I WILL TRUST, AND NOT BE AFRAID

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary:

God is my salvation; 

not only my Saviour, by whom I am saved,

but my salvation, in whom I am safe.

and if God be my salvation, 

if he undertake my eternal salvation, 

I will trust in him to prepare me for it and preserve me to it. 

I will trust him with all my temporal concerns, not doubting but he will make all to work for my good.  

I will be confident, that is, I will be always easy in my own mind.

Note, Those that have God for their salvation may enjoy themselves with a holy security and serenity of mind. 

Let faith in God as our salvation be effectual, 

(1.) To silence our fears. 

We must trust, and not be afraid, not be afraid that the God we trust in will fail us; 

no, there is no danger of that; 

not be afraid of any creature, though ever so formidable and threatening. 

Note, Faith in God is a sovereign remedy against disquieting tormenting fears.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

AND BECAUSE INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND…

Today’s church is very much interested in what is happening in the Middle East, seeing it as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The grounds for this belief, whether we are aware of it or not, is the unbiblical teaching of dispensationalism

Please read the following post… And because iniquity shall abound… It was written in 2008 by PJ Miller, and it is as relevant today, even more so, than when it was first written ten years ago. I recommend reading the post and PJ’s comments at the end. (Although the blog is no longer active, you can still read the posts and comments.)

Excerpt… “it is imperative that Christians today take discernment based on God’s Word very seriously as not doing so will certainly cause one to feed on leavened bread and adulterated word which in turn will cause you to set your spiritual affection after things of this world – idols of this day and age. (*we see this today …Christians who’s theology has led them into making an idol out of flesh and blood people, and plots of ground in the Middle East).” PJ Miller

The war drums are beating again. Now is the time to take this issue to heart.

How to Create a Conscientious Objector’s (CO) File

Link… “The ability to document one’s convictions is important. Documenting these beliefs before you actually file a claim for Conscientious Objector status is particularly helpful.”

Most “born again” churches today have strayed from Biblically based “Conscientious Objector” beliefs long held and taught by the Christian churches of the past. For that reason it has become necessary for born again Christians to document their beliefs long before a draft is initiated.  

The link below from the Mennonite Church is a good resource to give you an “idea” of how to document your Conscientious Objector beliefs.

Excerpt … “A CO file is a collection of faith statements, references, and other evidence that you are a conscientious objector to participation in the military. The purpose of the file is to give evidence to a draft board that your beliefs are long-held and sincere, not a ploy to avoid being sent into a specific war. Young women should also make a file, since it is likely that women would be included in a draft.”

 

CHRISTIAN ZIONISM AND DISPENSATIONAL THEOLOGY

We as believers need to guard against embracing false and dangerous teachings. You will find many good posts at Sola Dei Gloria which expose the false doctrines of Christian Zionism and Dispensational Theology that have permeated our modern day church. Become a regular reader.

WATCH

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Barnes:

I say unto all, Watch – This command was proper, not only for those who were expecting the calamities that were soon to come upon the Jews, but for all who are soon to die and to go to the judgment.

We know not the time of our death. We know not how soon we shall be called to the judgment. The Son of man may come at any moment, and we should therefore be ready.

If we are his friends; if we have been renewed and pardoned; if we have repented of our sins, and have believed on him. and are leading a holy life, we “are” ready.

If not, we are unprepared, and soon – probably while we are not expecting it – the cold hand of death will be laid on us, and we shall be hurried to the place where is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

Oh how important it is to be ready, and to escape the awful sufferings of an eternal hell!

Matthew Henry:

Our duty is to watch and pray. Our Lord Jesus, when he ascended on high, left something for all his servants to do. We ought to be always upon our watch, in expectation of his return. This applies to Christ’s coming to us at our death, as well as to the general judgment.

We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth, or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we begin to die, and therefore we must expect death.

Our great care must be, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure, indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty. He says to all, Watch, that you may be found in peace, without spot, and blameless.

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