Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. – 3 John 11
The earth is plagued with a whirlwind and tsunami of troubles at the moment with no visible sign or time frame of when it will all end. The news headlines are equally troubling, somewhat sinister.
From Fox News, in a very telling video Lisa Daftari a Mideast Journalist reports on the unprecedented spike of public executions in Iran, stating that there has been in excess of 700 public executions from January to July of this year.
Barbaric! Satanic! Diabolic and evil at its core of conception in the minds of people that are perverted and twisted!
To say I am appalled would be an understatement. I am absolutely sickened to the pit of my stomach!
Too many headliners to mention here but consider the following:
- Four Marines gunned down in Chattanooga [USA Today]
- Gunman kills 2, injures 9 when he opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette [MSNBC]
- Group To Unveil Satan Statue In Detroit During ‘Largest Public Satanic Ceremony In History’ [CBS Detroit]
- Undercover Video Shows Planned Parenthood Official Discussing Fetal Organs Used For Research [The Washington Post]
- Second Video Shows Planned Parenthood Doc Haggling Over Price Of Fetal Body Parts [Fox News]
One writer recently headlined his article, “An Upside Down World.” Here is a brief excerpt –
“We must get this fact firmly fixed in our minds: we live in an upside-down world. People hate when they should love, quarrel when they should be friendly, fight when they should be peaceful, wound when they should heal, steal when they should share, do wrong when they should do right.” – Billy Graham
Certainly not a pretty picture, right?
Innocent blood continue to be shed and is crying out from the ground for justice.
I am cognizant of the fact that there are many persons who are fervently praying, and while I am confident that God is listening to our prayers, it still seem as though they are going unanswered.
Where Do We Go From Here?
The truth is there is hardly much that you and I can do except to do as Jesus and His disciples exhorted us to do and that is to watch and pray. It is our duty as believers to seek to understand what are the meanings of these words and the range of implications. Our survival and our salvation depends on it.
We do not sit idly by and be passive spectators as though we are being entertained. The moments that we are awake we are to be vigilant, be on guard, be on the look out, fully aware, alert, and intently focused on our surroundings and our environment.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” [1 Corinthians 16:13] It is our watchfulness coupled with our prayers to God that will give us the strength to stand fast in the faith, to withstand the test of times and every difficult situation we encounter.
Equip ourselves with the knowledge of end time prophesy
Everything that is happening today was foretold by the prophets and Christ Himself that in the last days, kingdoms will rise against kingdoms, nations will rise against nations, that there will be wars, men will become lovers, boasters and pleasers of himself….
In order to know where to focus our attention, and what prayer points we are to bear in our prayers, we particularly need to know the Bible prophesies of the end times and the last days before the second coming of our Lord Christ.
In our watchfulness:
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.” ~ Luke 12:35-36 ESV
Another perfect example of how we watch is found in Matthew 25:1-13 in the parable of the 10 virgins. It emphasizes how we are to stay spiritually ready and prepared. We stay close to God and continually seek for His infilling of His Holy Spirit. That is how we keep our lamps filled with oil. Jesus concludes the parable by saying, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man is coming.” [Matthew 25:13]
Stay sober and watch out for enemies
The accounts of Jesus’ prophesy as given by Mark and Luke, we see that He has always connected watching with praying. The way in which they are both eternally linked is that watching enables our praying and praying helps our watching.
Mark 13:33-34 records Jesus saying: “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time [of Christ’s coming] is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.”
Christ’s empathy and compassion is evident in these commands:
- Take heed to what He just said in His word
- Watch for the signs He has outlined
- Pray regularly and fervently so that we stay close to God
- Keep doing God’s work
In Luke 21:31,34, Jesus tells us that when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near and that we should not allow that day to come upon us unexpectedly.
He [Jesus] concludes by saying, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
My Final Thoughts
It is evident that we are living in the last days. These are the days that we will be witnesses to the great tribulations. There will be great distress in the land [on the earth] We need to humble ourselves, get on our knees and pray and seek God’s forgiveness and mercy upon us and our land for healing and deliverance.
As the Apostle Paul urges us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, let us “pray for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority over us so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem, so that we in turn may be recipients of God’s peace in our lives, and that His peace be within our homes, our palaces, at our workplace and wherever we may go from day to day. [Psalm 122:6-9]
Watch and pray! True we live in an upside down world but God is unchanging and faithful to His promises.
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