Friday, March 18, 2011

My Works or His Rest?

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made."  Romans 1:20a

In the midst of prayer this morning I found myself thanking God for the light of day, which then led me to thank him for the darkness of the night.  This may sound odd, but I began to think about the fact that without the night we could not have the dawning of the day. It it is during the day that we work, and the night is a time of rest.  

As Romans 1:20 says, we understand spiritual things by the things that God made in the natural.  Spiritually speaking, If I am in a "dark time," a "night season", shouldn't I be resting? 

Jesus himself said, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."  (1John 9:4)  (Notice that Jesus is doing the works of the Father, not his own works)


If we read the context of why Jesus said that, we find that the disciples had asked him why a man was born blind.  They said, "is it because he sinned or because his parents sinned?"  Why is it that when something "bad" happens to us we think that God must be punishing us for something?  We think we must have done something wrong.  What about when something "good" happens?  When God blesses us?  We think we must have done something to deserve it.  Isn't it a matter of pride to think that by our own actions we can manipulate the Almighty God?  While there is a Godly principle of sowing and reaping, God does not allow us to manipulate him. 


In Matthew 5:45b, Jesus said, "for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."  We can clearly see by the example of the children of Israel that God does not bless only those who are walking in obedience to him.  The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years because they were a stiff necked people who continued to doubt him and go their own way.  They didn't even want to come to know God and see him face to face because they were afraid to lose their own lives.  Yet God met their every need.  He provided them with water from a rock, manna from heaven, and clothes that never wore out.  We must never interpret God's blessings as an act of approval from him.  Likewise, we must never interpret the "bad" things that happen to us as God's disapproval. 


When Jesus said, "the night cometh when no man can work" I believe he wanted us to understand that during our dark times, our trials and tribulations, we must rest in Him.  It is He who does the work, not us.  During the "day" we go to work, (doing only the works of God, not our own works) being about the Father's business, ministering where he sends us, etc, but at night we rest in Him.  Zech 4:6b says, it's "not by might, (ours) nor by power, (ours) but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."


The Song of Solomon speaks of a woman coming out of the wilderness leaning on the arm of her beloved.  The word of God tells us that He will have a bride without spot or wrinkle.  It is not his will that any should perish, but that all should have eternal life.  (2 Peter 3:9)  Brethren, isn't it an act of God's love that he would care to chasten us, to purify our hearts and cleanse us so that we can be a part of his bride?  If he did not do this we could have no part with him.


The last trumpet is about to sound, the dead shall be raised, and we shall be changed.  It is time for corruption to put on incorruption, and for mortal to put on immortality so that it can be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory!  (1 Cor 15:52-54)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Earthquakes Coming to the United States

In light of the recent tsunami in Japan, I felt to post the following excerpt,

taken from David Wilkerson's book "The Vision and Beyond." 

 

(David Wilkerson had this vision in the spring of 1973)



            “The United States is going to experience, in the not-too-distant future, the most tragic earthquake in its history.  One day soon this nation will be reeling under the impact of the biggest news story of modern times.  It will be coverage of the biggest, most disastrous earthquake in history.

            This earthquake will cause widespread panic and fear.  Without a doubt, it will become one of the most completely reported earthquakes ever.  Television networks will suspend all programming and carry all-day coverage. 

            Another earthquake, possibly in Japan, may precede the one that I see coming here.  There is not the slightest doubt in my mind about this forthcoming massive earthquake on our continent.  I believe it will be many times more severe than the San Francisco quake.

            I am not at all convinced that this earthquake will take place in California.  In fact, I believe it is going to take place where it is least expected.  This terrible earthquake may happen in an area that’s not known as an earthquake belt.  It will be so high on the Richter scale that it will trigger two other major earthquakes.  I also believe we are going to see, later, a major earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, which will result in a number of smaller earthquakes and aftershocks all along the west coast of the United States.

            Without a doubt, earthquakes are going to strike the United States and other parts of the world with growing intensity.  Concern about earthquakes will be uppermost in forthcoming years.  News about government scandals, news about war and economic problems will be completely overshadowed by earthquakes.  Within minutes after this quake hits, the whole country will know it, and millions will be stunned and shocked.  Thousands will be affected with much loss of life and millions of dollars’ worth of damage.  Minor earthquakes, aftershocks, and tremors will be recorded almost daily throughout the world.  Earthquakes will become the number one cause of fear and consternation.

            The earth is actually going to shake, and there will be numerous other earthquakes in various places throughout the world.  This is one kind of judgment that cannot be explained by the scientists.  It is supernatural intervention into the affairs of men.  It is an act of God causing havoc and judgment, calling men to repentance and reverence.  It can strike at any time, and there is no way to deter it.  Men will just have to stand back in awe and terror as the power of God is demonstrated in the earthquake.

            I believe the recent earthquakes in Nicaragua and Mexico were a warning from heaven that this is just the beginning.  Seismic laboratories are even now recording tremors and aftershocks almost daily around the world.”