Only those who choose to be blinded can ignore what is coming upon the earth. It is hard to pretend that anything else is on my radar, or that I need to be writing about something else. The threat of rampant disease is present in Ebola; mass persecution and death is evident in the march of ISIS's army; civil unrest is on our TV screens in Missouri; nations rise against nations; and the earth is robbed of peace and stability. And that isn't even considering all the things happening to the earth: unprecedented and unusual weather events, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc.
All of this combines to produce fear and confusion among all people. Even those who profess faith find themselves wondering where this will all lead, and if we will be protected from the manifestations of wickedness among men.
I am like you; I am an individual who fights my human emotion of foreboding, dread, and worry that is elicited every time I read a headline or hear a news report. I want to be strong in my faith, and I want to rely on the protection that is given to me in Psalm 91: that I will be delivered from the deadly pestilence, and the snare of the fowler (one who participates in deeds); that I need not be afraid of the arrows (the evil plots or slanders of the wicked), or the terrors that come by night.
I honestly don't know how those who do not believe in God are able to traverse these days. Perhaps they have enough material possessions that they think evil will not touch them. They are not reading the Bible, and therefore do not see what is prophesied ... that "men will swoon away or expire with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and [a]caused to totter." (Luke 21:26, Amplified version).
We Christians know that recent world events mean that what Jesus talked about in Matthew 23 and 24 are about to take place. Our Christian brethren in Iraq certainly are experiencing it first-hand! But are we prepared to face it and take our stand for Christ? Are you willing to raise your hand and say, "Yes, I will die for Him?"
A friend recently asked, "Don't you think Christians in our Churches will willingly espouse their faith, when and if, we are called to defend it?" Sadly, I had to answer, "No." No one is preparing them to experience what Christians in Iraq or Africa are facing. I think too many American Christians are too attached to their homes, their possessions, and their comfort. If forced to convert to Islam or lose their "stuff" or their families, they will gladly yield, and sacrifice their alleged loyalty to the true Son of God. Too many of us are "soft" Christians who can't comprehend the true meaning of the word "sacrifice".
So, I am spending my days fortifying myself in the Word; reminding myself of God's promises and His faithfulness to those who love Him. I know that the Enemy will increase his attacks against me, and I am determined to use my authority to call upon the power of Jesus, which is in me, to defeat Satan's every scheme. You see, I know that Jesus, in me, is greater that Satan, who is in the world.
And if you are not a Believer, and think this post offers you nothing, I want you to know that I am praying for you. Because there will come a moment in the near future when you will be presented with a choice; and it will be a decision that will effect you for eternity. You do not have to yield to the assault, and you can have victory in evil times. Because I can promise you one thing: Evil is increasing upon the earth, but I know that I can call on the Lord, trusting and relying on His deliverance. I want you to have a personal knowledge of His love, His mercy, and His Salvation.
Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice."