Can we really know Jesus is coming soon?

Great article in Revelation 12 daily regarding THE signs of the times.

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August 19, 2017

Can we know when Jesus is coming? 

What does the Bible say? 


Now we have barely begun this post and I am sure many of you are jumping up and down on the inside screaming…. “Day nor Hour”, we CAN’T know the Day or Hour!! (Matt 24:36)


To those of you I say this….just take a look at Rev 3:3 and the other verses below.  This whole subject may not be as cut and dry as you think it is.  We know the Bible cannot contradict itself, so if on the surface there seems to be something contradictory, well that is a clue to dig deeper…  So come now… let’s do some digging!

Introduction

Take a moment and visualize the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.  He was riding on a donkey…  A crowd was there to meet him…  They recognized that He was the prophesied King.  Now notice this… Luke 19:37 tell us the these believers were in place ready to great him before He arrived. They were prepared as they saw him approach.  The had seen the signs (John 12:17-18) proving His power and read the prophecies (Daniel 9:26) which pointed to the exact day The Messiah was to enter into town.  Because of this they knew the King was coming (Luke 19:38) and they made sure they were out ready to meet Him (Mark 11:9).

Fast forward to the year 2017.   Most people are way more likely to line up in front of an Apple store for the latest phone than investigate a sign of Christ’s soon return (2 Tim 3:1-2).  Instead of palm branches in our hands, it is a phone in our palm.   Perhaps if we stepped outside long enough to let our minds settle and eyes adjust more of us would begin to see all that is happening around us pointing to the soon return of Christ.  Perhaps part of the problem is that many of those who are watching simply repeat the mantra that there is no way we can know anything about when He is coming even though this contradicts scripture.

So with that in mind, lets look 7 Bible verses that imply that we should be able to see that day coming and how we should handle that fact.  My prayer is that this will cause those who totally disregard the Rev 12 Sign because of the “Day or Hour” stumbling block to take a more thoughtful look.

1.  Jesus Expects People to Recognize The SIGNS of the Times.

Mathew 16:3

And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

We see here that the religious leaders of the day were rebuked by Jesus for not correctly recognizing and interpreting the signs of the times.  I find it to be an amazing parallel that Christ used signs in the sky to make this point…  Now we see even more specific and detailed signs in the heavens pointing to the signs of the times!  Are we watching for the signs or mostly just watching TV or our phone?  Christ rebuked them for not watching and correctly interpreting the signs, so clearly that is something we should be doing!

2. We Should Be Able to SEE The DAY Drawing Near.

Hebrews 10:24-27

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

According to the Bible we can “see the Day drawing near.”  We will be able to SEE it approaching.  Just as those people on Psalm Sunday saw Christ coming down the mountain (Luke 19:37).  They knew the scriptures, they recognized the signs, they were watching and they were ready for Him.   We should surely be doing the same with all the scriptural evidence and signs surrounding us at this point in time.

3. The Book Of Revelation Was Given To Show Us What Is To Come.

Revelation 1:1

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place.

Here in the very first verse of Revelation we learn the purpose of the book.  It is to show us the things what must soon take place.  Therefore it makes much more sense to place Rev 12:1-6 in the future, than in the past.  Christ’s birth and ascension had already taken place at the time of the John’s writing… what was future was the “birth/ rapture” of Christ’s Body (Us), the harpazo of the Church (Rev 12:5).  The event is to complete the mystical union of Christ and His “Body” in Heaven together completely and for all time.

4. Jesus Clearly Implies We CAN When Know If We are Awake.

Revelation 3:1-3

And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.

Rev 3:3 clearly implies that if we do WAKE UP, we can KNOW when Christ will come.  In this verse we Jesus is writing a letter to a church and the lessons and rebuke in this letter can be applied to many of us today, just as it did to those church members back then.  Most Christians must “Wake up”.  We must remember what we have received (prophecy), keep it, and repent.  If we do not do this, not only will we not know at what hour Christ will come, but worse yet, we are in danger of Him coming AGAINST us!  But if we do wake up, then this verse seems to surely imply that we can have a pretty good idea of the timing.

