By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
False sense of security is a real issue as one sees man's feeble efforts to bring peace. We are living in dangerous times that elude peace in many countries in the world. There is unrest and turmoil; and America is not excluded.
We are seeing the corruption of man that far outweighs previous times. We are seeing leadership in many lands fold; with the evilness of man becoming more deplorable with each passing day. We are in a revolutionary change in the structuring of many nations. We are seeing little value placed on human life.
Many today place their hope in a leader; a bank account, assets safety tucked away, material possessions, their own strength or ability; giving one a false sense of security; oftentimes with the most important element out of the equation: A right relationship with the one who can simply say: "Peace, be still" to calm the storms of life (Mark 4:39).
Jesus said: Peace I leave with you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). One needs to come to the realization that there is a false sense of security being offered in the world; that has no real and lasting value, as one's hope being placed in Jesus Christ.
Security is the state of being free from fear of danger, or injury; from apprehension or anxiety. One can have fervent hope, stability, and an unshakable faith in in a time in which it is much needed.
King Asa, the ruler of Judah, was given such an assurance by a prophet of God, who said: The Lord is with you, while you be with him; and if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if your forsake him, he will forsake you (2 Chronicles 15:2).
America, and other once godly nations, need to note the conditional part of those verses. If one walks away from God; no longer seeking after Him; allowing ungodliness to reign, there is a price to pay. Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Jesus described the beginning of sorrows: They shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake (Matthew 24:9). We are seeing this happening in many lands today; of those who demand acceptance of their religion; or face persecution or death.
I believe as Christianity takes a stand, against the evils of our day, we will see more persecution against the believer in Christ; even in America. Those who presently live under threats for their belief in Christ, in many nations, know in whom their real security lies.
Jesus said: Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time; No, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened (Matthew 24:21-22). He also revealed: Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold (Matthew 24:12).
Scripture reveals that in the last days (which we are in) perilous times shall come. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, despising those that are good, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
God's Word tells of the nature of the ungodly: They walk in the lust of uncleanness: presumptuous and self-willed (2 Peter 1:10). Scripture tells us that they utter words that deceive; bringing a false sense of security, that will increase only in more ungodliness; enticing unstable souls (2 Peter 2:14-18).
In America, we are seeing the promotion of ungodliness that has seduced many. Laws are being passed, and judicial rulings made, that continue to promote the ungodliness of man. Jesus said: You shall know them by their fruits. Every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire (Matthew 7:16-19). Such illustrates a picture of the future of the ungodly, unless repentance comes, a picture of eternal punishment.
Powerful influence to deceive exists today as that of the serpent in the Garden of Eden who enticed Eve to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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