Sunday, September 22, 2019
America v China. It goes on and on. The financial world is somewhat concerned. The gold price has increased by 25% over the last few months – this is a sign. Gold is looked on as a safe place, so as troubles arise in the marketplace of the world, its value increases. Should we be concerned by what is going on?
Concerned as in “worried or anxious”? - Definitely not! ‘Do not worry. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, sufficient for the day is its own trouble’ (from Matthew 6:25-34)
But be alert – we know from scripture that as we get closer and closer to the climax of this age the existing ‘Babylonian’ way of the world doing things is destroyed. (Revelation 17 and 18)
The strong call to the children of God is to come out of Babylon. Come well away from the world’s way of doing things because its destruction is on the way.
Rather like when a big storm is coming, we see the winds beginning to strengthen and the waters of the sea become stirred and troubled, now we are seeing the signs of increasing trouble in the world’s marketplace.
Take heed to your faith. The world is becoming ripe for judgement, but we are already judged, found guilty and fully pardoned in the blood of our Saviour Jesus, and filled with the gift of righteousness. So now we do not come into judgement – see John 5:24.
However, what we do in this life, our works, will be judged one day by fire. Everything done the ‘Babylonian’ way will be devoured like hay and stubble, whereas that done in obedience to the Lord in the Spirit will come through as precious as gold and silver. (1 Corinthians 3:12-17)
‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 4:6-7
In these days what we have built in our own strength will not be able to stand (like the valley experience we speak of in TWL) – so we are likely to see some things fail and may suffer loss. However, we should take heart as there is a wonderful promise of God especially given for times like these – ‘All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ Romans 8:28 Another way of saying this is - God will bring good out of every situation for those who love Him.
As we continue on and see the world system failing, then, as we live by the Spirit, we will rise above the coming storm, the encroaching tide - this is the call of ICCC – become a tall tree or a bush full of fruit – be ready and expectant the Lord will use us more and more in these times!