RISING AGAIN…

         The world was dark and cold. Defeat had become a matter of lifestyle, of accepting a great wrong against one’s hopes and dreams with no way to overcome the pain.

         And it was certainly pain, the kind of deep pain stored in the depths of one’s heart that it seems can never be excised no matter how hard one may try.

         There were “leaders” who had come along who claimed they had answers but their efforts never went anywhere, even though a few had gained relatively large followings. Yet, no matter what particular hope had come down the road and into the hearts of the defeated, though briefly, the light shined for merely a moment and was gone.

         It was as if the whole world was against each person, and that each person had no way to strike back effectively. The great pain carried by most was the pain of a defeat so strong and overwhelming that they must simply surrender to it and find a way to make life work.

         It is one of the most difficult things to deal with and make sense of, and in all probability the most difficult. People were created to overcome, to stand tall, to fight and win, to work hard and get things done, to put their heart into alleviating a problem, and to let nothing stand in the way of their freedom and success.

         Yet, the nation was broken. It had long ago been taken over by a brutal regime that had little or no compassion, and certainly no concern for the individuals who lives were essentially destroyed and enslaved. People kept working hard—they had to—but they were only working to stay alive. Survival was the big dream, or actually, it was the attempt to stay mentally tough against so much misfortune and no hope for the future. This “survival” was the manner in which one was forced to attempt a win, the way a starving man may grab at crumbs in hopes that he may find a piece of bread, and then, just maybe, something more.

         But it was the seeking of something more substantial that caused the greatest depression among people. If they could only just give up and accept a less than good life, a less than average life, or even a mere subsistence level life, then maybe that pain would go away. Maybe if they just gave up on dreams that kept stirring their hearts but never, ever came close to reality, then, and only then, could they maybe smile a weak smile and somehow be content with their lot.

         It was not to be, of course. No one can live like that for very long without finding alternatives to bleak reality that somehow make reality possible to stomach. It had all been going on for so many years and decades. People could actually no longer remember any actual good times but they still had the misty sagas that old people told on occasion, when long ago, their people lived in victory and strength.

         In a way, such stories, real or imagined, kept a spark alive but only a few really thought it could ever grow into anything more than that. So many people had tried for so long to overcome it all…

         Their houses had been broken into and ransacked. They were forced to vacate not only their homes and fields that they had worked so hard at building, but whole towns. Communities were destroyed. Industry was destroyed. The means to build it all back was completely removed. These evil despicable hell-bound demons in human form had decided that total destruction was the answer, and in their zeal to eliminate those good people they falsely characterized as evil, they had become evil incarnate.

         Their sweeping victories, however, gave them the aura of somehow being on the winning side, and that their grossly evil behavior was somehow justified even by God Himself. It was as if God had turned from His righteousness and honor, and sided with the devil, and that any unfortunate ones who fought the invaders would be crushed by God because the good people were characterized as being the devil.

         Why would God do this? Why would He side with evil? Why wouldn’t He help these poor destroyed people? Was their sin so great and the obvious sins of these invaders so unacknowledged that the entire cosmos had gotten turned upside down?

        As their lives, hopes, and dreams were destroyed, they remembered their Scriptures, the sayings of their holy book. They remembered the words that seemed to fit so clearly—

         Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! [Isaiah 5:20-21]

         The confidence level of the invaders had grown exponentially the more they destroyed the land and its people. As the proverbial sharks smelling blood and swimming swiftly to the kill and engaging in a free-for-all bloodbath, so did these so called liberators fall into the most heinous of crimes. Looking past their own sins and thinking themselves as holy with justified and God-breathed righteous anger, and even as agents of proper judgment, they raped and pillaged and burned and murdered, and they exulted in it, they enjoyed it, it was a tremendous opportunity to release their evil passions like hardened, reprobate, insane criminals escaped from the worst penitentiaries.

         How could agents of supposed good engage in such incredibly sinful acts? And why do monuments built for their leaders exist to this day—statues and bronzes beholding their evil glory?

         As the majority of those in the Lord’s day who judged Him falsely of evil and agreed with His death sentence and torture, so do so many still to this day claim the side of righteousness while engaging in or fully supporting the most evil of deeds. They refuse to acknowledge the gross violations of the Lord’s teachings. It is a justification of the worst forms of hate and all that stems from it.

