Many End Times events will occur without our firsthand knowledge or participation. Life changing crises happen to people the world over every day without our concern or involvement. Only when something horrific takes place in our community or neighborhood may we be moved to recognition.
In our series’ we are building an awareness of the prophesied ‘Last Days’ events that will alter our global domestic and international interactions. End Times economic, health, social and political ‘fallout’ (inadequate and unprepared responses furthering injury and loss of life) persistently disrupt the lives of vast numbers of unsuspecting people worldwide.
With the inertia of dominoes set to fall; famine, disease, violence, and existential hardships await on the horizon. When life threatening tragedies become real for us, they can alter our situations and require out of the ordinary responses. We live in a world that resists change at all costs and yet, the world continues to evolve forcing us to adapt or perish.
Once we manage to address an incident’s immediate ‘fallout’ we then attempt to adjust to our ‘new normal.’ Or, a dramatic effort to return to ‘the way it was before.’ Once major disruptions have entered our consciousness, they may never leave. Loss and its remembrance often remain with people as indelible stains on the psyche long after the event recedes.
Spirituality can buffer the bludgeoning impacts of unforeseen events. Spiritual grounding can be invaluable for successful transition of many in their approaching ‘new normal.’ Spiritual strength can be a hedge against further emotional captivity. An active spirit in concert with the indwelt Spirit of God gives hope to the believer. Spiritual applications of hope allow us to narrow our focus on truth.
Clarity to recognize the connection between ‘what we want to believe’ and the events we are witnessing allow us to see more of ourselves and our world. Spiritual grounding enables our original confused ‘puzzle pieces’ begin to find their right places, illuminating the larger picture we’ve been struggling to confront.
When we emulate the spiritual strength and goodness of Christ with new awareness, the spirit of the believer recognizes opportunities for change. Repentance (permanent future change) and forgiveness (unconditional love in action) can become new cornerstones in relationships with family, friends, coworkers, even acquaintances. When we are spirit led and spirit guided our responses are firmly rooted in a quest for truth. As our spirit in Christ evolves and grows, His very character and nature become more our own.
It is this very strength that allows followers of Christ to see the ways of the world unfolding as we begin to grapple with End Times events prophesied for the future. Can we stop or alter that which God has planned in order that His desire for our salvation and reconciliation to Him be accomplished? Of course not. If God in His omnipotence has the power and will to create the universe, He also has the omniscient means to end its existence.
If you desire to see the world and its ways for what they truly are when you accept the realization that attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of the world are not always in your best interest, your options are to throw in with the world’s ways, or, trust God’s Word.
Can we sidestep the tragedies that await in the End Times? Only if we are not here to experience them.
If we are here the only chance for survival will be in having a spiritual relationship aligned with and comforted by Jesus Christ, the Messiah. This revelation gives disciples new insight to God's Word.
I invite you to read or review my series “Hidden in Plain View” (on my YouTube channel) before next time when we will identify two “unmistakable, unmissable, undeniable” End Times events headed our way.
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