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World Tomorrow
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The Coming Day of the LORD in Jeremiah 30
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Understanding and Surviving Personal Adversity
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News Review - 22 Jan 2021
Foundation Of America

Built on a foundation of free speech, freedom of religion, a free press and the right of peaceful protest…

America’s Foundation Crumbles

The foundation on which America was built is the US Constitution. It “…provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens”, as the following Whitehouse article points out.

“The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the States, it is the source of all government powers and provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens.” (whitehouse.gov)

The First Amendment

“The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. It also protects the right to peaceful protest and to petition the government. The amendment was adopted in 1791 along with nine other amendments that make up the Bill of Rights – a written document protecting civil liberties under US law.

The First Amendment text reads: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’

While the First Amendment protected freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition, subsequent amendments under the Bill of Rights dealt with the protection of other American values including the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury.” (history.com)

“Follow The DATA, Follow The Power.”

Free speech is under attack, as the following article explains:

“From the day that I started to write about globalization 45 years ago, my co-author, the late Professor Antony C Sutton, drilled into my brain ‘Follow the money, follow the power.’ This has served me well throughout the years. Today, we must also add, ‘Follow the DATA, follow the power.’ Of course, data is money and it is the addiction of Technocrats everywhere.

Big Tech, which is chock full of hard-core Technocrats, just killed up-and-coming social media power Parler. First its apps were dropped on Android and Apple phones and then Amazon abruptly cancelled its data storage/processing contract and summarily terminated all connections. Gone within hours at the hands of three co-conspirator Big Tech behemoths.

NOW, THAT’S POWER.

Who has the power to censor the President of the United States from communicating with American citizens and then murder a thriving company like Parler at the same time?

Not Nancy Pelosi.
Not Chuck Schumer.
Not Adam Schiff.
Not Antifa.
Not Black Lives Matter.
Not Marxists.
Not Communists.
Not Fascists.
Not the United Nations.
Not Republicans.
Not Anarchists.
Not environmental extremists.
Not the World Health Organization.

So much for who has the power.

You get the point.

It’s Big Tech.” (technocracy.news)

“De-platforming”

All of Donald Trump’s communication systems were cut off! The President of the United States of America cut off from communicating with his supporters. Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla and his email provider all cut him off.

Within hours, he was “de-platformed” for “wrongthink”!

So much for the First Amendment!

Donald Trump Facebook and Instagram ban ‘indefinite’

“Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook for at least the remainder of his presidency, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said”. (express.co.uk)

Trump Campaign Suspended By Mail Service Provider

“The Trump campaign is now blocked from emailing their millions of supporters after being suspended by their email service provider.” (thegatewaypundit.com)

Growing List Of Trump Supporters Being Silenced

“Attorney Sidney Powell Now Suspended from Twitter – Joins the Growing List of Trump Supporters Being Silenced. Powell joins General Flynn as the latest in what appears to be a massive purge of Trump supporters from the platform.” (thegatewaypundit.com)

Mozilla Joins Big Tech’s Purge Of Free Speech

“Mozilla, the non-profit company behind Firefox browser, has joined the fight against free speech, motivated by the narrative about what happened at the US Capitol on January 6th. In tandem with other tech giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google, the CEO of Mozilla Mitchell Baker called for ‘more than de-platforming’. The newly defined goals of the company include exposing who advertisers are; and revealing networks of people who are guilty of WRONGTHINK.

The company which claims its ‘core values are openness and inclusion’ is now openly advocating for going beyond ‘de-platforming’.(technocracy.news)

Big Tech Has Proven It’s More Powerful Than Any Government

“With unilateral censorship of a sitting US president, Big Tech has proven it’s more powerful than any government. Big Tech’s moves to muscle President Donald Trump off social media have been heralded by some as victory.

But a corporate-run state with politicians serving as mere figureheads amounts to the very fascism they claim to oppose.

