Wednesday, October 20, 2010
~ "The end is near..."
and cried with a loud voice, and said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God, that you torment me not." (Mark 5:7)
Satan knew who Jesus was. He knew that he was there to put an end to his folly. He knew that once Jesus shed his blood for sin, the end was inevitable.
The worse society becomes, the closer we are to the second coming. The enemy is pulling out all the stops in his campaign to win souls away from God. He tempts us with money, power, fame, self gratification, immorality and much more. He does it in such a way that if you aren't watching, he can slip in and put the screws to you and before you realize it, it is too late to correct the wrong.
We must stop, right where we are and ask for the blessings of the Father on our sinful ways. We must keep a constant watch on our lives so that they do not become overrun with what is not of God. That silly little man in all the natural disaster movies with the sign that reads "the end is near" is going to be standing there saying "I told you so" when the end is here! Don't worry about what God has planned for your human life. Don't waste time praying for the house on the beach with the picture perfect sunrises. Don't compare your sufferings to those of your friends who seem to have been given more than what you perceive to be "their fair share". God has one purpose, one goal in mind for you. He tells you "be still". He wraps his arms around you and allows you to rest your head on his shoulder and sob if that's what you need to do. He has brought you to where you are for a reason, just as he has brought others to where they are. His reasons for each are different, but they are all the same. Anything that brings us closer to him is his will for us; anything that pushes us further away, is obviously not.
If you waste your time praying at an empty grave, praying to anyone other than God, you will receive nothing. No one hears those prayers. The only one who can intercede for you is Jesus. Put down your shiny bead and statues to fallen men. Pray to the one who CAN hear you, who WILL intercede on your behalf. Jesus! Let him take your request to the Father. The time for false doctrines needs to end. Celebrate the victory over death that Jesus won! Honor the one man who can hear you, not the many dead ones who can't. Don't look for signs and "appearances" of your lost loved ones - they don't exist. Where they are, they cannot hear you. Let their lives be an example to you. Let their deaths be a warning for you. Give all your prayer to Jesus and all your praises to God! Salvation can only come to your through the belief in the cross! Eternal life is a gift of the Father, through Jesus, to you - no other way.