Thursday, September 23, 2021

Everything Is In Place....

We’ve Got A Problem
 Nathele Graham

Brothers and sisters, we’ve got a problem. We have the power of the Holy Spirit in us, but we listen to the never-ending drivel of the media, telling us everything that’s wrong and throwing one bad news scenario after another at us. All of this puts fear into our very soul and can bring on depression. Just like that, the Spirit is quenched and our witness to this lost world is compromised. In all of this madness, Christians must stop and turn our hearts to Jesus. Instead of allowing the cares of this world to overwhelm your thoughts and spirits, let the Holy Spirit overpower you with fire.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19.

Past prophecy being fulfilled proves future prophecy will be fulfilled. It is being fulfilled as we sleep. We must wake up, hold tight to God’s truth, and stand firm in our faith. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit, so we have God’s power within us.

Scripture is full of evidence of what happens when a person allows the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and empower. The Holy Spirit is God. He is the third person of the Trinity. His power is available to each of us, you need to trust and use the power you have. Do you think Peter had any more power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost than the power available to you?

The Apostle Paul was led by the Holy Spirit, and accomplished great and mighty things by allowing that Power to guide him. We tend to think that life was easier when Paul spread the Gospel. Read the Book of Acts and you’ll see that he was beaten and left for dead, he was whipped, put in prison, shipwrecked, snake bit, and more. None of that stopped him, because it was the Holy Spirit that powered him. The congregation in Ephesus faced many problems. They struggled amidst the strong pagan culture around them. Paul encouraged them to be faithful.

Stand strong in the power of the Holy Spirit and keep your thoughts on Christ. There are many of us in this battle.

We are living in the very last days of this final Age. The events leading up to the Rapture are happening rapidly. If you’re waiting for a revival, don’t hold your breath. The letter Jesus dictated to Ephesus congregation indicates a listless church that would rather have worldly gain than revival. There’s a few of us who don’t have our hearts filled with the pull of the world, but we all need to allow the Holy Spirit to fire us up! Time is very short. Jesus told of signs to watch for leading to the end Wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, pestilence, famine, and more. Which of those signs aren’t happening today?

Everything is in place, including alliances in the Middle East. Still, the Church of Laodicea is ruling in mediocracy. After the letters, there comes a promise of the Rapture. It’s about to happen.

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one say on the throne.” Revelation 4:1-2. 

The Greek words make it clear that after the letters (the Church Age) John was called to the Throne Room of God. John represents Christians who will be Raptured prior to the Time of Jacobs Trouble, the Tribulation. Revelation chapters 4 and 5 describe wonderous events in Heaven following the Rapture. Chapter 6 and following chapters tell of the horrors happening on earth as the Anti-Christ takes control and God’s wrath is poured out upon the unbelieving world. A few people will come to faith during that time of judgment, but their life will be totally miserable, and most will be beheaded because of their faith. They are the Tribulation Saints who refuse to follow the Anti-Christ and also refuse to take his mark. If you’re waiting to accept the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation, do it now. Tomorrow may be too late.

We live in perilous times. We live in the last days before Daniel’s 70th week begins. It’s only going to get worse Christians have the Holy Spirit sealed within us. Step away from Laodicea and allow the Holy Spirit to light a fire of faith in you. When describing the armor of God, Paul asked for prayer. He was one of the most outspoken missionaries who ever lived, but his request wasn’t for selfish comforts. He asked for prayer for boldness.

“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20.

That should be the prayer of every Christian. The times may be difficult and filled with scary happenings, but the power of the Holy Spirit will help you to speak boldly, and to do God’s will in spite of the attacks of the powers of darkness all around. Be bold, but be sure you’re bold in God’s truth.

Brothers and sisters, we have a problem. Fear has silenced us. Arm yourself with knowledge of Scripture and step away from the wishy-washy faith of Laodicea. Boldly share the Gospel with the lost souls in this world. They may even be sitting in the pew next to you.

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