5. We Will NOT Be Surprised…  We are NOT in darkness!

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people [others] are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you [believers / us] are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.  For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Paul had just finished re-explaining the rapture to this church  in 1 Thes 4:16-18.  Now he is reiterating when it will happen.  He is drawing a distinction between the people of the world who will be surprised, and the those of us in Christ who are note in darkness as to be surprised.   There for if we keep watch and stay sober then it seems we should be able to recognize the general time of His coming and not be surprised.  If I know a thief is coming, then I can be ready… just like Kevin in the movie Home Alone preparing for the thieves to arrive!  We are watching, we are ready… we have a general idea at the very least.

6. If We Watch the Day Will NOT Surprise Us Like a Trap.

Luke 21:34-36

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Once again, if we are not watching for the signs but instead weighed down with the cars of this life then it is likely that the day of the Lords return will be a very sudden, shocking and unexpected event to someone (like a trap).  But if that is true, then the implication is that if we DO watch, then we will not step into that trap because we will see it coming and be stepping very cautiously as to avoid stumbling at such a critical time.  Imagine if your wife puts out a mouse trap in the kitchen…. she says, watch out for those traps.  Well the next morning as you stumble for coffee you step on the trap and you are very surprised…  You weren’t watching!

7.  We Are To Watch, Recognize and WARN.

Ezekiel 33:1-6

The word of the Lord came to me:  “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

God has given us warnings just like He gave warnings to Noah (Heb 11:7, Matt 24:38).  It is our duty to recognize those warnings and transfer that into the message of the Gospel with greater urgency than ever.  Yes, the verse above is talking about the prophet Ezekiel when he was set over Israel as an watchman.  But has not God set each of us as a watchman for our own families and friends whom we love?  If you know the truth of the Gospel yet stay silent when those people are in eternal danger, what sort of love is that?  Do you love them enough to have that talk, especially now will all that we see coming together?  What is more compassionate, letting someone comfortably live in their sins apart of Christ, or doing your best to reach them with words and prayer with whatever influence God has given you in their lives?  God is the one who saves…but I believe that we are called to participate in this most amazing miracle of salvation by at the bare minimum talking to the people we care about regarding these things.  Just plant a seed and trust that God can make it grow.

Conclusion

It’s a sad fact that most Christians are asleep to the lateness of the hour.  The study of prophecy and end times signs is ignored in the vast majority of churches today… and anyone who is interested in those things often feels very alone among their congregations. 

Worse yet, many of our asleep siblings are very quick to pounce on those of us who are awake to the signs of the times.  If we happen to point out or share a specific sounding sign, such as the Revelation 12 Sign, we are often times attacked or mocked or called date setters.  Once and for all, please realized that God set the date of this sign.  Man had zero influence in the matter. 

September 23rd is surely the date of the sign, but could it be the date of the rapture?  I certainly wouldn’t rule it out at this point!  There is enough evidence pointing that direction to take it seriously, and the above verses seem to imply at the very least we can have some idea of when Christ will return. We shall wait eagerly and see.  Until then, please… Share the Gospel!

    Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.  Romans 13:11






Holding All Things Together

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Laminin….it is an amazing molecule. The following is the definition of Laminin, as found on wikipedia:

Laminin is a protein found in the extracellular matrix, the sheets of protein that form the substrate of all internal organs also called the basement membrane. It is the major non-collagenous component of the basal lamina, such as those on which cells of an epithelium sit. It has four arms that can bind to four other molecules. The three shorter arms are particularly good at bindingto other laminin molecules, which is what makes it so great at forming sheets. The long arm is capable of binding to cells, which helps anchor the actual organs to the membrane.

Structurally, the Laminin protein is made up of three polypeptide chains – α, β and γ, giving it a total of six “ends”, accounting for a lot of its flexibility in connecting various molecules.

They are a family of glycoproteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding in almost every animal tissue. Laminins are secreted and incorporated into cell-associated extracellular matrices.

Laminin is vital to making sure overall body structures hold together. Improper production of Laminin can cause muscles to form improperly, leading to a form of muscular dystrophy.

Now it is amazing what the function of this little molecule is…Laminin is responsible for holding all of our body structures together…basically, it is the rebar of our body’s….
But what is most amazing is actually what Laminin looks like, or the sight of it. Laminin is actually in the shape of a cross.  Laminin, the very thing that holds our bodies together.

