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Are You Kidding Me? Another Storm?

February 6, 2014

One look out the window and there is no doubt what season it is. For over a month we have been bombarded with subzero temperatures and snow storm after snow storm. We are in the grips of a harsh winter season.
I recently saw a video clip on Facebook that I thought was hilarious. A man is walking from his house to his car in a fretful state muttering, “Got to get the bread and milk, got to get the bread and milk! They said snow, got to get the bread and milk!!” I probably thought it was so funny because I had just been to the grocery store with the rest of Kokomo buying my bread and milk plus a basket full of other “necessities.”
With each storm that has invaded our lives there first was a forecast, complete with ominous warnings. By the fact that I saw almost all of Kokomo out shopping prior to each storm; it seems that many heeded the warnings. But this last storm which was promising to dump a foot or more of snow on us did not seem to create the mad rush on the stores. This leads me to the conclusions that either everyone has stocked up well and have learned from the past storms to be prepared or that some people have become desensitized to the ranting’s of the weathermen. The truth is that no matter what the warning may be, there will be those who take heed and prepare and those who weary of the warnings and continue on as they always have – unaware.
Just as by looking out our windows we know that it is winter, we can also observe; if we are alert and willing, the signs of the times. Jesus himself gives a clear warning in Mark 13:33-37 “No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: he leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows or at dawn. If He comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch!” Paul too warned the Thessalonians in Th 5:4-6 “But you brothers are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day .We do not belong the night or the darkness. So then let us not be like others who are asleep but let us be alert and self-controlled.”
Storms are coming. Why do I say this? Paul clearly said as he wrote his letter to “the church” in Thessalonica that we are not in darkness. We as Christians should be alert to the signs around us. There are signs when a snow storm is coming and there are signs when worldly storms are approaching. Jesus and Paul warn us to be on guard, to be alert, to watch and to be self-controlled.
I am concerned that many of us are not on guard, alert, watching or self-controlled. We have heard the warnings for so long we may have become desensitized to the message. We also live lives of non-stop activity filled with stress and cares of the day. We are too busy to observe, hear or heed any warnings. But the fact is, regardless of what state of preparedness we are in, the end of the age will come. Jesus will return. Will it be in the next decade or even the next generation: the one of our children? We may not know the exact day or hour. Jesus doesn’t tell us that we need to know, He only tells us that we are to be alert and prepared.
The book of Revelation informs us that as the time of Jesus’ return nears, trials and tribulations will increase. Our nation is ripe for the acceptance of all things ungodly and the persecution of righteousness. We must be alert. We must be prepared.
What preparedness am I talking about? Is it time to run to the store for bread and milk? No. I am speaking of a preparation of the heart. Our greatest need in this hour as we prepare for storms is a heart solely devoted to Jesus. The items necessary to battle any storm are an intimate relationship with Jesus and a heart devoted to seeking Him in prayer.
Our current busy lifestyles are a recipe for disaster. Lives focused on living will not see and will not hear. Are you too busy with the cares of this world to have the time available to sit at the feet of Jesus? Have you become so wrapped up in living life that you’re not connected to the source of life? As the storms approach and intensify it will be a rough road for those who did not get the bread and milk. Jesus is the bread of life and His word is the milk you need to consistently drink from.
Today I am one of many weathermen predicting a coming storm. I cannot say when so I am asking you to be alert, to watch and to be on guard. Eliminate the unnecessary clutter in your life and make room to spend quality and quantity time with Jesus. He is your help for the coming storm.

For 2 ½ years this blog has been mainly dedicated to encouragement to slow down. As I wrote these blogs, my own life and lifestyle were challenged. I found that it was easy to write about slowing down and desiring to slow down but near impossible to do it. Some of you are busy just trying to make ends meet. Your lives are not filled with much “fluff” busyness and others of you may be an extreme version like me. I feel driven to “do.” No matter which category you fall under it is still vital that you make a change.
I encourage you to not only read my blogs and think, “That’s nice,” I implore you to spend time in prayer and ask the Lord what He wants to change in your life. You may not want to change so I ask that you pray that God would give you the desire to change. The seed that was choked out by thorns in the parable of the seeds, was the one choked by the cares of this life. The cares of this life is also what is mentioned in Revelations that will lead to deception and falling away. This is a serious warning. Eliminating the unnecessary things for the vital things in our lives is long overdue and vital to our spiritual health and that of those we love and come in contact with. So today I challenge you; once you have read this, take at least 15 minutes and be quiet before the Lord. Ask Him for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and for insight. Ask Him, where to start. Then be quiet and let Him speak to your heart. If you come away without any answers them return again and again and again until you have the answers. Here is a list of books that I have read or am currently attempting to read that are helping me on my journey. I pray that as you diligently seek Him you will find Him. God bless you on your journey!

“Passion for Jesus, Cultivating Extravagant Love for God” by Mike Bickle
“The Pleasures of Loving God” by Mike Bickle
“Secrets of the Secret Place, Keys to Igniting Your Personal Time With God” by Bob Sorge
“Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ” Madame Guyon written in 1685

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