1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV “Rejoice evermore.  PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We just read God’s will for us all. Let’s be honest, doing what the passage above says can be a challenge. With all the fear mongering in our worldly media it can be tough. We can forget to REJOICE ALWAYS, to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, and to GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING.
Though Jesus tells us to be watchful we must be careful not to watch what the other side is doing so much that it depresses us. I have to admit I recently made that mistake. It’s so easy to get sucked into the alternative or mainstream news media. There’s always something wickedly weird going on. But we must fight to keep our joy always, make time to pray always, and remember to give thanks in everything. We must keep our eyes on Jesus more than this world’s latest freak show. Anything that hinders keeping our eyes on Christ must be eradicated; pulled up by the roots, and burned.
Luke 21:36 KJV “Watch ye therefore, and PRAY ALWAYS, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
After describing the many evils that would come to pass in the last days Jesus encouraged His disciples to PRAY ALWAYS that they may be counted worthy to escape all the terrible things that would come on the earth. Again, if we’re always watching the news even to see how Bible prophecy is being fulfilled, but we’re not always earnestly praying, that’s not good. We must spend more time in prayer.
Recently I prayed to God asking him why I was feeling so down. He revealed to me I was doing too much watching (YouTube videos etcetera) and not enough praying. What we take into our eyes and ears through TV, videos, etcetera really affects us. We must be careful that what we deem as good doesn’t become bad. Think about it, what would benefit us more, spending much time watching what the evil one and his team are doing? Or spending more time in prayer with God? If we choose the latter we will feel a whole lot better. Over-watching everything can be so depressing. Moderation is definitely encouraged here. Knowing everything in the news is not what will make us escape what is coming. But having a good relationship with God through prayer is our safety net.
Proverbs 18:10 KJV “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
‘I AM ABOUT TO UPROOT’
Jeremiah 45:4-5 KJV “Thus shalt thou say unto him, The Lord saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.  And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.”
These words above were spoken under inspiration of the Holy Spirit by Jeremiah to his assistant Baruch. At a certain point in Jeremiah’s ministry Baruch wrote down in a scroll the words of God as he heard them from Jeremiah’s mouth. He also read these words in the presence of all the people. When the scroll was read to king Jehoiakim he burned it. He also ordered that Jeremiah and Baruch be arrested. But they could not be found because the Lord hid them. Why was the king so furious at the words in the scroll? Because they prophesied doom for his kingdom. God decreed that the whole land would be destroyed by king Nebuchadnezzar the king of of Babylon because of the Jews constant unfaithfulness to Him.
Do you see a parallel in our world today? The Bible says:
Psalm 9:17 KJV “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
The nation that forgets God will perish! It’s happened all throughout history. Kingdoms come and kingdoms go. No matter where you live on earth today it is apparent that we are living in a time similar to Jeremiah’s. There is wickedness and chaos everywhere! The whole world is falling apart. They’re trying to hold it all together by selling the masses a fake peace and security where we all come together as one. But as Jehu told Jezebel’s son king Joram:
2 Kings 9:22 NLT “How can there be peace as long as the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother, Jezebel, are all around us?”
Our world is steeped in idolatry and witchcraft! (1 Samuel 15:23)
The Jezebel spirit permeates the world. There can be no real peace as long as this exist. It’s all a facade. Hence God is about to destroy all who hate Him and love this filthy world! Then there will be true peace and security. The only way to avoid God’s judgment is to individually repent. Some of us have. But the world has a way of still tugging at us. Hence, God’s question to Baruch in Jeremiah 45:5 can be posed to us:
Jeremiah 45:5 MEV “But are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster upon all flesh, says the Lord, but I will give your life to you as booty in all the places where you go.”
God is saying to us, “Wake up!” just as He told Baruch. Though he wrote down and even read all the words in the scroll to the people Baruch was distracted. The judgments of God depressed him so much that he couldn’t rest. Some of us feel the same way today. Jeremiah told Baruch:
Jeremiah 45:2-5 MEV “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: You said, “Alas, WOE IS ME! For THE LORD HAS ADDED GRIEF TO MY SORROW. I fainted in my sighing, and I FIND NO REST.” Thus you shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: That which I have built I will break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land. But are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster upon all flesh, says the Lord, but I will give your life to you as booty in all the places where you go.”
God got to the root of Baruch’s problem and encouraged him to repent. Baruch was seeking great things for himself. He did not want life as he knew it to come to an end. This is why it was so hard for him to accept what God was about to do to the nation. His whole world was falling apart. There was something great that Baruch was seeking. And now was not the time to be searching for it God said. God’s plan to bring destruction on the whole land must have looked to Baruch like his goal would never be attained. But God was lovingly telling him to, ‘Let it go, this is all about to be destroyed. But you will escape with your life!’ God did not want what happened to Lot’s wife to happen to Baruch.
Luke 17:32 NIV “Remember Lot’s wife!”
Do we hear God lovingly telling us to, “Let it go,” because He’s about to bring destruction on the whole land? Has God added grief to our sorrow?’ Just when we’re about to accomplish this or that, does it look like it’s all about to come to an end?
What God has decreed must take place. God would not be a righteous God and a God of justice if He did not bring this wicked world to an end. And like king Jehoiakim the rulers and peoples of this world system have burned God’s words. They want nothing to do with God. They have outlawed God’s words in one country after another. Last I checked the Bible and Christianity was banned in over 52 countries. And right now in the United States in the state of California they are trying to get a law passed that would ban the Bible as hate speech. Oh yeah, imagine what happens next. Idolatry and witchcraft is EVERYWHERE! Just as it was in Jeremiah’s day. Do you think that America and all the other nations will be immune from God’s punishment?
Let’s accept the counsel that God gave to Baruch: “STOP SEEKING GREAT THINGS FOR YOURSELF! SEEK THEM NOT!” You don’t have to go down with this world. God promised Baruch (and he promises us too) that he would escape with his life as a reward. But that did not mean he would be immune from all hardship while his nation was being destroyed. Think about it.
Proverbs 14:32 KJV “The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.”
Instead of seeking great things for ourselves in this world let’s follow the counsel below:
Matthew 6:33 KJV “But SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
1 John 2:15-17 KJV “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Luke 21:36 KJV “Watch ye therefore, and PRAY ALWAYS, that YE MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Fall out of love with this world. It’s going down!
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