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Living Out Faith in the New Normal

Posted by admin in January 21st, 2021
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SO, WHAT DOES this new normal look like? Well, it won’t look like North Korea, if you are worried about that. But it will look like every failing socialist country across Europe.
 
Think about Holland, for example–legalized drugs; legalized prostitution, even for 12-year-old children; legalized euthanasia for the elderly, new born, and terminally ill. Immigration for all and for all immigrants, social services. Free education for all paid for by working citizens. Income taxes will rise to around 65% of your income and every hardworking citizen will carry a credit card debt just for necessities (ask the folks in Finland about this). Prices will skyrocket–food, fuel, building materials, vehicles. Guns will be confiscated and prohibitive gun laws will be enforced. Hate speech will be strictly regulated and churches will lose their tax exempt status. There will be no homeschooling (check out the EU’s laws concerning this; the US will follow suit). The economy will plod along and we’ll help bail out nations who couldn’t make it on their own – even those nations that hate us. Our relationship with Israel will be like that of a disliked “in-law”–despised, but tolerated. The changes will come. Some will come quickly and take your breath away and some you’ll hardly even notice. But like water draining into a foundation, just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not doing tremendous damage. Freedom of speech will also follow Europe’s policy, Under Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, but those freedoms may be subject to formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in society.”
 
And what do followers of Jesus do in the midst of all of this? Exactly what God commanded us to do, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16). We hang in there. We shower and brush our teeth each day. We stay in the Word of God memorizing Scripture to sustain us. We fall to our knees and pray as we’ve never prayed before – not only for our nation and our kids and our churches, but that WE WILL be filled with the Holy Ghost and equipped with all we need to honor God and to be like Jesus.
 
This is our time. This is our destiny. We were born for this age. We must reflect God’s glory, emit His fragrance, and speak His blessings to everyone we meet and come in contact with. We must set our faces like flint, “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed,” (Isaiah 50:7). Every day we must ask God to cleanse us from all anger and hatred and discouragement. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. HE ALONE IS THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF OUR FAITH AND HE ALONE WILL SEE US THROUGH THIS. Until His appearing or our death, let us remain faithful, faith-filled, and focused. Jesus has been and always will be the only Hope for mankind. Peace.

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56060. c.rough said,
January 22nd, 2021 at 8:11 am

Thank you,Teri. What a good word! Reflect, emit , speak, and set. What God spoke to me as I read this was that I will reflect, emit and speak whatever my face is set towards. Thank you, I needed this. ❤️

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56061. Create71 said,
January 22nd, 2021 at 9:29 am

Thank you for this encouragement. Yours is the only blog I read. God bless you!

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56062. C. Wliiy said,
January 22nd, 2021 at 9:40 am

More truer words have not ever been said. And yes, the Holy Spirit will be with us, but with all that persecution – how many will get to see our “light of God” shine – with censorship and our loss of freedom? Will that be enough?

Because as it stands now, it seems no one (neither here, nor Europe or nor Asia) will ever see or hear of our feats of righteous and faith within this new normal? YES, because with God all things are possible!

I hope our small and private examples of faith WILL be enough. But whenever I doubt, I remind myself to pray, “Heavenly Father, not my will but yours be done”!

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56070. Greg said,
January 22nd, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Wow Teri, thank you for these words. I have been so discouraged and yet I realize it’s because of the sin of our nation that we are going to be going through this. You have spoken words of encouragement and they’re right in line with scripture. I needed this to align my head in my heart today, thank you.

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