Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Last Days!!!

Yes, we are living in the last days. We are living in the days where so many are being deceived by the tricks, lies, and schemes of the enemy. We are living in the days when wrong seems to be right and right is wrong. We are living in the days when people would rather you tell them a lie and not the truth. The truth is rejected and you are persecuted for standing up for what is right. You are told to be careful or if I were you I would not say that and watch your back. Even from the people who claim to be Christians --it seems that they are rejecting the truth or they are not intimate with it to recognize it. We are living in the days where it is better to blend in with the crowd and not stand up for what is right and speak against what is wrong. Some don't stand out because of fear or intimidation. But don't we recognize that God has not given us the spirit of fear but He has given peace, love, and a sound mind. We need not be afraid because no weapon formed against us shall prosper... We must speak the truth in love and not fear men because they can do nothing to us when God is with us --He has our back and He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are living in the last and final days before our Lord returns to take us home. Everything that is happening in our world is happening for a reason.




Will you be ready??? If so, how do you know??? What is your greatest concern? Is the Master's Commision your greatest concern or are you concerned with the affairs of this world? Are you willing to be persecuted for righteousness sake or will you fall under the pressure of your peers/circumstances/situation? We must walk by faith and not sight... Without faith it is impossible to please HIM!!! Do you believe the Word of God? Do you love what He loves and hates what he hates? Is the Word hidden in your heart so you might not sin against Him? Is the Word of God your final authority, or is it something that is set apart for people, times or seasons? Do you believe the Word of God is applicable for today? Do you believe that you are accountable for all that you know? Do you believe that you are the salt and light to all you come in contact with on a daily basis or do you think that it's only for certain times, people, or even seasons? What do you believe? How can you be sure? Do you love God more and more everyday of your life or is He just someone you talk to when you are in trouble and you need help? Are you passionate about Him and His Word? Are you sold out to Him? Are you living daily to please Him above everyone and everything even your own wants, goals, and feelings? Who do you serve God, self, or this world?



If you are loving Him and living to serve the King then you will most assuredly be in the firey trials and tribulations of this life. You most certainly will be rejected by this world and you will most certainly always feel alone. However, if you are not sold out to HIM---The KING of kings; then you are just blending in -- you are lukewarm and you are not really in the storms of life and you are blending in the crowd. Your light is not shining through the darkness to expose the enemy and you are not being salt to cause change in your surroundings... Think about it!



What are you willing to do to Stand Out from among them and be separated and holy -- let the World know you have been changed -- be not conformed to this world be transformed by the renewing of your mind through the truth of the Living Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ (whom the Son sets free is free indeed)...



I will leave you with the Words from Tye Tribbett song:



"Stand Out"



[speaking: Tye Tribbett]

When the enemy comes in like a flood,

The spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.

I see the enemy coming in like a flood in our houses, in our churches, in our families.

But what I don't see is the standard. People of God where's the standard at?

We in a war y'all. It's time to stand OUT!



[G.A.:]

It's about to go down. The battle has begun.

It's time for you to choose, whose side you gonna be on.

The devil is recruiting, temptin' every man.

But he's already defeated, all we have to do is stand.

No time for mixing light with the darkness.

Be black or be white, no more shades of gray.

Be separated, be holy, no matter what you do, don't bow.

And even if you stand alone, stand anyhow.



[CHORUS]



[Tye:] Rise up!



[G.A.:]

Rise up people, put on your strength.

There's a war going on and we will win.

Stand up and fight, let the kingdom prevail.

With power and might, we will not fail.



Stand out!

[G.A.:] Stand out!

Be not conformed to this world.

[G.A.:] Stand out!

Be transformed, renew your mind.

[G.A.:] Stand out!

Just like the three Hebrew boys,

[G.A.:] Stand out!



[G.A.:]

Everybody's playin' it cool, don't wanna rub nobody the wrong way.

Almost like we're trynna to fit in. Actin' like we don't know the NAME.

It's time for us to stand out and go against the grain.

Forget trynna be down, let the world know you've been changed.

How you going be the praise leader? But you listen to R & B?

And hip-hop is on your ring tone. I'm trynna tell you God ain't pleased.

And since when did it become cool for you to live together unmarried?

Men with men?

Women with women?

I'm tellin you God ain't going to have it.



[CHORUS]



[Tye:]

It's time to recognize.

The war is in disguise.

No time for compromise.

Wake up open your eyes.

[together:] The devil is a liar!

You must be hot or cold.

You can't blend in the crowd.

It's time for God's people to-



[CHORUS]



[Tye:]

Let me hear your war cry!



[G.A.:]

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!



[Tye:]

Let me hear your war cry!



[G.A.:]

Ooh! (Let's Stand Out!) Ooh! (Let's Stand Out!) Ooh!



[Tye:]

Little bit louder.

[G.A.:]

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!



[Tye:]

One more time!



[G.A.:]

Ooh! (Cry out loud!) Ooh! (Stand out!) Ooh!



STAND OUT!



[Speaking: Tye Tribbett]

We in a war people of God.

You don't have to fight, all you gotta do is stand.

Make some noise G.A.!

Having done all to stand...

Now stand people of God!

If you gonna stand out with us... SCREAM!

2 comments:

Caribbean Shulamite said...

You said it well! Keep the faith boldly!

Latoya said...

Thank you for the encouragement and the same goes to you! You have truly been an encouragement to me.