The smug, palpable air of ‘mission accomplished’ emanating from Facebook, Twitter and Google in the weeks after the media called November’s election for Democrat Joe Biden has been hard to ignore. Thanks to an iron grip on the political narrative and the heavy-handed suppression of any influential dissenting voices, these insanely wealthy companies and their partners in the media establishment have managed to successfully upend what was left of the US’ democratic process.

The epic pearl-clutching that followed Wednesday’s march on the Capitol is almost guaranteed to result in further restrictions on online speech — and as many observers noted, that’s just how Big Tech and Big Brother want it. No explanations have been forthcoming as to why the Capitol was largely unguarded during the protests, even though Trump had for weeks been calling on his followers to stage ‘wild’ demonstrations on that day. Nor was it clear why Mayor Muriel Bowser waited so long before sending in police and the military to rein in the chaos.

The stage seemed to have been deliberately set for disaster, just the sort of spectacle a clever Big Business-Big Tech axis needs to terrify the masses into believing a full-on insurrection is afoot.

And should the relationship sour, and politicians want their power back? Big Tech can easily scuttle any legislative attempts to break up its monopoly merely by threatening to expose the secrets of the dozens of government agencies that have their data stored in the cloud. Deplatforming Trump is only the beginning of a megalomaniacal crusade against all those who would question a government by the algorithms, of the algorithms, and for the algorithms.” (rt.com)

Roadmap For Future Political Censorship

“Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO: ‘We are focused on one account [@realDonaldTrump] right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration. So, the focus is certainly on this account [@realDonaldTrump] and how it ties to real world violence. But also, we need to think much longer term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon. You know, the US is extremely divided. Our platform is showing that every single day.’ Dorsey said that censoring Trump was just the beginning.” (projectveritas.com)

A Masterclass In Media Control

“Despite the mewling of the spineless American media, the real coup this week wasn’t committed by President Trump’s supporters, but by his opponents.

They’re writing a manual on modern regime change, and it’s ready for export. When President Donald Trump’s supporters forced their way inside the US Capitol on Wednesday, they did not act as a unified force bent on seizing power. Instead they snapped selfies, looted souvenirs, and engaged in petty vandalism… it was soon snuffed out and Congress returned to work that evening to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

Their ringleader even urged them to go home and committed himself to the ‘seamless’ transition of power to Joe Biden. Worst Coup - Ever. Yet politicians on all sides and their enablers in the media swiftly declared it an ‘armed insurrection,’ a ‘coup attempt,’ and an example of ‘domestic terrorism.’ ‘Never Trump’ Republican Kurt Bardella described Wednesday’s events as ‘symbolically worse than Pearl Harbor or 9/11,’ while pundits described the littering and hooliganism as an assault on the ‘temple of our democracy’ – you know, the same temple where respectable politicians vote on which foreign land their young soldiers will die in next.

There’s endless arguments to be made calling out the hypocrisy of America’s elites, who stood idly by as Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters burned and looted the country all summer long, but principles do not matter to these people. Only naked power and the will to wield it. And wield it they did.

As has become abundantly clear since Wednesday, the real coup was not against America’s ruling class, but by them.

Incoming President Joe Biden compared pro-Trump Republicans to Nazis and promised to direct the Justice Department to lead a crackdown on ‘domestic terrorism.’ The equation of Trump supporters to terrorists here is implicit.

As politicians used every tool at their disposal to box Trump in, their allies in Silicon Valley made an unprecedented move. Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, his primary means of communication with the public, while thousands of accounts belonging to his supporters were deleted. The significance of Silicon Valley’s involvement can not be overstated. Big Tech worked hand-in-glove with big government to de-person the president of the United States of America and prevent his supporters from organizing.

Cutting off an opponent’s access to the media is step one in the regime change playbook, and the US government would know, having written several of them.” (rt.com)

Without Freedom Of Speech, What Is Going To Happen To America?

“It is quite ironic that many of those that are always telling us that we need ‘diversity’ in our society are also some of the strongest voices against a ‘diversity of viewpoints’ on social media.

