Can You Hear In The DARK ?

 

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 In America there is no raging inferno of spiritual fire. This country is but a glowing ember of what it once was. So we look around ourselves and within ourselves and wonder how God will still use us in another great awakening.

This Christian country so introspective and filled with spiritual pride cannot see that it is blind, deaf, and dumb. There is a great famine in this land, not of food, but of the Word of God and His Doctrine.

Gods Truth along with its Sound Doctrine has become a faint echo carried by the wind. The ability of so called Christians to discern truth from error is more difficult than trying to grasp running water with their hands. The Apostate Churches are on the raise while the churches that change to please the culture are filled with Tares that choke out the Remnant of the true Wheat.

I personally do not believe that there will be any great awakening in this country prior to the time of the Great Tribulation.

Yes, a great awakening is promised. But that great awakening will come during the Tribulation, not before it. The great awakening of believers will be led by 144,000 Jews, 12,000 Chosen from each of the 12 tribes of Israel who will be sealed and protected by THE LORD.

This great awakening of NEW BELIEVERS during the Tribulation will be forged out of the pain and suffering of those people who will be touched by the Spiritual Holy Fire given to them by the Holy Spirit.

It’s interesting how we believers here in America talk about the times we live in. We talk about our problems as Christian’s in a land of plenty. We believe that persecution is coming, but we are afraid of what that might mean. We really want to die quietly in our beds or be taken in the SOON COMING promised rapture of the church.

We fear the word tribulation because of the biblical apocalyptic symbolism it forebodes. Here in the land of plenty there is no pain attached to our faith in Christ, we are insulated and protected from carrying our Cross and we almost Never Proclaim …HIS CROSS.

But, this is not so in the world around us. It’s as if we live on an island, insulated by water. The world boils around us; we never feel the heat we only watch at a safe distance as the world slowly falls apart before our eyes on television.

The saddest part of all is that people cry out to the heavens not for the souls of people and those they desperately love; but to keep their material goods. The same stuff of life that keeps them in chains while they live on planet earth will keep them shackled alone in chains for eternity in the darkness, where light never shines and the only sound they will ever hear; is the sound of their own voice CRYING IN THE DARKNESS.

 

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From My Heart to YOURS

On this physical plane of existence most people struggle to reach the top of the mountain. Their personal ambitions and desires shrouded in pride, and self-awareness drive their calloused hearts and self-absorbed minds ever forward.

They are intensely focused on getting to that door at the top of the mountain where they believe they will have arrived and finally fulfill their purpose for themselves and be satisfied.

No one else matters in this personal journey to self-fulfilled glory. People get there by using other people for their own benefits. Cast off on the side of their road to success are spurned people who once trusted them, loved them…broken people left far behind. They make up parents, wives, husbands, friends and children.

There is a procession of haunting memories that occasionally break into their consciousness and touches what is left of their hardened hearts. Their climb to the top becomes increasingly harder, because the weight of those whom they have left behind clings to their dead hearts like anchors.

Finally their journey to the top of the mountain ends when they die. And they begin a new journey that begins with opening a forever door. They have arrived, standing before the door. They are close enough to reach out and touch the handle to open the door at the top of the mountain. Their focus has been so intense, so self-serving that they do not see a small sign just above the door.

But why should they see this small sign? All their lives they only focused on themselves, never had their gaze widened to see the needs of all those around them. Their ears were only tuned to hear what they wanted to hear, never once did they hear the cries, the sobs representing the emotional and physical pain of those around them needing their help. They never cared about the blind, the lame, the deaf and the dumb… a world filled “With the Least of These.”

So they eagerly reach out and grasp the handle to open the door to the fulfillment of their desires. The handle is painful to their touch…it’s so very hot ! But they are consumed with their desire so they bear the pain and open the door.

Standing in the open doorway they see a light off in the distance, yet they seem to be standing in shadows. As they look out into the distance a faint path emerges that leads to the light. But as they look down they cannot see the place to put their foot on the path so they may follow it to the Kingdom of Light.

A random thought comes to their minds, words they somehow recognize but have never heard before “My Word is a lamp unto thy feet”.  So they look up and see the little sign. It says…“If you had seeked me with all your heart, mind and soul you would have found me. You have lived your life in darkness yet you have seen a great light and now it is appointed to man once to die, and then the judgment”.

