Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A gentle reminder

This is from a cousin of mine...

Here I sit in las Vegas. December 12, 2008. Its night, dark and stormy. The wind is blowing crazily and the clouds are reflecting streams of moonlight. I don’t know why I mention the weather. I am just letting my fingers type it’s the only form of control I have in my time of insanity. You see yesterday at around 1130 am I seen something…when I was awake, as in my eyes were open. I believe could be vision. I was reading the Bible and I heard a voice like a reporter that was somewhere not outside of my head but louder than what should be heard inside ones head. Keep reading please I’m not crazy (right now). So I close my eyes and pray God whatever this is help me focus. I tried to control my mind and focus on God as much as I could but right away I seen newsflashes like I was sitting in front of a huge screen TV with different headlines being thrown and flashed across the screen. Different reporters all reported breaking news with the same intensity, the same urgency. It cut to a big room I could see it from the front right corner A woman stood at the front of the meeting, like a town meeting, she wore a suit and held a microphone. Different people in regular clothes stood up at different times and voiced their opinions “ how can you tell us we cant go to church” What right is that? Who decided this? What is this accomplishing” They cant tell us that!”
That was gone and I heard a radio broadcast “ this is 89.9 Morning Glory”..the announcer called sternly to believers, it wasn’t a broadcast to get listeners, or radio call ins, or advertise, it was to say something, something important something that could not go without saying.
The feeling of something more in my head seemed to go away and I wrote it down.I am alone here typing in the dark apartment lit only by the computer screen. I think of the apostles, of true Christians faced with death, poverty, hunger, beatings I see them right now sitting by a single candlelight to read the Bible, to write letters to encourage others and share this message. This thing so much more than words, literature, stories. This Word. What was it that made them fight for it more than for their own warmth, families, more than their needs, desires? Why arent we like that? Do we not understand? Why did they stand before crowds and proclaim this to strangers and why don’t I? Their hunger pains are the same that I feel, their fears are mine, their beliefs are the same that I am taught? These men, woman, and children had their blood viciously taken from them and spilled mercilessly because of what ?
Because of a message. A name. Its because of them that I have it today and yet I do nothing with it. I do not know the threats, torture, or imprisonment that they faced while they steadfastly and at all costs declared to all, small, great, rich, and poor th is message, since I am not faced with this opposition to keep this a secret everyone should hear it, all should know those that believe in this message right? It only makes sense. Now the world needs it more than ever and we have nothing, absolutely nothing stopping us from proclaiming our Lord Jesus Christ.
Does your coworker know that Jesus saves? Does your Uncle? Brother? Teacher? The man at the gas station? Your babysitter?
Do they know that Jesus saved you? Do YOU know that Jesus saved you?
Satan stands at the door of your mouth whispering fear and lies. Your voice, your words can shatter his plan and save a soul for all eternity. Why could they say it and not us? THe message has only gotten stronger but have we?
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first, If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you “no servant is greater than his master’ if they persecuted me they will persecute you..
16.1 I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed,( the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not k nown the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you….
33. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." John 15:18-16:1

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