Matthew 24: 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
My faith has been like a roller coaster. I have had so many different emotions and thoughts, it’s like a tug of war.
One moment, I panic and think about all the possible scenarios in the near future. Then I get terrified and let it all out to God, maybe listen to a podcast and then I wake up stronger.
Then another moment I am mad at God, then I am scared of God, then I am in love with God. I work through each emotion with him, see where it stems from and then something changes in me. I don’t always get answers but I always feel lighter.
So many people are just going to collapse in terror. No human being will be able to save us or help us stand firm in anything. We will need to cling to Jesus for strength and peace. If you don’t have a relationship with Him or it is weak then I suggest that you get on it quickly.
I will always remember when a Pastor explained the Holy Spirit as being anesthetic. Man, this was about 8 years ago and it stuck with me this whole time. When we go through the really horrible stuff like it shows above, we will need anesthetic for our physical bodies as well as our hearts, or it’s going to hurt and we could turn away from our Faith. The only thing that can numb us, guide us and help us focus and hold on is the Holy Spirit. The only way to make it to Heaven is to hold on tight and focus on Him and then let Him do the rest. Our part is clinging and walking.
Prepare best you can physically but don’t let that overtake preparing spiritually. This is a spiritual war between Jesus and Satan, we just happen to be in the middle of it. You have to pick a side, no being lukewarm (Rev 3:16). Then train.
Even if you think you have a close relationship with God, get closer. Like it says above we still have to endure to the end. We still have to reject the mark. I have always thought that someone could walk away from God and no longer be saved and I still believe this. We need to endure, I don’t think anybody is guaranteed Heaven until it’s over. Keep you lamp filled with oil (the Holy Spirit).
We need to finish the race (2 Timothy 4:7). Isn’t it crazy how the world decided that there should be no losers in kids sports? Talk about the enemy working. We need to train, we need to strive to win, this is eternal life we are talking about, there will be losers. I want to be a winner, so I put my big girl panties on and I slug it out.
This is one way I train myself up. I let my mind wander and think about the horrible things that could happen to me as the end progresses and I let myself get scared, terrified, sick etc. then I work through it, think about the worst part of that situation and then it loses it’s power over me. I am strengthening myself in every imaginary scenario but I also know when to stop thinking and reading because it is too much to bear.
Please everyone, strengthen yourselves, don’t depend on any person being able to help you and don’t ignore what is happening in this world.
If you don’t have a relationship with God yet… All that means is let God know that you need him and that you needed Jesus’ sacrifice for your wrong doing, so that you can be in Heaven which is a perfect place. Have you ever stolen, even just a pen? That makes you a thief, It’s as simple as that. Then if you really mean it in your heart he will come and give you His Holy Spirit. You will then be connected and you will be able to find peace, love, joy, growth, healing, guidance and strength. That is all it takes, a desire to know and be loved by God. Then God will guide you the rest of the way and I’ll see you in Heaven because I am fighting to the very end.