Five Minutes To Midnight

Preparing for Eternity

“If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.”  John 15:19.

After a War, those who are victorious write the history of the conflict for eternity. It’s not necessarily the truth – but it is always written from the point of view of the countries who came out ahead. Generally, there is a time-lapse before the truth is known. In the situation of all of the wars this nation has fought, the truth is seldom, if ever – the entire story laid out for people to know.

The clash of military might can only be told from the view the reason one side lost. Here is an example what is meant. The German forces invaded Holland, Belgium and France in the early months of World War II. The British sent on expediting force to halt the German advance into Western Europe. The British army was unable to thwart the panzer tanks and armed vehicles and, the Royal army was pushed back to the sea at Dunkirk.

Thousands of personnel were in a pocket which could have been slaughtered had Adolph Hitler told his commanders to do just this. The German leader did not do this. No one ever could give a valid explanation. It made no sense why. There were many boats which ferried man back to England.

Based upon Hitler’s dislike for the Russians it appears now this man wanted the defeated forces to turn and fight the Communists in the future months. Could this act be explained later?

 

God causes reasons and excuses to come about in a way in our lives that we might never understand.

 

As Christians we must always be willing to take God as He sets history in motion. There is a lesson which should be seen by we Christians. The basic rule is that Satan brings sickness, chaos, and destruction upon us but the one fact to remember is God is the Controller. He tells Satan that he is only allowed to go so far. You can read this in Job 1:12.

“And the LORD said unto Satan,
Behold, all that he hath is in thy power;
only upon himself put not forth thine hand.
So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

 

A second time Satan accused Job but God told our Adversary you can go so far but this will be your limits, in  Job 2:6.

“And the Lord said unto Satan,
Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”

 

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This is a statement which has much meaning for each of us. Another fact is that evil will end in the future. What this should explain for us is evil will end at some point. This one fact alone should play upon our hearts. Let this soak into our mental state, our physical bodies and finally – into our spirit. There is so much at stake, we should never allow our being to deteriorate.

 

In effect, what this means is that we should never give up hope. You should prepare for eternity. The Evilness Will Stop!

 

ALONE

There is another stage we must be cognizant. The truth is no one can ever put this together in any other way. Our relationship with Jesus Christ is never based upon how big the crowd which all are a part of. Yes, Jesus did foster large groups.

Actually most of His miracles were one on one. It is true Jesus performed miracles before huge crowds. Once it was 5,000 then another time it was 7,000 people. Food was delivered for these people. You should read this in Luke 9:14.

“For they were about five thousand men.
And he said to his disciples,|
Make them sit down by fifties in a company.”

Yes, there are exceptions to this rule. Billy Graham could and did motivate hundreds of people to act. There have been others who could command the attention of vast numbers. They were exceptions.

Most of the great work is done by single people. There are many examples how and when his happened in the Bible. However the most dominant person in the New Testament is that of the Saul figure – who we know as Paul but his original name was Saul. He was a single person as we are told in Acts 9:15-16.  God told Anonices this: Read it for a blessing.

“But the Lord said unto him, “Go thy way
for he is a chosen vessel unto me,
to bear my name before the Gentiles,
And Kings, and the Children of Israel:
For I will shew him how great things,
he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

It seems in the Old Testament there were men who stood alone and did great works. Look at this list – which is only a partial number:

⦁ Abraham
⦁ Samuel
⦁ Jephahah
⦁ Elijah
⦁ Moses
⦁ Joshua
⦁ Jeremiah
⦁ Isaiah
⦁ Ezra
⦁ Joseph

The list is long but shows how one can take a stand while acting alone. What must ever be done is to be discouraged because we are alone. From an emotional view there may be moments when it is hurtful but this soon will pass away.

Based of his record the most powerful air pilot to ever have lived was a loner. You probably never heard of him. Why should you because his side lost World War II – thus he will soon only be a dot in history. His name is Hans Ulrich Rudel. This is his record as a stuka pilot for Germany. His exploits are legend as in our comprehension. This man’s exploits have been known before but the point of fighting and flying is still realized.

