Focus: The fear of end times
John 16:33 (NKJV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Peace is what Jesus wanted us to have. He made no mistake in the foretelling of the last days before His return. He confirmed many things about those days yet to come, to His disciples—and us—so we would know what to expect.
Now, you can listen and/or read!
The events Jesus spoke of in Matthew chapter 24 are not popular sermon material these days—but they are events we all need to be aware of, so we will be able to live faithfully to the end.
Jesus must have known it would help for us to have a knowledge of the way things would go as the time drew near for Him to return. As hard as it is for us to have the information He gave us—He had to believe He was doing the best thing, by giving us the details in advance. He said He was telling us about the end so we would have peace.
Knowing there will be persecution and having peace seems like a paradox, doesn’t it? How can you know your faith will be tested to the extreme, and be calm? Some of the things Jesus said about the last days are frightening. It’s hard to think that things could actually get worse than some of the horrors we know have happened throughout history.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV) says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
The characteristics of the people spoken of in 2 Timothy are all around us. How can we not know that the end must be near? Certainly, it’s more comfortable to turn our eyes away from such writings and prefer to ponder the more beautiful parts of scripture. But, the Bible says people would turn their ears from the truth during this time, also.
So how can reading about dreadful days ahead help you not be depressed? How can it help to spend time thinking about such things? The answer is simple. The pattern of scripture always guarantees redemption and deliverance to those who believe and are faithful. The Word of God plainly tells us God will always provide a way of escape. Sometimes, the escape might be death, itself—but the reward is life everlasting for those who know Christ as their Savior, and believe to the end.
We are consumed with being prepared for storms—having everything we might need to survive a disaster. We can be caught up in physical strength and being fit. But what will carry us through perilous times to come will not be any material preparedness or physical strength—it will be the strength of our faith in God.
There are many scriptures that contain sobering warnings. We need to heed the Word and hold fast to it—for it is able to make our faith strong. For all the scriptures that predict tribulation—there are so many more that promise hope and help in time of need to those who are seeking God and putting Him first in their lives.
The prophet Jeremiah said in chapter 15 (verse 16, NKJV) of his writing, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”
Jeremiah told us the secret of having a faith that can stand the test of time and trials. He compared the Word of God to literal food. If we adhere to the writing of Jeremiah, we should be as concerned about feeding our spirtual body with as much spiritual food as we give our physical body physical food—then we will not have to fear the future. If our spirit is well fed and our faith is strong—we will be able to have the faith we need to persevere.
There are several kinds of fear spoken of in scripture. Not all fear is bad. The Bible says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and it says that a knowledge of scripture is able to make us wise. It tells us to hold fast to the things which we have learned and been told. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Declaration: I will find new strength to face the end times of this world by feeding my spirit with the Word of God. I will receive comfort and guidance from the Holy Spirit who will also give me the boldness I need to face the future with peace.
If you subscribe to New Strength, a new segment will come to your email each day.
For music selections that will help bring hope and encouragement during your recovery from depression and addiction, https://www.youtube.com/user/NewStrengthMusic/playlists?sort=dd&view=1
All NEW STRENGTH posts are Copyright by Christina Cook Lee 2012. Please request permission to re-post or re-blog.