LIFELINE IN
TROUBLESOME TIMES

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Lifeline in troublesome times is needful for one to have a peace of mind towards what one may be facing.  We live in difficult times with turmoil that could readily make one fearful.  Scripture reveals: There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the seas and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for (or from) fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25-26).

There is turmoil and unrest in the world; partly because man is reaping what he has sown.  Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.  For he that sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8). 

A Bible commentary noted: Sowing to the flesh is to conduct oneself by the evil dictates and desires of the sinful nature of man; reaping corruption (that is requited with eternal destruction).  Sowing to the Spirit (the Spirit of God) means to live by His enabling help in accord with His prompting and leading; such a person will be rewarded with eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.   


Lifeline in Troublesome Times - Words from on High

On the Webpage "Vision from God" are these words:

My people have become complacent and are drifting along with the tide of this world and they are being drawn further away from me.  They have not firmly set their anchor in Me, their solid Rock, and they have not attached themselves to Me; THE LIFELINE I have thrown to them.  If they do not set their lifeline they will soon perish in the sea of life, that surrounds them, because they are drifting far from Me instead of closer to Me.

It is indeed a sad state when one chooses to ignore so great a blessing; the offering of a lifeline in troublesome times!

Lifeline of Faith

Lifeline in troublesome times is as a rope strung along a vessel's weather deck to provide a handhold in rough weather.  It is there for a purpose; to ignore that purpose could very well put a person's life in jeopardy of being washed overboard in foul weather.

Lifeline of faith is encouraged by the apostle Paul who pointed out that faith, and a good conscience, is necessary.  He said:  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away (or rejected) concerning faith have made (or suffered) shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:19).  They had rejected the inner moral voice of conscience (that of God's Spirit; and strayed away from the truth,  turning away from the lifeline extended to them. 

The Gospel Message

Lifeline in troublesome times may come in an unexpected way.  Many Christians in South Korea; concerned about those in North Korea, send the Gospel message, through various means,  tossing a lifeline to both believers and unbelievers alike.

Christians, in many nations, often risk their own lives to bring the Word of God into the hands of those to whom it is not available because of repressive regimes.  Many countries attempt to stem the flow of the Gospel message; despite the fact that God's Word reveals:  This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then the end shall come (Matthew 24:14).

Tranquility of Mind

Lifeline in troublesome times is a real blessing to the believer in Christ.  Jesus said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).  Scripture extends that lifeline even further: 

Be careful (or anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep (or guard) your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). 

The peace of God is the tranquility of mind freeing the believer from fear and worry during troublesome times!

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