Jesus said we must be careful what we hear. Because what we hear will be measured back to us. It will be multiplied in our hearts and consume us.
Are you in fear because of the things you are seeing coming upon the earth? Or do you live in the narrative God has given to His children of "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world"? It seems that each day's new head line becomes the narrative that replaces what should be for the christian an endless sharing of the gospel message with a lost and dying world.
Paul answered this question for himself and every believer in 1Cor.1:23 where relating to the wisdom of this world from which it's narrative comes he said, "But we preach Christ crucified."
Adding that "unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."
While Paul spoke of things to come as any watchman on the wall does. He was always careful to frame all of this in the preaching of the gospel message because it must always to be front and center. Not by reacting to the narrative as it is set by them. Not by seeing the world through their eyes by commenting liberally on every seemingly new event or idea that comes down the pike. But, by sticking to what truly matters both now and in eternity.
The message that Jesus came to live as a mortal man. To show mortal men who God is so that they could know and trust in Him. He came to join with man in our death. Giving power to a New Testament wherein is the promise of immortality for the Jew and the Gentile. And by the resurrection He guaranteed for all who will believe in Him that this immortality will be in God's kingdom.
Doing all of this because He is love and wants all men to know His love. There is no greater narrative than this. Which is why Paul added that this is, "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men."
And that this is why we do not see "many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called." These will not choose to come to a saving faith in Jesus because they are blinded with the mindset that the world's narrative is all that really matters. Never giving any thought to God's narrative except to berate it as so much fairy tales. Claiming to be agnostic concerning these things. Because to know these things is to be responsible for them. Which is why it is so vitally important that we do not allow the world to set the narrative for us who know and trust in Jesus.
Which is why Paul goes on to say, "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence."
Again, this is why it is so important that the believer does not allow themselves to be sidetracked so that he is always reacting to the world's narrative. We do not join with them in their folly. We offer the deliverance they need to be free from it. So that the cares of this life that Jesus said will choke the word and make it unfruitful will become vague memories for all men who are in need of this hope.
Did you ever see Jesus or the apostles reacting to the world's narrative like so many do today? Never. Because their focus was on eternal things. Not on the things of this life. Things that prepare men for life in heaven. Rather than a focus on what this life can offer.
So when we see things like this around us trying to take us captive. We need to remember that it is God's narrative that ultimately prevails that gives hope to the hopeless. This helps us to see what is real and what is only propaganda being used by the god of this world to place us in fear. And that what is real comes from the scriptures that told us the things that were to happen as we get nearer to the return of Christ. Not so that we live in fear of them. But, that we remain steadfast in our commitments to preach the gospel at all times and in every place.
We will see men's hearts growing cold toward God and others. We will see this manifested in all sorts of selfish and destructive behaviors. And the push back from many who see things differently. Causing the wars and rumors of wars Jesus spoke of. Setting the world up for revolutions and upheavals leading to the time of the return of Christ.
For example, when we see through God's narrative revealed in Rev.17 what we see is that the beast system will join with 10 kings that have yet to receive their kingdom to destroy the harlot/woman. The harlot/woman that currently rides the beast does not have the victory. She is destroyed by these and burned with fire.
So all her bluster and lashing out to take as many down with her as she can. Will ultimately end with her destruction.
And this must happen to make way for the 7th head/7th empire to begin it's rule. After which the little horn/antichrist will take out 3 of these kings to begin his 42 month reign. Till Jesus comes with His saints to destroy that kingdom and establish Jesus' 1,000 year reign on the earth.
This narrative is why Paul concludes here in 1Cor.1 saying, "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
So when we do not allow the world to set the narrative, we can be busy proclaiming the wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption of God in Christ Jesus. Just as it is written so that as many as will hear will be saved. And all those who glory will glory in the Lord.
We who believe are not proclaiming the narrative set by the world. And we are not reacting to her narrative of slavery and hate. But, we go forth with the message of God's love declared in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. The message that in Him we have all we need for life and immortality.
Because God's narrative. The narrative the believer is supposed to be helping the world take notice of, is the narrative that God is love. And that His love for us is why He came to join with man in our mortality. Because only by joining with man in death could He raise from the dead. That with death now conquered we can join with Him in His immortality.
If you will have eternal life you must first take note of God's narrative. For that to be possible the believer must preach it. And he preaches it because Rom.10 tells us that he is sent by God into the world to do just that. This is the calling of every believer.
First by confessing that He is YOUR Lord, you trust in Jesus. And then by believing in YOUR heart that He has raised from the dead by the power of God for YOU, His immortality becomes your immortality.
Do this and you will be saved from mortality to immortality. From death to life. From mortal life to eternal life.
Do this... and I will see you there or in the air!
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