October 4, 2014
Now, For The GOOD News ...
I knew I was no expert, but could sense that many people, like me, were beginning to become anxious that we were losing our footing; that if we remained unaware and uninformed, various political, social, and spiritual forces could take us places we were unprepared and unwilling to go.
There were definite red flags and warning signs, but for most people, it was "business as usual" -- they didn't feel any adverse effects from the threats I saw on the horizon, nor did they even recognize them. These possible perils were always in the future, or experienced overseas, and no one was touched by imminent danger. Most of America could still ignore any negative nightly news and simply focus on the latest football scores or celebrity wedding.
Not so anymore! The threats are now very real, very personal, and have come home to touch "real people". There should not be a single person in America who is not shaken by the jihadist murder of Brendan Tevlin in New Jersey, or the beheading of Colleen Hufford in Oklahoma in recent weeks; or by the first cases of Ebola in Dallas and possibly Washington D.C. The lack of consistent and accurate information should raise the threat consciousness of us all.
America can no longer ignore that our very way of life is under attack, whether by deliberate design or subtle subterfuge. We have never faced such brutality as ISIS and their adherents, or such a frightening specter of death as Ebola -- and they have never been so close. To ignore their existence is to invite calamity.
But we must also be mindful not to give in to our fears, and must continue to rely on our newfound skills, and to put on our spiritual armor as never before. It would be easy to fall into despair and panic because of the confusing reports we are getting from so-called "officials". But if you have spiritual discernment, you know that it is time to rely on your own judgment, with a view towards obtaining Divine direction and understanding. You have been preparing for this day for some time now, and you know where our true protection lies. So, it's time to stop looking for our national leaders to shield us and defend us from harm. As scary as the physical threats are that we face, we have an Enemy far more cunning and dangerous.
Yesterday, I remarked to my husband that I never would have thought, in my idyllic childhood during the 60s, that I would be facing such Evil during my life. But God has given me a purpose; and by His choice, we are all living at this particular time. We have been given a sacred opportunity that no one else in all of history has been afforded. Whether our Lord appears in our lifetimes or not, we will play an essential part in sharing the Good News of His return, and preparing people for the battle ahead.
It's not that I am ignoring all the bad news that is being heaped upon us; we must stay alert, and I will continue to help others gain awareness and get prepared. You can, too! We can choose to look forward, to fulfilling our roles in these final days. We won't make headlines, and no one will report on our lives, but we can make the news in Heaven, and that's the kind of good news we can all take delight in!
Romans 10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”