Posts Tagged ‘Worry’

“The end of the world is coming soon.  Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.  Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.”  (1 Peter 4:7-9)

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.  Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.  Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.  Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.  So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.  All power to him forever! Amen.” (1 Peter 5:7-11)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.  All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!” (Psalm 111:10)

“Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27)

“Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.” (Proverbs 19:23)

Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul.  Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:24-25)

Alex Jones is the head of an independent news and media outlet in America called Info Wars” at http://www.infowars.com.  He is committed to reporting stories that the mainstream media does not report on and, as such, he has uncovered the truth about many events over the years.  His focus is largely on the shadow agenda of the one-world government elitists and because of this he often gets mocked.  Even the American President has taken his mocking stabs at Alex Jones, attempting to attack his credibility.

In the video, Alex Jones shares with his viewers that he senses that something horrible is happening or has already happened and it’s just a matter of short time before the world is impacted.  He senses ominous tension in the air and has asked many if they feel or sense something similar.  They all have.  No one can quite identify what is wrong, but it is enough to cause them anxiety and worry about the unknown that they are not usually susceptible to.  Understanding that we are spirits living in physical bodies, of course we would discern that something is amiss, especially if we are Christians and in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit Who know all.  However, the Holy Spirit does not give us a spirit of fear, anxiety or worry, as these are not godly attributes.  But if we are spiritually alert and watchful, we all sense that the end is near and the world is speeding towards it.

Scriptures tell us that a world government will happen and that events in the last days will usher it in.  There are so many events happening at this time that we do not really know which events are occurring naturally and which ones are orchestrated to push the world along, but the details do not matter.  Everything is leading us to the return of Christ Jesus and Christians should be alert, watching the times, staying faithful in everything we do and praying at all times about everything.

Instead of worrying and living in fear, like the rest of the world is doing, we should be quietly making sure our lamps are full of oil; we should be prudent in every way, confidently taking care of our business and trusting that the Lord God Almighty is with us.  We should be ever conscientious of how fragile we are, how temporary life is, how temporary our belongings are, how limited our time is and how naked we truly are.  Having our minds right about our place in life puts everything that is happening on Earth into the proper perspective.  It helps us not to cherish the things and our lives in this world.  Jesus told us not to love our lives here; to not try to hang on to our lives, but rather to hate our lives in this world.   He did not use the word “hate” in the sense that we usually understand it; he was not taking the view of those who are depressed, hopeless or hateful.  He was highlighting that anything done apart from him is futile and will not withstand the refining fires of God’s judgment anyway.  We are to live in Him.  We are to bear fruit in Him.  We are to follow Him.  Our lives revolve around Him.  And if we are focused on Him as we should be, our attitude towards the things of this world is that none of it matters much.  We are pilgrims passing through, stewards of the Kingdom of God, voices in the wilderness. We have been given one job: to love others and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ with whatever time we are given on Earth.

Let the foolish try to harness control and power.  Let them waste their lives on Earth trying to enslave, manipulate and maneuver for domination.  Let them build monuments to themselves and steal from those who are weaker than they are.  Let them hoard all the riches they can.  They are wicked.  Their story has been told thousands of times through history.  An eternity of weeping and gnashing of teeth awaits them.  Their lives will come to nothing.  They will be forgotten and no one will think of them anymore.  All their scheming and effort and sleepless nights will amount to nothing but eternal misery.  Pray for them, that they are able to escape their own wickedness by turning to God and repenting before they are out of time.  

Indeed, we know that evil is real on Earth.  The devil is just like the foolish people of Earth and we already know how his story ends. As we watch, we watch with the understanding that we live in the last days.  Be surprised at nothing. Let no evil overwhelm you. Hearts will wax cold and that coldness will even turn children against their parents, brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, and this will be world-wide.  But, let no evil event send you into hiding.  Christians are called to light our lamps and place them where they can be seen at all times, by everyone.  We are to be the ones that love when no one else will love.  Yes, something wicked this way comes.  But we are not to fear it.  We fear only The Lord God Almighty who has already conquered death through His Son Jesus Christ.

