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Scared or Prepared

Scared or Prepared?

Our culture has, by and large, turned its back on the Lord. Even the name of Jesus elicits one of two typical reactions... genuine curiosity or outright animosity. Much of today's society has lost a sense of respect and reverence for God.

Many people who once seemingly had a strong relationship with the Lord have departed from their "first love." In Revelation 2:1-7 the message to the church at Ephesus was mostly a commendation. But the message turns somber when these words are spoken in verse 4. 

            "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love."

In this world, which is experiencing the shaking which is talked about in Hebrews 12:26-29, it's easy to find many people who are running scared. The Bible says in the last day "men's hearts will fail them from fear and expectation of the things coming on the Earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken." Luke 21:26

As followers of Christ we need not be scared of the things that are coming. These are signs of Jesus' imminent return (birth pangs). Things will get worse but the present trials and tribulations are nothing compared to the eternity that we will spend with our Lord and Savior.

The scriptures often refer to The importance of being prepared. Luke 21:36 remind us to "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." 

John 16:13 reminds us also that we need to heed the promptings of the holy Spirit "... for He will tell us the things that are about to come." Discernment is so important in these chaotic and confusing times. The Holy Spirit gives us counsel and guidance to know what is of God and what is not. 

When we are prepared and attentive to the signs that indicate His soon return (Matthew 24) we don't have to walk in fear. Instead we are able to have the assurance that "... we can look up for our redemption draws nigh." Luke 21:28

So as a follower of Christ let's always remind ourselves that being prepared is always better than being scared. One calls us to action while  the other paralyzes us. 

So lift up your heads redemption draws nigh!

Pastor Derek Forseth
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