Borrowed Truths

Never Forsaken

never forsaken
Borrowed Truths

Never Forsaken

“And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” (Deut. 31:8)

I contemplate fairly regularly those who place comments on different social media sites that basically say, “Oh Lord, come back soon!” I do not think that Psalm 23:4 comes to their mind often. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” One must wonder, if they are not trusting in Christ as not only these two verses say, what are they trusting in?

It also makes me wonder, how do they respond to 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Just what do they consider a trial or tribulation, something perhaps that is an inconvenience, a part of their day that did not go as planned, an unexpected event that caused minor anxiety in their lives?

The topic of the day is fear, fear of the unknown, a change in the way that billions of people have been used to living for many years now, and people generally do not like change, it brings with it an unknown factor, the supposed security they have been living in is altered. They want to be Christlike, as long as they have somewhere to rest their head, as long as the Lord understands that what they want, and therefore perceive as a need, should be what He wants for them.

The more I read some of these comments, the more I am saddened by the truth of Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” It is not enough to want to serve Christ, you have to actually serve.

Countless times I have mentioned these words in these letters to you, and on the videos, going to church does not a Christian make. I know and occasionally speak with people that go to church, and I cannot tell any difference in most of them from the wicked people I meet, the conversations rarely if ever are initiated by them of the Lord, of their walk at the moment with Him, but are almost always about the world. I actually had a pastor of a Lutheran church a few weeks ago remark to me when a very short conversation ensued about the days we are finding ourselves in say, “Yeah, it’s getting crazy,” and then walk away.

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:12) “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” (2 Tim. 4:3)

I am old enough to remember gospel sing-alongs, old enough to remember the tent revival meetings, old enough to remember when if not the majority, but many more people than today feared the Lord. That fear is gone, for the most part, the “God is love” generation killed it, the availability of the world’s goods to nearly all replaced seeking His face, and church attendance became the supposed sign of the Christian.

To those of you who have been crucified with Christ I now speak, endure, embrace the frustration, continue to stand on the wall and give the warnings, He who has promised is Faithful and True and will not forsake you. The world is going to start seriously hating us very soon I fear, for we are the only ones who will not be moved, cannot be altered, will not stand for anything or anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ for the glory of God. In love, but with firm truth must be the path we remain upon, trusting in no one but the Lord to guide our steps.

I fear that many of those few that are chosen will hear no more than “Welcome” when they enter into their eternal home, strive to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matt. 25:23)

The end of the age of grace may indeed be upon us, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:8) All the more reason to be all that much firmer in our convictions, in our desire to be profitable servants, to stand when others will not. There is only one way to prepare yourself for the days that are approaching, in humility and prayer, seeking the face of God, He who will never forsake us.

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