Prepare For The Storm To Come...

I believe we are experiencing the initial storm winds… and you can expect them to strengthen.
by Ray Jones on May 12, 2022

ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER

In an article titled, “Prepare for the Storm”, the author reflects, “The human race continues to rush from crisis to crisis. The world situation continues to deteriorate, and war clouds hang low as we tremble once again on the brink of disaster… Sir James Orr, one of the world’s greatest scientists, wrote: ‘The whole race is crumbling to destruction. The nations are insane.’ He sounded like the Prophet Jeremiah, who said, ‘The nations drank her wine; therefore the nations are deranged’ (Jeremiah 51:7). History has proven how right Jeremiah was.

Isn’t it strange how the books of Daniel and Revelation, dismissed so easily in the early years of the 20th century, are now furnishing those who survey this hour with their most effective phrases? Not only is the world itself facing crisis, but Christianity beholds giants rising to contend with it—more powerful, more worldwide in the influence they are able to exert than any the church has known since the downfall of paganism in Europe 1,500 years ago.

An anti-supernaturalistic philosophy is being taught to students in universities and colleges; God is denied, and man is deified. Long ago, we were told by the Apostle Paul that the day would come when mankind would turn away their eyes from the truth and believe a lie. This naturalistic attitude can be found in much of our contemporary literature about Christ Himself. The virgin birth is denied; the bodily resurrection of Christ is proclaimed a myth. They say Christ was a good man, but that He was not God…

A second giant that confronts the Christian church today is communism. There are those who think that if communists take over the world, they will be tolerant toward religion. This is a deception. When communists no longer need to worry about world opinion, they will do all in their power to destroy all religion. If this should happen, all freedom of religion will have disappeared. Thus, the church is faced with one of the most aggressive anti-God religions the world has ever known.” Oh yeah, did I mention that the author of these comments was Billy Graham? He made them on July 9, 1961, on his “The Hour of Decision” radio broadcast.

Sounds like conditions ripped from the pages of today’s headlines, doesn’t it? And if that were true then, how much more so is it today? So, are we in the storm, and if so, how should we respond?

I believe we are experiencing the initial storm winds… and you can expect them to strengthen. As a pastor my task is not to scare you, but to prepare you for what the Bible says will come. In fact, of that day Jesus said, “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34) 

HOW YOU CAN PREPARE FOR THE STORM

Graham suggests three ways to be ready for the coming storm:

1. We must stand fast on the Word of God.

2. We must reexamine the foundations of our faith.

3. We must remember that God’s Word predicted these times were coming.

 

SEASONS OF PRAYER

Our second seasons of prayer gathering is Sunday at 5:00 PM. Our first was a sweet time seeking the Lord in a variety of areas. We will do the same Sunday, praying for healing, salvation, vocation, decisions, our nation, and other matters. James said, “You have not, because you ask not.”

So, let us gather again, persist in prayer, and ask our heavenly Father to do exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine.

And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

For God’s Glory Alone,

Pastor Ray

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