"There will be no permanent peace and safety for Jerusalem until the Prince of Peace Himself comes to establish His reign on earth. So in effect, when I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, what I am really praying for is not for the terms of a treaty. I’m not praying for an independent Palestinian state or the recognition of Israel’s right to exist. What I’m really praying for is the return of Jesus. Yeshua. Israel’s Messiah. The Prince of Peace. So I’m on my knees, praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Even so, come Lord Jesus." - Anne Graham Lotzhttp://www.annegrahamlotz.org/blog/2014/jul/peace-jerusalem/
I have been so moved to pray for the Christians in Iraq and in many other countries who are suffering and being killed because they refuse to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ. I was thinking about how we judge Peter, Jesus' disciple, because, when he was questioned, he denied knowing Christ three times on the night before Jesus was crucified. We wonder if we would have denied Him. Maybe a better question is: "Would we have even followed Jesus at all, or would we have been like some of the Pharisees, bowing to tradition and the praise of man, rather than listening to God?"
Thank God for one of the Pharisees, NICODEMUS, who came to question Jesus. Because of his honest questions, we have been given the answer to LIFE"S GREATEST QUESTION in Jesus' own words.
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.
Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind SON OF GOD when introduced to him."
Remember Papa ten Boom handing young Corrie her train ticket just before she stepped on the train to Amsterdam (from the film The Hiding Place). The Lord God says, "I have all you need, hidden for you in my pocket! I am more than enough."
Just as in Noah's day, we see evil around us. God assured Noah that judgment was coming. Noah was a "watchman on the wall" and tried to warn his neighbors, but he was laughed to scorn. Yet, because of Noah's obedience, there was a place of safety provided - the ark.
The Lord is telling us in these days to store up treasure in heaven for a "rainy day". There is a season of judgment coming for nations that no longer follow God's laws or honor His Name.
Safety and rest can be found in the place of prayer and in living out Jesus' "sermon on the mount". God is offering grace and mercy even now.
There is wisdom in preparing for tough times by stocking food, having cash on hand, and emergency plans in place. But the safest place is not on this earth. It is the heavenly storehouse of intimate secret communication with Father God.
For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 Amplified
The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have
they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His
covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning. Psalm 25:14 Amplified
Christian Author, Victoria Boyson, wrote these words:
"The world is being blanketed by layers of fear that grow daily, and
equally, so too our trust in God must increase. We will not succumb to
the lies of the world we live in, for this is NOT our home. Our home is
in Christ, we live in Him – we are safe and secure in the arms of our Beloved. We will not relent – we WILL trust our God – He will NEVER forsake us. He will never forsake you." "The Lord frustrates the plans of the
nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord's plans stand firm
forever; His intentions can never be shaken," (Psalm 33:10-11).