Pulpit Reflections by Pastor Dave Tims In John 16:33, Jesus said, "In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Our whole nation is frightened, perplexed, and confused by the recent attack and destruction of the World Trade towers and the damage to the Pentagon building. Just think of all the lives that were lost in one hour of time. Why would God allow this to happen?
Let's take a few minutes to think about the moral, spiritual, and economic problems we are facing in our country. Could it be that we are living in the last decade of human history on this planet? Are these the "last days" talked about in the Bible?
Please read what the apostle Paul says in II Timothy 3:1-5. "But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lover of pleasures rather than lovers of God � having a form of Godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." Do you dare to be different in order to please the Lord? I hope so!
In John 14:1 � Jesus says to those in trouble, "Don't let your heart be troubled. Trust in God and also in me." In verse 6, he says, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," and in verse 15, he says, "If you love me you will obey my commandments."
We all need his peace that passes our understanding (Philippians 4:6+7) and Christ's hope of glory (Colossians 1:27) if we are going to make it to Heaven.
In I Peter 3:12 we read; "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." Is God smiling or frowning when he looks at your life?
Solomon, in Proverbs 28:13, gives us the best solution for true peace with God. He says, "If we confess and forsake our sins we will receive God's mercy." Confession alone is not enough. Repentance is needed before the peace and joy of the Lord will be ours. It's time to prepare to meet the Lord! Time is running out and without him we can do nothing that will last. (John 15:5) Ready or not, Jesus is coming back one of these days for those who love him and are doing what he says. (Matthew 7:21-23) Get right with God today and you'll never regret it!