VANTAGE POINT

The run time is 4 minutes and 51 seconds. It was sent to me by a saint in another part of the country and it addresses one of the enemies most effective tactics.  He can’ t pluck us out of the Fathers hand, therefore, he seeks to distract us with a myriad of time bandits. Here’s the link:

Satans plan (posted by Damien Roberts)

It’s ironic that, due to the myriad of things which must be accomplished on a continual basis, I wrote the bulk of this post in the overnight hours. (I’m finishing it up in the late morning of March 7) The past several days have been a time of non-stop running and, as often seems to be the case, a choice has to be made between writing and sleep. I guess that, if Job can esteem the words of his mouth more than his necessary food, than I can esteem blogging more than my necessary slumber.

Job 23:12 “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necesary food.”

One more link is needed before moving on. The following is a three hour broadcast featuring Steve Quayle, entitled:

Do you want the praise of men or the power of God?

This past week has presented much cogitation on how quickly we become sidetracked and lose perspective. Two ongoing examples come to mind concerning this issue. One involves a professing saint at my workplace. He is zealous for the Lord and can quote scripture from dawn till dusk. When discussing the comming persecution against the saints, he’ll boldly say “Bring it on. Send me to the FEMA camps! I’m ready to love not my life unto the death!” And yet, despite this boasting, he becomes profoundly bothered by even the most insignificant goings on at the plant. He resorts to complaining and finger-pointing over the slightest perceived injustice and isn’t bothered by the perception that this creates. The lack of an eternal perspective often causes him to gnat-strain over some very insignificant issues; thereby weakening his testimony. This is a trap that we can easily fall into. 

Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritully minded is life and peace.”  

The second involves a deep captive whom I’ve never met, but has become a prayer project. The man occupies a significant position of power and has become involved in some serious legal wrangling which could bring about an end to his situation. An acquaintance who is familiar with this developing story has reported that his household is in chaos and that he is at the point of losing his mind. I have been prompted to begin petitioning on behalf of this captive who is in desperate need of an encounter with Jesus. Initially, it felt as though I was standing at the base of a large “very dark mountain” filled with evil, A couple of days later, however, a different image emerged. I no longer saw a huge mountain. Now it took on the form of a large empty room. (like an airplane hanger, only “much larger”) In the middle of this room, curled up on the floor, was a child. He was confused, terrified and all alone in the world.

Both of these examples reveal the need for us to stand back, and see the bigger picture of a given situation. A detailed “cause and effect” analysis of a situation in “real-time” will always miss important pieces of the picture. An assessment based solely upon our intellect, combined with the imput from our physical senses can never prepare us to properly respond to a spiritual situation. We may be able to react in a lifeless “form of godliness ” manner, however,  a “religious approach” will not bring deliverance. With eternal souls hanging in the balance, this is a recipe for scattering and disaster. And yet, despite the fact that eternities are being forged and that, as ambassadors , we play an intregal part, the church by and large, has elected to gravitate toward a lifeless form of godliness. A well-choreographed stage show with no surprises, no conviction, and feel-good messages that can be wrapped up in time for everyone to head to their favorite restaurant.

The saint who alerted me to the above link also once relayed to me a question which she had heard proposed by another. It was words to the effect of “How many people are being sent to hell because of your actions?” We should ask this of ourselves daily.

Without a doubt, we must stay close to the Lord and be continuous in prayer, if we’re to properly navigate the ever changing landscape before us. It’s amazing how a few moments with Jesus can completely reconfigure our perception of a given situation. It happens every time without fail. When we enter into the throne room through prayer, abide in the presence of the Almighty, and then bring up the situation of perplexing, the entire outlook changes. What once may have been troubling us beyond measure now seems as nothing. The Lord grants insight concerning the bigger picture and our focus is transferred from the temporal to the eternal. The other players in the battle, are no longer viewed as adversaries, but eternal beings, created in the image of God, Once this truth makes it into our heart, we’ll find a sincere compassion for even the most contrary of folks. When we walk in the Spirit and maintain an eternal perspective, we can properly respond to the myriad of needs in our ambience.  

Romans 5:5 “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

If a single admonition can be presented here, it’s to forsake the temporal and get close to Jesus. Striving to be in a position where we can be strong and do exploits; even as the world continues on the path laid out in scripture. As for now, I need to be going as a plethura of tasks await my attending. Please visit the above links. The interview with Steve Quayle is three hours in length so one may want to set aside a time of minimal interruption. It will be time well spent. One may also want to visit psalm 73 in relation to gaining an eternal perspective. Blessings always in Jesus name.

Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

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6 Responses to “VANTAGE POINT”

  1. mcalmond Says:

    You wrote: “If a single admonition can be presented here, it’s to forsake the temporal and get close to Jesus.”

    Yes and Amen!
    Thank you brother.

  2. Hi Timbob

    The most essential key to walking apart from the world is spending time with the Lord to ensure a kingdom perspective. Seeing things as they really are, with an eternal perspective leaves the offerings of this world as nothing, so too the trials and difficult circumstances that come along. These things will last for but a moment.

    The Facebook video was right on, and I loved the acrostic…I’m sure I’ve heard/seen it before BUSY = Bound Under Satan’s Yolk. SO true!

    Not sure if/when I’ll ever get three hours to listen to the Steve Quayle interview…I’m quite sure that the only answer would be for me to sacrifice some of that slumber time like you have been! lol

    May the Lord Jesus Bless you with His tangible presence, both you and all your household.

  3. Very good message. A reminder that as the days grow short, what is most important in your life? Your life of Christ? Or your love of the world? And a crucial question you can ask yourself is: How many people are being sent to hell because of your inaction?

  4. Hi Phil. Sorry for the slow reply. It’s been crazy around here. Indeed, when we set our affections on the eternal; making Jesus our first love in all sincerety, everything else falls into its proper place.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  5. hi Five Peas. The video presentation is such an accurate portrayal of the tactics which the enemy uses to lure one into a state of lukewarmness and drifting. The question posed at the conclusion, “how is his plan working” is an ominous one as the plan does seem to be having widespread effectiveness. So late is the hour and so important it is for us to keep our hearts with all diligence.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  6. Hi marianne. You pose a very profound question that we all must visit. When I consider how much time I have squandered, it’s astonishing. We like to tell ourselves “I see” but I truly wonder how much I am seeing. Does my life reflect the urgency of the hour? It’s an area in which I am in need of much work.

    One morning I was in one of the more troubled areas of Kalamazoo, on a corner that is a primary place to visit for piurposes of evangelism. I was silently asking to see the pirture before me as the Lord sees it. In a moment, I was reminded that if I saw the whole ot it; the heartache, the pain, the hopelessness that so many live with, and what have you, I would be in such despair that I wouldn’t even be able to function. The battle is so intense and multi-faceted.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s imperative to keep our priorities focused on eternal matters because every day, issues of eternal significance are playing out. In every venue, in every life, choices are being made that have ramifications. If I spend an hour playing a video game instead of praying and pulling down strongholds, that has ramifications.

    Blessingsd always in Jesus name.

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