Convinced

convinced

There are an awful lot of things that I see and words that I hear these days on the News that are spoken by others that I do not like. It’s extremely rare to hear a politician speak now and be uplifted by anything that he or she says. And I really hate it when I can see that someone is deliberately only speaking partial truth, in order to present the perspective that they alone will be able to rectify this injustice or they alone have been or will be instrumental in its demise. I also have a strong dislike for the manner in which media spokespersons deliberately misrepresent or blatantly manipulate truth so as to present a perception that is only partially correct or true.

It’s getting to the point that I don’t like the manner in which I think anymore. Not always, but a lot more than I would like. There are undoubtedly times when the hogwash is scraped away and the unselfish attributes of some within humanity shines through, but we are shown far less of this than of the other. Humanity without Jesus is lost.

  • There is far far too much racial disparity, injustice and discord in our society.
  • The good or the welfare of the common people, those who are working and just barely getting by, and their children, are no longer being honestly considered by most who hold power, but rather the retention of power and maintenance of lifestyle by those who currently hold power, has now become the prime objective. Maintain and improve the status quo at all costs. Short sighted thinking.
  • There is an abundance of blame being laid at the feet of others when the truth is we all are guilty. I am so sick of seeing the finger pointed at others and removing all blame from ourselves. We all have sinned.
  • I am tired of insufficient funding being made available for children, their schools  and their education, not to mention the ever increasing responsibility being laid on teachers and administrators to handle more with less. Apathy.
  • I am tired of insufficient allocation of resources to address ever increasing costs of health care. Greed and priorities.
  • I’m tired of insufficient funding and resources being made available to effectively deal with mental illnesses and the people who suffer with these debilitating diseases. Ignorance and apathy.
  • I’m tired of the greed and apathy that is allowed to flourish and remain unchallenged within the financial, pharmaceutical and gun manufacturing industries. Sheer unregulated greed.
  • I’m tired of the insanity that permeates society with regard to the excesses and lack of common sense with gun ownership and the right to bear arms.
  • I’m tired of seeing those who wear and distort the name of Christian, ignoring lesser sins in order to hopefully achieve the demise of greater sins, all the while, calling the means by which the greater sin is being addressed, as being worthy of overlooking (the end justifies the means). What kind of a Christian message is that and who do we think we are fooling? Unless the human heart is changed, the battle achieves very little.

Yes, I know, I’ve barely scratched the surface, there are many more legitimate and worthy concerns that are being ignored such as the causes and effects of climate change, infrastructure requirements and the inadequacies of our judicial system, to name but a few.

The Bible tells us that there will be another world war and I can easily see the opposing forces putting themselves in their best position, to come out ahead in this fight for world supremacy. From a humanistic perspective, our collective blindness in North American astonishes me, especially when one takes into account the current leadership that is at the helm. Surely, even humanity, can do better than this.

I don’t sound very optimistic do I? Truth be told, I’m not. Definitely not from a humanistic perspective. The Bible also speaks of a great falling away from sound doctrine and that many will be deceived. Ask me if that is happening! Actually I have a hard time believing what I am seeing but once again, things are unfolding just like Jesus said they would.

I’ve got unsaved family members and I’m still a far cry from what I would like to be in Christ. I see the need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be lived by Christians so that there is light for others to see. I see the spiral that we’re currently on and there is not much reason for joy, not if you looking at the masses that are out there and what is coming down the road. I think of my children and my grandchildren and what is on the horizon is not good. How many are there who get excited when they see the ship that they and their children and their children’s children are on, slowing sinking?

I have joy and thankfulness in my heart for the grace that God has extended to me and to some of those that I love. I am 74 years old now, the light at the end of the road for me and my wife is quickly approaching. But there is also much sadness when I consider those that don’t know Jesus and don’t know what is coming.

I am convinced that what Jesus told us about the end times is unfolding before our very eyes. I know, many have said the same things down through the ages. In fact, many said the end times were upon us when I was in my early twenties. But it’s truly different now,  we’ve seeing the key political powers being put into place. The world environment is changing, greed by the few, over the multitudes, is close to reaching its climax and most everyone senses that the merry-go-round cannot continue on forever. And those who hold power, in China, Russia and elsewhere, are positioning themselves for their move.

I am convinced that hard times are in store for born again believers in Christ. I am convinced that these evil events must indeed be and I am convinced that God’s will, will in fact be done and that every knee will bow before Jesus.

Matthew 24:3-14 NIV

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian Armed Forces and residing in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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14 comments on “Convinced
  1. I don’t think the Bible gives us much room for optimism regarding this world- “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son of Man returns”…

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    • Bruce says:

      I agree. It’s funny how when you get older and you know your time is limited, that your perspective changes. Not funny ha ha though. Have a blessed day Robert and thank you for taking the time to comment, always appreciated! Grace and blessings my brother.

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      • The writer of In Christ Alone has another song which talks about when “the best we have is yesterday”. Thankfully, because of God’s “Never Failing Love” (the title of that song), the best for the believer is yet to come. Bless you brother 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the post btw. The gospel is our only hope!

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  3. dettinger47 says:

    So true on every count, Bruce. Christ’s return is drawing ever nearer.

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    • Bruce says:

      Strange how one can be both joyful and sad at the same time. Have a blessed day David!

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      • Stephen says:

        I came to that realization last year when a man who invested his time in me passed away. He taught me how to run all kinds of heavy equipment, but more than that, he trusted me to run said equipment alone at a young age. His faith in me really helped my confidence.
        I learned that the more I mourn the passing of a loved one, the more I rejoice to have been blessed to know such a person.
        I believe only those who know Christ Jesus can make such a claim and honestly feel it.
        Blessings

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  4. Kevin Riddle says:

    Amen! Excellent post, Bruce. I agree with you on the condition of the world and the fact that nothing is going to fix it except Christ. I am not as far along in life as you but I have seen much even in my 43 years and I know that the Lord’s return must surely not be far away. Whatever happens, I pray that we would live our lives in perpetual readiness for that day, reaching out to as many as we can to prepare them for eternity in Christ. Be blessed, brother!

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  5. Wally Fry says:

    Well said, Bruce.

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  6. Cindy Dawson says:

    Bruce, I have come to the place where I rarely watch the news because I know I can’t change the path the world is taking. I am at peace with fixing my eyes on Jesus and looking forward to being with Him forever. This world is not my home. This world is just a whisper of time. I only want to do what God asks me to do: Love others, encourage the Saints, and obey God. Do not despair, my friend. God is working in the lives of your unsaved loved ones. I know that because I know you pray for them. It is not unusual that we don’t know what He is doing to bring them to Christ. He asks us to have faith, to believe He is at work, even though we have no evidence that He is.

    Thank you for obeying the Lord and sharing your insights and resources. Your blog is invaluable to me. God bless you and your family!

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  7. Candice says:

    I think you’ve put into words how many of us feel. I am glad to be nearing the end of my sojourn on this earth, but I feel sad for my children and grandchildren. The state of the world reinforces my conviction that the Lord’s return is imminent.

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