The message falls on a soul filled with shadows and a mind that never became renewed; for they had lived their lives deaf, dumb and blind to the truth.

Just under the sign is a pull chain attached to a light bulb. Still not understanding the message they reach up and pull the chain that’s attached to the light bulb expecting the light to come on and illumine their path, but instead they turn ON the Darkness. They finally have arrived at the place they personally have chosen to spend eternity. They will be in outer darkness…blind and alone for eternity without hope in a place where …”the dead shall live again.”

“ Yet those who live in Darkness have seen a great light ”.

The Bible gives us in-sight into the physical world we think is real; and into the invisible world that is true reality. The spiritual dimension is more real than our own existence. The physical realm is ending, but the spiritual realm is forever. You can read about your future in the BIBLE. If you just take the time to read it.

2 Doors, which will you stand before?

It’s been said to die is just entering a new door to another life. In a sense that is true. You have also heard Jesus stands outside the door to your heart patiently waiting for you to open the door to HIM.

Just something to think about. If you never let Jesus into your heart. Then HE will never open the door to HIS Heaven for you to come into. Instead when you die you will stand before a door that you will open. There is a sign above the door you will stand before.

Just under the sign is a pull chain attached to a light bulb. Still not understanding the message you will reach up and pull the chain that’s attached to the light bulb expecting the light to come on and illuminate your path inside, but instead you will turn ON the Darkness.

Congratulations you have arrived at the place you personally have chosen to spend Eternity. You now will be in Outer Darkness…blind and alone for eternity without hope in a place where …”the dead shall live again.”

Then you will hear HIS VOICE say to you…
“ those who live in Darkness have seen a great light ”. And the words on the sign HE wanted you to read when you lived your life on earth, will flood into your mind.

Matthew 4:16-17
16“The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.”
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Reflections:
The Bible gives us in-sight into the physical world we think is real; and into the invisible world that is true reality. The spiritual dimension is more real than our own existence. The physical realm is ending, but the spiritual realm is forever….

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Is Your Witness ECLIPSED by Darkness?

Its 5:30 am and pitch black outside but soon there will be rays of light and the sun will shine and once again ONLY because of the promises of God, another day will begin.

It’s interesting how you can light one candle in the darkness and the darkness flees from the light, such is the power of light. Jesus claimed to be the truth, the light of the world. The world has seen a great light, but it seems that since His coming 2,000 years ago His light has diminished and the darkness is growing.

The more familiar you are with the Greatest Story Ever Told, the more you understand the times we live in …that they are called the End – Times by Jesus.

What has changed in our world is that the darkness is now growing, while the light recedes and the minds of men grow dim.

The Lord has asked us to witness because the fields of harvest are ripe. There is an urgency to do so because “Soon the night will come” and the light and the Truth will not be found.

This darkness that is all around is not physical but Spiritual. We are experiencing the Dawn of the Darkness of Sin…producing a temporary eclipse of the SON.

Not physical Darkness you can see, but darkness of the soul and mind causing us to see life through a mirror dimly. Just like God has said, we are seeing everything that is wrong becoming right and what is right becoming wrong.

Darkness fills our time and we wait for the day when time is no more and the Dawn of Eternity breaks…so you and I wait for OUR Coming KING.

We wait in FAITH….because we believe that the Bible is True.

The evidence is overwhelming regarding Jesus, His life, death and resurrection. If people just took the time to explore Scripture they would find themselves neck deep in proof. It is impossible to mine the depths of the Word of God. But when you dig deep with your spade into the Judean dirt you will strike nuggets of gold.

How do we know the Bible is Gods Word to us? Because it is mankind’s Pre-Written History and the Autobiography of GOD.

The Bible you own is ONE Book. With ONE HERO…. JESUS, with ONE villain…. satan, with ONE THEME…. SALVATION and ONE PURPOSE….To GLORIFY GOD.

Max Lucado wrote,
“I have heard it said that…
It wasn’t enough for HIM to appear in a bush or dwell in the temple.
It wasn’t enough for HIM to become human flesh and walk on the Earth.
It wasn’t enough to leave HIS word and the promise of HIS return.
HE had to go further. HE had to take up residence iN US.
Perhaps you didn’t know God would go that far to make sure you got home.”

Man says, look inside yourself and find self.
God says, look inside yourself and find God.

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