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But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. (2 Timothy 3:1)
A very good friend and fellow blogger, Dr.Lyle Rapacki, wrote this absolutely powerful message on surrendering your life to God and not to the things of this world. So often we get caught up in our own struggles and try to work them out as the world does. That will never bring you peace. This world is perishing. It has become a place of darkness and destruction. The hearts of most have grown cold and lawlessness abounds.
The good news is that Christ is getting ready to return to make all things new. Is your heart ready to meet him? I pray that you will take the time to read this message by Lyle and let it help to give you understanding and hope to know that Christ is with you to the end of time.
Written by Lyle Rapacki from The Olive Branch Report,
I just finished a radio interview with Pastor James David Manning on the Manning Report. If you have not listened to the Manning Report – you should! I have been privileged to spend time with Pastor Manning and his gracious wife, Elizabeth, in their Harlem/New York City home. I have been equally blessed to be a guest multiple times on his engaging radio program. Today’s radio interview was focused on my previous article “America’s Middle Class is Crumbling.” Pastor Manning asked a pointed question (he often does) as to why I think the people are silent about it all? This question caused me to jump in my seat as I attempted to share some thoughts on the subject (I was excited at the offer) but I also sensed the Ru-ach-Ha-K0desh (Holy Spirit) quickened me to share even more than time on the show permitted.
The Emissary Sha-’ul (Apostle Paul) instructed his disciple (student) Timothy: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
WOW! A lot packed into that scripture. One key element strongly suggests that the last days people will not be a people who do not know God; just the opposite! These will be people who claim to know God, practice a form of godliness, but will deny the power of God if you look close at their lives. They will be religious people – you know; go to church, sing in the choir, direct the bake sale, yard sale, youth pavilion, candle and flower committee, and the all important church clean-up crew, with a little time left over for the prayer team. But the Apostle is sounding an alarm that these folks have a form, an image of godliness but clearly their heart is not right with the Lord or the walk He wants for them. Their heart has not surrendered to God, they are not walking in submission (cooperation) to His Word or His Son’s teachings and examples; therefore, while their public posture may look good the inner man, their true character, is loving this world and the things of this world – especially money and the material dimension. Think on this…money is God’s greatest rival. Money tangibly represents power, security, prestige, control over our own affairs, dominance. Fellowship with Yeshua (Jesus) signifies intimacy, love, sacrifice, and seeking God’s character for your life; which, in part, means thinking of others, giving away rather than gathering, loving by example and giving joyfully to watch others celebrate as they receive. The form of truly following God is measured by your love for others, your love for God’s Son Yeshua (Jesus), your love for His Word, and the natural instinct of loving is to give. The instinct of materialism is gathering, accumulating, hoarding, guarding, value as the world values – SELF!
The power and political Elites of this world are in the process of collapsing this world into a Satanic driven One-World economy, government, and religion. Read my previous article “America’s Middle Class is Crumbling” here at The Olive Branch Report, and see some of the numbers I site to demonstrate how the economy is slipping into chaos and total collapse. Do not be deceived by the media propagandists and lying government officials who have a stake in the unfolding New-World Order. We are on the verge of a very calculated and full economic collapse, and what transpires in Washington, D.C. on a daily basis is but Kabuki Theater to keep us entertained and dumb to the reality setting in all around us. We are living in the looming shadow of biblically predicted catastrophic events, but the predominant majority of the church are asleep or, like the Apostle Paul wrote: “having a form of godliness but denying its power.” WAKE UP church…come out of your diabolically induced slumber. “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).
If we are truly followers of Yeshua Ma-shi-ach (Jesus the Messiah) then don’t live for your possessions. Let your possessions do good; be ready to give, willing to share. What riches have been granted to you are given so God can bless others through you. As I wrote in my previous article, financial crisis allow us to come to new levels of deeper faith, causing us to become dependent on God and His provision, rather than our own abilities, our own strengths. God’s Word teaches that the last days will also cause a preoccupation with money and materialism, and that greed will abound causing even more conflict among men and among nations. I am beseeching you while there is still a little time, seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all else will be added to you according to His riches. Jesus taught to study the birds and flowers, for the God who cares for them will care for you (Matthew 6:25-34). The Emissary Sha-’ul (Apostle Paul) taught, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). David of Psalms learned through experience, “the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23).
We cannot stop the coming New-World Order with all of its’ calamity, destruction, and evilness. We can, however, rise-up in opposition to the spiritual roots feeding the New-World Order and accompanying tyrannical government, humanistic and satanic worship and religion, and unmitigated greed. We can stand and be a blessing in the midst of the storm. We can stand and be a light to the otherwise darkness that will permeate the world; to show others what the true light of the Gospel looks like. We can demonstrate true righteousness, not merely the form thereof; true faith in God’s Word by applying it, and love for others by sharing the blessings the Lord chooses to provide us as a means to bless others. Begin today…look around and ask the Lord for the opportunity to grow in your faith by quietly helping another who may need a bill paid, four bags full of groceries, a tank of gas, an oil change, utilities paid…and the list can go on. Try this, and then go to church and sing in the choir, help with the bake sale, or the youth, or better yet, to the prayer team for now you will truly have something in which to bow your head and close your eyes.
