A Christian’s Attitude
(living in the end times)
What should our attitude be as we find ourselves living in the last seconds before the Great Tribulation starts.
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
We live in evil times. We in America have a government that pays millions to kill millions of babies through abortion, and then, sells the baby parts. How can God forgive such evil? As I pray for out nation, this is my thought as I start to ask for God’s merry and forgiveness for our nation’s sins. Murder, rape, school shooting, rampant immorality, sodomy, drugs, drunkenness. We are so very engulfed and saturated with evil and sin. But our government funds Planned Parenthood, which aborts (read “kills”) millions of children a year, then they sell their body parts. We have become so used to evil and sin, it does not bother me anymore.
Then I read about teens and men who are thugs, and criminals, being glamorized and lifted up. I read about riots, where looters use any excuse they can to burn and loot. And it will get worse before Jesus comes back. Indeed, as Paul wrote, we are living in dangerous times.
2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
I read about packs of teenagers attacking and beating innocent bystanders, just because of their race. People, knifed killed, severely permanently injured by thugs. that is what they are. They have no excuse. Nobody has any excuse to riot , loot and burn and spit on the police and vilify them. What makes it worse is the authorities in charge who promote this, instead of condemning it. Dangerous, evil times.
We have ISIS beheading people just because of their faith in Christ.
When right is wrong and wrong, is right!
Isaiah 1:4- “4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.”
God spoke these words against His Nation Israel, but could it not equally be said of us?
There is no soundness, our nation is filled with putrifying sores and bruises. Strangers have more rights and freedoms and “entitlements” than the citizens.
Everyone loves to take a bribe. Our political leaders make decisions and vote to spend millions for their own profit. They do not care about the people they represent. There may be a few, but most sell their votes for money. Isaiah 1:23 “Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards:…”
We are there, in most of the world, and especially in the United States. If you are a born again Christian, how should you think? How does the Lord want us to act?
Your basic principle:
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Anything that keeps you from doing this is to be ignored, and should have as little influence on you as possible. To live godly in this present evil world is not easy. There is so much pressure, now, than ever before to compromise, and be quiet about the convictions of your faith, and the Word of God. Remember, the ONLY thing that matters, is that you will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, and all you do will be tested with His fire.
2Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
What will Jesus say is ALL that matters.
I am sure that those Christians that had their heads cut off by ISIS in the middle east, searched there hearts whether they were willing to die for their faith. It may com to that for many of us.
This spiritual war will get more powerful and intense. Men will get more evil and Satanic.
Who would ever thought that there would be a group of people that call themselves Satanists allowed to erect a monument to Satan, as happened recently here in the USA.
Who would have imagined the pressure to say it is OK to be Gay, and marry someone of the same sex?
Marriage forever is between a man and a woman, for the purpose of producing a family. Right and wrong never changes. Society just gets more wicked and Satanic.
The marriage between a man and a man is just a civil union recognized by the government. It is not a marriage as defined forever by God. It can never be so.
The pressure from false religions, like Islam and others. There can be no greater threat for you to except the teachings of Islam , and “submit” than the threat of bodily harm and violence. This can never change the fact that the Bible teaches us and shows us through 5, 700 something years of History that the God of the Hebrews, of the Bible, is the ONLY Creator , Lord, Savior, and Almighty God. He took the form of flesh for 33 years . There can and never will be any other God, even if ALL the peoples of the world do not accept this truth.
Colossians 1:13 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Jesus is the “image” of the invisible God. (verse 15) . He is the creator (vs. 16), and by Him All things consist. In other words, He holds it all together. He truly does “have the whole world in His hands”.
There is NO other truth.
There is NO other God.
So, do right as much as you can, in every situation. Use wisdom, but try not to compromise.
The Love of many will wax cold.
Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Because the forces of Evil will become stronger and stronger, terror, wars, murders, rapes, thefts, etc. will increase to such a level that you may be tempted to withdraw and be overwhelmed by it all.
Pray your love will not get cold.
Pray you will be delivered from temptation.
Witness to all you can, regardless of how they look. Their hair may be green and purple (I have seen it). they may have a pierce tongue, ears, and tattoos. They still need to be saved. Give them at least one chance. They may be homeless and smell. Yesterday a lady got on the bus I was riding and she had quite a bad smell. She had 2 little carriages (bags with wheels) stuffed with all her possessions. I offered her a tract, she ignored me and moved away . (Less smell!)
Stay in the Bible and read it at many times of the day.
Get away from things that are tempting you from the world.
Don’t watch programs with nudity, profanity, etc. there is a program on now called “Dating naked”. On afternoon TV. Can you believe it?
Expect to be ridiculed and mocked. Expect rejection. Yesterday soul winning, I offered 5-6 people sitting at the bus stop a tract. they all said “No”.
(Many times they reject the truth so nicely . “No thank you they say, but thanks for offering”. ?)
Realize they will give an account for how they respond to the gospel. They can never say “I never heard that, I never had a chance”, because you tried to give it to them.
Pray for the Filling of the Holy Spirit in the morning and during the day until you have it. Pray for boldness, and unction to give out the gospel.
It is written in the Holy Scriptures:
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
We have to be wiling to be a living sacrifice.
Mark 8:34 “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
What is your cross.
Are you following Christ’s will,
or living for self.
Luke 9:23 ” And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Evangelist Steve Morris