These are the famous prophetic words of Bob Dylan from the time we call the ‘60s. I feel the winds of change blowing through our world once again. Winds of change can cause a feeling of fear, doubt, and insecurity to live within us on a daily basis.
We seem to move from one warning sign to the next. We endured Gustav to be terrorized by Ike. Before the memory of Ike fades away, there are catastrophic collapses in our banking institutes with words like “the great depression” being spoken by our leaders.
We have become cold to other dangers on our radar screen. A restless Russia seems to be looking for a place to start a fight. Iran continues to thumb her nose at Israel and the west as it rushes towards nuclear capability. Korea reconsiders and begins to restore her nuclear capabilities.
While the world is reeling in birth pains… preparing for horrific times that were prophesied would proceed the coming of the kingdom of God, the church, and the U.S. continue to sleep. She is content to preach herself improvement sermons while Armageddon is breathing down our necks.
The times they are a changing! Jesus is coming back. In the meantime we need to return to a God centered message to build our lives upon. I am thankful for the foundation of God centered theology. The Lord brought into my life to prepare me for our experience with birth pains called Katrina.
Only the foundation of the sovereignty of God in all things and the intimacy of the Holy Spirit sustained me during those incredibly difficult times.
We need to wake ourselves and turn fully to the Lord in these perilous times. Return to a daily time of devotions with the Lord (if you stopped or never started). Spend time worshipping the Lord and praying in the spirit daily. Read some old books (Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Bunyan). Prepare yourself for the shaking that is surely upon us. I believe the best days for the church are the NOLA areas ahead of us. Do not be caught sleeping. The Lord’s return is at hand.
35“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
The extravagant love of our heavenly Father, the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Pastor Frank Bailey