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Guard Your Heart

This is such an important reminder for the days we are living in.  Media, social media, friends, family and society all confront,  with misguided opinions and agendas.  It can be so hard to keep the heart guarded with so much fighting to distract us.

 

Father, I thank you for your precious word and your Holy Spirit which keeps my heart guarded and focused solely on you.  I thank you for your peace and assuredness through Jesus Christ.  In a time of rising evil which is bringing so much confusion, fear mongering, hate and lies,  I rest on your promises with boldness… no matter what the enemy does around me.

In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

 

Jesus Is Coming Soon

 Image result for Revelation 22:20 kjvAll of creation

All of the earth

Make straight a highway

A path for the Lord

Jesus is coming soon

Call back the sinner

Wake up the saint

Let every nation shout of Your fame

Jesus is coming soon

Like a bride waiting for her groom

We’ll be at Church ready for You

Every heart longing for our King

We sing “even so come”

Lord Jesus, come

There will be justice, all will be new

Your name forever, faithful and true

Jesus is coming soon

Amazing Grace

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Romans 3:20-24 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it — the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

Romans 4:15-17 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”— in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:12-21 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

Why Some Believers Experience More Spiritual Warfare Than Others

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There are some believers who falsely believe that if they have a lot of faith they will not undergo any suffering, severe tests or satanic attacks. Nothing could be further from the truth! Actually, the opposite is true.

For example, in the book of Job chapters 1 and 2, God actually asks Satan if he considered His servant Job. Hence, God brought Job to Satan’s attention, not because Job was in sin, but because Job was the greatest servant of God on the earth at that time (read Job 1:6-12; 2:3-6).

Furthermore, Acts 19:15 illustrates how Paul the apostle was not only known in heaven, but also in hell! He had their attention! First Peter 5:8-9 teaches that Satan roams the earth seeking someone to devour, which also goes along with the Job narrative (Job 1:7). When we read the context of all these passages, especially in regards to the satanic focus on both Paul and Job, we can come to the conclusion that the devil’s main focus is to thwart, divert, distract and disarm the servants of God who are promoting the rule of God on the earth as it is in heaven. Heaven is the only realm in the universe where everything is perfectly aligned under King Jesus, since the devil was displaced from there (Rev. 12:7-12).

Consequently, when someone on earth wants to bring the influence of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, Satan erupts with fear and anger against them since he doesn’t want to be thrown out of another place!

This is why it seems as though a person following the will of God will sometimes have the most difficult tests, trials and resistance, as opposed to some saints who are casual seekers of God. Satan is no dummy, why should he attack a Christian who is a bad example to others and who is already deceived and in his grip? He will focus the most on those who are the biggest threats to his desire, to do a power grab from God over the earth realm! Remember: God gave Adam a commission to have His rule over the whole earth (Gen. 1:28), and immediately after that the devil came and convinced both Adam and Eve to disobey God and abandon their posts as God’s vice regents over the earth (Gen. 3:1-8).

Since that time Satan has been jealously attempting to protect his control over the earthly realm he stole through subverting Adam, including its systems of government, commerce, media, the arts, science and education. Those who attempt to bring God’s influence in these realms will most likely experience some of the highest levels of satanic resistance. The apostle Paul had a messenger from Satan follow him everywhere he went that caused riots and persecutions (2 Cor. 13:1-8), only because he was turning the present world system upside down (Acts 17:7).

So, if you are sold out for God, don’t be discouraged when you are attacked or allow yourself to be deceived into thinking that the only reason you are in intense spiritual warfare or tribulation is because you may have missed God. It may be the opposite. You are being targeted because you are hitting the divine bull’s eye! This is why Paul admonished believers to stand strong in the Lord: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness in high places” (Ephesians 6:10-13). Notice: Paul said “our struggle” meaning he was including himself in this struggle. Every time there was an open door for ministry he had many adversaries. This is a biblical principle (read 1 Corinthians 16:9).

Do not ever think that just because God is calling you to do something that it will be easy. Jesus did the will of God and He was crucified, and church history tells us Paul was beheaded! It’s not how many years we live, but what we do with the years we live that matters!

