Serving The Lord, Holding The Line :: By Dave Hubley

(There is a special message at the end of this article for those who might happen to read this and do not have Jesus in their life and are looking for peace and a way to better understand the present-day insanity and confusion.)

This article is for you as well as my sisters and brothers.

This article is primarily directed toward my sisters and brothers who write articles and commentaries for Rapture Ready as well as all the other numerous websites and blogs that are still keeping the directive contained in the Book of Titus that was written to the elders of the church on Crete. And (since the Holy Spirit directed this Book to be included in the final canon of Scripture), to all who have been called to be a witness to the unsaved world, an encouragement to the Saints and Watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 33:6).

By no means does it seek to glorify any of us or to seek recognition for this service but only to encourage us all to steadfastly endure and “continue to march” in the face of the rapidly widening gap between the things of God and the evils of this world.

This commentary is also intended to encourage all those who simply and humbly serve as a witness to family, friends, relatives, and even strangers, both verbally, by writing, and even more importantly, by living the life of a Christ-honoring, believing, and loving individual in everyday life, without compromise and in full view of everyone they meet in a world that is increasingly hostile to God and all who “hold fast to the faithful Word.”

Recent events indicate that the world is quickly absorbing and overwhelming those individuals and churches that are succumbing to the pressures of growing evil being forced on them from all directions and from the wish for peace that is driving them to “just go along to get along” and not to resist this evil, therefore enabling it to grow.

The debased evil acts of Satan’s followers are no longer hidden and conducted in private as was once necessary. The recent televised Grammy awards “show” should make that perfectly clear. This is just one of the more obvious examples but not the only one. It was a clear act of mocking God that will not go unaccounted for.

I could go on and on citing examples of the increasing levels of evil and depravity that are an included ingredient in this terminal and unholy stew, but it is not necessary.

It is now so blatant that it cannot be avoided, no matter where you go or what you do.

Evil is ramping up as it and its master sense victory in achieving its goal of subjugation and destruction of countless souls.

Indeed, the True Church is facing organized opposition now, not just rejection.

As Sun Tzu has said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

Our message is indeed being impacted and deflected, not by fighting, but by creating new “laws,” falsely applying them, blatantly ignoring existing laws, and/or “selective enforcement,” among many other tactics.

“Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions” (Isaiah 10:1).

This is a war, as Paul pointed out so clearly:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Many of the more visible entities perceived as being representative of Christianity are not but are being purposely portrayed by the world as the True Christian church.

In the propagation of this vicious lie, vast numbers of people are being dragged off to hell even while they sit in the pews. So-called evangelical pastors are increasingly falling to the world system, and many are they who are willing to preach anything but God’s Truth for various ungodly reasons.

“For there will be a time when they will not endure sound teaching, but according to the own desires, having an itching ear, they will gather around them teachers to suit themselves” (2 Timothy 4:3).

High-profile “personalities” who claim to be “Christians” are frequently misquoting God’s Word and/or twisting the meaning of them to their very great peril.

“Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One” (Proverbs 30:2-3).

“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6).

This façade is why we must continue to present the Truth, as difficult as it is getting to be.

This is the battlefield in which we must continue to operate. We must expect rejection and hurtful looks (especially from those close to us), and most difficult, we must learn to manage sorrow when we see so many who will not listen to the Words of a Loving God.

These, among many others, are the burdens we must gladly bear for our Lord and, I believe, why God has promised to wipe every tear from our eyes” (Revelation 7:17).

The Holy Spirit will help us manage these realities, and so we must stay close to Him.

We are not responsible for the salvation of others but only to plant the seeds of it, and we must keep that in our minds and in our hearts.

Situational awareness is required in order to stand up under the mounting pressure.

In the middle of this struggle, let’s don’t forget Whom we serve.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

In the increasing visibility of this evil, there seems to be a growing awareness of it, and there are more and more unsaved people who are looking for answers.

With each day that we are left on this earth prior to Daniel’s 70th week, there are still more souls who will be saved and become part of our forever family, and we can be part of God’s wonderful process and stay resolute in the fulfillment of our duty to serve.

And we know, by God’s own Word, that even after we are gone, His Love and desire to save the lost, while no longer under the “Age of Grace/The Church Age,” will continue until Daniel’s 70th Week foretold in (Daniel 9:24-27) is completed.

“Then one of the elders addressed me: ‘These in white robes,’ he asked, ‘who are they, and where have they come from?’ “Sir,” I answered, “you know.” So he replied, ‘These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:13-14).

Now to the crux of this commentary

I encourage us all to stay focused and sober in our assessment of current events, prophecy, and the realities of the present time and to pray without ceasing as we serve the Lord and hold the line.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7).

The special message I promised you:

For anyone who may read this article that has not trusted in Jesus Christ and therefore has no hope or peace in your life:

You can have hope. You can have the peace that Jesus has promised to all who have made Him their Lord and Savior. The peace that passes understanding.

It requires that you come before God on His terms.

And, what are His terms according to His Word?

  • Genuine repentance (turning to God instead of continuing to reject or ignore Him).
  • Confession of sins (that you are a sinner and acknowledge that to God).
  • That you understand that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • To acknowledge to God that you are unable to pay that debt.
  • Belief that Jesus Christ paid your death sentence for you on the cross.
  • To believe that Jesus is the Way, the only Way, that God has established by which humans may be saved from the consequences of their sin and rebellion.

God has made it absolutely clear that there is no one who comes before Him, under His terms, that will be refused.

  • No one: no race, no color, no country of origin, regardless of any previous belief system: no one.
  • No matter what your past sins have been, God can and WILL forgive you because He says He will.
  • Salvation is available to everyone without any exceptions.

If you put all your trust for salvation in Jesus, and Him only, you can follow that prayer up by simply saying, “Thank you, Father God, for hearing my prayer and saving me,” because we can trust Him to keep His Word. He always has. He always will.

“Truly, Truly, I say to you that he who hears My words and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed from death to life” (John 5:24).

There are no answers and no hope in the world by governments, organizations, politics or politicians. There are only lies and deception. But you can have the Truth and the peace you seek.

The answers are in the Word of God—The Bible. If you ask God, with all your heart, He will hear you.

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

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