Echoes From the Campfire

If you go among the Philistines it’s better to go armed.”
                    –Louis L’Amour  (The Lonely Men)

       “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.  Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”

                    –1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)
Forty plus suffocate in a semi-trailer.  Terror, riots, and threats when babies are given the right to be born.  Brawl on a cruise ship where it was supposed to be relaxing fun.  Famine, drought, inflation out of sight, and folks don’t believe that we live in a Pagan, Apostate, and Foolish World.  Months we have spent on these lessons on how to make it in these troublesome, tumultuous times.  
       Never forget!  Again I repeat, never forget that you are a child of God and everything and anything in this world is under the power and control of the evil one–the devil.  The old song becomes more and more clear–“This world is not my home, I’m just passin’ through…”  One way we make it upon this journey called life and all its sorrows and problems is to keep our eyes upon our heavenly home.  Paul Cedar writes, “When our eyes are set on that goal [eternal life], and as we enjoy the daily mercies of God, we are not as apt to be led astray by the false teachers.”
       There is a clamor for socialism, especially among the ranks of young people.  Ignorant they are of the devastation that comes with socialism, not only to the nation, but to the individual as well.  The work ethic that helped build America would be undermined; the idea that debts are to be taken out wisely and then paid back would become foreign.  The effects on the individual would be devastating for they would then belong to the State.
       False teachers have arisen and if nothing else their message has caused people to become uncertain.  The foundation is being hammered upon, faith is weakening.  We, as believers, must fight this, confront the evil that we see and then not be deterred by the results.  We have a responsibility to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and not only that, to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

               “For some of these men who can feel pity and you can treat them differently.  Others you must try to save by fear, snatching them as it were out of the fire while hating the very garments their deeds have befouled.”
                              –Jude 22-23 (Phillips)

       To do that we must know the Word of God; we must study the Word of God so that we ourselves do not succumb to the evils of this world.  Be ready to speak when necessary; be ready to act when needed.  It is important that we watch over each other, pray for each other.  One thing that is imperative is that we distinguish between the weak and the willful.  Some stumble, fall, and need a helping hand.  Others stand by, put their “foot out” causing others to stumble; they do the work of the devil, and smirk while they are doing it.  Know God, obey His Word, let the Holy Spirit guide you each step of the way.  “Ignorance can never be met with ignorance, not even with partial knowledge; it can be me only by the affirmation, ‘I know whom I have believed.'” (William Barclay)
       Do not fear to walk outside.  Do not cower and tremble when the devil throws a fiery dart your way.  Walk on in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Keep your eyes steadfast on that heavenly home as you travel through this world.  “A believing expectation of eternal life will arm us against the snares of sin; a lively faith of the blessed hope will help us mortify our cursed lusts.”  (Matthew Henry)