Good morning, Reader! As you look at today’s picture, does it stir anxiety within you or does it calm your spirit? For three years, I lived on the Central Coast of Oregon. There was nothing I found more comforting and peaceful than to stop at an overlook along the coastal route and listen to the power of the ocean’s waves. When I am watching nature “at work,” it reveals God’s power. It’s a wonderful way to meditate on His creation, His goodness and His bountiful blessings! It reminds me that the same God who made this powerful ocean watches over me! (Psalm 121:1-2)
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are promised peace; that’s Jesus’ desire for us. He doesn’t want us to be afraid and troubled! (John 14:27) The Lord’s mercy and love are so great! He knows that in the End Times, we will be going through trials and tribulations that will trouble us. Are you troubled today? Does the news have you fretting? Does it stir up anxiety within you to the point of nausea? I used to be this type of person! I literally would stay awake at night worrying about the bills and worrying about my job. But when I was born-again, the Lord took that burden away from me! \o/
He truly strengthened my heart! Knowing that Jesus is going to Rapture His Church (His Bride) encourages me every single day. I long for that day and my desire is to help strengthen weak believers as well as to lead those who do not know Him to a saving knowledge of Him. I not only want people to get saved but I want them to be excited for His return!! (Acts 1:9-11)
So why do you think the Word says that God is our hiding place? Is there any place that you can go to that can actually change your life and your thoughts? You may have a weekend getaway place that temporarily relieves you of your cares. HOWEVER, it is a temporary fix and those cares will come back once you get back home. Jesus Christ is the only One who can help us through life’s trials. We can safely “hide” in Him and know that He will work everything out. (Romans 8:28)
If you are not a born-again believer (John 3:3, 3:7), you do not have the blessings from God’s Word to encourage you. The Bible is truly our hiding place, friend. Within its pages, we can witness history! Within its pages, we can find salvation. Within those same pages, we can be encouraged! Every aspect of life’s issues can be resolved within the pages of the greatest Book EVER written! The Lord did not leave this earth only to forsake us. No indeed! He left us with power from on high so we can be equipped! (Psalm 119:105, Ephesians 6:10-17)
God says that we can hide in Him and talk to Him about what we need. Why do you think that God says we need a hiding place? There have been times I wished I could hide in a cave and get away from life! Haven’t you? He waits for us and desires to feed us from His Word so that we can sing praises to the One who delivers us from our cares! His light shines in the midst of the darkest times. He instructs us; He teaches us and He guides us! Everything we need can be found from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21!!!
But Kate, what does one do?
The Bible is SO needed during these times of uncertainty!! Many take it for granted … Are you afraid of what’s to come? If you’re a believer, you have no need of fear. If you are not a believer, then you should fear. You should fear where you spend eternity. You should be afraid of the influence you have over those around you who love you. They look to you for answers but you have no encouraging words to give them because you’re too afraid to be saved. You don’t know what the future holds and, therefore, you can’t guide them! Your fear is leading not only yourself but those you love straight to Hell!
Don’t let your fear and apprehensions of getting saved stop you! When you stand before God at the White Throne Judgment, that excuse will not get you into Heaven. You can’t tell God you didn’t get saved because you were afraid of what your family would think! Everyone is responsible for his own choices. No indeed – it will be your choice to go to Hell. It will be too late for you at that point! Don’t let the devil win your soul, dear Reader! (1 Peter 5:8)
I’m not trying to be a negative Nancy but Scripture warns us of the end times and just what the devil will do in order to deceive the world. Therefore, it is up to you to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and change your current habits about your relationship with the Lord. Get serious about your walk with Him and allow the Holy Spirit of God to lead and guide you. Don’t be willfully ignorant of the end times. (2 Peter 3:5) If you are not born-again, confess your sins and repent of them. The time is coming when it will be too late for you to repent. You will remember each opportunity you were given by God to be saved; you will remember each time you laughed it off and ignored it. Please Reader, repent and accept Christ into your life. (Act 16:31, Rom 10:9) I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!