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I’ve just spent this cold, dreary day surfing the Web and reading lots of scary things about what is going on now.  What was most terrifying of all I saw today was a video on You Tube, about forced vaccinations.

I’m not going to link you to that video.  Let me tell you why.  I was not too concerned when I first started watching, and the Lord impressed upon me, simultaneously, two things:

  1. The incident that Paul had when bitten by a viper (Acts 28:5-6: ‘But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects.  The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.’  Of course he wasn’t a god, but this shows how lethal the venom of that viper was).
  2. ‘ And these signs shall accompany them that believe: . . . and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them . . .’ (Mark 16:17-18)

But as I watched the video, even with full faith in these things, fear came over me.  I have learned some mighty scary things lately, yet have not been afraid because I’ve had the ‘peace of God which transcends all understanding’ which is promised to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  I’ve even contemplated, quite a bit, the probability of death (eventually) for standing up for what I believe.  But this video made me afraid.

With the video came a spirit of fear.

Now, what is in the video may be true–or not. And I’m  not saying the motive behind it was to engender fear, because I believe that is a strategy and tool of Satan.  But, he is working in concert with things like this.  There is a lot of hysteria developing, and that hysteria will have repercussions.  As Christians, we should be the sanest, calmest people in the room.  We should understand what is happening, and why.

The Lord promises us not ‘a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind’, and  ‘you did  not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear . . .’  This should reaffirm to you that fear is a bondage, and this type of fear is not from God.

Now, I can understand if you are afraid, but let God take your fear away and replace it with strength and boldness.  He has done it for many of us already.  He will give you the grace to go through whatever comes your way.

There is one other point I want to make briefly, but cover in greater depth soon: The Rapture.

Yes, Christ will return after seven years of tribulation on the earth, but there is no ‘Rapture’ before the Tribulation.  We will not be whisked away just as trouble and persecution reach our shores.  I think in your heart you know this, but you are desperately trying to believe in it anyway, and this is why you struggle with fear.

When you try to believe in one thing while the Spirit is telling your heart differently, it makes you off balance spiritually and more prone to the attacks of the enemy.  When you understand that it is God’s design for Christians to go through the Tribulation, then the things He has been trying to impress upon your heart, to prepare you, will make sense.

Back to the issue of forced vaccinations–I really don’t want one, and I don’t want a tracking device on me.  But, not because I am afraid of that. For most of my life I feared the things that were to come, but now that they are at the doorstep, the Lord has given me peace and boldness. I am just a hermit-like person who prefers privacy.  I will not take the vaccination, unless I have to.  But if I have to, I will–and it will not harm me.

That is not my personal ‘line in the sand’. However, as a society, I believe we should continue to fight such things, when they are unfounded. But, the thing is, sooner or later, there will be a legitimately good reason for such measures. And, when that time arrives, we would be foolish to stand in the way.

I think it is important that we continue to remain sane and rational, because if hysteria takes hold we will lose all credibility.  Fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We talk about living by faith, but how will you live in faith tomorrow if you can’t live by faith today?  Start practicing now!!

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Here’s The Deal . . .

The Deal is that man & woman (Adam & Eve) were created good, and pure.  They were allowed to live, protected, in a perfect environment & were given free will.


CENTRAL to God’s plan for people is their FREE WILL!

God set before them a choice-to have a relationship with Him, on His terms, or to follow their own desires. They chose the latter, thereby severing the relationship with God and choosing, ultimately, death.

But God loved them and knew the horrible fate to which they would be consigned-and all of their descendants as well.  I believe His heart was grieved for all of mankind that would follow, already sentenced to death and cut off from relationship with Him.  (Since Adam’s choice, all people are born with a ‘sin nature’ and each will ultimately commit sin him/herself.  Once a person knowingly sins, they are cut off from relationship with God.)

He had known, sadly, when He created them that this is the path they would take and so, when He created them He already had in mind a plan to bring about good for them, in spite of the choice they would make.  Although angry with Adam & Eve, He still loved them and His heart overflowed with forgiveness.

In order for mankind to be reconciled to Him, He would have to come to earth, live a sinless life in a human body of His own, and pay for the sins of all mankind by surrendering Himself to death and hell.

So, He chose a virgin and, by His Spirit, conceived a child within her. The Son, (part of God, who is a triune being–Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who had lived in Heaven, now came to earth in a body of flesh.  He lived a sinless life so that His death could pay the price for the sins of all mankind and so that they could be set free-if they choose.

He surrendered His body and spirit and paid the price for the sins of EVERY person that ever had lived, or ever would live.   He spent 3 days in the grave,  triumphed over Satan, and was resurrected.  He spent a short time on the earth with his disciples after His resurrection, and then ascended into heaven.

To be reconciled to God you

  • admit and repent of your sins (be sorry about them, confess them, and ask forgiveness for them, and make up your mind not to live that way anymore)
  • believe that Jesus  is God, that He came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died to pay for your sins
  • be baptized in Jesus’ name
  • continue in obedience to His Commandments

It’s that simple.  You could compare it to someone buying you an all expenses paid vacation to the Bahamas.  But you won’t wake up on the beach unless you accept their gift, take the ticket, pack your bags and get on the plane.  Although the price has paid, you still have to make the choice and do your part.

When we repent, confess, and are baptized in Jesus’ name, we receive the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit leads us in righteousness, opens our understanding of the Bible, and empowers us to live right.  However, God never takes away our free will.  We still have to choose, daily, to do the right things.  We must resist the devil and choose not to sin.  (The longer we do this, the less difficult it will be.)  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do so.

We must endure to the end to be saved.  For this reason it is vital that we pray often, and read the Bible to understand what God expects of us.  It is through the reading and study of the Bible that our minds are transformed and we grow spiritually.  Ask Him to connect you with other true Christians for friendship and spiritual support (compare their actions to Galatians 5:22-24 to see if they are TRUE Christians that will be a good example to you).  Be faithful to God.  CHOOSE to obey Him, and ‘say no’ to sin.  Without holiness, no one will see God.  Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself–and be sure to share the gospel message with others!

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