         It must be understood that the thundering hooves supporting these invasions never stop. They continue on in subjugating others, and others still, and overcome the innocent, and rob them, and destroy them, and justify it all.

         But the day will come when their juggernaut will come face to face with a higher power, the very power they had previously claimed was on their side, and they will at last meet their match, and so much more.

         In their current state, the subdued cannot imagine anything to change it, for evil has gained such a stronghold over them, and they are so small and outnumbered, and apparently defeated. But they remember what always follows, what comes next, what the prophets said about the righteous and faithful people, and it is then that the tiny spark in their deepest heart glows brighter:

         Evil is always stopped. It is only a matter of time. The temporary never survives against the eternal. Dishonesty, lies, deceptive agendas, fake historical accounts, and false narratives never defeat Truth in the long term. And the evil ones who ride high in their day and get away with so much will all eventually pay the price. Their time will come to an end. Their earthly kingdoms, like all previous earthly kingdoms and empires, and all their sordid gains will fail and come to nothing, and can never be translated into eternity.

         The real kingdom, though—the eternal kingdom of the Lord Jesus, inhabited by those who love Him and obey Him and are called by His Name—it will continue now and throughout eternity. And regardless of the pain and the many losses the Lord’s people have suffered upon this planet, their fate is good and bright—they will live forever in their eternal home.

         And one more thing: Those places and regions of the earth where the devil has historically wreaked the worst havoc are often the same places from which the Lord later brings forth the greatest Great Awakenings…

         “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT LIGHT, AND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.” [Matthew 4:16] [1]

         © 2015 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on February 3, 2015, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. When satan rears his ugly head among well-lighted, dedicated Christian armies in unity he cannot survive for the Lord is our Fortress, our Strength and Shield.

    Is it of little wonder that He prayed for Unity.

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  2. A Powerful message RJ and yes as Scripture tells us many walk in darkness, they have itching ears. As I was preparing to Post my last message I was looking for graphics but ended up very dismayed at how many were propagating the Occult, New Age and Paganism, Oh RJ if only they realized what evil they are bringing on themselves, why won’t they listen, why don’t they care…

    But I do know why they don’t just like I was, they are deceived, Satan knows our needs, he says, you can be powerful, you can be a somebody not a nobody you will be wanted and loved but the nightmare continues but Praise God not for me, I was rescued and I long so much for others to be too!

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

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    • Right you are, Anne. Thanks! Regarding the New Age Movement, so many young ones over the last few decades have been raised with no Christian heritage whatsoever and are blind to the danger of the occult. Even most of those who first jumped into the occult and various forms of paganism during the 1960s had a Christian background of some kind and it helped to offset so much deception. But presently, that corrective is either not there or has been rejected for many. Plus, major corporations and governments grow ever closer to chosen occult connections and are leading millions into bondage through often subtle means.

      This was the same thing that happened to Adam and Eve. The temptation of Eve was all about the lie of the devil regarding becoming “wise” and turned on to higher knowledge, which was actually just the opposite. Born again Christians who were formerly into the occult and New Age forty and fifty years ago know exactly what this deception is and the dangerous ramifications associated with giving ones soul to demonic forces. This present evil was in the early days then, but now the New Age movement has been transformed, renamed somewhat, and has grown exponentially.

      But the Lord Jesus is still shining the light of truth and saving souls every day, and rescuing many from darkness which appears as light. And there is a massive movement worldwide in which the Lord Jesus is pouring forth His Spirit and doing tremendous things, especially in China, of course, which will become a Christian country in the not too distant future, but also in so many other places. The Lord is faithful and brings miracles and salvation.

      Be blessed!

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      • Thank you RJ I and agree with both evil being propagated and God’s deliverance and yes worldly wisdom is the pits, the same as worldly or fleshy love, peace, hope, and joy which is all about being Happy Clappy After heart repentance, we need God’s Wisdom and empowering, we were not born with them and as confirmed below we need them to understand God’s inspired words, which are His thoughts , Guidelines, His motivation, His Love for us and good will for us.

        Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

        James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

        Luke 11:13 …….how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

        1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.

        1John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing Teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath Taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

        Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV) perhaps our Computers.

        Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

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      • Anne, you left four almost identical comments on my post Rewards of Discipleship and Real Abundance. I chose one and posted it, including the YouTube video and the link to your site. I also explained to one of my readers not too long ago that I recently noticed some of the comments to this blog were automatically being put in my spam folder, which I used to routinely empty but learned to check on now. Other comments may be disappearing.

        Also, when I first started this blog I did not moderate comments, but then I was forced to because a few so-called Christians were violating the Lord’s Golden Rule commandment and leaving some really bad comments, with bad language, and illustrating some serious spiritual problems. Since I have been forced to moderate comments I get to them as my time permits and post them accordingly.

        I certainly want to have a forum here, but it will be a forum of civil and mature real believers who know how to get along with others regardless of any possible differences in Christian belief. I will not allow this blog to be used as a vehicle to express selfish opinions with no regard for overall community. I have many friends who comment on this blog who understand this and we all work together. I greatly appreciate their input, and I appreciate your comments as well, of course.

        Now, it is obvious that there are a million forms of Christianity in the world and I certainly believe we should all engage in proper dialogue whenever possible in order to gain the Truth found in the pure teachings of the Lord Jesus and get rid of everything else. But we must be civil and mature about it, and most of all maintain love for one another. That is what the Lord’s real community is all about. It is a warm, loving family of loving believers who more than anything else want to honor the Lord Jesus and do His work.

        Though creating these types of “cyber communities” may be a challenge, I believe it is another excellent opportunity and method for real Christians worldwide to learn from one another, love one another, and assist the Lord Jesus in creating His overall community and spreading the Gospel message. Thanks.

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        • I’m pleased you check spam RJ I do too and yes find bloggers comments in their too and not just the ones I have blocked because of their rudeness. I left four comments because previously about an hour before I had other comments disappear on another Blog and they told me they had gone into spam too but this person didn’t moderate after the first one, this has happened to me before and WordPress told me it was being done by the Bloggers themselves but this is not True for all but maybe for those who reject God’s Truth, even calling themselves Christians or they are childish and deceived ones.

          Wayne my Computer Technician, said it is being done deliberately by someone who has access to WordPress controls, some of my comments on your Blog showed waiting to be moderated the others disappeared, it seems they are selective too, wanting to deliberately upset me or is this your settings RJ.

          We are to resolve our differences with God’s Truth in Scripture through the empowering of The Holy Spirit who does not say one thing to one person and something different to another when it contradicts, although He may share something we can share with others but it will always be confirmed in Scripture.

          Blessings – Anne

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  3. If we refuse to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. You’d think after all these centuries, that we’d have figured it out by now, wouldn’t you? Well. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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    • Thank you, Linda. History certainly does deal with the exact things we are dealing with now and can certainly tell us what to expect and how to discern current conditions, as does Biblical prophecy, of course. There is indeed no new thing under the sun but with regard to temptation and lies it certainly looks that way. It remains a very curious thing to see each generation get fooled by the same things. The first thing the enemy wants to do is cut people off from the Lord Jesus or keep them from Him, and it is our job to do the opposite. Right now, the deception is incredibly strong, especially among so many Christians who should know better, but their nominal status has kept them blind. Nevertheless, the current Great Awakening will continue to gain strength and shine light…

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  4. AMEN. Beautiful, POWERFUL Truth!!

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  5. It seems RJ who is ever doing this spamming likes short and sweet which you won’t get from anyone who knows and shares God’s Truth if something needs clarification, as we see by the Scriptures. I’m not sure but I believe I now know who it is, they work for WordPress and when I first started Blogging they advised me to keep it short and sweet and deleted my comments on their Blog but that was after I rejected them when they propositioned me and it was why Ron also joined me on my Blog, I was getting abusive e-mails too and was being slandered behind my back, one of them did it again recently on my Blog when I confronted him with his unloving attitude, so yes I understand the problems you have had R.J and so does Jesus who warned us we would have trouble when we follow Him.

    God’s Truth has been watered down RJ so those with itching ears will accept it, good to see you don’t do this but I do believe we need to resolve some differences but only if you are willing, otherwise I will just pray for you as I do for others that they will seek God’s Truth not man’s understanding in all areas not just some.

    Blessings – Anne

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