So, what do we do when we are in a time of spiritual warfare that Paul calls “the day of evil” in Ephesians 6:13? Paul tells us in this passage to be strong in the Lord and to stand firm; in other words, do not quit (Eph. 6:10-13).

The apostle Peter also tells us to resist the devil, standing firm in the faith (1 Pet. 5:9). Peter knows firsthand that faith in God is the key to standing firm in the midst of the day of evil because, when he denied Christ three times, Jesus prayed for him that his “faith” would not fail (Luke 22:31-32).

So, do not be afraid when you are in tribulation, because Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33)!

 

 

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40 day warning

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The paths of total solar eclipses care not for political borders or conflicts, often crossing over war-torn lands.

 Such was the case a century ago this week on August 21st, 1914 when a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly after the outbreak of World War I.

Known as the “War to End All Wars,”—which, of course, it didn’t—World War I would introduce humanity to the horrors of modern warfare, including the introduction of armored tanks, aerial bombing and poison gas. And then there was the terror of trench warfare, with Allied and Central Powers slugging it out for years with little gain.

But ironically, the same early 20th century science that was hard at work producing mustard gas and a better machine gun was also pushing back the bounds of astronomy. Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis or “miracle year” occurred less than a decade earlier on 1905. And just a decade later in 1924, Edwin Hubble would expand our universe a million-fold with the revelation that “spiral nebulae” were in fact, island universes or galaxies in their own right.

Indeed, it’s tough to imagine that many of these discoveries are less than a century in our past. It was against this backdrop that the total solar eclipse of August 21st, 1914 crossed the eastern European front embroiled in conflict.

Solar eclipses have graced the field of battle before. An  occurred during the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 during the Zulu Wars, and a total solar eclipse in 585 B.C. during the Battle of Thales actually stopped the fighting between the Lydians and the Medes.

Remembering the “World War I Eclipse”
The path of the total solar eclipse of August 21st, 1914 laid out across modern day Europe. Credit: Google Maps/Fred Espenak/NASA/GSFC.

But unfortunately, no celestial spectacle, however grand, would save Europe from the conflagration war. In fact, several British eclipse expeditions were already en route to parts of Russia, the Baltic, and Crimea when the war broke out less than two months prior to the eclipse with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28th, 1914. Teams arrived to a Russia already mobilized for war, and Britain followed suit on August 4th, 1914 and entered the war when Germany invaded Belgium.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2014-08-world-war-eclipse.html#jCp

 

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The Great American Solar Eclipse, Monday August 21, 2017 is (not surprisingly) not significant to the Hebrew calendar as far as feast days are concerned. That is because this is a sign to gentile nations, particularly the USA. 33 days after this eclipse the Revelation 12 sign alignment occurs. This day is Yom Teruah, Day of Trumpets Rosh Hashanah. The Civil New Year (Celebrated as the birth day of the Messiah because of the sign in Revelation 12:1-2. Yes, despite the Judaism rejection of the New Testament they are aware of the sign).  It has traditionally been held that Yom Teruah in Year 6000  (5777), which we are in at the time of this publication, will herald the coming of the Messiah. It begins 10 days of awe to make wrongs right before Yom Kippur. The following day is…

The fulfillment of the great sign in Revelation 12. September 23, 2017.

6 days after the Revelation 12 sign on September 23, 2017, on September 29, 2017, we come to Yamin Noraim, Days of Awe. Shabbat Shuvah or the “Sabbath of Repentance.” It is the Sabbath before Yom Kippur. The last Sabbath before Yom Kippur  to make things right between yourself and Elohim, and between yourself and your brother.

This is then followed by…
Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement”, which is 7 days after the Revelation 12 sign on September 23, 2017.  It is the Sabbath of Sabbaths, and was the only day when the High Priest went into the Most Set Apart Place to make atonement for Israel. This foreshadows a future work that the Messiah will do for Israel. Yom Kippur 2017 will start the evening of Friday, September 29, 2017.

So it is 40 days exactly from
The day of the solar eclipse August 21, 2017, to…
The Day of Atonement September 29, 2017.

Much of biblical and secular history is circular (repeats itself). It is interesting to note that in the year 687 BC God sends Jonah to the people of Nineveh with a warning because of their violence and their wickedness….
Jonah declared…in 40 days  thy destruction cometh. “Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. ” Jonah 1:1-4. They repented, and God spared them judgment.

