IT’S WINTER BUT THANK GOD SPRING
It’s winter but thank God spring is coming! I love the snow. Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? (Job 38:22 KJV). I know I’m crazy but I’m Biblical! The air is so clean and everyone is forced to slow down, except road nuts with SUVS.
The ground is insulated and being prepared for
spring. Perhaps the cold wind of trials has come your way. Take heart, God is
working on you for His glory and your ultimate good. It is written, “And
we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28 KJV.
Easier said than done but still true. Keeping a Biblical perspective is
So when we could
stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 2
We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in
spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,
3 so that no one would
be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for
them. 4 In fact, when
we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it
turned out that way, as you well know. 5
For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out
about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted
you and our efforts might have been useless (1st Thessalonians 3:1-5 NIV).
Suffering is God's way of keeping our focus off this
world and on the next. Paul was quite candid about this when he said,"
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean
fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which
is better by far; 24 but
it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with
all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in
Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me" (Phil 1:21-26 NIV).
Today we live in a time of color coded terror alerts
Low risk of terrorist attacks.
personnel receive training.
for vulnerabilities and take measures to reduce them.
Guarded condition. General risk of terrorist attack.
communications with designated emergency response or command locations.
Review and update
emergency response procedures.
Provide the public
with necessary information.
Elevated condition. Significant risk of terrorist attacks.
surveillance of critical locations.
emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions.
refinement of protective measures within the context of the current threat
appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.
High risk of terrorist attacks.
necessary security efforts with federal, state and local law enforcement
agencies or any National Guard or other appropriate armed forces.
precaution at public events and possibly consider alternative venues or
Prepare to work at
an alternate site or with a dispersed work force.
Restrict access to
threatened facilities to essential personnel only.
Severe risk of terrorist attacks.
response personnel and preposition specially trained teams.
or constrain transportation systems.
Close public and
redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs.
light of all this, remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 10;24
“A student is not above his teacher,
nor a servant above his master. 25
It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant
like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much
more the members of his household! 26 “So do not be afraid of
them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that
will not be made known. 27 What
I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear,
proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do
not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be
afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to
the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all
numbered. 31 So don’t
be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
these times are the times that try our souls but in the end, let's not be
Writing on the Wall - Daniel
5:1-7 & 24-28
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet
for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2
While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the
gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the
temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his
concubines might drink from them. 3
So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple
of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines
drank from them. 4 As
they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze,
iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster
of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand
as it wrote. 6 His
face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and
his legs gave way.
7 The king called
out for the enchanters, astrologers and diviners to be brought and said to
these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it
means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck,
and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
24 Therefore he
sent the hand that wrote the inscription. 25 “This is the
inscription that was written: MENE,
MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN. 26 “This is what these words mean:
Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel: You have
been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres: Your
kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
More to follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, stay close to Jesus and in the Word.