Jun 28, 2012

No Finish Line

Common Sense Commentary: The primary thing in any conflict is not winning but being on the side of right. Even though the antichrist is prophecied to rule the earth, it is still important to stand against him and resist him as long as life remains in us to do so.... though we know he will reign ... temporarily.  RB

Financially speaking, the only thing worse than preparing for a crisis that doesn't happen is not preparing for a crisis that does happen. In that respect, since we cannot believe our Government, the media or even the pseudo-experts, we must inform ourselves and act upon the knowledge and calling we have, and not rest in blind "hope" or empty promises spewed out daily by that element. When our lives, families, and souls are at risk, we need nothing short of true hope and real change, which comes from just one source ... Jesus Christ! "...If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2Cor.5:17

Every sector of our society is in turmoil, confusion and leadership desperation. The secular powers that be, dare not tell us the truth about our national situation for three reasons. The first is, it is their "leadership" which got us in this mess. Second, they have no remedial answers for an unsolvable dilemma. Third, they can't afford to stampede the nation by telling the truth. So they, the politicians and their economic wonks dream up vague new words and phrases such as, "Quantitative Easing", which simply means, digitally, printing trillions in new money; and "Counter factual", which means, "what would have happened if what did happen hadn't have happened". That one is a real, double backward, gymnastic, mental twist to explain why their party had a good plan, but the other party wickedly blocked their efforts and caused the present problem.

This is nothing new. Satan has been planting lies in the minds of people since he showed up in the Garden of Eden. I call it the Battle of the Ages. Good against Evil.
The conflict has raged since Lucifer lied to a third of the angels in his rebellion against God. "Ye are of your father the devil.... When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it." Jesus said it in John 8:44. We can't go too far wrong by simply thinking for ourselves based upon the simple teachings of the word of God. God did not make the truth complicated so that all may accept it and make their decisions, based upon it. Though the Battle of the Ages will continue on earth until God casts Satan into the lake of fire, we must never surrender or cease resisting the devil. "Submit yourselves therefore to God: Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7. There is no finish line in this conflict and "no discharge in this war". Ecc.8:8. In war, the best tactics are almost always the simplest ones. Complexity leads to confusion and confusion to disaster. Keep it simple stupid, is a good rule. Simple, common sense action, on the most likely of the several options set
before us, is the best way to go. You got a problem ... solve it. You got a crisis, deal with it. You got an enemy... neutralize him. You got a war ... win it.

If our nation is going down the toilet, cut an exit in the outhouse wall. If the whole world is going to hell, take the hand of Jesus and walk in the other direction. If you are Job and your wife tells you to "curse God and die", tell her to "sit down, shut up" and "though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." Job 13:15. Sickness is not the finish line. Catastrophe is not the finish line. Divorce is not the finish line. Discouragement is not the finish line. Bankruptsy is not the finish line. There is no finish line until the trumpet sounds, the archangel shouts and Jesus comes for his own.  As a Christian, even death is not the finish line. In that event, I have a "casket key" with Jesus' name on it.  So buck up, pray up, and get up and do what Jesus told us to do ... "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel ...." Mark 16:15. Title from my son, Rex. RB

Don't You Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.



Ron Blair said...

Outstanding, outstanding, outstanding. Could not be said any better. Amen...I loved it.

Ron Blair said...

Heard this at church last Sunday. Goes right along with a great finish......check out this mission statement by a young African pastor found among his papers in Zimbabwe after he was martyred!

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.? The die has been cast.? I have stepped over the line.? The decision has been made.? I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed.? My present makes sense.? My future is secure.? I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.? I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded.? I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set.? My gait is fast.? My goal is heaven.? My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.? I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus.? I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.? And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me.? My colors will be clear!