God warning is coming upon the USA to repent and turn back to Him. Will The USA repent and be spared God’s judgment?

 

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ROSH HASHANA

I heard the idea that during the High Holidays, God writes one’s name in a book. Where does this concept come from, and how can this concept bring meaning to the holidays for me?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

The Talmud (Rosh Hashana 32b) says that on Rosh Hashana, God inscribes everyone’s name into one of three books. The righteous go into the Book of Life, the evil go into the Book of Death, and those in-between have judgment suspended until Yom Kippur.

Read more at: http://www.aish.com/atr/Book_of_Life.html


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YOM KIPPUR

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we areclosest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls.

It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30).

Musaf, which includes a detailed account of the Yom Kippur Temple service; Minchah, which includes the reading of theBook of Jonah; and Neilah, the “closing of the gates” service at sunset.

We say the Al Chet confession of sins eight times in the course of Yom Kippur, and recite Psalms every available moment.

The day is the most solemn of the year, yet an undertone of joy suffuses it:

a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day and expresses the confidence that G‑d will accept our repentance, forgive our sins, and seal our verdict for a year of life, health and happiness.

The closing Neilah service climaxes in the resounding cries of “Hear O Israel . . . G‑d is one.” Then joy erupts in song and dance (a Chabad custom is to sing the lively “Napoleon’s March”), followed by a single blast of the shofar, followed by the proclamation, “Next year in Jerusalem.” We then partake of a festive after-fast meal, making the evening after Yom Kippur a yom tov (festival) in its own right.

 

 

 

 

You Raise Me Up

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When I am down and, oh, my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up to more than I can be.

Resisting The Devil Through Submission

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Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Many believers often quote this passage from James 4:7 to those who are struggling. They encourage others to, “resist the devil.” For if you, “resist the devil,” the result will have to be that, “he will flee from you.

On the surface this sounds wonderful; however, I believe these well meaning believers have taken this passage out of context far too often. First of all, note only the last part of verse 7 was quoted. The first thing we are called to do is, “Submit ourselves to God.” The only way we can truly, “resist the devil” is by “submitting ourselves to God.

Many of the problems we face today can be solved not by resisting the devil, but rather by submitting to God. James asks in James 4:1, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” The problem is we find ourselves on a physical or fleshly level instead of a spiritual plain. The passage continues by stating we kill, covet, quarrel, and fight all because we want things which we do not have.

We, as Christians, have become too friendly with the world. James continues in verse four, “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” The choice is ours. Are we friends of the world or friends of God? Sadly, our focus is often on earthly pleasures and desires. Even in our prayer life, we do not submit to God, but rather, “ask with wrong motives.” In James 4:3 we read, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

The key to resisting the devil is found only in submitting to God. Believers in Christ, have the spirit of the living God inside them. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 we read, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” See also James 4:5.

It is only when we submit to God and have the power and spirit of God living inside us that we are able to resist the devil. In James 4:10 we read, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” This can only be done when we come near to God and purify our hearts. Light and darkness cannot dwell together. We are called to not be a double-minded people, but are to, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” See James 4:8.

 

 

 

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Our Source Of Help

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Mark 5:24-34 tells a story of a woman who had suffered a tremendous amount. It had been twelve long years of suffering. This disease was only getting worse, every dime had been spent in an effort to find a cure, there was none. No physician or amount of medicine was helping or would help. All hope was beginning to fade and the future looked bleak. The Bible does not tell us her name or her back story. However, from the little information that we are given, we know that she had come to a point in her life where she was desperate and out of options. This is a story of not only suffering, but faith and courage. This woman seeks out the one whom she has not only heard has healed many but believes it to be true.  Her pursuit of Christ gives us a picture of what it means to be driven by our faith and to hang on to God’s faithfulness.

There are three main lessons that I wish to highlight from this story.

  1. To be desperate for God’s help
  2. Our faith is to be rooted in Christ’s power to work out any trial we face
  3. God lovingly welcomes us when we come to Him.

COME TO GOD IN DESPERATE NEED OF HIM

Scripture tell us that she had gone through all the options that one had to find a cure to her disease. The account in Mark says she had

“suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.”

