“You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, and did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.” (Nehemiah 9:20-21)
Yahweh (the real God) sustained the Israelites 40 years with food, water, and clothing! Yes, Proverbs speaks of being prepared. Joseph did for the years of famine and Noah, for the flood, so we should also prepare for what Jesus says is to occur before His return. Yet, when our supplies have diminished, continue to pray and trust in Him.
“Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
And how do we get joy? By entering His presence with thanksgiving and praise.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)
And “In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
Wow! Thank You, Lord, for Your salvation that we do not deserve. You are so good to us. You are awesome! I praise Your glorious name forever!
“My son, if you receive my words,
and treasure my commands within you… Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God… Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
equity and every good path.” (Prov. 2:1,5,9)
In spiritually preparing ourselves, it is crucial that we fear the Lord, which is to hate evil (Prov.8:13). It is sad that much of the church doesn’t speak about fearing God. Most Christians these days believe “Once saved, always saved,” which is a lie from Satan, one reason the church is falling away and lukewarm. How can one fear God if we believe that once we accept Jesus, we can do whatever we want and still have eternal life? Would our God take away our free will? Of course not. We are not puppets.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17) We should be in fear of His judgment, which will keep us from evil and on the narrow path, which leads to life. Thank You, Jesus, for Your forgiveness and salvation for those who ask, as without You we can do nothing.
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8)
Jesus says we will have much war before He returns (Mt.24:6-7; Mt.24:6-7; Lk.21:9-10), yet let us be encouraged and strengthened by the many promises in His Word. Thank You, Lord.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
my God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side,
and ten thousand at your right hand;
but it shall not come near you.” (Psalm 91:1-7)
Praise to You, dear Lord, our Father!
Jesus said of the signs before He returns:“…and there will be famines, pestilences (plagues), and earthquakes in many places. All these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pains).” (Mt.24:7, Mk.13:8, Lk.21:11)
Eboli is spreading and is just the beginning. Yet, we must not be in fear of such things Jesus promises to occur, as signs of His return. Instead we must accept Jesus as our Savior, repent of our sins on a daily basis, trust in Him and take refuge under His wings.
“Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.” (Thomas Jefferson)
So sad, but true. If our free nations will continue to reject God (Yahweh) and His commandments, we are headed towards tyranny. Lord God, help us do the following: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)