Sank a battleship,
⦁ Sank a cruiser,
⦁ Sank a destroyer,
⦁ Destroyed 500 plus tanks,
⦁ Destroyed 800 vehicles,
⦁ Destroyed 9 airplanes,
⦁ Went on 2400 plus missions,
⦁ Destroyed bridges, and
⦁ Shot down over 29 times.

 

He was a loner. He was son of a minister. He did not smoke, nor was a womanizer. He drank no alcohol but only milk. His commander said, “He was a strange bird.” This man survived World War II. There is no other nation that can claim such a robust character. Incidentally, a stuka plane was a dive bomber.

This idea we must be a part of a committee to be a strong Christians is wrong. The opposite is true. Generally, a committee is the kiss of death to most organizations.

 

CHURCHES

The Bible creates an organization called a Church. This brings people together to produce a solid front. Churches should be known for what they are. Actually they are for places to train others to go out into the world to spread the News of the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. He is the atonement of our sin.

Jesus, alone is our salvation. He alone died for our sin. No church did this. No organization did this. No politician did this. You should be aware of groups like the following:

⦁ Disciples of Christ
⦁ Presbyterians
⦁ Roman Catholics
⦁ Methodists
⦁ All Liberal Churches
⦁ Baptist, and
⦁ Christian Churches.

Their training – seemingly, is to collect money, pray in groups, and eat as much as possible.

Churches have patterned their lifestyle after the ways of this world. The patterns of the liberals is a call for more money. The Democratic Party has no programs – thus they are very unhappy.

 

The Conservative wing of the Republican party is the same way, look at this record:

Smaller government- it becomes bigger.
⦁ No pollutions- no bill to support this.
⦁ No war- what about the Middle East?
⦁ Independent thinking- like colossal corporations.
⦁ Big corporations- no movement to use a breakup.
⦁ Drug cartel & Banks like the flood of cash.

 

The great works of the Church are seldom accomplished by a group. A person comes forward to overcome some serious problems. Have you noticed that inventions come from the mind of a single person? These inventions may have others working for them but the idea comes from the mind of a single person.

As we read the gospels one fact stands out. Jesus talked to single people. Yes I know the Sermon the Mount is the exception, however the Gospels show us another story as he established relationships with people.

Here are some illustrations:

⦁ Samarian woman,
⦁ Blind men,
⦁ Peter,
⦁ Lazarus,
⦁ Adultress,
⦁ Tax collectors,
⦁ Responsibility.

Christianity in the United States is declining. There are people who can give some silly reasons why this is a part of our culture. Look around you and then tell us if this is true. We know the problem – then what is the answer?

God never depends upon a crowd. He lays the burden on the person or the remant. Our responsibility is to demand action from those who are supposed to be Christians. There are some areas where actions can be taken. It happened in Israel and when in Babylon. It was Nehemiah, Ezra, Daniel and Esther that stood up for God.

 

On the cross of Calvary, Jesus talked to the few only. There were seven times that the Son of God spoke to His Father and to the select few.

 

This age we live in is filled with trash-talk remarks and filthy words. More than that – these are false, proud, and fake comments! The Democratic Party and the Republican Party seemingly have a problem with reporting situations honestly. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are both people who bring disrespect on themselves and the Nation with their words. Obama, the muslem-leaning progressive socialist, is without a doubt a man who should never be trusted. The other party’s leadership fits that pattern also.


The only answer is found in a Christian relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

CONCLUSIONS

The individual is most important.
⦁ Remember it is one on one.
⦁ Form your life after the Bible.
⦁ You are God’s Individual.

God Bless Our Republic.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

HIGHER GROUND

“”I’m pressing on the upward way
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

[REFRAIN]
Lord, lift me up and let stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plan than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant m feet on higher ground.””

 

Gerald K. Fugit
412 N Texas Ave

Odessa, TX 79761
March 18, 2018

www.DiggingOldWells.com

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