Echoes From the Campfire

Men who live always in cities rarely notice the sky.”
              –Louis L’Amour (Catlow)

    “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
              –Luke 21:28 (NASB)
Have we lost our perspective, our sense of direction?  Do we even have a sense of eternity anymore?  John Piper stated, “We have lost our sense of being aliens and exiles.”  There is so much ado about immigration, aliens–legal and illegal–in our country today.  Perhaps the Church should take a revived look at its residence.  Is is just a tent, or is it a permanent dwelling?

         “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
                   –Philippians 3:20(NKJV)

         “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.”
                   –1 Peter 2:11 (NKJV)

    We live in this old world, but remember, this world is not to be our final destination, our final home.  There is a dwelling place prepared for us in God’s eternal kingdom.  A place where we no longer have to trod through a wearisome world.  We are part of this world, this country, but our higher goal in that home in heaven.
    This nation has lost its perspective.  To move more and more to the liberal agenda is to bring more havoc and disruption to the lives of the citizens of this country.  I recognize that I am a citizen of heaven, but I am also a citizen of the United States–I am not a citizen of a global community.
    Will this nation survive?  Not unless there is a national revival.  There you go, point blank–there must be repentance, or else there will be collapse.  I am not normally a pessimist, but I wonder if the people of this country have not taken a final step, made that final choice of which there is no return for the country.  I have always believed something has to happen in the U.S. for the Antichrist to appear.  It will–this nation will collapse with the Rapture.  When the Lord returns to take His people think of what will happen in the leadership of this nation.  Think of what will happen with the nation’s relationship with Israel.  Ahh, the stage is being set, the trumpet has been tuned, are you ready?
    I can fully understand the truth of the great song by Dottie Rambo.  It is playing over and over in my mind.  See if it doesn’t get your spiritual feet moving toward that heavenly home.

         “There’s a light in the window,
          The table’s spread in splendor
          Someone’s standing by the open door;
          I can see a crystal river,
          I must be near forever,
          See, I’ve never been this homesick before.

          I can see the family gather,
          Sweet faces, all familiar,
          And on one’s old or feeble anymore;
          And my lonesome heart is cryin’
          Think I’ll spread my wings for flyin’
          See, I’ve never felt this homesick before.

                  I see the bright lights shine,
                  It’s just about hometime,
                  I can see my Father standing at the door.
                  This old world has been a wilderness,
                  I’m ready for deliverance,
                  Lord, I’ve never been this homesick before.”

Think of it!  “I must be near forever.”  Don’t lose your direction.  Remember that you are only a traveler going through this land, looking, longing, for that final home.