end times

Fear of Hardship

Fear of Hardship

I think every person has at least one fear in their life. I have my own set of fears that I am constantly battling, and attempting to trust God with.  There is one fear that I feel the church is blind to, or is trying to ignore.  That fear is of hardship.

Ever since the 80’s brought about the Word of Faith movement, Christians have been walking on eggshells trying to avoid what they think isn’t faith.  They have strep throat, yet they go to church believing that they aren’t sick.  Instead of growing in their faith, they have spread strep throat to the rest of the church.  They are afraid to be honest about their trials, trying to bear up their load on their own.  Yes, God is a great burden-bearer, but sometimes the body of Christ can be a big hug to those who are hurting.

Then in the 2000’s came the prosperity message that told Christians if they were obedient to God, then God would bless them with money and nice things.  While I do believe that God blesses us, I don’t believe our focus should be on what we have or lack.  It says in Matthew 5:45 that God rains on the just AND the unjust.  In fact, Jesus told his disciples to sell all they had and give the money to the poor, and to only travel in ministry with the minimal amount of things that you need.  Not many Christians do this. I certainly don’t to that extent.

I get on Facebook and on my newsfeed, every day, there are a lot of people who make posts full of fear about what might happen to them if the government does this, or if a certain sub-culture gets power, or if a certain law gets passed.  This is where I want to make my point.  I believe that this “new” doctrine of comfort and prosperity has caused the body of Christ to look for the wrong indicators in their lives to tell them if they are “right” with God.  The only way to REALLY know if you are right with God is to spend time with Him in prayer and in the Word.  While devotionals and books by other Christian leaders can be good, NOTHING is as walk-adjusting as reading the Bible and letting God work His truth in you.   

If you dig into the Bible, you’ll see that Jesus said that the end times aren’t going to be easy.  Jesus warned us that we will be persecuted, martyred, and hated.  He said the earth will be filled with great wickedness.  He told us that there will be crazy stuff happening in the environment.  He prophesied that people who think they are Christians will be deceived by unsound doctrine, even those who did good works in His name.  That’s pretty heavy, really.  We have to know Him.  We have to be solid in doctrine.  We have to be lead by the Holy Spirit.  It is NOTHING within ourselves that saves us, except for what God has given us.  We are measly humans.  He is great.  🙂

We shouldn’t be afraid of the darkness around us, but get determined to be a light in that darkness.  We should be bold to proclaim His truth, but we often shrink back when we are called out for that very thing.  We are afraid of the false shame that people put on us when we stand for righteousness.  We are afraid of being uncomfortable, as the thought of losing our stuff haunts us.  We sing about needing nothing, but Jesus.  However, our lives and our words and actions seem to say the opposite of that.

Things will get hard at the end.  We have to stop being afraid of hardship.  Trust Him.  Be bold.

“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

– Proverbs 28:1

Spiritual Dream from 2007

Written in my journal on 12/14/2007.:

I just woke up in the middle of the night after a dream…

***

There was a news telecast with a woman reporter.  She was doing a story on an important world-wide event.

Three soldiers were taking three plants to this underground cave where it was dry and arid.  Their mission was to plant the plants, get out of there, and let them grow for a few years.  I remember thinking that it seemed like a foolish thing to do and a dangerous thing to leave something you know nothing about to grow in a dark place– as you never know what kind of mutating will happen.

As the three men were coming out and heading to their separate vehicles, the TV journalist told them that they had better hurry up and get out of there because of a risk of a nuclear blast.  You could see the panic in their faces.  They tried to get away in a Monopoly box with wheels, but the tires just spun in place.  One guy’s face in particular looked remorseful and scared before he was overtaken, (by the blast.)  (Insertion: The HUM-V’S turned into Monopoly boxes, and the Monopoly man on the box turned into a leader of our country.  I had no idea that this person would go from business man to our leader.)

During this time there was a congregation of people in this desert area.  They started to say that it didn’t feel like a local, “normal” nuclear blast.  They started murmuring amongst themselves that it was a world-wide blast.

I saw hundreds and hundreds of people lying on the ground “asleep” in various positions.  (A family member of mine) was laying there. Surrounding these bodies were hundreds of people standing. They were moving nervously– twittering about the blast.  Some were worried.  Others were not.

Suddenly some of them turned around with joy on their faces looking to the sky.  I heard a note and looked to the heavens.  Jesus was standing on a cloud.  I began to be raptured along with some of the other people.  I looked to where (family member) had been lying.  He was gone and I knew that he had gone up.  Some of the people that had been asleep on the ground, including a couple who I had considered godly and were pastors, remained asleep.  I remember being shocked at that in the dream.

***

Thoughts in 2017:

I am just relaying my dream.  I have no interpretation, except for the obvious.  I have held onto this dream for nearly 10 years.  However, in light of current events, I felt that it was time to.  I know without a doubt that this dream is from God. I will seem like a lunatic to some people, but I’d rather deal with those repercussions than be disobedient to God.

God help us and guide us.

written by Erisa