The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.
But he will sweep away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He will pursue his foes into the darkness of night.
Why are you scheming against the Lord ? He will destroy you with one blow; he won’t need to strike twice!
His enemies, tangled like thornbushes and staggering like drunks, will be burned up like dry stubble in a field.
Who is this wicked counselor of yours who plots evil against the Lord ?
Nahum 1:7-11 NLT
Trouble is coming and is, in fact, here.
God has been calling us to repentance, but we do not appear to be listening, and great damage is being done to our republic. If God does not rise up on our behalf, we will fall. Are you fervently praying?
As Nahum 1:7 points out, there is a world of difference between the way God deals with those in rebellion or apathy, and those who trust in Him. Active trust that looks to Him for everything, both for time and eternity.
Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” A beautiful picture of a loving Parent.
Are you pray(ing) in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion? Stay(ing) alert and be(ing) persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere? (Ephesians 6:18 NLT) Or are you wrapped up in the world and its ways?
Do you love being in the presence of Jesus, fellowshipping in prayer and Bible study, and practicing obedience?
Or are you looking for the short cuts? Do you try to see just how far you can go before the brick wall? That is not true love and devotion. (And brick walls tend to hurt when run into.)
And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 NLT
It is past time to choose a side to be on. There are two.
We can do nothing, go with the world (Satan) and passing pleasures, and choosing eternity in the torment of hell. Or we can choose to travel with God, through Jesus Christ, Who gives us what can’t be had otherwise here (such as peace in a turbulent world), and a beautiful eternity as well.
Are you going the wrong way on life’s One-Way Street?
The truth is…
God loves you, just like you are!
But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!
Romans 5:8 TPT
Love isn’t enough to get us into heaven though. We are sinful, and on our way to hell, needing a rescue! God made the way, when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, Who is the only way (John 14:6).
For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son.
The Bible says we must also repent. This is the u-turn that gets us going in the right direction. Once we realize our sinful condition, and that Jesus has made the way for us to be made right with God and out from under the load of sin we’ve been carrying, we run to Him with open arms, and from the evil that has been steadily destroying us.
Peter replied, “Repent and return to God, and each one of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, the Anointed One, to have your sins removed. Then you may take hold of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 TPT
The Holy Spirit is the gift given to us that validates what has happened between us and God – what Jesus called being born again -John 3:3.
Each Christian has at least one gift of the Spirit – a special anointing to accomplish the work God assigns to each of us. There is also the fruit of the Spirit, which is the Holy Spirit making Himself known through us as we yield to Him in obedience and devotion (Galatians 5:22-23).
Following Jesus is exciting and fulfilling when we are “all in”. That is really the only acceptable way to follow Him.
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
Matthew 22:37-40 CSB