To me, the signs of the times are becoming more and more evident. We've enjoyed freedoms like none other land has known. But what if in one day, those freedoms were taken from us? What if in an instant everything turned around on us and we, like our brothers and sisters in other lands, must suffer for the name of Christ? Will we be ready? What if our Bibles are taken from us? Do we have passages stored in our hearts for such a time when we cannot turn through the pages of the most precious Book we all have but that we so often take for granted?
If the tides were to turn, or maybe I should say, WHEN the tide turns, will we look back on the time we are living in now with regret and shame that we did not spend more time in the Word, or in prayer? Do we have that intimate relationship with Jesus that will carry us through the storm, the trials and the tribulations that Christ told us are coming?
As we see the day approaching, may we get into the Word and let the Word get into us. May we fall on our knees in prayer and supplications. May our hearts be burdened for the lost ones, the straying ones, and the ones who are struggling. Let's pray for each other that we be strong in the Lord and strong in the faith. It's a battlefield and the enemy is fighting and fighting hard. I need prayer and I know others who need prayer. In reality, I think we all probably need prayer. But do we pray for each other? Do we know each others struggles to even know how to pray? I think there are a lot of battles going on in lives around us that we don't know about. We cover up and say we're ok, when really we're not. I know because I've done it myself. Let's be there for each other, encouraging and praying for one another. And may we know how to pray for one another. Let's bear each other's burdens...because life is hard, and it'll only get harder before it'll get better and we need each other, especially as we see the day approaching.
I guess it's just become a real burden of my heart because I really believe the tide IS about to change, and more than ever we'll need each other. Is it possible for us to set aside times of prayer, Bible study and memorization? Can we set the fun aside for a little while to seek the Lord in times and places when we are together? I speak to myself as much or more as anyone because I love having a good time. But in the end, what really matters? Was it having fun or was it praying for the struggling soul? And if our common bond is in Christ, than should we not find it a deep blessing and joy to do these things when we are together throughout the week, and not just on Sundays or at church related functions?
These are just more pondering and things I feel the Lord is challenging me in right now, areas I need to grow in as I see the day approaching....
Whatever the coming days hold, may we continue to find our hope and strength in the Lord!
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-25