Wake Up World! 08/21/19: Are You A Friend?

Lawlessness is when there is no restraint or restrictions. Where people just do anything, because it feels good and/or what they want to do.

Not society can sustain that.

But when we hear the word Lawlessness, we must be careful not to attach it to firmly to governmental laws. You also have natural laws, that are fixed to something beyond us. When they Bible speaks of the man of Lawlessness aka the Antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2), it’s not about breaking the laws of a nation, but rather the Laws of God.

We look at society and people seem to just want to indulge in themselves and every vice. Now this is nothing new. Human history, are just stories of struggle. Man vs. man/men, man vs. environment, man vs. himself. But the the most dangerous of all, are man vs. himself.

Why?

Because, no one can destroy us like us. When live in the age where are encouraged by society, to self destruct, on drugs, food, alcohol, sex, self-pity. When in previous years even though we had our own personal struggles, society encouraged dare I say it, decency. Now, we are encouraged to turn completely inward in our focus, and rebel against God. Humans now have to wrestles with a culture, that puts pressure on us to rebel. Even now schools are teaching sexual rebellion as part of its curriculum. It’s the antichrist spirit, that is running rampant in our society.

Of course, there is a sociological explication for all of this madness. As Christian Apologist, we trained for being able to speak to the historical and sociological causes behind this ire and rebellion against God. Lawlessness that is being forced down the throats of kids and adults.

But, we must not forget that this ultimately is a spiritual problem. You can have two people see and/or experience the same thing, yet have totally different perspectives. That is due to your worldview. How you view the world, will determine how you interpret information and your experiences.

The next question is what determines your worldview, and that is your spiritual condition. The antichrist spirit of lawlessness, brings spiritual corruption and hedonism. Which will source your worldview leading to materialism. But those who want the hedonism of materialism, yet still want want to acknowledge the spiritual world turn some sort of pantheism or witchcraft. Which all help Lawlessness spread throughout our society.

When we engage, support, or are entertained by lawlessness, you’re being a friend to the AntiChrist.

Anxeity….and what to do.

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Many of us have struggles with anxiety. It’s a weight on you that won’t cease. Being a divorced single parent, anxeity had become part and parcel of my life. Depression which is anxeity cousin, seeps in to the wounds that anxiety has created, and just sits there. I remeber one night driving home, my kids were just in the back seat being children, and I just felt so overwhelmed with the feelings of failure and uncertainy, that I began to struggle to breath. It was as though my lungs were constricting, and my heart was beating too fast. I began to think am I having a heart attack, will my kids watch their mother die. As I began to realize, that I wasn’t dying at the moment, I began thinking will I die in my sleep. As bizzare as these string of thoughts may sound, I had just experienced a panic attack.

Millions of Americans for a myriad reason struggle with chronic stress, that leads to anxeity and depression, which then snowballs into physical illness. Chronic migraines, highblood pressure, heart attacks, cancer digestive problems, and more. Which snowballs futher. Chronic anxeity, impedes on our overall quality of life. Though anxeity and depression is nothing new, one thing is fo sure, the pervasiveness of it is worse. People feel hopeless, alone, empty, but why? We lack relationship/faith in God.

Even myself a Christian, in my head I believed in God, but what about in my heart? Did I genuinely devote myself to him in away, that even when everything around me seemed to be sheer chaos, a steady peace and faith remained? The answer, no.

We live in a very busy world, with lots of expectations, and temptation. A society though it claims to believe in God, still mostly Christian but we don’t live like it. We live as though, pleasure is the ultimate sorce of hapiness. That is why so many people get so volitale when we criticize one of their avenues of pleasure. Whether or not the criticism is valid is irrelevant, it’s like taking a kids lovee. It’s taking away their source of hapiness, what makes life worth living. Whether that pleasure that creates hapiness is material things, money, sex, partying, alcohol, drugs, entertainemt etc. For many Americans, those aformentioned pleasures are simply living the dream. Minus the drugs those things aren’t sinful, some become sinful when we take them out of God’s purpose for them. But, in our society we no longer want God. We want the pleasure sepearated from God, so we can acheive how we want it, when we want it.

But it comes with a price.

It’s like the concept of selling you’re soul to the devil, some day you pay. We have not literally sold our soul, but forsaken genuine relationship with God, for a shell we created ourself that resmebles a genie. So, we can have our sin and a god too. But just like the deaf, dumb and blind gods of the pagans, they are nothing. So we are out in the cold world, feeling alone. But we aren’t alone.

God is there, but do we trust him? Trusting him requires our obedience, but many people don’t want to. Because it requires them forsaking the god’s of this age. So we remain misreable and confused. Many of these things we cling to for a source of hapiness, have terrible consequences when we use them outside of God’s design; and cannot comfort you when tragedy or the difficulties of life strike.

Joy comes from relationship, with the One who created you, knowing you better than you know yourself. God understands better than we ever could what is best for us, and it’s an awesome feeling to know that the One behind it all, “got my back”. Who can beat God??? NO ONE!! So when we listen to the instructions God gives us, not what you think, but what he communicates to us through Scripture, and directly, the anxeity subsides. It must be through concientous prayer, scripture study and obedience, and then the weight of anxiety subsides. It subsides because you know, even in the face of adversity, The Great I AM, has our back, and in the end, has it all figured out.

So don’t worry, though it’s easy to do, remember who is looking out for you! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9