There is a real joy that comes with completely trusting in the truth of God’s word. The problems of this world are too much for us to bear and unless our hope is grounded in the unfailing love of God there is no real peace. It doesn’t matter what your socio-economic standing is, trouble finds us all. The rain falls on the poor as well as the rich. Sickness, disease and death have no barriers. The only foundation that stands firm is for those who put their trust in Christ. We read in 2 Peter 9 that the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and Psalm 32:10 says, “… the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him”. The only strength that we have in this world comes from God. God’s word says in Proverbs 28 that he who trusts in himself is a fool.
So what do we do when we find ourselves in a painful trial or struggle? My friends, we should do what we read God’s people did in Scripture when they faced trouble. In 2 Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat heard that armies were coming against his people from two sides. The Israelites did not have the power on their own to stand up to these armies so they turned to their only strength as they stood trusting before the Lord. King Jehoshaphat cried out to God saying ,“We have no power to fact this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”. The Israelites were saved that day and their enemies were destroyed.
The greatest honor you can give to God is to trust him when all seems lost. It was God who sent his only Son, Jesus, to come into this world and die for us so that we may have eternal life. Jesus suffered for us knowing that he would be rejected by many. Is there any greater love then that? He has also promised to never leave us alone. Many people are trying to carry the burdens of this life by themselves. That was never God’s plan. He knew there would be troubles in this world but he also knew that he would help us through them. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. To those who call on his name, he will lift you up and give you his peace that surpasses understanding.
God already has his people praying for those who are hurting and who feel alone. If you can trust him, God will send someone into your life to help you through your hopeless situation. The most wonderful thing about this is that God offers his love to all. It is his will that none should perish. Jesus says in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.
Jesus cares about everything that touches us in our lives. He wants to give us a life of joy that that the thief cannot steal, kill and destroy. In Deuteronomy,30:19, God tells the people, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life.” The choice is yours.
Receive the gift of a full life that God has for you now as you ask Christ to reveal himself and come into your heart. It will not only change your life, it will change your eternity!
Faith is the key to defeating all that comes against you. In order for the hand of God to work miracles in your life, you must believe that he is able. Your trials have no power over you except for what you allow. For that reason, you must never let the fear of any painful situation in your life become bigger than your God.
The bible tells us that Jesus came to set the captives free. We who were once in bondage to the evil of this world now have the power over darkness. The death and resurrection of Christ gave us the victory over anything that seeks to destroy us. He paid the price for us to live life abundantly despite what we have to endure. He became our strength to conquer all of our enemies. He has put death and destruction under his feet. Those who have a relationship with Jesus have nothing to fear from this world. He alone is the hope for all that you need and he will not fail you.
In Matthew 15, we read about how the Apostles were in a boat on the water that was being tossed around by the wind and the waves. During the night, Jesus came to them walking on the water and they became afraid. Peter asked Jesus to let him come to him on the water and Jesus said, “Come”. Peter began to walk on the water but when he saw the strong wind and the high waves he was afraid and began to sink. He cried out to Jesus who lifted him from the water and said, “Why did you doubt?”.
The truth of this matter is that it was not the wind or the waves that brought Peter down, it was his fear! Instead of keeping his eyes on his Creator who could save him from all things, Peter instead empowered the wind and the waves. He feared that he would perish even though the Master of the universe was right there with him. Jesus is over all that is in this world and even the wind must obey him. With just a word, Jesus was able to quiet the storm.
Even now, there is never a situation that Jesus can’t take you through if your trust is in him. With just his word, he can give you peace in the trial that you are enduring. The power of the blood of Christ is able to meet you wherever you are. It is not based on your good works but on his mercy. It does not matter what you have done or how far you have strayed, his love is able to reach out lift you from the waters of trouble and bring you to safety. Jesus is always willing to forgive and give you a future that has promise. For a believer, the strength to live in victory is always with you because Christ lives in you. He alone can defeat your serious health issues, family problems, financial difficulties or any addictions and pain you may have. Jesus alone has the power to heal your broken marriage and restore your family. That is your heritage as a child of the living God! Nothing is impossible for him who spoke this world into existence.
If you are feeling weary from the battle you are in, lift your eyes to Jesus who is the source of all strength. He will not leave you alone and his plan for you will never fail. The enemy has been defeated by the cross and his power has been destroyed.
Trust this day that God is able to keep you on top of the water despite what trouble comes against you. It is my hope that you understand that no matter what you are going through, God has people praying for you right now. You are never alone and your situation is never impossible for the true God whose love will never fail you..