Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Nations That Forget God

Psalm 9:17The wicked return to the grave,c
all the nations that forget God.
18But the needy will not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
19Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20Strike them with terror, O Lord;
let the nations know they are but men.     

The nations that forget God?  Like America/Babylon?  Yep, what happens to them?  They are called wicked and return to the grave.  While the top 1% get filthy stinky rich, everyone else suffers , but dont worry.  The needy will not always be forgotten.  What is the Lord doing?  Striking the nations with terror...

So now we see 'anti-terror' agencies all over the United States right?  Good luck to them trying to combat Spirit with their M-16s.  The Lord is in the process of letting the nations know they are but men.  Can you see it?  The problems they face are truly vexing.  They cannot find their way out of them. They would like their life of pillage and plunder to go on indefinitely but the Lord has other plans.

The economy takes center stage as evidence that this is happening.  What will men do in the face of problems they cannot solve?  That's the real question.  Why does the Lord give problems to men that they cannot solve?  So there is only one place to turn.  Most still won't turn, but some, a few will.  In the kingdom we belong to its always about a few.

While we watch the Lord punish the nations what should we do?  Remain 'in Him,' keep the faith, do what He told each of us to do, use our talents, be obedient, pray, ask, seek, knock, be watching.    Who knows how much time this world has?  I certainly do not.  What I do know is the Lord will arrive for us during days of eating and drinking, marriage and giving in marriage, planting and building etc.  Days like today.  That could be years in the future or today, who knows?  Our task is to be ready either way.  If its years off we must be prepared to suffer our way through until then.  We are called soldiers and soldiers are well acquainted with patient endurance while suffering.

While we suffer we have the hope that the Lord could call us out of here today.  Its a double edged sword isn't it?  We don't know so we must always be ready.  As we see the events around us go on fast forward we know we must be getting close.  If you knew the Lord was coming back in say, 2015, would you consider that close?  I don't know when, I'm just saying even two years isn't long if you know its the final finish line and you are done.

Lets do what the Lord told us to do.  We ask Him for our daily bread when we pray the "our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be thy name..."  The Lord will sustain us and give us the strength we need for today, tomorrow will take care of itself.

Recently the Lord has impressed me to pray and remember what to pray for.  So I use an excel spreadsheet to list all the things that should be prayed for every day.  When you see that your prayers are answered as mine are, it dawns on you what a tremendous responsibility each of us has for those around us.  What do I mean?  I mean your prayers will decide life or death, heaven or hell for many of the people around you.  Your prayers may mean a job or no job for people you know and love.  Do prayers have that kind of power?  Absolutely certainly yes.  What does the Lord say about this?

Job 22:27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows.
28 What you decide on will be done,
and light will shine on your ways.
29 When men are brought low and you say, ‘Lift them up!’
then he will save the downcast.
30 He will deliver even one who is not innocent,
who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”

What you decide on will be done?  Yes.  He will deliver even one who is not innocent because of the cleanness of your hands?  Yes.  Read it again, its life or death for the people around you and we are responsible.  We all have friends who are not in Christ.  Do we love them enough to pray them into the kingdom?  Its a real question worthy of our thought.  What we decide on will be done, remember that.  Do we really believe our prayers have that kind of power.  This writer knows they do.

These things are the counsel of the Lord as they have been impressed upon this writer to share with you.  grace and peace