Ammo

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Ammo
There is a lot of ‘hoopla’ online right now with prepping. People are trying to prepare for the end of the world, stocking up on food and ammo. Now there’s nothing wrong with this because in Matthew 24, when talking about the end of the world, Jesus refers to the wise and faithful servant who will have food to give in due season. He is referring to Joseph, and He is encouraging us to prepare for what is coming.

However, many people start to go down the wrong path in this endeavor when they forget about preparing spiritually. The first thing we must realize is that we cannot put our confidence in ourselves. “Don’t be so naïve and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” (1 Corinthians 10:12, MSG)

We need to armor-up! We need to do as Ephesians 6 says and put on the full armor of God. Along with this, we also need to be hiding God’s Word in our hearts so that we won’t sin against Him. (Psalm 119:11)

Peter mentions the end of all things being near in 1 Peter 4:7-8. He admonishes us to be sober and watchful in prayer. However, his next instruction seems a bit out of place when thinking about the end of all things. He tells us above all, to love one another fervently. Yet, when you go back to what Jesus tells us about the end times in Matthew 24, He warns us that people will hate us and betray us. It will be hard for us to be forgiving when we are betrayed if we don’t do as Peter says and learn to love one another fervently.

So as we journey through these end times, we must stock up on spiritual ammunition:
1.       Keep the Lord first and let Him be our confidence.
2.       Hide the Word in our hearts.
3.       Pray for the Lord to help us love fervently.

I don’t know about you, but I think I need to get on my knees and seek some more spiritual ammo.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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Revelation Deciphered

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I just finished reading this book.  It took me months to finish it.  Granted, the book has over 530 pages, but that isn’t why it took me so long to read it.  Was it because it was boring?  Nope.  Not that either.  In fact, it was very interesting.  I jotted down a lot of notes as I read the book, and I do plan to read it again, making a lot more notes.  I didn’t agree with everything he said, but some of his insights and thoughts were very eye-opening and interesting.  It is a worthy read — one to be savored and read a little at a time because of all of the topics he covers.

 

So what was the real reason why it took me so long to read it?  After all, I love to read.  I always have.  The real reason is because over the last four or five years, I have been reading the Word of God, rarely touching anything else.  Now that I have truly tasted and seen the Lord is good, I just find it incredibly hard to read anything else.

 

There was a time in my Christian life where I read a lot of “Christian” books.  I would buy them at the bookstore, online, or else borrow them from the library.  Frequently, you could find me reading two books at once.

 

After spending the last several years reading the Bible in depth, I’ve come to realize that a lot of the books out there that are called “Christian” aren’t Christian at all!  Many are nothing more than how-to programs.  Others push that false prosperity gospel, while others push a social gospel, which isn’t biblical at all.  And there are others which push nothing more than a spiritual, emotional experience which has no depth to it.  There are others, pushing the false doctrine of the New Apostolic Reformation.  Many of these false teachings are very hard to recognize.  However, when you get the true Word of God in you, it’s much easier to spot false teachings.

 

It’s kind of like those who investigate counterfeit money.  They don’t teach them to study the counterfeit.  Rather, they teach them all about the real thing.  When they come across a counterfeit, it’s obvious that it is fake!

 

Now that I’ve spent the last four or five years really digging into the Word of God, I have fallen in love with that Book.  Nothing else holds a candle to it.  In fact, it has become a passion of mine to encourage others to really get into the Word of God.  After all, Jesus warns us multiple times in the latter days that deception will abound.  So I ask you — Do you know enough about the real thing to spot a counterfeit?

Apostasy / Falling Away

The Approach of the Day of the Lord

End Times Sins are in the Church

The Apocalypse Part 6

The Apocalypse Part 5

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