrary to “common sense” but His ways are always best.

    and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
    in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:
    Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
    they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
    but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
    but those he curses will be destroyed.

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
    yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
    or their children begging bread.

Conservative news is now warning of famine coming to the United States of America! With the two major pipelines feeding fuel to the heavily populated central, northern, and eastern states being shut down, the trucking industry will be forced to cease service. Fresh produce and other necessary food sources will be interrupted. People living in cities will not have space to grow a garden so they will need to find God as their Source and Supply. Many will die of starvation but those who trust their God will survive and thrive. Unfortunately many who say they are Christians will discover that they have been serving a god who cannot provide food during a famine.