11 August 2021

I found two quotes that apply to this time. The world is run by fear, and if they cannot get us to fear they want us to rage, so we will expose ourselves as enemies to he raged against.

This is a time of evil. It is a time of lies, and even the truth must be twisted so it protects the narrative of lies.

At present the world is ruled by evil, and consequently our lives are full of threats designed to evoke the sin of fear. Most of these threats are unreal; because evil is a liar – systematically and compulsively.
(Even when evil makes a true statement, speaks a true fact (something which is very painful for an evil being) this ‘fact’ will always be presented in a false and misleading framework. Specific truth will be put to the service of general falsehood; bits of reality will be twisted to reinforce the unreal.)
Nonetheless, among the mass of lies to induce fear, there will also be scattered and seeded real threats – threats to our health, happiness, lifespan…
Yet these ‘true threats’ must be treated with the same contempt as the mass of fake threats: which is to say, we must never allow ourselves to become colonized by fear, from whatever cause or no cause; and must always recognize and reject fear when it arises in us – and whether the threat is fake or indeed real.

This leaves us in a state of disquiet. If we keep close accounts with God (and we should) then it will be those who we care for who trouble us. There will be attacks.

We have reached the point that if we see something that does not attack, we continue to do so. It is now hard to find the wholesome the noble, the beautiful, the true. Our very sense of aesthetics has been influenced, known or unknown, by those who would debase both men and women.

And so we have to protect ourselves.

There are various ways to protect yourself against these attacks. One very simple way is just to watch out for your thoughts and emotions and not allow these to be corrupted. Keep your thoughts on the full reality of God, seeing everything in his light, and do not let your feelings become contaminated by anger, fear or, a particular weakness of mine, irritation. You can still feel these emotions but try to place them in the context of God’s love which can burn them all up. I don’t pretend this is easy. It’s the work of a lifetime but that’s what we are here to do. Life is work, specifically spiritual work, and our labours in this world will be rewarded in the next.
Of all the weapons at our disposal to fight evil I have found (not that it’s a new discovery!) there is none more potent than the name of Jesus. This is a kind of gleaming white sword of fire that can cut right through any demonic attack. "In the name of Jesus Christ, Son of God, depart!" There is no more powerful utterance. Not only does the very name appear to disarm the demons but by appealing to Jesus you summon his aid, both in your own imagination, which is important, and in reality. You are bringing his presence to the field. In a very real sense where his name is spoken, there he is.

There will be casualties from the sense of despair. Without Christ, the despair can be overwhelming. Regardless of worldly success. But for those who remain faithful, there will be revival and restoration.

Jeremiah 31:1-6

31 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
2 This is what the Lord says:
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when it went to find its rest.”
3 The Lord appeared to him long ago, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you out with kindness.
4 I will build you again and you will be rebuilt,
Virgin of Israel!
You will take up your tambourines again,
And go out to the dances of the revelers.
5 Again you will plant vineyards
On the hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will enjoy the fruit.
6 For there will be a day when watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
‘Arise, and let’s go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’”

John 6:35-40

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry, and the one who believes in Me will never be thirsty. 36 But I said to you that you have indeed seen Me, and yet you do not believe. 37 Everything that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I certainly will not cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of everything that He has given Me I will lose nothing, but will raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

When we are challenged by the rulers of this age, and we will find that we will be tested to see where our allegiance lies, We need to rcall the facts of the cross.

Chris suffered and died for us, for our sins, and in that agony the due penalty for my sins, for all of our wrongdoing, was done

This is complete, finished, final, and our surety of salvation. It is not our doing, and it is not dependant on the powers or princes of this time

It is the work of God, and his alone.

To him alone should we give the glory.