This morning, I noticed this image on Fb and it made me chortle. I find it irresistible.
Everyone seems to be all the time saying, “Be your self. Be distinctive. Be a unicorn.” Effectively, this particular person is taking that recommendation actually and it’s nice. 🙂
But it surely obtained me considering…
Is there each some other time the place this may be accepted…applicable?
If a unicorn walks round grocery purchasing, below some other circumstances than what’s happening now, they might be mocked, glared at, checked out unusually.
But throughout THIS time, they’re praised.
Religion When You’re Doubting
These are undoubtedly unsure occasions and a few persons are struggling.
I see some tales of those that are reacting saying it’s nothing. It’s one thing. The virus is killing folks. It’s one thing.
Ought to we reside in worry, no. However it’s one thing.
Others say that that is the tip of the world. Actually there may be nothing left in historical past that must be achieved (per the Bible), that should occur earlier than Jesus comes. Is that THIS time? I don’t know.
NOOOOOOOOO ONE KNOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Bible says in Matthew 24:3-8:
“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples got here to Him privately, saying, “Inform us, when will this stuff occur, and what might be the signal of Your coming, and of the tip of the age?”
And Jesus answered and stated to them, “See to it that nobody misleads you. For a lot of will are available in My identify, saying, ‘I’m the Christ,’ and can mislead many. You’ll be listening to of wars and rumors of wars. See that you’re not frightened, for these issues should happen, however that isn’t but the tip. For nation will rise in opposition to nation, and kingdom in opposition to kingdom, and in numerous locations there might be famines and earthquakes. However all this stuff are merely the start of delivery pangs.”
There might be false prophets on the finish saying they know when Jesus is coming.
However in the identical chapter, a bit of methods down in verse 36, it says:
“However of that day and hour nobody is aware of, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, however the Father alone.”
Nobody is aware of the tip occasions, not even Jesus Himself, solely God the Father is aware of. Be VERY cautious should you say that is the tip of the world. You do not need to be thought of a false prophet!
Whereas, we are able to’t know when Jesus is coming again to gather His saints, we are able to know some issues.
We will know that that is God’s judgement on our nation.
God promised He’d by no means once more destroy the world in a flood. When the world is corrupt. Greed and sin abound. In a time the place there’s very, VERY few staff for the harvest, He gained’t destroy us all once more.
Will He permit (even trigger issues to occur) to wake us up?
To get our consideration?
To punish us for our sin?
As ANY good mum or dad punishes their kids in a light-weight means, in order that they don’t grow to be true “monsters” once they develop up, as dad and mom who’re diligent to instill in our youngsters morals, and love, and kindness, and advantage, so is our Lord with us. He seeks to mould us into His picture (2 Corinthians 3:18).
He cares for us. He loves us. He punishes us BECAUSE He loves us.
Luke 11:9-13 quote says:
“So I say to you, ask, and it is going to be given to you; search, and you will see; knock, and it is going to be opened to you. “For everybody who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it is going to be opened. “Now suppose one in every of you fathers is requested by his son for a fish; he is not going to give him a snake as a substitute of a fish, will he? “Or if he’s requested for an egg, he is not going to give him a scorpion, will he? “If you happen to then, being evil, know find out how to give good presents to your kids, how far more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him?””
He’s loving. He doesn’t give us a snake once we ask for a fish. He loves us soooooo a lot!
Is He attempting to get our consideration? Wake us up?
Each individually and as a nation.
We’ve gone away from Him. We’ve cherished different idols. We’ve positioned different issues above Him and He’s calling us again to Himself.
I do know a person that I’ve walked with each single day for the previous 5 years.
This man sinned in opposition to God in a MASSIVE means. He fell terribly. He lied to his household. To his church. He lied to the world. He lied to everybody. And worst of all, everybody believed him. They punished ME unjustly, believing HIS lie. They accused ME of unhealthy issues. Issues that weren’t true. All b/c of this mans’ lie.
I’ve suffered a few years, in quietness. Not ready for my earlier associates, church, others, to consider me. And I’ve sat right here, in silence, as I’ve watched God take care of this GREAT sin. A sin that has brought about me immense ache and struggling. I’ve watched.
There have been some days the place I cry out to God, “Simply kill me! Take my life. I’m sick of Earth. I’m sick of you permitting unhealthy issues to proceed. Received’t you punish sin?! Will you simply sit there and let it WIN?!”
Whereas I cry out for God to punish sin, I’m in sin b/c I lack religion, persistence, lovingkindness, and mercy! I’m a hypocrite! I ask God to punish one other’s sin, but I accuse God to His face and show my OWN sin.
Hear, we ALLLLLL sin!
I’ve watched God. Over 5 years, I’ve watched Him carefully day in and day trip. Minute by minute. I’ve watched.
To this man, for the primary 3 years, he gave this man an opportunity. God begged with him, pleaded with him in each possible approach to inform the reality. To set me free from the lies that encompass me. From the false issues through which I used to be accused.
Three years, God labored day by day, each minute, by means of circumstances, by means of convictions, by means of sermons, by means of motion pictures, by means of every part. God used every part to attempt to get this man to repent. To inform the reality and cease mendacity.