The founders of this nation wanted to make sure that nobody would ever take the right to freedom of speech away from us, and that is why it was enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, courts have greatly eroded that right over the last several decades, and now we are facing an all-out assault on freedom of speech that is unlike anything that we have ever seen before.

And once freedom of speech is completely gone, all of our other rights will soon follow, because there will no longer be any way to defend them.

The big tech companies don’t want diversity,

…they don’t want competition

…they don’t want dissent.

What they want is complete and total domination.

Ironically, many of those that are doing the censoring have the most offensive and the most dangerous viewpoints of all. Needless to say, if we stay on the path that we are currently on there is no future for America. Without free speech, the system of government that our founders established simply won’t work. What is the point of even having elections if we can only express one point of view?” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Biden Inauguration: New President Sworn In

“Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th US president, ending one of the most dramatic political transitions in American history. ‘Democracy has prevailed,’ he said after taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. Donald Trump - who has not formally conceded the presidency to Mr Biden - snubbed the inauguration ceremony, in a departure from longstanding precedent.

The new president has announced a raft of measures reversing Trump policies. Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice-president ahead of Mr Biden. She is the first woman - and the first black and Asian-American person - to serve in the role, a heartbeat from the presidency.” (bbc.co.uk)

What Next For America?

“If we continue destroying the US dollar at our current pace, toilet paper will eventually be more valuable than US dollars. I know that sounds absolutely crazy, but it is true. Once the COVID pandemic hit the United States, those that control the levers of power in this country decided to go ‘full Weimar’ and they never looked back. As a result, the size of our money supply is rising at a rate that would have been unimaginable just a few short years ago. M1 was up by more than 50 percent in 2020.

We’ve never had a year like that in all of US history. What we are doing is literally insane… Congress just kept passing ‘stimulus package’ after ‘stimulus package’ in a desperate attempt to ‘rescue’ the economy. But in the process they borrowed and spent trillions of dollars that we did not have, and that also helped to fuel our transition into hyperinflation.” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The American Empire Has Fallen…

“Wanting to turn back the clock and restore the American Empire to what it was before Donald Trump’s presidency is a fool’s errand. It’s already a thing of the past – and the storming of the US Capitol was just the last straw.

Don’t take my word for it, though. ‘If the post-American era has a start date, it is almost certainly today,’ argued none other than the head of the Council on Foreign Relations – the foremost think tank advocating for the Empire in Washington – after Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol by several hundred Trump supporters protesting the certification of the election for Biden.

‘No one in the world is likely to see, respect, fear, or depend on us in the same way again,’ lamented CFR president Richard Haas.

Basically, the entire US establishment was so consumed by the desire to burn Trump at the proverbial stake, they chopped up the scaffolding that held up the Empire to use as firewood. In a speech recently, Joe Biden vowed to ‘rebuild, reclaim America’s place in the world’ as a country that will ‘champion liberty and democracy once more.’ That’s a daunting task, on par with putting the genie back into the bottle, un-spilling milk, or putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.” (rt.com)

America “Fundamentally Transformed”

“Although it’s currently experiencing a full frontal attack, for decades the United States of America has been under covert, slow-motion assault by the revolutionary Left, a religious-political movement fundamentally at war with both Christianity and America. From the sexual revolution and the ‘marriage-is-legalized-rape’ radical feminists of the 1960s, to today’s open love affair with socialism, sexual anarchy, abortion, identity politics, radical environmentalism and ‘defunding the police,’ the Left has relentlessly pursued its goal, as Barack Obama put it, of ‘fundamentally transforming the United States of America.’

…As of the end of 2020 the revolutionaries are clearly ascendant.” (wnd.com)

Democrats Rule!

God warned us that if we would not obey Him, He would … “break the pride of our power” (Leviticus 26:19).

The events of the last few days show one way in which this is happening. As we have witnessed, free speech has been overtaken by “big tech”! When the President of the United States of America can be effectively “de-platformed” for “wrongthink”, cut off from his supporters by just a few individuals, then the very foundation of America is falling apart!

