If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you will have probably come away with the message that difficult times are imminent (and are now here in some respects) for the church in the West, and that we need to be prepared, dug deep into the Rock of Christ. But also hopefully you’ll have heard the message that within and amidst these times of trouble, will come times of blessing and joy.
How can this be? This is because we are a people of hope. We must not be misled, there is a Golgotha road to travel. But beyond that road, beyond the cross, is the promise of life – life everlasting “to him (or her) who overcomes”.
And we do not walk this path alone. “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”. Whatever man may find in his heart to do, God can and has done so much more. So take heart – neither you or I are able or capable. But we serve One who is.
So many times in the New Testament we are exhorted to patient endurance – as Romans 5 testifies, this is the virtue that, in time, produces the very hope we all need to survive.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.Hebrews 12 v1-3
Actually it’s not only for the church In West, but a global phenomenal occurrences that are gearing towards the Going Home of the Great body of Christ. I am in Kenya Africa and I can tell you we are experiencing a prolonged draught not seen for a very long time. The day draws near
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Hello Charles – agreed it’s a wider thing.
My message is particularly focussed on the West because many of us here are to some degree or another cushioned – both to physical hardship and also persecution. So many are simply not ready for what is coming and may walk the path of fear rather than the path of faith when the day of decision comes. To speak so that some may hear is my call.
I’ve heard of the draught in Somalia, Kenya and the area, though you wouldn’t know if you only read our mainstream news! Hope and pray for the Lord’s provision when the provision of man fails.