One can easily see from reading today’s headlines that the world is accelerating at a rapid pace toward the inevitable, the coming of Jesus Christ. One can accept this news either with dread, indifference or with joy & anticipation.
Some of today’s headlines:
$5 Gas Hits DC
Debt Hits New High: $14.3 Trillion
No relief for soaring Greek borrowing costs
Oil Continues Super Spike
2 arrested, 3 struck by car at hiring event
Brits join ground fight in Libya
Swarm of 400 Quakes Hits Nevada
Kansas Wheat Crop Suffering Amidst Drought
Wheat Futures Gain a Third Day as US crop Condition Worsens; Corn rises
Prior to His coming what will the world look like?
Well friends, if we just look around at what is transpiring here and abroad it is easy for even those whom do not believe to realize that things are changing. The earth, wind, skies, all of nature is groaning. Wars abound, strife & famine are here. We have earthquakes increases at an exponential level, sinkholes popping up worldwide, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and crime spreading like a malignant tumor.
Gross darkness covers the land. Without the indwelling light of the Holy Spirit living within us only darkness can exist. Our flesh truly is corrupt and no good thing can come of it. Is it no surprise that evil abounds? To some maybe yes.
If your light has been hidden until now it is time to trim your lamps, be alert and on guard for that trumpet to blow. Our redeemer draws near and we must be ready at a moments notice.
In the meantime, let us not wait idly, but share the faith with others. Know also that there is a firm and strong hope in Christ and He must be the foundation by which we stand.
Today’s daily devotion I received in my inbox fits accordingly to the Hope we must have to weather anything that assails us in these times ahead.
David Wilkerson Today
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011
HOPE IN THE COMING STORM
David gives us a clear picture of Jesus’ attitude in the face of the coming
storm. He speaks prophetically of Christ, saying, “I foresaw the Lord always
before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved” (Acts
2:25). The literal meaning here is, “I was always in his presence, beholding
his face.” David quoted Jesus as saying, “Therefore did my heart rejoice,
and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope” (2:26).
Here is the secret: Jesus kept the Father always before his face! Jesus
continually sought out secret places to be shut in with his Father. And it was
only after being in God’s presence that Christ came forth to minister, fully
persuaded that his Father was always with him. “He’s at my right hand—and
nothing on this earth can move me.” The Greek word for move here means
“agitated or shaken, disturbed.” Jesus was saying, “None of these
problems, evils or coming events can cast me down or shake my confidence. My Father is in complete control.”
Beloved, if we’re going to face the coming storm, then we need to be prepared
so nothing disturbs our spirit. And the only way to do that is to spend time in
the Father’s presence beholding his face. We have to be shut in with him—on
our knees, practicing his presence, seeking him—until we’re thoroughly
persuaded he’s at our right hand.
God is clearly telling us, “Don’t be moved or agitated by anything you see.
Keep your eyes focused on me and you’ll retain your joy.” And, according to
David, Jesus testified, “Thou shalt make me full of joy with thy
countenance” (Acts 2:28).
It’s as if Christ is telling us, “I faced everything you’re going to face
in the closing days of time. I had the same foreboding feelings, because I saw
the coming storm. But I ran into the presence of my Father, and he lifted all
my concerns. He showed me the outcome to it all. And in his presence I found all the joy, hope and rest I would ever need—to the very end. I have peace and joy because I’ve been with him.”
“My flesh shall rest in hope” (2:26).
Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/13043