There are many people right now who are suffering. Not their fault. But if the nation suffers, all suffer. There are limits in what we can control, and there is no such thing as complete safety or complete prosperity. We need to expect that life is going to be difficult. God does not want us to be successful as the world defines success. This world is evil. God wants us to be holy.
The flesh cannot be expected to be other than weak, but the spirit must be willing. That is why it is so important to the devils that people identify with sin — embrace it as a central part of their identity — and why there has been such a push for moral inversion — for people to internalize the idea that evil is good and good, evil.William James Tychonievich
We were told today that we are to extend lockdown for my brother, my sister and my parents. That this is needed, yet there are reports of great distress among young people. This is not among those who are living a dissolute life: one can mask a lot of distress with drugs and the distractions made in California, the home of the Hellmouth and Pornhub.
We forget in this that God is not interested as much in the things we worry about but that we follow the path of Christ. His suffering was for our salvation. Our suffering should be to bear witness to him.
19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.1 Peter 2:19-25
We have to recall, particularly in times that are historically interesting — and when things that you thought were unthinkable are happening — that we are not God. We are made in his image, true, but the image is akin to a map: if is not the territory. The first temptation we had was that we would have knowledge and that this would make us like God.
As if knowledge will automatically lead to right behaviour.
I have decades of study behind me. Some people use me as a walking reference library. I have more credentials than any man needs. I can tell you that knowledge does not lead to right living. Love does, and love drives us to Christ.
If you try to make yourself a god by any other way, whether that be through technology like the transhumanists or a spirituality that sees yourself as already God like some of the non-dualists, then you risk following the path of Satan, the first being that wished to be God on his own terms. The contemporary world situation shows more clearly than ever that it is only Christ who can save us from, on the one hand, demonic attack, and, on the other, our own fallen nature. All goodness is summed up in him and it is only through him that we can find a path through the darkness into which this world has descended. If that wasn’t apparent before it certainly should be now. This is what is meant by things coming to a point.William Wildblood.
If things are coming to a crisis, and anyone who is seeing the narratives shred faster than one can comment on them knows that, then we can expect that (paraphrasing Orwell) there will he hatred for those who are of Christ, for Christ is truth, and speaking the truth is supposed to be unthinkable. We are supposed to instead listen to and believe the lies of the narrative and follow the regulations of weaponized Karens.
But we belong to Christ and him alone.
We can expect the world to despise us. We wear it as high praise.
And from this a church will arise which will truly be the bride of Christ, and the people of this time will find themselves as footnotes. For either Christ will come and save this world, or in his mercy he will bring revival.
This time will end. Our job is to be witnesses to Christ now, and from that God will bring those he has called to himself.