During this time period, it was common practice for those who were diagnosed with difficult medical cases, to consult with numerous different doctors. They would undergo many forms of treatments and the supposed cures were often very abusive and would lead to the patient feeling worse then before. This woman was so desperate that she not only went to so many different doctors but spent all of her money to find a cure. The account in Luke 8:43 suggested that the woman could not be helped because her condition was incurable. She was left feeling hopeless and desperate to find an answer. There was literally nothing that could humanly be done to help her and from a human standpoint, she was out of options.

It was only until she had heard about Jesus coming that she became aware that this would be her last and final attempt at being made well.  

She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.”

The passage tell us that there was a large crowd of people. This woman, on the point of death, who was most likely physically and emotionally exhausted, pushed through a crowd of people to get to Him. There was a sense of desperation to get to Jesus because of her faith that only He could bring her the hope that she was looking for.

Her eager attempt to push her way through the crowd was a true picture of someone who is in desperate need of Christ. The true lesson is not in our own ability to bring a solution to the trials we face, it is in coming to God with a hear that longs and yearns for Christ to come in and fill the void, sadness, or hardships that we go through. It is crying out as the Psalmist did in chapter 63:1.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

This is a cry of desperation and longing for God. Furthermore, a desperate heart for God hangs on to the truth fond in Psalm 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” We know that when we come to God, desperate and open, we can also trust Him fully with our lives and find rest in the one who is our true refuge. 


OUR FAITH IS TO BE ROOTED IN CHRIST’S POWER TO WORK OUT ANY TRIAL WE FACE

Verse 28 tells us that her faith was so deeply rooted in Christ’s power to save her from her trial,

“For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well”

The one and only true source of where our faith can truly be placed, is in Christ. As a human, the common thing to do when you’re sick, is turn to medicine and make a doctors appointment. We go there expecting a clear answer to why we are feeling sick and a cure to our ailment. There is almost a a sense of hope that is placed in the doctor. I am not against modern day medicine at all. The point here is that ultimately despite her diagnosis, her faith was set on the one who knows her biological make up better then any doctor. God is the creator of our human bodies and knows exactly what we need.

This woman recognized that despite her best efforts to get help from many doctors, Christ was the true source that could help her through this difficult trial. Whenever we are faced with a situation that seems almost impossible to face, we are sometimes driven to look to other things to bring us a solution or peace to our circumstance. This woman’s faith was so strong that notice how in verse 28, she mentions touching his garments, not even Christ himself. She believed that in Christ’s unlimited power that her words held no doubt that if she touched Christ’s clothes, she would be made well. The main lesson here does not lie in the outcome of her faith. This woman could not foresee the future. The Bible does not tell us that her faith predicted the future. What scripture does tell us is that her faith was so strong that she knew her answers lied with Christ. The end goal was to turn to Christ and look to Him for strength regardless of the outcome.


GOD LOVINGLY WELCOMES HIS CHILDREN

When she was confronted with the fact that Jesus had asked who had touched Him, He was not asking because He did not know, He was beckoning her to come to Him. Jesus is all knowing and sovereign, yet He still wants us to come to Him with an open heart. He wants to hear us pour out our hearts, it is indication that we trust Him when we come with our burdens and joys. Her approach to Him is described as being fearful and notice how the text says that she “fell down before him and told him the whole truth” (vs 33).

Her admission to touching His garments is so much deeper then the physical. It also shows us a picture of what a true, repentant sinner looks like when being convicted of their sin. She makes no excuse, she does not try to run, she comes and surrenders it all to Him. Surrendering our sin, anxieties and worries about life is not a natural human reaction. We tend to come kicking and screaming before God, as a last resort because our own attempts have failed. Regardless of our attitude, when we finally plead for God’s help, His response is always filled with Grace towards His children. Here he looks at this woman and lovingly says,

“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed for your disease”

She is not only cleansed physically but in that moment has experienced salvation in her life.


You too have that same opportunity to come before God and surrender it all to Him. Like this woman, you try and live life your own way, rejecting that there is a God who has been there along. The God who loves you and paid the penalty for our sin by dying a painful death so that we would not have to. If we choose to place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the one who has the answer to life’s struggles and our reason to experience joy. He also looks at us and in the same way says

“Daughter or Son, your faith has made you well”.

 

 

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