I was reminded of a scripture today that I used very often in the past for debates on gifts of the Holy Spirit and in speaking in tongues:
…But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, … Jude 20
I argued, “You see, praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in tongues, and that’s how you can build your faith”, never taking in the full context of the verse. The fuller context is like this:
These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,…
God reminded me today why we must build ourselves up; to keep
“but others save with fear, pulling them from the fire..”
ourselves in His love, despite a world around us that is going to sh*t. And to actively look to have compassion on others so we might save them from their impending destruction.
For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? – 1 Corinthians 14:8
With the arrest of three men in New York, allegedly on their way to hijack a plane in Turkey to divert it to the ISIS hotbed in Syria, we have yet another instance of the “war on terror” coming ever closer to home and on US soil. The men have also been accused of plotting to kill police, FBI agents, US soldiers, and even President Obama.
Again, most people can see the hand writing on the wall and are beginning think critically about how they will respond when a more concerted attack takes place here in the US homeland. Others, of course, have their heads firmly planted in the sand (or sometimes, a certain body orifice) and are waiting ever-so blithely for a very stern and rude awakening. It’s hard to blame them when a lot of the media discussion is around whether the President and his cabinet are using the correct nomenclature or what strategies can be used to defeat ISIS and their ilk “over there.”
Since there is no clarity of message in our national media space, and not much of a message coming from American spiritual leaders, the sound being heard today is uncertain. Without a clear and certain “sound” how can one prepare himself for battle?
Sounding the Trumpet
Please prepare your mind and spirit for the struggle of our generation. Seek God’s will in your life and ask him what He would have you do during the coming storm. Prepare for both a spiritual battle, and quite possibly, a physical one.
As ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian, Coptic Christians in Lybia and shoots up a free speech forum, and kills two, in Copenhagen, Denmark just this week (not to mention the other recent events in Europe and elsewhere), we can see two common elements in the targets of Islamic jihad: open Christians & seculars that dare criticize Islam or its followers. As such, it’s amazing that even though such elements are in ready abundance here in the US, most people do not imagine that such attacks can, or will, take place on American soil. As Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan’s Purse and son of evangelist Billy Graham, has said, “The storm is coming.” It is certainly time that most Americans wake up to this fact.
So ask yourself: How are you preparing your family and your soul for this seemingly inevitable event? Continue reading