12/17/16 Scattered and Preaching
“There is coming a time when proclaiming My true Gospel will be against the law. In that soon coming time, to say that you are a follower of Jesus will cost you everything, even your life. Your lives will mirror the lives of My early church and the lives of many who have gone before you as martyrs. How will you fare during those times? Who will you hate? How long will you fight for your rights or your right to be right?
"I am preparing you to act as Jesus acted, so that those who hate you because of Him will see My love for them. When will you wake up? When will you see the times in which you live and begin to prepare yourself to glorify Me when people will take joy in hating you? Time is short. Prepare now! I need you to be able to love as Jesus loves when the world is reeling in hatred of My truths.”
Isaiah 48:3 NIV
“I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.”
Jeremiah 12:5 AMP
[But the Lord rebukes Jeremiah’s impatience, saying] If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan?
Acts 8:1&4 NIV
1) On that day, a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
4) Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
2 Cor. 1:8-10 NIV
8) We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.
9) Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
10) He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us…
From the novel, A White Stone, by Jim and Merry Corbett
“My friend, why don’t you just listen and let me explain.” As he poured each of them a diet soda, Carl began. “For as long as I can remember, I have been deeply concerned about this world and its growing global problems, as my father was before me and his father before him. I sat many long hours at my father’s knee as he explained the “special” people and organizations and plans that really ran this world. They orchestrated the rise and fall of governments, implemented wars and skirmishes; and, in general, did what was necessary to bring forth their overall agenda for a peaceful society.
“When I became old enough and was allowed to join these organizations, I gratefully did; knowing that they had the answers to the world’s needs: a unified world, a “New World Order” with one democratic government, one people, one plan, and one common good, all controlled from one place and policed by one police force. It would be a utopian society, where only peace and safety exist for those who desire it. The plans were not being carried out by one organization, however; but by thousands of organizations - many, many levels of operation that knowingly or unknowingly were fulfilling that ultimate goal.” Carl gestured toward the panel they had just walked through. “This is one small section of many such locations, all in place to do the required work when called upon.”
Carl took Tom’s glass and refilled it without asking Tom if he wanted any more. It didn’t matter, however, for Tom was too interested in what Carl was saying to even notice. He again sat across from Tom and continued.
“I thought no one knew about this plan. For as long as I can remember, I was taught never to share anything I knew about our work. Sure, there were always remote articles written, and periodically, someone would uncover some plan or another talking about the secret societies; but they would be discredited or disappear or something and it would all be over. Great pains had been taken to hide all of this,” Carl stated, again pointing to the paneled wall. Then quietly, he began again, looking directly into Tom’s eyes.
“Can you imagine my astonishment when I began reading the Bible? What I had been a part of almost all my life, thinking we had this revolutionary idea for the final good of all mankind, hating God or at least thinking we were doing it without God - if there really was one - had been foretold by Him from the beginning. We are scheming our way right into what God predicted all along that mankind would do. What an awesome God!” Tom smiled as Carl marveled at the ingenuity of His God, Lord and Friend, and then continued.
Your ways are amazing, Lord!