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LOVE HIS APPEARING by Heather Duff

Posted by admin in August 21st, 2021
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As Daryl and I are praying an hour each day for our nation and our world, this word was more than timely. I’m so grateful for Heather’s word to all of us. (August 20, 2021)

EVIL HAS WON

I don’t know when it happened. Slowly, I think. But then, all of a sudden, too.

Evil has won.

There is so much a part of me that doesn’t want to frame it like that. A part that knows evil never really wins, a part that knows as Christians we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

But in the middle of this present darkness, I desperately need the encouragement of saints who’ve gone on before us, faithful servants who also encountered a darkness in their generation and whose lives burned brightly for God and the gospel of His kingdom in the midst of it.

I turned to my bookshelf and found one such saint–Corrie ten Boom. Classics are classic for a reason. In the preface of The Hiding Place, one of the writers who helped Corrie tell her story says this about the experience:

“And all the while we had the extraordinary feeling that we were looking not into the past but into the future. As though these people and places were speaking to us not about things that had already happened but about the experiences that lay ahead of us. Already we found ourselves putting into practice what we learned from her about the following:

Handling separation

Getting along with less

Security in the midst of insecurity

Forgiveness

How God can use weakness

Dealing with difficult people

Facing death

Loving your enemies

What to do when evil wins

ELIZABETH SHERRILL
THE HIDING PLACE

And there it was.

I nodded my head as I read the list, but when I got to the last item–what to do when evil wins–I wept for the way my life has been touched by this fact and the sorrow of seeing what used to be unthinkable become the accepted and the applauded norm. 

Evil isn’t hiding in the shadows anymore. It’s dancing in the public square with a hypnotic tune that seduces and beguiles the sleeping, the lax, the foolish, the distracted. Wolves are emboldened and sheeple are asleep.

It hurts to see this, and even more to say it.

Sometimes, evil does win.

  • In court decisions that pervert the law of the land and open the way for hell to advance.
  • In false teachers proclaiming a false gospel that has no room for the realities of sin, the need for repentance and regeneration, the grace of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, and the transforming power of God’s word.
  • In the deception that love means everything is acceptable– every base desire of the flesh, every God-denying ideology, every fist raised to the heavens.
  • In the delusion that a day of reckoning will not come.

It’s easy to lose hope these days, but I’m reminded of truths greater than these dismal facts illustrated so well in social media feeds, news headlines, sickly sermons, and a blood-thirsty mob (especially online) that cries out like a modern-day coliseum gathering to watch and celebrate God-fearing believers get thrown to the lions.

In the face of these daily sorrows I reach for God’s word, desperate for a cure. And there are many. Like…

There may be many kings building their kingdoms, but there is only one King of kings. 

His name is Jesus.

He lived, He died, He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. HE’S COMING BACK. I’m waiting for Him. He’s coming for His church – the real church – the one that believes on His name, prays on its knees, proclaims His gospel, denies the world and its lusts, lays down its life, takes up its cross, serves its King, and clings to His word.

His kingdom is everlasting.

His righteousness prevails.

One day, every knee will bow…to HIM.

One day, every tongue will confess…HIM.

The darkness cannot overcome Him. He’s already won.

The world is getting darker.

The Light of the world still shines, always shines. 

Jesus came. He’s coming again. I know I already said that, but people, that’s the hope that enables us to be steadfast. He’s coming again, and every day more and more I hear these words in my heart: Love His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Life has changed for many of us. I mean the daily living of it. We are not untouched by evil’s winnings. Sometimes I find myself just waiting for change. Waiting for normal to resume. Waiting for things to return to how they were.

No guarantees there.

Yes, we’re waiting. But let’s take up this noble stance, “and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is, Jesus who rescues us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thess. 1:10).

We are waiting, Lord.

Hear our prayer.

Oh, Lord. Let us love and long for your appearing, like a Bride awaiting her Groom. Come quickly, Lord. We wait for You.

Maranatha. 

It’s late. Be sober. Watch and pray.

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59354. Lisa said,
August 21st, 2021 at 8:42 am

What an encouragement! Jesus IS COMING! Every plan my husband and I make lately has two contingencies: what we think we’re going to do, or Jesus will come back first! Some days it’s hard to stay focused on the here and now, but then the here and now smacks you in the head.I don’t know what I’d do right now without the hope of Jesus and his soon return. It’s drawn my husband and I closer together than at any point in our 35 year marriage, because we are united in our belief and hope of heaven! I’ll see you there, Teri!

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