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Monday, September 6, 2010

Prepare pt5

Dear beloved: As the end days draw near and the coming of Jesus return becomes more imminent, you will see many grow cold and fall away from the faith. Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets will arise and mislead many. v12 And because lawlessness is increased, the love of many (or most people's love) will grow cold. The devil will deceive many people, even those who confess to be Christians, and lead them astray into all kinds of deception and false doctrines. For many they will join false religions and cults such that will give them a sense of belonging and satisfy their urge to be connected to a spiritual path. For many others, especially in America and other prosperous nations, they will be led down the path of more attachment to materialism and pursuit of happiness through their hobbies and nonstop desire for entertainment and pleasure.

Amos 8:11 tells us "Behold the days are coming" declares the Lord God, "when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. v12 And people will stagger from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it. v13 In that day the beautiful virgins and the young men will faint from thirst." Beloved, a day of reckoning is coming when people will be crying out for any message of hope, of restoration, of redemption, and they will not find it. Why won't they find it? First, they will not know where to look because at that point many of the churches will be closed from lack of attendance or will have been driven underground due to government persecution and separation of church and state laws that will effectively legislate the church out of its public place. And second, many of the elect will be deceived to the point the evangelists, prophets, and apostles in the land will be few and far between, they too having been hounded into seclusion or martyrdom by the ever increasing persecution. Beloved, pray that this nation will stand strong in the face of the devil's plan to destroy the kingdom foundations of this country.

You may feel like you are all alone and unable to stand by yourself in prayer and supplication for your family and nation. Elijah felt the same way and even wanted to take his own life he was so discouraged. Elijah says in 1 Kings 19:14 "I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, torn down Thy altars and killed Thy prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my lfe to take it away." But the Lord did not encourage Elijah's pity, in fact, he did just the opposite; He told Elijah to return to the wilderness of Damascus and then gave him three kingdom jobs to do. And then He told him in verse 18 " Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him." Beloved, take heart, you are not alone! Keep praying, keep fighting for your family, stay diligent in your faith. God hears your prayers and will deliver you from your situation. God bless you this day, in Christ, Jim

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