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"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Friday, December 9, 2016

Now is the time… for such a time as this...

Rather than meditating on the birth of my Lord and Savior, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6) my mind has been upon defending the Faith.

“Dear friends, I wanted very much to write you about the salvation we all share. But I felt the need to write you about something else: I want to encourage you to fight hard for the faith that was given the holy people of God once and for all time.” Jude 3 ncv

I’ve read and study the scriptures concerning the “end times.” I’ve read and study the scriptures dealing with “spiritual warfare.” All of this as preparation for “such a time as this.” Mordecai told Esther “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape…If you keep quiet at a time like this…” I say to you, to me, to Christians "for such a time as this." (read Esther 4).

Patriot Patrick Henry once said “Now it the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.” (Later, a teacher named Charles E. Weller used the variant "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country" into a typing drill.) I say to you, to me, to Christians that "Now is the time..."

Esther responded to Mordecai’s alarm by seeking the Lord and asking all the people to join her for three days and nights of fasting and praying. She turned to the One who could give her the wisdom words to speak and courage do what she needed to do…because her actions could easily result in death.

Patrick Henry more famously said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Now is the time… for such a time as this… for us to be fasting and praying, seeking the One to guide us and equip us through this spiritual battle of battles. We are under attack. We are being persecuted. The weapons of our warfare are not physical—yet—but are weapons of words and intimidation. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

Equip yourself with the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit each and every day. Do not be lacks or lazy, relying on what you remember. Seek Him with all of your heart and mind. Surrender to His Holy Spirit leading. Pray for others, especially those in leadership positions (such as pastors, President, police). Fast—a single weekly meal, a whole day, and if possible, a modified fast for up to three days. (If you’ve never fasted before or think you cannot do it, fast from something like you might during Lent.)

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

This week, I read a great example of a response to such attacks, and I feel it worth your time to read and study and meditate upon. It is titled, “Dear Christians, it’s not the church’s job to make us feel comfortable” written by Matt Walsh

I would love to hear from you, your thoughts, your experiences, or if you have questions about equipping yourself for the battles, please leave a comment below. Thanks and God bless. 

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