Greetings in the name of our wonderful and awesome Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope everyone is staying warm during this winter. So far in Nashville, it has not been too cold; however, we did have one of our largest snows in 13 years.
It is good to know the Scriptures for they tell us that as long as the earth remains, cold and heat, winter and summer, and days and nights shall not cease (Gen. 8:22). Global warming is a fear tactic, and we know our Father has not given us the spirit of fear (II Tim. 1:7). Fear comes from the wicked one, Satan. Anyone who falls for his deception has given a part of their mind over to him, which makes one more vulnerable to the belief of greater lies and deception.
Fear grows just like faith; they are alive. The world feeds us fear and it grows. The media has a saying, “If it bleeds, it leads.” The more gruesome or disheartening a story is, the more coverage it seems to get. Such exemplifies the spirit of antichrists carrying out their End-Time assignments in these Last Days. Satan is the god of this world, so it makes sense he has great influence over the media.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. —Romans 10:17
Faith comes by hearing, but so does fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is faith in what you do not wish to happen. Faith and fear are the substances on which your thoughts are conceived, your words are spoken, and your actions are taken. Because of the prophecies of the Scripture, Satan has much doom and gloom to report. These prophecies of doom and gloom are all directed to him and the wicked—NOT YOU! However, by being the great spin artist that he is, he attempts to deceive the very elect of God.
Most everyone, it seems, feeds on this fear that is being dealt out by dump truck loads. They seem unsure as to what will happen next in their lives, in our country, and in our world. Many have become shaken and are wavering from the position of faith that Jesus has made available to us.
We cannot afford to be taken in by fear’s bewitching opposition to the Word of God. We must feed on activities that grow our faith: hearing the Word (going to church), doing the Word, and praising and worshipping God. These fundamental biblical actions are how we keep our faith alive and growing.
It is so easy to be caught up in the cares of this world. The activities and encounters of everyday life do not readily lend themselves to God all of the time. We must purposely carve out time for our heavenly Father. For most of us, it is a sacrifice and one that must be made.
A sacrifice is an act of love. Many mistakenly believe love is a “feeling.” True love is the giving of oneself to another. I first heard Pastor Bill McRay say that, and it resonated with me because it lines up with the Word.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. —John 3:16
Love will motivate you to give. The Father so loved us that He sacrificed His only Son for us. It cost Him something very dear. How much more should we sacrifice for Him? It is only reasonable that we should sacrifice everything, including our body, for what He has done for us.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. —Romans 12:1
We were condemned to hell along with Satan and the other fallen angels, but Jesus gave Himself for us. We who have accepted Him should have no fear of hell or death. Neither should we be concerned with the perils of the End Time. Therefore, our sacrifices for Him give us opportunities to grow in faith, thus causing us to walk circumspectly (Eph. 5:15) in this world knowing we have and can overcome all of it by our faith.
Pray with us for meetings this year. I expect them to be some of the most supernatural meetings yet. Your prayers and financial support can be considered a sacrifice if it costs you something of value. You can believe to see a return on your investment, and we agree with you for it to be so. Actually, any sacrificial offering I receive this month, I will commit to fast and pray over it. I’ll pray for a great return to be received in the area of your life that you need it most.
These are the days of antichrists, but they are even more so the days of Jesus, the Christ! Jesus gave His life that we might have the abundant life (John 10:10), and He will watch over His Word to perform it (Jere. 1:12)!
Be increased in the knowledge of Him, and, remember, Jesus is coming soon!
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