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Good News For Times Like This

2 Tim. 3:1

NLT: “You should also know this,
…in the 
last days there will be very difficult times.”

AMP: “…in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress {and} trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].”

The world as we know it is in midst of turmoil and change, to put it mildly. Even the heavens above are showing “blood moon” signs of  what many predict may indeed usher in the “last of the last days”. Almost daily, we hear of “wars and rumors of wars…famines and earthquakes in various places“. Most recently, secular headlines are reporting persecution of Christians is widespread. Truth dictates that these times will come; there is no stopping prophecy. Let’s remember that prophecy is given, not as an alarm, but an alert! As people of faith, let’s be alert to the times and cautious in the hour to “not be troubled”, but to take comfort in His Word which is full of promises toward us. 

For comfort, many race to Psalm 91, “The Safety Psalm”, to ease their fears, and rightly so. I believe the Psalms were written down to give hope to those who find themselves in trouble, to give hope to the righteous of God when they fall, and to give hopeful songs to disheartened souls when discouragement comes. Let’s take a closer look at Psalm 91 to see what it says about the conditions of the safety promise. First of all, the passage is speaking of dangerous situations with an element of surprise. In keeping with our topic, “last days” should not catch God’s people off guard. However, we are aware the times will be dangerous and we have an enemy who seeks those he can “kill and destroy” so we can certainly apply this promise of “shelter and safety” for our last days. Who exactly is promised safety? Psalm 91 gives the promise to “those who live in the shelter” (NLT)“who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,” (MSG). In looking at the conditions of shelter and safety, we must not overlook the part that calls for boldness in the face of trouble: “I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’” This indicates a petition of prayer to El Shaddai and a statement of faith in The Almighty Powerful One, the Mighty King, the Sovereign Judge to deliver us and provide the safe place we requested. In this passage we are reminded our God IS!

We can also find comfort with the words Peter used to encourage the early Church to stay obedient to their faith: we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay …reserved in heaven for you, Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time. [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account,…” (1 Pet.1:3-6, AMP) If that Word does not encourage a believer, what would?

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WOE:  (14-0507) The wind is changing. If fear arises, go to The Word. Remember it is The Almighty whom you serve! Go and find comfort in His promises and run to Him. Then rest upon His wings until you are refreshed to soar again. Continue to do as you know until THAT LAST DAY which either will come through Jesus’ return or death. Either way, seek Good News and trust His salvation!

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Praise the Eternal!

How blessed are those who revere the Eternal,
who turn from evil and take great pleasure in His commandments.
Their children will be a powerful force upon the earth;
this generation that does what is right in God’s eyes will be blessed.
His house will be stocked with wealth and riches,
and His love for justice will endure for all time.

When life is dark, a light will shine for those who live rightly—

those who are merciful, compassionate, and strive for justice.
Good comes to all who are gracious and share freely;
they conduct their affairs with sound judgment.

Nothing will ever rattle them;
the just will always be remembered.
They will not be afraid when the news is bad
because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal.
Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless,
for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
They give freely to the poor;
their righteousness endures for all time;
their strength and power is established in honor…
[Ps.112, VOICE]

NOTES:
(RELATED BLOG POST) “Rooted and Grounded Against The Winds Of Change

NLT (Living New Testament); MSG (The Message Bible);
BBE (Bible In Basic English); AMP (Amplified); VOICE (The Voice Bible).

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