Thursday, November 22, 2012

Worse than the Fiscal Clilff?

What could be worse than the fiscal cliff?

When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about the perilous times that would occur in the last days before Jesus Christ returns to earth in bodily form, he didn’t talk about the problems of collapsing economies, wars, natural disasters and pestilence.
Although these things are mentioned several other places in the Old and New Testaments as signs about the end (see Matthew 24), Paul pointed out conditions that appear to be much worse.
Here is some of what he said in 2 Timothy 3: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
On this Thanksgiving Day one word stands out: Unthankful.”
So, Lord, today I am thankful. First, Heavenly Father, that you loved enough to send your Son to Redeem my soul from sin and give me eternal life. Thank you, Jesus, for pouring your blood out for me.
Thank you, Lord, that you hear and answer prayer. Thanks for healing our son, Gary, when doctors said he only had 40 percent of his kidney function. Thank you for healing our daughter, Gwen, when she had symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but was found to not have anything serious. Thank you for touching Gwen’s husband, Mark, when he had symptoms of a brain aneurysm, but the second test revealed he was OK. Thank you for healing our granddaughter, Melissa, who had croup and her parents were moving in a snowstorm. (By the time they arrived at their destination the croup was gone.) Thank you for six of our younger grandchildren, who are all miracles—four miracles of God’s mercy during their mothers’ pregnancy, and two through the miracle of adoption.
Thank you, God, that our children and grandchildren have the Word of God planted in their hearts and they have accepted you a Savior and are endeavoring to do those things pleasing in your sight.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving us peace when a miracle didn’t come for our daughter, Carolyn. Thank you for the gift she was to our family, and that she had a firm relationship with you.
It seems every week, if not every day, I see your hand working in me, my loved ones, and in the church, answering prayer and directing our footsteps.
Thank you for allowing me to share the gospel with others, and hopefully some of them will change their destination for eternity.
Thanks, again, Lord, for loving the world so much that you gave your one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life (John 3:16.).
Another prayer: Help me to understand, as Paul told Timothy, that matters of our heart, our faith, and our actions, are more important than anything on earth. Yet, I know you also are concerned about our financial needs being met, the strength of our nation, the wisdom of our leaders, and the welfare of the people.
So work in our hearts and the church, but also wake up those who have power over people’s physical and financial future. May they seek your face. Fill with godly wisdom. Thank you for your blessings on the United States in the past, and I ask you to please bless America again.