In summary, here are a few quotes from the articles above:

And once freedom of speech is completely gone, all of our other rights will soon follow, because there will no longer be any way to defend them.”

Needless to say, if we stay on the path that we are currently on there is no future for America. Without free speech, the system of government that our founders established simply won’t work.”

What is the point of even having elections if we can only express one point of view?”

No one in the world is likely to see, respect, fear, or depend on us in the same way again.

Pastors Report - 15 Jan 2021
Our Walk Of Faith

Our Walk of Faith

"For we walk by faith, not by sight:" (II Corinthians 5:7)

Context:

It is interesting to note that such a profound scripture as that above is given by the apostle Paul almost as an aside, and yet when you look at the context in which it is found, it's in the framework of what this physical life is all about. Paul ends the preceding chapter with an equally profound observation in that what we can currently see is merely temporary, whereas what is eternal cannot – at this present time – be seen. He then goes on to expand on this point; how individually we have at the very least the blueprints of our new spirit body currently being prepared – on high – ready for the resurrection. And it is in this context that we daily must walk in faith – not merely by what we witness or experience at the present time.

  • While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  • For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
  • For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
  • If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
  • For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
  • Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the [downpayment] of the Spirit.
  • Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
  • (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (II Corinthians 4:18 to 5:1-7)
God Still Creating:

How many times did we hear Mr. Armstrong declare of God the Father and the Logos "they were creators"? And in the same vein, how many times did we hear him describe mankind as "His supreme masterpiece" of creation? For the fact is that God the Father and Jesus Christ are at this precise moment STILL creating! They haven't changed their basic nature ... creating is what they do, creators are what they are – and it is what we as human beings are destined to become.

For us to fulfil this role we must quite literally be born again – born of the spirit, with a spirit body as described in I Corinthians 15 – the same kind of spirit body Jesus Christ Himself has, following His resurrection, and described in Philippians.

  • So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
  • It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
  • And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (I Corinthians 15:42,44,49)
  • Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:21)

Needless to say, what God must also create as the true complement to this new power-filled 'tabernacle from above', is a spirit-born MIND, having the same calibre, of the same quality as Christ's. So our walk of faith is not just how we conduct ourselves daily in the light of the body we are destined to be given, but also in the creative power of God and Christ to literally create within us the same kind of mind as they possess. Fortunately we have been given an astounding example to reinforce our perception of the creative genius of the One with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13). That example is the way in which a baby grows within the womb, from two microscopic half-cells into the myriad of complex systems the human body contains. I recently read the following amazing recognition of this process. How many babies are born each minute of every day – each one is a miracle in itself, but something we rarely give adequate recognition to is the complexity of the preceding gestation process. As the following two paragraphs attempt to convey:

"The development of the embryo with its staggering panoply of continuously morphing cells – each finding its unique way through the seething and dynamic yet highly ordered embryonic web of cellular matter, touching and feeling its neighbours in search of spatial and temporal clues and obediently changing its own chemical, genetic, and physical state in response – is by far the most complex phenomenon on Earth, far more complex by many orders of magnitude than the assembly of the most complex human artefact ever built.

"Indeed, the developing embryo is a phenomenon far beyond anything in the realm of our ordinary, or extraordinary, experience. The unimaginable immensity of spatial and molecular clues and molecular and genetic responses exploited by this innumerable host of nanobots navigating the embryonic ocean is far greater than all the maps, charts, and devices used by all the mariners who ever navigated the oceans of Earth. No human machine built to date nor any on the drawing board of the most ambitious and farsighted gurus of nanotechnology is remotely as complex as a developing embryo." (The Miracle of the Cell, by Michael Denton, chapter 7, The Matrix, p115)

Faith by Hearing:

