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THE CONDITION OF A FALLEN WORLD

2 Thessalonians 3: 1&2  - Finally brothers, pray for us that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified even as it is with you. And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

It is true that all men do not have saving faith. There are many who are religious and many who live good and honorable lives. But the truth remains that if a person has never trusted Christ as their personal Savior they are lost. They are under the wrath of Almighty GOD. They are destined for eternal judgment. What a sobering thought. There is only one solution. They must come to understand that they are a guilty sinner without hope outside of personal faith in Jesus Christ.

That is why it is imperative that we spend quality time in earnest prayer for the message of the cross to go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is true that many will not believe the message. It is true that many will resist the testimony that is presented. There are many enemies of the message of the cross. There are many who have suffered greatly to carry this great message. Satan is alive and well. But thank GOD, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Romans 1:16 says, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of GOD unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of GOD revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."

What is our responsibility? Pray for opportunities to share the message of the cross and to help lost people to come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says the effectual fervent  prayer of a righteous man avails much. So let's pray and witness in the power of the Holy Spirit. In closing, I would also ask you to pray for our Pastor and for our church staff to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.  1 Corinthians 1:18 says, "for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of GOD."  Oh bless His Holy Name.

 

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WEEPING

Jeremiah is known as the “weeping” prophet. Not only did he foretell the judgment that was coming on Israel and Jerusalem (“Listen! I am going to bring a disaster on this place that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle…” 19:3), unlike other prophets of Israel who ministered before him, he actually lived through the worst of this disaster when Jerusalem fell! He also wrote the book of Lamentations. Not only did he suffer at the hand of his own countrymen who opposed him, he also saw his countrymen go through great suffering, judgment that God had said was coming.

 

I have been working with a team of translators in eastern Indonesia on their translation of the Jesus Film, and, because of recent experiences, the account of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44) was particularly poignant to me. Jesus, as God, knew of the judgment that would be coming to Jerusalem just a few years later when the Roman army would destroy and level the city. Jesus knew that the city and the leadership had largely rejected Him, and, as a man, He wept for the city and their coming judgment.

 

Shortly before working on the Jesus Film in eastern Indonesia, I had been working for two weeks in the city of Palu, Indonesia, with a different team of translators. (Our family had a home in this city for much of the 80’s, one of our daughters was born there, and we knew and know many parts of the city well.) One week after I left Palu, this city was struck with both an earthquake and tsunami on September 28 that left many hundreds dead. I did not know, of course, when I left Palu only days before, about the death and destruction that would soon be coming to that city; now our hearts are heavy for those people.

 

Although we never know exactly what the future holds for us, we DO know the fate of those who enter into eternity without a Savior. May each of us serve God faithfully, following the example of Jeremiah and our Savior, proclaiming what is true, and loving others as we have opportunity.

 

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