Luke 21:9 “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”

It’s easy to get “glazed over” with all of the horrific news we hear about daily. While the whole Boston thing was unfolding last week it was easy to overlook all the other stuff that was taking place throughout the world. In Texas, a whole neighborhood was flattened by a fertilizer plant that exploded (doesn’t that sound really weird to you?). Then, shuffled away to the back pages of the newspaper (that old relic that no one reads) were the stories about the fighting that continues in Syria where thousands of Syrians are being slaughtered by their government (we thought our government was bad). Then no one even noticed that the Syrian conflict has been spilling over into Israel in the Golan Heights. Even further underneath all of the other news stories were the earthquakes in China, Mexico, and Iran. Sounds like wars, rumors of wars, and commotions to me.
Actually, these kinds of things can effect people in three basic ways. First, is the “glazed over” effect. Some people call it “the deer in headlights” look. It’s our defense mechanism kicking in, these things won’t effect me. These calamities involve other people and are not relevant to my daily life.
The second effect is being paralyzed with fear. Jesus spoke about failing hearts and this is how troubles effect many people. It’s easy to become so immersed with the troubles and and end up spending your time, energy, and resources on just surviving.
The third way these last day commotions can effect us is really the only positive alternative. These prophetic events can turn our heart and our attention heavenward. When that happens we begin to awaken to the real spiritual reality that surrounds us. This spiritual approach begins to show up in several ways in our lives.
First, we recognize that our lives are not just about this world and its problems. These commotions are actually just sign posts pointing to the glory of the coming kingdom of God. Secondly, we then begin to see and appreciate the greatest of all last day signs of the times. Peter preached on the day of Pentecost that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all mankind was a distinct sign of the last days. So as all of the acts of terrorism, wars, pestilences, and earthquakes grab the headlines, we clearly see the greater sign all around us. The Lord is pouring out His Spirit on every hungry heart. Finally, those who have eyes to see the day we live in, recognize the importance and the incredible opportunity we have to win souls to Christ. People without Christ are either afraid or are like ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand. The Lord has placed some of these in your world. Maybe The Lord will give you favor to win some of these to Him. We live in a time of unprecedented spiritual opportunity, ask Him for boldness and then, just step out. You may be surprised at the response.

6 Replies to “COMMOTIONS”

  1. Amen! Jesus we pray for the boldness to step out and see with your heart and your eyes and your ears like! Awaken our senses!! Your anointing jesus, your words! Come lord Matthew 9:38! We pray therefore pray the lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest! 😉

  2. Lord, my trust and everything is in You.
    Hallelujah, use me more Lord, for Your Kingdom.
    As we open up more to the Lord He will use us and we will be able to let His Glory shine through us, for Him.
    Thank you Holy Spirit, have your way…
    Blessings Pastor Frank, with LOVE.
    All of my Focus is on the LORD…..:)


  3. Almost every Blog reminds me of a song or songs we sang when I was growing up in the Methodist Church: “Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow, And Life Is Worth The Living Just Because He Lives.” Some things never seem to leave you alone, they are “Good Foundations” that you can always lean on: “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms of Christ My Savior.” Thank You Lord, You Will Never Leave Us Alone And We Can Always Lean On You. Amen.

  4. Yes a whole lot goes on, But God is on The Throne, and “He’s Got The Whole Wide World In His Hands.” He Sits High, He looks Low. Thank You Lord, We Are Never Off Your Radar. You Make All Things Well. Amen.

  5. Thank the lord that I remember the verse in the bible,when you hear of wars etc,well it just has given me so much comfort and peace through the yrs.And for many yrs,I don’t worry about death,because I know at the end of my earthly life,I go and dwell with jesus and the lord,and all of the other believers forever!!

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