We did not watch the news last night, for Adam's correction was noted: instead we drove out of town, watching the sunset, and past a house that we considered as an option for casa weka. It has, since we inspected it, been repiled, reglazed, and now stands square and as secure as anything can be when your foundation is functionally sand dunes. We were thankful. We bought a house elsewhere, on the side of a hill, on solid(ish) rock. In New Zealand security of foundations is something relative, and we don't bother noting any earthquakes under a Richter scale of 4.0: (we build so houses survive an 8.0 earthquake).
We need, whenever, possible, to remind ourselves of the goodness of God. That floods and drought are still news, and not mere seasons (Yes, Adam, I know drought is the usual state of most of Western Australia). That there is food and coffee.
Praise God for coffee.
This allows us to remain cleaved to God, while our enemies rage against us.
Lord of all power and might,
who art the author and giver of all good things;
Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of thy great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Know this to the point where it is in your bones. It is Christ who keeps the elect. His church will be built. There is nothing, nothing, that our enemies can do about this. For God is outside of this world, and knows the end as he knows the beginning, for both are God.
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
At this point at Casa Weka, we went to church, and at church the vision given five years ago was discussed. That there was revival fires from the north to the south of New Zealand: that there would be a church lifting Christ high in every town and that all people could drive to a church that preached Christ within 20 minutes, and walk to a home group within 10 minutes, in any town or city in New Zealand. After this was declared (five years ago) the entire leadership had to deal with divisions in the church, half if not all the leadership had illness or anxiety or fear, and -- though they prayed and fasted and got ready for expansion and revival -- it took about two years for that season of opposition to end, and that was before this secular season of difficulty.
(Not all these will have the same church brand, but that does not matter. What matters is that New Zealand returns to Christ as a nation set apart for God).
To which I have a comment: there is nothing unusual about New Zealand. We are a standard Western Globohomo apostate nation as far as our elite is concerned. I am convinced that nationality is not a barrier to the love of Jesus, and that Christ wants all nations set apart for him. I am also convinced that God will use the rulers around for his good purpose, and won't want for them to be perfect.
May revival come, in all nations, and in this time. For those who are evil are now open in their hatred of Christ. They think we are surrounded, but they are surrounded by things mighter than the spirit of this age and its infernal masters.
Know this: God Chose you, God will preserve you, and at the end those theologians who wrestled with this passage will all be corrected. The division is simple. If you are for Christ, or against him. The elite is against him. Do not be them, and do not be like them.