I watched as God begged. Each day, begging and pleading, convicting him.
The person wanting to inform the reality, however one thing all the time stopping him and never ever doing it.
Then within the fourth yr, I started to look at God’s punishment displayed upon the person.
At first it was gentle. Little issues right here and there. Punishments. The person didn’t repent. He tried to a few occasions. He wished to, however by no means did.
God saved promising me that he’ll inform the reality in the future. God guarantees to me that He’ll maintain me protected and that it’s going to occur.
Nonetheless the person didn’t repent. He didn’t flip from his sin, from his lie.
One other yr goes by and God remains to be flippantly afflicting the person in punishment and chastisement.
The person doesn’t flip. The person is unwilling to surrender every part for God. It’s pleasure.
Then I noticed the person, being punished, say he would flip from his sin. How he would inform the reality and finish this massively robust trial.
God set every part up for Him to inform the reality. All the pieces locked into place and it was stunning and God-driven and I might see God’s miracles and plans and God had simply aligned every part in such a miraculous means.
God wished him to inform the reality and every part was excellent timing for the person to take action. I stand right here weeks later, having seen the person reject God’s hand. His promise of peace and love and forgiveness. Rejecting mine as effectively.
To today, the person nonetheless hasn’t repented. Hasn’t come ahead. Hasn’t instructed the reality. Hasn’t given EVERYTHING to God.
I query his salvation. For a real Christian is keen to comply with God anyplace. A really transformed Christian is keen to surrender something and every part for Christ with uncompromising, unwavering religion in occasions of adversity and I’ve by no means seen that from him.
I noticed one other man. I used to be a brand new Christian, having simply given my life to Christ and wanting my husband to grow to be saved too.
Each day, I prayed for God to save lots of my husband. I cried on my fingers and knees for Christ to work in his coronary heart, and I noticed, God beg him to repent and provides his life to God.
I watched as God gave him SOOOOO many possibilities to show from a lifetime of sin to Him.
Each day, God begged him. Each second, God whispered in his ear, to get him to vary and my husband, one evening whereas watching a film stated he didn’t need God. He wished the world. The cash. The celebrity. The reward of man.
My husband deserted me. Our two youngsters.
He was on the lookout for the world. For cash.
Isn’t it ironic that he makes so little and God has blessed me with extra money than my ex-husband might ever even dream.
See, God LET HIM GO. God tried. He begged. However my ex-husband was not saved and God let him go.
I’ve seen in my very own life, over a lot of years, God beg every day for 2 males.
Within the instance of the unsaved man, my ex-husband, God let him go. My ex-husband made that option to reject God and that’s it. That was his selection. He misplaced his household, he misplaced every part. What little he has now could be nothing, b/c he doesn’t have Christ.
And the opposite man, God nonetheless begs him to repent. He punishes. He chastises. And from the place I sit, I solely see the punishments he’s getting, getting WORSE with each passing day.
I realized a pair issues from watching these males all these years.
1- God by no means leaves or offers up on His elect (or His kids)
Although this man doesn’t repent, 5 years later, God remains to be there, nonetheless attempting to get his consideration, nonetheless punishing. Whereas the person’s salvation is questionable, the truth that God DOESN’T depart, exhibits me that he almost definitely IS elect, and for me, it exhibits me the lengths that God is keen to undergo for people who He calls and loves. So long as God remains to be attempting to get this man to repent, there may be nonetheless hope in my soul that he’ll.
2- God is a chaser
OH what number of occasions has God pursued and simply flat out CHASED this man. What number of occasions has God chased ME once I’m turning from Him?! Luke 15:1-7 is a superb illustration of how God pursues us. How He goes after that one sheep that’s misplaced. He doesn’t quit on us, until we finally and fully reject Him absolutely for a time as my ex-husband did.
3- God punishes flippantly at first
That is an incredible factor to note b/c God didn’t come out after 4 years with fireplace and brimstone to the person. No. He exhibits love and compassion and most of all, lovingkindess and persistence.
God’s not a nasty man seeking to damage us. He’s not on the market attempting to see whom He can hurt. He doesn’t WANT to harm us.
While you spank your little one once they get in bother, do you discover pleasure in it? Solely an evil motive would say sure. My mother discovered pleasure in beating me all the way in which up till I used to be 18 years outdated. She cherished it. I noticed her eyes. She would go loopy wild, lose her mood and put out all her anger out on me.
That’s NOT a very good mum or dad. That’s NOT God!!!!!!!!
God doesn’t WANT to punish us, He HAS TO. For a lot of causes.
If He doesn’t punish us, He permits sin to win, which is in opposition to His character! He can be a liar if He let sin win. He HAS TO punish.
We carry it on ourselves. WE are those in sin. Not Him. We need to be punished. Similar to our youngsters. We now have to be punished generally, in an effort to change our hearts, our actions.
He has to punish us so that individuals can’t accuse Him of not caring about us. They are saying, “Effectively, God doesn’t discover what we do. We will do no matter we wish.” No. We will’t. God IS there. He IS watching. Lovingly. Kindly. Correctly. At all times with us. At all times watching.