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Jesus told them, ‘Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic.  Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.  Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.  But all of this is only the first of the birth pains, with more come.  Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed.  You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.  And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.  And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.  Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:4-14)

“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about–the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.  A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack.  A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat.  How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.  And pray that your flight will not be in the winter or on the Sabbath.  For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began.  And it will never be so great again.  In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive.  But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.”  (Matthew 24:15-22)

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life.  Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap.  For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.  Keep alert at all times.  And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”  (Luke 21:34-36)

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.  Only the Father knows.  And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!” (Mark 13:32-33)

“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.  They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.'” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

The subject of the “End Times” is so important in Scripture that it can be found in almost every book of the Bible.  So many books have been written about it that entire libraries can be dedicated to this subject alone.  All events taking place in the world are leading to this point of culmination, and no matter where we turn, what we see and hear are increasingly perilous and seemingly hopeless.

Spirits of fear, worry and hatred blanket the planet and everyone living on earth is affected by them as evidenced by wars, threats of wars, skyrocketing violence and apathy towards it, the moral corruption of the world’s leaders and the moral rot in our individual societies, record-breaking natural disasters, man-made disasters, devastating financial disasters and the effects of these events on the worldwide populace.  Because of technology, the world’s inhabitants quickly know what is happening anywhere on Earth, and more and more, what we hear about is turmoil.

As Christians, we know that life will get increasing harder for us on this planet.  We are not welcome here and the world is hostile toward us. Those who don’t enjoy the freedoms that the western world currently provides face death every single moment of their lives just because they love Jesus Christ.  Jesus specifically said not to panic.  He commanded us to “watch out!”, to “stay alert” and to “pray”.  We are to continue our work in spreading the Good News to all nations and people while there is still time to do so.  We’ve been told what the end looks like and we know that it will be worse than anything the world has ever known.  This is scary knowledge to have and it can be distracting and even paralyzing if not understood from the proper perspective; the perspective of a soldier.

Soldiers are fully aware that their training and purpose is for the battlefield, the place where their lives can end or where they can be victorious. They don’t know when the battle cry will sound and their number will be called.  They are expected to be ready at all times.  And so are we.

Things will get worse.  Persecution will get worse.  Christians will continue to disappear from cities across the world, just as recently happened in Mosul, Iraq, where no Christians are left.  The world will quake and groan more and more violently under the spirit of evil that has taken hold, just as the Scriptures say.  Everything is NOT the same as it ever was, though many scoff that it is.

Christians are to be prepared, watch, pray and diligently continue on with the Great Commission of Christ.  Worry, panic and fear are not part of our equation.  Worry, panic and fear are not from God.  Our hope is in Christ and He is all we need. Our brothers and sisters all over the world face the end of their lives every day and if we are called to suffer as well, so be it. We are commanded to be bold in Christ.

Whether the End of Times occurs in our lifetime or not, none of us know when we will die, only that it’s sure to happen.  Let us live as if each day truly is a gift from God and use our day to glorify His Great Name.

No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.  That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.  Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  And why worry about your clothing?  Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?  So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat?  What will we drink?  What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”  (Matthew 6:24-34)

Jesus does not mince words when He describes how the Father takes care of those who live in His Kingdom.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Lord of our life, He becomes our King.  We live in His Kingdom.  We are His subjects; His servants.  We belong to Him.  The responsibility is His to provide for our needs and He very clearly states that He will give us everything we need each day.  This truth is so important for Christ’s followers to know that Jesus even made sure it was part of our template for prayer, saying “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)

Jesus is not announcing the so-called “prosperity gospel”, telling us to hold our hands out and claim that “money cometh!”, as several popular wolves in sheep’s clothing tell their flocks to do.  That twisting of our Savior’s words is the classic subtle perversion of truth, the trademark stamp of Satan.

However, it is a righteous act to expect our needs to be provided for. We act in faith when we greet each day thanking God for His provision and go about our daily activities confidently knowing He will meet our needs.

Approaching the day (and life) this way separates Christ’s followers from the world.  The world’s kingdom is money and those who belong to the world worry about whether they have enough money to meet their needs.  They place their trust in their money or lack thereof.  They fret, scheme, plot, and strategize how they will get more money and the result is that money becomes their king and master.

But the world’s economy does not affect God’s economy and what a relief it is to know that.  Those who live in the Kingdom of Heaven have the Most High God as their Master; their Provider.  Putting God’s Purpose first and living righteously shows that we live in His Kingdom and His response is a promise to take care of us.

So it is not fitting at all for believing Christians to worry about our needs.  We set ourselves apart from the world and its master when we approach each day in confident, even childlike, expectation and thankfulness that our needs are met by our Father in Heaven.  This is praise by behavior and it greatly pleases our God Almighty.