As you can see in my photograph above, this Hawaiian Moorhen is standing in waters surrounded by tangled tree branches. Sometimes we can feel knee deep in troubled waters and entangled in prison-like barriers that keep us from our full potential of being an effective witness for Jesus. We may have many obstacles that keep us in a state of depression or of not knowing the way out.
But a true believer will not stay in a depressed state for long if he will turn to the Lord in prayer and leave his burdens at the foot of the cross......in Jesus' capable hands of love and compassion.
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." - 1 Peter 5:7
America has recently suffered two horrific hurricanes and another is making its way to the East Coast right now. But keep in mind that many other disasters are happening across the Globe which have killed thousands of persons. America is having wildfires raging in several states, and wildfires are occurring in other countries at the present time as well. I say all this not to preach doom and gloom, but to emphasize that there is plenty we could be depressed about and we should care about the unfortunate victims of these disasters and help them in any way we can. If you are poor and cannot financially help, you can certainly pray for them.
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." - Romans 8:22
Many things.... hundreds of signs... that are happening right now prove that we are "at the finish line" - the last hour of the last days. Many Bible prophecies are converging at the present time.
For true believers, this means Jesus will return soon to Rapture them to be with Him in heaven and later with Him on earth during the millennium reign. This is something we eagerly look forward to... all eternity with the Lord.
Don't be depressed...Look up and watch for the Lord's soon return. (Luke 21:28).
Following is a video on current events and Bible prophecy in which Amir Tsarfati gives an excellent take on current world events.
"Why should I be concerned with Bible Prophecy? I have so many problems to deal with as it is," you may ask. The devil likes to keep us busy with all kinds of things that distract us from the Lord and His will. We don't pray because we think we don't have time; and prayer is vital for a close relationship with God. We don't read the Bible because, again, we don't believe we have the time. The Bible is God's Holy Word, our Love Letter from Him, and our Instruction Manual for living a life that is pleasing to Him. By the reading of His Word, we come to really really know the Lord and His attributes and His will, thereby helping us to have a dynamic and living relationship with Him.
"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." - Jesus speaking at John 17:3
This "knowing" is not just head knowledge; it is a relationship, an understanding of His will, and a thirst to know Him more and more intimately and our wanting to please Him in all we do, and say, and in the way we live our lives......to be more like Christ. This knowing Jesus involves the heart and the soul. It is your very life. They say people know you by the company you keep; be best friends and company with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are always in prayer and pour over His Word diligently, you will become more Christ-like, and thereby be pleasing to the Lord.
My photograph above of the Hawaiian Black-Crowned Night Heron with the small fish in its bill reminds me of how the devil fishes around to snatch as many people as he can in his evil grasp to deceive and destroy them.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." - 1 Peter 5:8
Satan will NOT devour you if you are walking hand in hand with Jesus and if you have a close, personal, and intimate relationship with the Lord. If you are deliberately sinning to indulge your lustful desires and sinful self-will, then beware. The Lord wants only those who surrender to Him and who obey Him, and by that show that they love Him.
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." - Jesus at John 14:21
Now is not the time to be preoccupied with the things of the world. We need to be spiritually minded and seek the Lord continually. Someone once said, "Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey." Of course we should concern ourselves with heavenly things and look forward to being with the Lord (the destination), but we also need to live (the journey) in a way that pleases Him and leads many others to faith in Jesus. Once saved, we should not become passive "couch-potato" Christians. We should be busy doing the Lord's work.
"God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do." - A.W. Tozer
Don't waste your life.
Remember that we are at the finish line.
Do not be distracted away from the Lord.
Time on this earth is short.....
Jesus will return soon.
Will you be ready?
"A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man's greatest tragedy and God's heaviest grief." - A.W. Tozer
"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." - Ephesians 4:30
It is all about love and obedience.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him." - John 14:23