However when He punishes, it’s all the time for our good.
I’ve to confess one thing to you that will shock you.
At first when this virus hit, as a prayer warrior, I used to be instantly praying for it. For God to make it go away.
However, up to now couple days, I finished praying God would make it go away.
That will shock you.
However I began to hope for God’s will as a substitute.
As I go searching, I see probably the most stunning issues.
I see church buildings lastly getting their acts collectively and cease making excuses and getting their sermons on-line. Come ON Pastors! There’s not a ton of assets, of fine, strong, Biblically-sound, theological-based teachings ONLINE. Get your buns on-line!!!!!!!!! Give us what we WANT. <3
Not EVERYONE solely cares about God on Sundays! Not EVERYONE is barely opening their Bibles on Sundays. I’ve actually listened to ALL of the sermons on-line by some nice males. I’m HUNGRY FOR MORE!!!!!
I get bored, listening to the identical sermons again and again. Give us extra! I wish to be taught extra about my God.
Don’t TELL ME you don’t have the cash or the sound gear to get these sermons on-line. God would supply should you’d solely have extra religion!!!
I see Pastors instructing sermons on the entrance steps with loud audio system and automobiles piled within the parking heaps listening to the sermons. That’s one for the historical past books! 🙂
I see a variety of girls, now sharing increasingly of the gospel, Bible verses, saying let’s band collectively.
Does that not carry God glory?!
I see our focus increasingly on Christ, the place it SHOULD BE!
I see folks truly taking time to consider that grocery retailer checker or that truck driver. YES. THEY’VE ALWAYS BEEN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve simply ignored them this complete time!!!!!
They’ve all the time BEEN THERE, serving you!!!!!!!! However now, b/c of this, you discover them and that’s nice! It’s great. <3
In a time the place, for the previous few years, I’ve been crying out to God, “God PLEASE, give us extra staff. I can’t serve everybody. I’m attempting my greatest. I need assistance.”
I’ve felt so alone generally. Nobody appears to care about Christ. My household. My ex-husband. My youngsters. I’m the one saved one in my household. It’s lonely.
We’ve forgotten Him. We’re too BUSY (God took care of the busyness in a lockdown, didn’t HE?!) Reward God for the lockdowns! Reward God! We now have time to take a look at one another. Discuss to one another!
We’d like extra staff. And never simply on this time b/c many will fade after this trial is over (parable of the soils – Matthew 13:1-23). Allow us to be a individuals who don’t fade out. Allow us to proceed to be diligent staff for His kingdom.
I’ve seen a lot GOOD come out of this, that I can’t pray for God to cease it now. B/c He’s being gloried too. He’s being sung to from balconies. He’s being praised for our well being.
And He’s SOOOO good to us, guys. Do you notice how LIGHT this virus IS???? And I don’t converse from an angle of being far eliminated. I might need it myself proper now. I’ve had Bronchitis for 3 WEEKS! It’s a nasty bug that’s SLOOOOWWWWW to go away (and sure, I’ve a coronary heart situation). Likewise, my greatest pal has a distinct coronary heart situation. If he will get it, it might imply bother.
However you wanna speak about unhealthy. Let’s discuss 1300’s and the black plague. There have been plagues which have worn out 30-50% of populations and this one is hanging round 5% to this point.
You inform me that’s not GOD’s BLESSING!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a LIGHT punishment to get our consideration again on Him.
However with that I let you know one most essential factor. If we don’t hear and switch again to Him, it is going to worsen as days go on.
As it’s with my pal. He simply retains getting worse and worse punishment by God as a result of he refuses to repent and inform the reality.
Hear, you may’t win in opposition to God. If God says He desires one thing to occur, it is going to. Sure, there’s free will, however God can also be sovereign. That man WILL inform the reality. And God will maintain punishing till he does!
And if we aren’t cautious, we ourselves, might be like that man as effectively. We might be punished increasingly severely till we flip from our sin and repent.
Don’t consider me?
Now there are earthquakes. Nonetheless don’t consider God is attempting to (actually) shake us to get our consideration????
What concerning the large locust downside happening in Africa? You assume God isn’t attempting to get our consideration when there’s flying bugs all up in your face???
We ALL have one thing to repent of. Not one in every of us is harmless. The Bible literature says that if anybody says they don’t have any sin, they make God out to be a liar and aren’t saved. (1 John 1:8-10)
Nobody is exempt from sin. All of us have it. And should you assume this virus is unhealthy, what can it do? Solely kill the physique. Sin kills the soul.
Unrepented-of-sin kills the soul.
That is what God desires you to know this week. I pray you’re taking heed of His phrases on this put up. His message. I pray we ALL do, myself included.
God is God. There may be none like Him. Reward be to His holy identify. It might be quite a bit worse, and it is going to be if we don’t hearken to Him. Come again to Him and in case you are, then be certain that others are too. Your loved ones. Your pals. Those that watch you on Fb. The world. Share this put up. Get the message out. Bang the drums. God is prepared and keen and ready to forgive. We will overcome something with God.