Commentary By: Gordon King
These are tumultuous times that we are living in, times where anything goes and anything can happen! If you are of the world then you can expect the worst, if you are a follower of Christ then you can expect the very best. With that being said, all of us can expect to go through some terrible times, to have trials and tribulations. The world will do it’s best to bring down even the elect!
As a follower of Christ you should expect the world to try and bring you down, to weaken your faith, and to place doubts in your mind. This is the way of the world, the way of Satan himself!
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.“
Even Jesus was tempted by Satan, as Satan tried to get Jesus to bow down and worship at his feet! The apostles were also tempted, abused, and persecuted as Jesus was. And so it goes, as followers of Christ we will also be tempted, abused, and persecuted!
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.“
Do not think that you are exempt from persecution, that the world will treat you with kid gloves, be aware and ready at all times! Know that He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Do not place your faith and trust in the things of this world, but place them in God! Seek Him in all things, and even through trials and tribulations know that He hears you and He will see you through. He will be with you through the darkness, through the valley of the shadow of death!
We as Christians need God daily, we need to remember just who we are in Christ, and that the good Lord is with us at all times! Especially during these last times it is essential for us to seek God first, to repent of our sins, and to follow His will not our own.
As the darkness closes in around us we become more vulnerable to the attacks of the evil ones. If we let down our guard then we can succumb to the wiles of the devil. Put on the full armor of God daily, do it each morning before you leave the house, pray without ceasing, and remember His words, write them on your heart!
I am telling you this because things are going to get much worse very quickly! Listen to the words of Christ Himself, as in labor pains, that means that things will speed up and intensify the closer we get to the return of our Lord and Savior. Time already seems to be flying by at speeds never before seen in the history of mankind, and the evil in the world is speeding up just as quickly!
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all remember who we are and where we belong. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit but follow His lead. Listen to God’s quiet voice, and when you don’t hear it just remember that He hears you! God is not only within us, He is everywhere, Omnipresent!
Good Lord in heaven hear my prayers. I pray that you give all your children the courage, power, and strength to carry on until Your return. Give us wisdom, insight, knowledge, and the ability to perform Your will on earth as it is in heaven! Fill us to the brim with Your Holy Spirit, anoint us with Your supernatural power, and guide us in all of Your ways. Open the eyes of the blind and those with deaf ears, show them the truth, and lead them all to salvation. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!