Peace be unto you all!
Good morning! 😆
I was talking to my sister the other day and she was telling me that animals are going back to their natural habitats during this time men are quarantined in their homes. They returning back to the places where they have been forced to migrate from as a result of the disruptive and destructive nature that human beings have adopted and I thought, amazing! That is a good report to think about! Nature is taking back it’s order.
So let’s get into business, one time the Pharisees asked Jesus in guise of a test for a sign from heaven of the end times. And He replied to them,
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And He left them, and departed.
What sign did He mean of Jonas (Jonah)? I believe He meant the sign of a man calling people out to repentance, to turn away from their sin and look back to God. But what a form this message has come to take overtime! It has come to represent in the present age ‘fanatiscm’ in fact people have associated the word repent with fanatical christianity. “These religious fanatics! What do they mean when they keep repeating repent, repent, repent, aren’t we already Christians? Aren’t we already going to church, giving, doing the best as Christians? Isn’t that a show we have repented?”
Well, I do agree there is real christian fanatiscm in the word and the truth is only one walking in the Holy Spirit can be able to truly distinguish the difference. Otherwise, most men will always perceive vigorous preaching as fanatiscm.
So to my point, I wonder to myself, why do we see signs and speculate? If there is an earthquake, “end times we say“, if there are floods, hailstorms, hurricanes, “end times we say”, if there are diseases and sicknesses, pandemics, “end times we say” Always speculating! Always speculating! Never sure. These same things have transpired 200, 600, 1000 years ago as well. If you read throughout history the persecution of early christians was indescribable! Burning at the stake, mass murders, brothers betraying sisters, imprisonment, torture, executions, beheadings, hangings, crucifixions and earthly signs too, surely! That was cause for people to say “end times” as well.
I do not refute the signs, Jesus taught warning that in the end days we shall see these things and we shall know, that He is near, at the very gates.
But think, perhaps the reason we speculate is because we really do not understand? And in the midst of these speculation we say to ourselves, ” I know these things, end times are near” but deep down you still have fear in your heart, you still have worry about what is transpiring in the world. There is a part of you that holds on to the hope of Jesus but there is also a part of you that says, “just in case, I will do this and this”, you adopt methods the world has put forth as a protection mechanism. Deep down, you have no rest.
Now, my writings and I pray to God, that they never be such to condemn people and make them feel worse, but to make people question truly and honestly. “Could I be missing something? Is this it all Lord? Isn’t there anything more deeper and profound than this?” My concern is to attract people into deeper waters in Christ, to awake people’s consciences, no more shallow stuff and the ‘Jesus loves you’ which He does truly. But to reveal to people a gigantic kingdom, where there is peace, peace, peace, peace, peace, peace inexhaustible, everlasting peace! Even in the midst of storms! More peace there you shall find. Because truly, there are people who believe but still have no rest, wonder why they have no rest, why they have no peace yet they know these things shall come to pass.
Jesus told Nicodemus that unless a man be born of the water and the spirit they can never enter the Kingdom of God.
Born of the water? Through baptism we have a new life, which most people have already done but where the thorn lies is born of the Spirit. Why? Because most people have not truly received the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Deep down you wonder, why do I have unrest? Because it is only the Spirit that gives true rest in God.
The beautiful thing about the gospel is that it does not need my defence. The gospel defends itself, how? I cannot explain it. It is something divine. It is startling as well how we can be so close, just at the heart of it and never really experience any of it. I lived all my life in oblivion, thinking I knew much, thinking religion had me sorted, my mother’s prayers had me sorted. But looking back I truly weep at the ignorance that had me in chains and has caught so many in this day.
Now, my prayer today, is that many may invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in their hearts and transform them to be who God created them to be. May the Holy Spirit of God, who is our comforter, our friend, our helper, our counsel and advisor, light the path for us and shine upon the dark areas in our lives that we may behold a new creation.
In JESUS name!