Views and Current Events Part 2

 

     The prophetic message is so powerful to give insight, comfort, and encouragement.  Many are searching for such words because it is easy to feel as though things are falling apart and they are encouraged to be assured that God is still in control.  The prophetic speaks to our potential and, as is intended, prophetic words lifts us up and can help us move forward.

     Last week we looked at the prodigal son and the week before that was Part 1 of this Word.  The rebellious son’s father had to maintain his hope while his son was in potential harm.  How did he do that?  Perhaps he reminded himself of God’s faithful promise towards his children, perhaps he prayed A LOT, perhaps he sought out a prophetic word to encourage and enlighten, perhaps he stirred his faith in the faithfulness of God – perhaps all that and more.

Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War wrote the following –

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” (Strategy #18)

 

     Prophetic words are important because they give insight to our potential and God’s plans.  One thing that is so often missing is a clear assessment of ourselves (in order to fix, improve, secure and to address our weak points) and a clear understanding of the enemy (to know their strengths, tactics, weaknesses, intent).

     As I continue looking at Views and Current Events, it is for the simple purpose of keeping our eyes open as we apply conventional and godly wisdom and not simply walk in blind faith. The prodigal’s father did not run after his son, though I believe he regularly looked out to see him walking home.  We understand the world so we pray more effectively, we see in this world in order to bind the enemy and lose our Heavenly Father’s will here in our world. 

     Having faith and knowing God, Holy Spirit, and scripture are the only ways to really navigate the days in which we live.  Scripture is critical to knowing where judgement, truth, and morality fit with the message of Christ’s Blood, His payment on the Cross, Love, tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness, righteousness as well as judgment. 

     As the Church and the world around it is shaken and taken through assessing times, it is critical that the foundations on which we stand remain secure and understood by all. 

     Over time, many views and perspectives have been shaped that give guidance to many as they engage in what they believe God is doing with mankind here on earth.  Again, a solid understanding of Scripture, by reading it for yourself, will help round out all of these view and others.

     As Sun Tzu said, it is important to know the enemy, to know the prevailing views and ways so that you can understand your own assets and limitations as well as the enemy.  Knowing what you and your enemy believes, know your goals and theirs more clearly will bring victory to you. 

     Prophetic words are definitely important and Strategic wisdom lays the foundation for victory.

 

Views That Move Us and that the Enemy Twists

1. ‘All we need is love.’ 
     Scripture is rich with images of love.  From God covering the sins of Adam and Eve in the garden to the ultimate act of love on Calvary, the Bible is rich with the concept of Love.   Because of a priority given to the message of love, many find it hard to believe that God would be harsh or critical of our behavior at all.  Christ came and died on the cross to satisfy God’s love not His anger.  Christ came to defeat the work of the devil who always works to destroy mankind.  In Christ, that work has been defeated.

     Jehovah God presents Himself as ‘Father’ to help us understand how he sees His and our responsibilities.  He cares for us but we are expected to adhere to His ‘house rules’.   While He is incredibly patient, He does not ignore our bad behavior for long.  Love without standards is acceptance without morality.  God did not overlook sin because of Love.  On the contrary, He came to earth as a man and died on a Cross to save us from the power of sin and to redeem us.  God chastens or corrects those He loves because He wants us to walk rightly and to experience life more abundantly.  To speak of God’s unfailing love would take more time than I have available here.  But scripture is full of love’s story.

     It is important that we all learn more about Love.  The definition of Love has been distorted in our world today.  Many who demand that Love drive the social discourse of the day with words of acceptance, compassion, and tolerance will do anything but Love those who oppose them.  Many of the harshest people today demand love and give little in return if they are opposed.  This is because the definition of Love is not as God expressed it in the beginning.

     Jesus Himself said, as recorded in John 15:13 that ‘Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends’.

     As days grow darker and morality wanes in the mainstream culture it will be imperative that the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, be allowed to shine through the Church, as Christians live out the Truths from Scripture that have power to set people free from the sin that can bind us all.

 

2. ‘Judgement is coming to America and the World.’ 
     As morality is rejected and an increase of self-gratification is being embraced, the world is headed for darker days.  This is not necessarily a religion-based assessment or a declaration of doom.  Anything left without positive maintenance will naturally deteriorate.  Christians see this as the result of our fallen state.  Scientists see this as a transformation of energy and matter.  Either way, it is happening.  Relationships too, if in like manner are neglected, will deteriorate over time.  Mankind was created by The Creator to be in fellowship with Him but many reject this and only look towards their own wants, needs, and desires.  Many liken these days to the Days of Noah as mentioned in Matthew’s gospel.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:37-39)

     These verses depict a carefree ignorance of the days that lie ahead.  While judgment loomed on the horizon, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage continue without a care or thought about what was coming.  Whether you believe in a personal or corporate judgement, both or neither – the act of ignoring the Judge of all Creation would be a terrible mistake.  As we study scripture and remain teachable, the Lord helps us see more clearly regarding some of the most common beliefs about Judgment upon mankind.  (See also John 5:24-30; 2 Cor. 5:8; 2 Peter 2) 

     The Bible is filled with accounts of how God was gracious and held off the results of sinful actions for a later date because someone repented.  Scripture is also filled with the truth that we all will stand before God one day and give an answer for how we lived here in this life.  Those who have repented from a rebellious nature towards God and have turned their life over to the Lord Jesus Christ to use as He sees fit will live eternally with God.  Those who have not made such a confession of wrong and surrender will follow the natural course of fallen mankind and be judged forever and separated from God in Hell.  God’s patience and longsuffering will not outlive His sense of Justice and Righteousness.

 

     We will continue this look at views and motivations next time with the headings of ‘The Church has failed in its Mission’ and ‘The church, like the world, is self-correcting and no judgement is necessary.’ 

     Knowing God, His word, ourselves, and the enemy are key to moving into victory.  We then walk in wisdom knowing truth from lie. We win the war but the battle goes on for now until we are overcomers because we are ‘more than conquerors through Christ Jesus’.

 

Perspective Is Everything