A WORD FROM GOD, WHO IS ACUTELY AWARE OF THE WORLD AND ITS ACTIVITIES!
I. 2020 VISION IS NOT WHAT IT ALL APPEARS TO BE!
Today, all of us go to the “eye” doctors having check-up’s to see if we need glasses or more powerful glasses so we have 20/20 vision. The nation (USA), today, living out the rest of the 2020 year, has a large segment that think they have a ‘new’ vision for this nation that is to be adopted and followed by all of its citizens. But that vision is flawed. The glasses they were are not strong enough, and their vision is blurred, in fact, it is blindness that is going on rather than a clear bright vision for the moment or the future.
Listen to this my Christian friends and fellow travelers with Jesus! God has NOT commanded you or enlightened you to get involved in any SINGLE PROTEST OR MARCH THAT IS GOING ON TODAY IN THE WORLD. In fact, you are out of order, not able to see the way, the truth and the life clearly. That is, if you are involved on the streets today in the USA! That is, unless it is absolutely for the opporunity to witness Christ, preach Christ sharing the Gospel to lost pagans who are marching, protesting, commiting acts of terror and violence.
God states to you DO NOT go with them, but rather, seperate yourselves from such activities and shows of defiance, rebellion, and utilization of the weapons of this world system. That is NOT what we are about dear friends.
Listen to God as He speaks through the Apostle Paul, a former terrorist and supporter of murdering people, but now, not engaging in those things every again!
“For though we walk in the flesh (a physical body), we do not war after the flesh (physical body and its desires and appetites): For the WEAPONS of OUR WARFARE are NOT carnal, but MIGHTY through GOD to the PULLING down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.” 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5
God has not called or instructed you to fight and get involved in such marches that are taking place today with the pagans! In fact, during Christ’s day, during the Apostles day’s, there were riots and divisions in the streets many times but NEVER ONCE were the saints of God to get involved in such things. Our work is done through FAith, through prayer, through preaching and teaching the word of God and the Gospel to pagans, not joining in with them through marches and getting into lustful attitudes and hate speech activities along with violence and other mayhem activities. That is sinful and one should stay clear of such, but if led by the Christ to witness to those on the streets doing such, they you go and preach and witness verbally to the, or stay out of the entire matters.
Studying past ministers and evangelists over time in the body of Christ, we have some examples also of their work for Christ during such commotions. Primarily the riots and marches took place in their ministries BECAUSE of their preaching Christ to people openly and in the streets. Men like George Whitfield and even John Wesley had mobs that would attack them while they were preaching. But those men were not on the riot and protesting side with the pagans, but rather were only witnessing Christ Jesus verbally to people.
The narratives being spoken by all of those out on the streets today is a mixed message at best, but mostly not a vision which gives glory to God, nor does it work, nor will it work whatever they are speaking. Most of it is designed to bring hate, disunity, racism, selfish lusts desired, being made much of by others rather much of Christ Jesus or God, etc.! Their message is not a 2020 Vision of clarity which God would give to human beings. Rebellion, stiffnecked hard hearted surrly unruly angry people do not bring forth any goodness that comes from God at all. It is all self centered and majors on things like “me, my, mine, and self centered pursuits, and petty things that do not last, such as power, money and control of others)! Desiring to be lifted up and made much of and give me this and give me that is a sin of covetousness and lust from such turn away my friends!
If any legitmate problems exist any pagan or Christian in the USA has a court of law and Governmental places for redress and help. Going through proper civil channles is always the way God would sanction such activities.
In fact, much of the things we have done toward us, we are to not get up tight and run to the Lawyers for law suits either!! Better to take some evil and wrong, and serve God rather than to try and act out vengeance upon others.
II. GOD WARNS PEOPLE TO TURN FROM THEIR REBELLION AND SEEK HIM AND HIS WAY, RATHER THAN SATAN AND HIS WAY!
2 Peter 2:10 reveals God’s evaluation of those who rebel, march and protest with anger and stubbornness demanding their way. He said, “….chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and DESPISE GOVERNMENT. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.” We live in a day when this is the common sport of the hour, from the media down to the street marches and protests and terrorism.
We are called to keep our eyes on eternity and the City of God above which is our eternal home with God and Christ Jesus! But most it seems put all of their dreams and hope in the ‘now’ rather than the future. Possessions, situations, locations, positions, etc.!
They ask others and even our Government to be what this side of heaven will never be able to be! A broken system or not, it can’t be what it can’t be!
In fact the following good things we engage in can’t ever be a paradise and heaven; such things as a good marriage, good relationship with our children; a beautiful home; a great job; making high income; and having a great relationship with your peers or the boss at work. None of these are perfect, they are all flawed and broken and will decay and fall away and cannot offer us paradise and joy and delight that lasts.
So forgetting who we are , what we were created for, how we were made to live and be on this planet, and forgetting God and what is to come, we make ourselves and those around us CRAZY! We actually go insane to some degree in life.
Unrealistic expectations, becoming easily tempted and falling into all types of sin; depending on others who will eventually fail us and not looking to Christ brings depression, uncertainties, insecurities, despair, and eventually what you see in the protests and riots today!
God is clear. This is NOT paradise. I often hear that pharse spoken by some when asked how are they doing, and they say, “Great, just another great day in Paradise”! Really??? Not on your life. This sin-scarred mess we are in down here isn’t all there is! Scripture is clear. This is preparation time for the glory that awaits HIS people as we prepare for the City of God which has foundations and whose maker is God! It won’t decay, won’t fall down, will always stand and it will be perfect.
Someone said, “Long-view living is wise living”! That is GODWARD LIVING. It is hopeful living, and through faith we see that which is invisible! The great saints of the Bible spoken about saw that; Abraham, Moses, Issac, Jacob, David, Paul, John, James, the twele Apostles, Mary, Sarah, and on and on the list goes! Are you and I in that great crowd of witnesses? I hope so! I pray so! For it is real, and it awaits those who put their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior and our Great God! IT COMES ONLY BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH.
PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT, OUR OTHER LEADERS IN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT; PRAY FOR THE POOR LOST SOULS ON THE STREETS WHO KNOW NOT CHRIST BUT ARE BEING LED BY THEIR FLESH AND DEMONS OF THIS WORLD! PRAY FOR THEIR SALVATION AND PRAY THAT GOD WOULD RAISE UP MEN AND WOMEN TO WITNESS VERBALLY TO THEM THE GOSPEL OF JESUS, RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE! KNOWING ONLY THAT GOD CAN SAVE AND WE CAN’T! BUT GIVE OUT THE WEAPON OF OUR WARFARE, THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.