Mom’s Note: This article should be read and shared. Click through and read it in its entirety.
By Dovid Ben-Meir
A day doesn’t go by when you don’t see a comment somewhere in the media about the “occupation” of the “West Bank” or of “Palestine”. You may even hear it referred to (incorrectly) as the longest occupation in modern history.
Occupation is when a foreign army invades and controls land that doesn’t belong to that army’s country. During WWII Germany occupied France, Japan occupied parts of China, Egypt occupied Sudan in the 19th century and beyond, and China has occupied Tibet in what is truly the longest occupation in the modern world, and so on.
Legally – occupation is only when the land occupied had formerly been under the legal control of another sovereign state. Continue…
In the past few months, the world has gone through some of the most far-reaching and consequential events in the history of mankind and most people—including most church goers, are unaware of these developments.
Concerning His return, Jesus said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, andso that day come upon you unawares.For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34-35).
Our Lord was saying beware of getting so preoccupied with the cares of this world that you fail to watch for His return. Beware of getting so distracted that you fail to watch the signs or you will be caught by surprise.
Below is a short list of recent historic developments (monumental events of great prophetic significance) that only a few are paying attention to. Continue
Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change. It is possible to become tender-hearted when once you were callous and insensitive. It is possible to stop being dominated by bitterness and anger. It is possible to become a loving person no matter what your background has been.
The Bible assumes that God is the decisive factor in making us what we should be. With wonderful bluntness the Bible says, “Put away malice and be tenderhearted.” It does not say, “If you can . . . ” Or: “If your parents were tender-hearted to you . . . ” Or: “If you weren’t terribly wronged or abused . . . ” It says, “Be tender-hearted.”
This is wonderfully freeing. It frees us from the terrible fatalism that says change is impossible. It frees us from mechanistic views that make our backgrounds our destinies.
If I were in prison and Jesus walked into my cell and said, “Leave this place tonight,” I might be stunned, but if I trusted his goodness and power, I would feel a rush of hope that freedom is possible. If he commands it, he can accomplish it.
If it is night and the storm is raging and the waves are breaking high over the pier, and the Lord comes to me and says, “Set sail tomorrow morning,” there is a burst of hope in the dark. He is God. He knows what he is doing. His commands are not throw-away words.
His commands always come with freeing, life-changing truth to believe. For example: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other [that’s the command], just as God in Christ also has forgiven you [that’s the life-changing truth]. Therefore be imitators of God [command], as beloved children [life-changing truth]; and walk in love [command], just as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma [life-changing truth]” (Ephesians 4:32–5:2).
There is life-changing power in the truths of this text. Ponder them with me as you pray for that power to change you.
1. God adopted us as his children.
We have a new Father and a new family. This breaks the fatalistic forces of our “family of origin.” “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, he who is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9).
Do you ever wish you could turn off your mind? I mean, do you think too much? I have always been introspective and analytical….cerebral. Until recently, this personality trait has been no more than a nibbling in the back of my mind. It was controllable. It wasn’t until I was born again that my mind has gone into overload.
Allow me to explain. I publically acknowledged Jesus as my Lord and Savior and was baptized when I was eleven years old. The next 25 years consisted first of “Bible beating” my peers, to wandering away and buying into the lies of political correctness and extreme feminism in my college years, to sleep walking through my mid-twenties and early thirties. It literally was only recently that- during a depressed, dark time- I surrendered all and understood what it was for Jesus not to just be Savior, but Lord. While I cannot give you an exact date, it has certainly been within the last six months that I began to understand what it means to be born againand to walk in the Spirit while abiding in Jesus.
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12 (emphasis mine)
I look at everything differently now and I cannot shut off my mind! Even while performing the mundane tasks of home making and motherhood, I am thinking. Sometimes I cannot help myself but to bounce some of my thoughts off others. Ya know, get their input. I call this intellectual/theological banter. They call it annoying.
This is where the walk gets lonely. Even the Christians in my life cannot see the value in setting aside a few minutes to think about/pontificate issues that do not directly relate to their busy schedules. The lawn must be mowed, car washed, groceries bought, fill in the blank. When I ask what they are thinking about when they do these necessary, but mundane, tasks everyone of them will say…”nothing. I’m just focusing on what I am doing or what I need to do next.”
I cannot imagine this….going through life with thoughts no deeper than what lays before me at that moment or what is next on my To-Do List. I’m not necessarily saying this is wrong. I just cannot fathom it. Even in during my decade of sleep-walking through life…my mind was churning with random thoughts that had little to nothing to do with my chores. I understand every Christian is given a measure of faith and individual gifts to make up the Body of Christ. However, it does get lonely when the thoughts I deem worthy of mental energy are shrugged off by my friends and family, and what they want to talk about is-in my mind-a waste of time.
For example: I am told, “I don’t have time to consider what is happening in Syria, or the Gosnell trial or the riots in Sweden. There’s nothing I can do about any of it, so why bother thinking/talking about it? Sure, times are evil and we are in what must be the last days but I cannot spend much time contemplating prophecy-what’s going to happen is going to happen.” (Which is basically, saying to me, shut up cause my life is more full than yours cause obviously you have too much time on your hands if you are thinking about current events and theological issues.) Meanwhile, I am thinking (but I don’t say so, cause that would be way too rude and hurtful and while I am honest, I do not lack tact), “why should I care about the latest knick-knack you picked up at Hobby Lobby or how you’ve got this and this to do or what so-and-so said about so-and-so? Don’t you know we could be raptured at any moment? THIS is what consumes your thoughts?”.
Ah, we each have our own walk and we must all work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Still, I wonder-am I nuts for giving a hoot about current events and topics pertaining to God’s Word (while not in “church”)? Some times I feel as though I am beating my head against a wall wishing those I love would have that “light bulb” moment that Jesus is about to return. We are living in exciting and important times. Why do so few people “get” this? Lots of people say they do, but I cannot help but doubt it because if they did they wouldn’t be so concerned about the day-to-day but instead be excited and looking up as they went about their day.