It is within this breathtaking context that we currently must conduct our present walk of faith – firmly trusting that a Creator God who could design and bring into reality such a system – and tailored as a unique individual through the DNA – can also be clearly trusted to do the same with us spiritually. We are thus given this confidence ... "that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 1:6)

When we were an embryo within our mother's womb all those years ago, we didn't question this incredible creative process, but accepted all the changes and various stages of growth as laid down by the Master Designer. And shouldn't we have the same approach and trust today – as He conducts His supreme masterpiece of creation with each one of us? That is the faith by which we must walk day in and day out. God doesn't have to explain to us everything that is going on ... the whys and wherefores of our daily trials, for instance. He is in overall control, just as much as He was when we were being "curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth" (Psalm 139:15)

And how does that all-encompassing faith develop? The bottom line is that it is based not on something that we see but rather on something we have heard or read, that originally proceeded from the mouth of God Himself. This is why Paul declares in Romans: "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17).

When Christ was asked what is the greatest commandment in the Law, He quoted a section of scripture which is known as the "Shama" ... called such as it begins with "Shama" or "Hear", O Israel;

  • Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
  • And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
  • And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)

However, the word "shama" implies much more than passively hearing the words uttered, but additionally it implies to both listen carefully to and to obey. "To hear with attention or interest" might be a better translation. In a similar way, faith doesn't come merely by passively listening to the word of God, it comes when we make it our own. It takes more than just having God's words physically registering on our brain – but as also brought out in chapter 10 of Romans – obedience to the word of God is vital if we are to understand His mind, His way, and develop in faith, and it takes a spirit-led mind to comprehend it, as this kind of faith is very much a spiritual quality – part of the fruit of the spirit itself.

  • But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
  • So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world ...
  • ... But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and [obstinate] people. (Romans 10:16-18,21)

This is why the example given in the Old Testament for kings back then – and, by extension, for future kings now in training for the world tomorrow – involves not only reading daily in the Law of God, but as is pointed out in verse 19 of Deuteronomy 17 ... "to do them" ... ie. to faithfully WALK in them.

  • And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
  • And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: (Deuteronomy 17:18,19)

Faithfully walking in the ways of God is also what Christ instructed Abraham, at the time his name was changed: "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect" (Genesis 17:1)

Patience is Needed:

Along with Abraham, Moses was able to speak to Christ – the Word of God – face to face, but we don't have that privilege – yet. But what we can do, and are very much encouraged to do, is to delve into the word of God and learn from the experiences of those that have gone before, who God was dealing with: "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."(Romans 15:4)

That patience, as part of our walk with God, is illustrated over and over again in the examples of faith and patience recorded within scripture. Take Abraham, as a supreme example: Christ made the comment "... Shall I hide from Abraham the thing which I do; ..." (Genesis 18:17) when He decided to do something about the degradation within Sodom, but that approach did not manifest itself in every aspect of Abraham's personal life, as he waited for the heir that God had promised. Over and over again the promise was repeated and amplified – but with the crucial ingredient of 'when' deliberately missing. He simply had to continue patiently walking in faith – believing the promises that had been given – regardless of the physical circumstances of advancing age for him and his wife.

Similarly, Christ could have easily stepped in to halt the mistaken perception that led to Ishmael's birth, but He didn't. Instead, He chose to have Abraham patiently continue his walk of faith for another fourteen years (Genesis 17) In like manner, Jacob was deliberately kept in the dark by Christ when he was led to believe Joseph had died – as reported by his other sons. (Genesis 37) Years earlier, Christ could have intervened – but chose not to – when He allowed Jacob to suffer the loss of his beloved wife Rachel – dying in childbirth with Benjamin (Genesis 35:18). And of course, with Joseph himself – to whom God could have revealed something of the timing of his dreams – but didn't. Instead he simply had to patiently keep on keeping on, based on what God had previously revealed to him, leaving the rest in God's hands entirely – trusting Him in spite of the exceedingly negative circumstances in which he found himself. (Genesis 39-41)

Through Paul, Jesus Christ emphasised this patient walk of faith that would remain necessary for all of us, and that He is cognisant of the day-in and day-out struggles we have:

  • For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
  • And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
  • That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:10-12)

And Christ not only is fully aware of the challenges we face, but desires to help us cope with them, as He mentions in Matthew 11:28-31.

