Saturday, January 17, 2015

Let No One Take Your Crown


A comment I received:

"I sort of give up on humanity and Christianity, I’m beginning to think that man invented God, although I do believe in a creator. Distressing to see all the terrible things man does to man."
My Reply:
So sorry to hear that you are feeling disappointed in God. 

Now that I am working online with so many who are seeing through the hypocrisy of the WT,
I see that the majority coming out, have lost their faith. Like most, they connected God to the WT, and so, becoming disillusioned by the failings of men became interpreted as a failing of God's existence.
Although obscure, 
this is the very test Job was subjected to. Satan was permitted to cause him all manner of misery (Job 1:8,9,10,11,12,20,21). Yet Job refused to lose his faith in God's existence, or his trust in the goodness of God. 
We must not lose our faith in God, due to what others do in His Name.
I find it very sad that the reason God is being discredited, is because people do not understand the reason why God is allowing present circumstances...and that they too, are presently under test. Once prophecy is understood correctly, (putting the WT's erroneous doctrine aside), we can realize that God told us in the scriptures, that this is exactly what was prophesied to happen under the wicked steward. God's Word tells us how God feels about it all,  and what He is doing about it right now. 
Once prophecy is understood and we see it being fulfilled in detail;
our faith is restored. We then can also see clearly, what God will soon do (Rev.1:1; 22:6,7).
That understanding will not be gained, if we give up in our search for God and His righteousness 
(Matt.6:33; 7:7; Prov.2:5; James1:5; Matt.22:8,9,10; Rev.19:9; 21:6; 22:17; 1Cor.2:10; Eph.3:5; Rev.1:20; Dan.12:3,10; Phil.2:15; Rev.1:20).

All mankind is born under the death of Adam (Rom.5:12).
But we also know that Jesus was called the "last Adam" (1Cor.15:21,22,45,47,48,49) 
because he offers a new parentage to men (Isa.9:6; Isa.22:21,22; Rev.3:7; 4:1; Rom.5:17).
He can give life to whomever he chooses (John5:21; 6:63; Matt.7:24,25,26,27; John10:10). 

Although we now live in the hardest period to prove ourselves faithful Christians... 
(John8:31; Luke21:36; Matt.24:21,5,22,24,25; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15,16; 20:7,8; Matt.24:4,5; Rev.13:11,7); is still the favorable day for salvation. It is not too late (2Cor.6:2; Heb.3:7,8,12,13,14,15).
We should not harden our hearts due to the acts of wickedness we see practiced by those claiming to serve God (Isa.58:1,2; 29:13; Jer.7:10,11; Prov.30:12; Titus 1:16; 2Tim.3:5). That wicked world will soon pass away (1John2:17; 2Pet.3:7).
Soon, it will be too late (2Pet.3:9,10,11,12). 
Remember, Jesus said that when it was time for him to return for judgment, it would be like the days of Noah...
No one realized what lie just ahead (Luke 17:26,27,30). But we don't have to be taken by surprise (1Thess.5:4,6,9,11), if we are being taught from the right place (Matt.24:45,46; John21:15; Luke 22:32; Matt.5:14,16). 
Jesus warned us repeatedly about false prophets and wolf-like shepherds. We are in the midst of them now, and need Christ's guidance more than ever to cope successfully (Matt.7:24,25,26,27). 
Now is not the time to have our faith give out (Prov.24:10; Heb.12:3). Whatever we are enduring, it will seem "momentary and light" (2Cor.4:17,18), once this nightmare is behind us (Isa.65:17; James1:12).
If we do not give up, and we seek God's approval; 
we will not be disappointed (Gal.6:9; 1:10; Rom.2:29; Heb.6:18; 1Cor.2:9).
As we both know,
even those near and dear to us, may cause our heart bitter disappointment (Eze.28:24; 2Cor.12:7).
If this causes us to let go of our reward, the failing of others has conquered us (Rom.12:21; Phil.4:13).
Jesus told us, "Let no one take your crown!" (Rev.3:11; 2:10; James1:12; 1Cor.9:25).

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