Devotional Thoughts

Don’t worry, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

7 They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8 And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.

9 “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21: 7-11)

We are living this today. Look around you and witness the persecutions the Universal Christian Church is facing. We are being attacked from many sides as the government strips away our independence and forces their theology upon us. Instead of “Separation of Church and State,” we are finding the “Church controlled by the State.” We are being told what we can believe and that we must accept those things the Bible strictly forbids. Christians are being continually persecuted for being unbending in our beliefs and our commitments to Christ. I know there are those who would tell us the things of the Old Testament no longer apply. I would say to those people; Jesus said,

“17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5: 17-20)

The Old Testament is as relevant today as it was yesterday. They are God’s Words, written down by men at His inspiration. Those words stand today at the pinnacle of our Christian Beliefs. Jesus came to us, not to change anything, but to reinforce all that God had laid down. The Pharisees, Sadducees, and others had corrupted God’s word for their own benefit; forcing God to intervene and send us His Son. So, fear not as we watch our world crumble around us. These things are in God’s plan as He prepares to send His Son back to us and gather together those who believe to Him.

Pastor Randy Nielsen

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