Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Whole Earth Groans

Just as God’s people groan awaiting the redemption of their bodies, the whole earth groans with earthquakes and volcanoes to be delivered from the curse that it was placed under when the first sin was committed in the Garden of Eden (Romans 8:22-23). Not only was mankind cursed as a result of the Fall, but the earth and all that is contained within it were cursed also. All are aware of the thorns and thistles that have to be contended with, but also seismic upheavals are part of the groaning of the whole earth. The whole creation desires to be returned to the perfection of the Garden as God intended it to be and originally made it to be.

The whole earth is held in bondage as it awaits to be delivered from the corruption of sin (Romans 8:21). As the Apostle John was being led by the Spirit to pen the words found in the Book of Revelation while exiled on the island of Patmos for his faith in Christ, he wrote towards the end of the book, “I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” (21:3). And then John wrote, “And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (21:5).

Not only the earth groans, the bodies of the redeemed groan, but also the Holy Spirit groans making intercession for us when we know not how to pray (Romans 8:26). The whole creation groans and travails as Paul wrote in Romans, awaiting God to make all things new again just as it was in the beginning of time. And He will in HIS time. We have His promise and God ALWAYS keeps His promise!

Man Left to His Own Devices

All around us we see the effects of a nation that has attempted to cast God from their presence and try to forget He even exists. The same thing happened in Jeremiah’s day as the nation of Judah and their capital Jerusalem attempted to turn their back on God and go their own way. They went their own way… right into captivity in Babylon for close to 50 years.

In America in 1963 Bible reading in public schools, which had been foundational since the country’s beginning, was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1973 the Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that God is not the One who determines when life begins and ends, but the mother of the child she carries. Attempts have been and continue to be made to cast out Christ from Christmas, deny prayers prayed in JESUS’ Name at football games and commission meetings, place restrictions on chaplains in the military, among a host of other endeavors. It is to our peril as a nation to allow these attempts to continue.

We are told in Scripture the things written in God’s Holy Book, the Bible, were written for our example (I Corinthians 10:11). In Jeremiah chapter 18 God tells us, “Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in Mine hand, O house of Israel. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in My sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

What was the reply of those to whom Jeremiah spoke God’s Word of warning? “And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.Then God’s judgment fell upon them when He responded, Because My people hath forgotten Me… I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy.” History bears out that God did just that, and to this day His people of the nation of Israel continue to find their way back to the Promised Land from whence they were scattered.

Back in verse 13 of Jeremiah 18 God says Israel hath done a very horrible thingin rejecting Him. In Psalm 9:17 He gives this stern warning, The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” When God’s hand of protection is removed from a nation or a people at their own request, man is left to his own devices which are only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). In order for God to bless America again, or any nation on this earth, we must fall on our knees, repent of our sins and seek His forgiveness. It is our only hope for survival.

“The Righteous Cry, and the Lord Heareth, and Delivers Them Out of All Their Troubles.” Psalm 34:17

Even So, Come, Lord Jesus

The birth pangs are getting more intense and occurring closer together. Uprisings and earthquakes, disease and death are occurring all over the world. There is even talk of World War 3. What is different this time is Israel is back in the land and the Judean desert is blooming, both Old Testament prophecies fulfilled since the end of World War 2. The Lord has told us in His Word to be ready for in such an hour as we think not He will come again, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, as lightening that comes out of the east and shines unto the west.

What hour could it possibly be that we might not think of His Coming? At any given time one-third of the world’s population is experiencing nightfall and are fast asleep in their beds. It may be that as we lay our heads upon our pillows and drift off into a deep sleep the trumpet will sound and the dead in Christ will rise first; then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).

Jesus says three times in the last chapter of His Book when He comes it will be QUICK. There will be no time to make final preparation for eternity. He says, ”Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2). We are told if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, we will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation, (Romans 10:9-10). To those who receive Him as Lord of their lives to them gives He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name (John 1:12). When the Philippian jailer asked Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” The Lord’s invitation is open to all. Although it seems a simple gesture on our part, HE did all the work on the cross to secure our salvation. We must acknowledge Him as Savior and seek His forgiveness for sin in order to meet Him in the air when He comes.

Is your prayer “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” as you lie down upon your pillow at night? You’ll rest easier and have no fear for tomorrow if it is!