Like many of you I have been listening to all the warnings; all the words of the Prophets and Preachers. We should instinctively know things are “afoot.” That’s okay. These things must happen, Jesus said, “Don't you realize that I am able right now to call to my Father, and twelve companies—more, if I want them—of fighting angels would be here, battle-ready? But if I did that, how would the Scriptures come true that say this is the way it has to be?" (Matthew 26:52-54). We are to listen carefully to the warnings of the watchmen but there is no need to become obsessed with their warnings.
We are to be alerted and warned by prophetic messages, and we are to heed every one that is revealed and confirmed in Scripture. We are to gather all the knowledge we can about the coming storm, so we can prepare our hearts for whatever destruction it brings. But, now hear me out, we are not to let fear or anxiety consume our thinking, dominate our minds, take hold of our hearts!
Darkness is certainly coming, and judgment is at our very door. But as God's people, we cannot allow any cloud of darkness to hide the light of his great promises of love and mercy toward his people. We are to be well informed by the Lord's words and prophets, but we are not to dwell on prophetic knowledge so much that it takes over our lives.
The devil would love for that to happen. He knows that if he can't get you to doubt God's Word concerning his judgment; he will take you to another extreme by driving you to a fearful obsession with perilous times. He will try to rob you of all hope by consuming you with thoughts of foreboding.
The apostle Paul reassures us about such things with this instruction: "One final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about those things. Put your mind on things that are excellent and worthy of praise" (Philippians 4:8). Paul is telling us, "You have heard all the warnings. Now, simply take heed to what God's Word reveals and do what his watchmen are saying. Then, finally, fix all your thoughts on Jesus and his goodness and allow the Spirit of God guide you."
I have faithfully warned of a soon-to-come worldwide economic holocaust, and we already see this happening around the world. I have warned that Christians are going to suffer—that there will be great loss and hardship—and right now multitudes of believers all over the world are enduring unbelievable tribulation. But none of these things is the focus of all my energies and ministry. No, the deepest expression of my soul is to proclaim the love of God the Father and the tender mercy of our Savior Jesus.
So when I go to bed at night, I know that he alone is in control of all these things. I simply do what the prophet Isaiah did: he put his mind to rest by fully trusting in his Lord. He said, "You will keep in perfect peace [now notice this] those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you" (Isaiah 26:3). Do you understand that? Be aware of the current times and seasons of His return, but focus on His Love; His Mercy; His compassion. Then, share that with those around you.
(I send out messages like this to about 80 people each morning. If you are interested, let me know. However, you can also find these messages at: Thought For The Day)