Walking the Walk:

As we see within the example of Abraham – the father of the faithful – even though Christ made the comment "... Shall I hide from Abraham the thing which I do; ..." (Genesis 18:17) only certain things were revealed, and other aspects – particularly the timings – were withheld, deliberately, encouraging him to simply walk the walk of faith, regardless. Should we therefore wonder if something similar happens at this time also? We quote passages such as; "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7) and yet fail to recognise how so often in the past the mere outline of events was revealed, God expecting His servants to trust Him implicitly in regard to the details, the prophet Daniel being one example:

  • And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
  • And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (Daniel 12, 8,9)

And so often we too have to "go our way" ... and keep putting one foot in front of the other – in faith – trusting God to guide and direct our paths, in the same way as did our forefathers. We are currently witnessing unprecedented chaos in the world in all sorts of areas, but this is simply not our world. Deep involvement in worldly politics/pandemics has no place in our present walk with God, as the apostle Paul brings out:

  • These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
  • For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
  • And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
  • But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

In all cases the walk of faith involves focusing on the spiritual future that we cannot see as yet, placing greater emphasis on that future Zion – promised by God – than on the physical circumstances we happen to be facing at the time, or witnessing around us. It is where we focus our mind that is all important. The way we think – be that future spiritual or present carnal – will very much govern the way we'll subsequently walk.

  • There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit ...
  • ... That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  • For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:1,4,5)

It is interesting to note that the above passage comes straight after what we read in Romans 7, of the personal battles that Paul himself had. How much more should we apply the same principle to the problems and difficulties we face? It's very easy to get disheartened at times, wondering if God even realises what battles we're facing, but the antidote is to focus on the rock-solid promise God has given to never leave us or forsake us ... and take the next step forward – one foot in front of the other – trusting Him with the timing of our rescue.

God Does the Impossible:

And back to Abraham once more ... becoming a father at one hundred years old, because ; "Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son." (Genesis 18:14). Amazing 'impossibilities' are recorded in Genesis and Exodus for us to read and ponder ... The crossing of the Red Sea, the daily provision of manna, quail, water from a rock etc. But sometimes these stunning miracles lose their impact as we have heard them so often. What can help us keep going when the going gets tough, is to remember God's previous intervention in OUR lives, the times when He seemed to do the impossible for US, individually, personally. These personal stories may not be on the scale of the Red Sea but the chances are we saw God's hand in certain situations that brought about the best result and in a way we would never have thought, or could have manipulated ourselves. And also, that although God does want to see us develop patience and perseverance, once He acts everything quickly falls into place.

Israel forgot these incredible interventions by God on their behalf (Psalm 78:10,11). They lost sight of the fact that God does indeed do the impossible – as they had personally witnessed repeatedly. For it requires faith through the action and focus of God's spirit to truly appreciate His hand in our lives ... something that is so vitally important for us today, as Christ brings out in the book of Hebrews:

  • And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
  • So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
  • Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
  • For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (Hebrews 3:18- 4:2)
Conclusion:

Like Abraham, Daniel and the prophets, we have an outline of future events that is sure – that we 'can take to the bank'. But the timing and the details are not crystal clear as we do indeed see through a glass darkly. During the dark days just ahead of us, it would be helpful to keep in mind the lesson of the apostle Peter, recorded for us in Matthew 14:

  • And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
  • But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
  • And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:29-31)

If we focus on the present physical circumstances ... "the wind boisterous" ... we may well sink. We need to keep our eyes firmly focused on the goal ahead, remembering Who is working with us, and Who has already created each one of us once – individually – from those two minute half-cells:

  • But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
  • When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
  • For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
  • Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
  • Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
  • I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
  • Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (Isaiah 43:1-7)
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