Ecclesiastes 7:4 The mind of the wise is in the house of
... The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
As we approach 2009, its important to know what we are looking at for what it really is, not what people wish it would be. The things coming at us like a freight train will be a shock to many. Shock leads to instability, and instability leads to destruction. That's why armies like to have "shock troops" when they go to war, if you can "shock" the enemy, you can wipe them out.
Many people read the things written on this blog and consider it all too negative. They'd rather have someone blow pipedreams in their ears. If the Lord should tarry, we will all see things that will send many people into a tailspin. As the reality of what's happening to the world really sinks in, people will be overcome by fear, and many will become angry at those who "did this to them." This is a formula for massive civil unrest, and its why the Army has been moving combat brigades back here to the United States. It's also why Obama said he wants a "civilian security force" just as well funded and just as well trained, and manned as the military.......question is, why? For what? You know what...to keep an eye on YOU.
The timing of these things is too coincidental to be just happenstance. At precisely the time that all the babyboomers were to retire and start taking their money out of the stock market, we have global economic collapse? Now instead of baby boomers retiring, a handfull of bankers will buy a few extra yachts and jets, while the baby boomers can plan to work themselves into the grave. Brilliant plan. You did'nt think all the hard work over decades was so people who earned the money could actually enjoy it do you? No....it was so the bankers could take it from you at just the right time!
Ok, so whats the point? As the babyboomers awaken to the fact that they have no retirement, that they will need to work till they drop, there's going to be some social problems. With more boomers in remaining in the workforce, there are less spots in a declining economy for young people to enter the workforce. So you've got unemployment for the young, and boomers working till they drop where they are lucky enough to keep a job. See those riots going on in Greece right now? They are going on week 3, or 4 now. Remember I said that could easily be happening here? Give it time.
Those people who would rather bury their head in the sand rather than face the fact that this world is in its death throes are in for a rude awakening. When they finally "get it" it may be their undoing. The bible tell us that the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, not the house of pleasure. Sounds pretty negative huh? Men have been given thousands of years to see what they could make of this world and look at it. This place is a royal mess. Kick the Creator out of everything and what do you get? Decay, death, emptiness, darkness. Death is what sin will get you.
I'll say this again this morning, now is the time to renew your committment to the God of eternity. Today is the time to get right with Jesus. Today is the time to abide in him, remain in him. "In Christ" all your sins are forgiven, "in Christ" you are filled with the Holy Spirit, "in christ", you are "saved." The Lord did'nt say the same things over and over again to hear himself speak. He said "remain in me" "abide in me" for a reason. Remain and abide mean you need to get "in Christ" and STAY THERE. The fact that Jesus told you to remain means its possible for you to NOT REMAIN. No other man can snatch you out of Jesus hands, but you, like the prodigal son can walk right out the front door and go wallow in the the pig sti that is this world. Did the father in the prodigal son story barricade the front door when the prodigal son asked for his inheritance and went out to squander it? No, he did not. Jesus has shown you in John 15 that you must remain "in the vine" which is to say "in Christ." Those who do not remain are burned up. Read it again, John 15, its right there in plain english.
Jesus is coming back soon. I have no idea what "soon" means, but I do have the word of the Lord which tells us to WATCH and be ready so we may be like the wise virgins in Matt 25 who were able to enter the wedding feast. We want to be among those who are counted WORTHY (luke 21:36) to escape all thats about to happen on this earth. We must be ready for the Lord to return at any moment, but be patient enough to do this for years should the Lord tarry. Every sign that could point to Jesus' imminent return is pointing to that very thing today. Be of good cheer, the escape is still AHEAD OF US, not behind us. We have something very very very VERY wonderful to look forward to. This world is full of darkness and distress, the day of the Lord appears to draw near. While we walk through these days of darkness, determine what you can do, where you are, with what you have, to please the Lord. I have no idea what that is for you, only you and He know what that is. The true church is scattered and weak. Rev 3:10 tells us that the philadelphia church has "little strength" but with the little strength it does have, it should but that strength to use. Don't bury the "little strength" you have left during these dark days. What can you do to please HIM/Jesus today? Use your little strength, be light, be salt. Know that the Lord loves you in a way that is so great, our minds cannot wrap around it. His thoughts toward you number more than the sand of the seashore. Be encouraged, be of good cheer, our Lord has overcome this world. Be patient. Do not be like the unfruitful servant who buried his talent and had zero to show for it on the day that the Lord showed up.
Matt 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The wicked and slothful servant was punished for doing NOTHING with what his Lord have given him, he buried it. Figure out what you have that the Lord has given you, and what you can do, ANYTHING you can do with it is better than burying it in the ground. Is praying "doing" You bet it is. Is praying hard work? You bet it is. Does praying please the Lord? You bet it does. There, I just have you a headstart on figuring out where to start..(and maybe finish) :-)
grace and peace