Luke 21:9-10 - “'And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.' Then he added, 'Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.'"
Back in the days of the Bible, the people living through the New Testament times must have felt like they were living in some dark days. Persecution would only intensify in those days – and as much as six million of them would either be fed to lions, nailed to crosses, ignited as human torches, or boiled in oil. You want to talk about End Times?
But the New Testament was written for them and for us because just as in the heavens above, the darker the sky became around these Christians, the greater and brighter the light would shine. The New Testament was written to encourage them (and us) and to show the hope they have in Jesus. Although we don’t experience physical persecution like those people BACK IN BIBLE times. You can’t deny that our culture is growing darker and darker all around us. In light of this, what does the Bible tell us to do?
In the last two weekend services, the message was “The Reason For Our Hope,” and “Awake, Arise and Act.’ The thesis or theme was clearly that in these dark times or Last Days, we need to shine brightly, the light of Jesus Christ. Why? Because people need Hope and they need to stay safe and positive.
Refuse to be distracted by all that’s going on around me and Arise by developing deep roots in my relationship with Jesus Christ. When I can live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ - nothing will shake me from what I have stored up for me in Heaven. Saving lives and winning souls to Jesus. My goal is simply to point people to Jesus.
Father thank you for the opportunity to win souls for Jesus. I set my sights on You and do my best to make people fall in love with You. Show me Lord the people that don’t know You yet and how I can pray for them and lead them to You - In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.