Why write? Why speak of God continually?
" Whosoever offers praise glorifies Me;
and to him that orders his conversation aright will I show the salvation of the LORD!" (Psalm 50:23)
That is reason enough for us to speak of God often, and if we like to write, write! I do not have a church, nor a theological degree, nor did I attend a Bible College or Seminary; but I can speak of God who has been faithful to me all of my years, even years living in rebellion and despair. It is probably good that I did not attend Seminary; Brother Leonard Ravenhill calls them Cemeteries; they kill more preacher's than they produce!
God has always been my Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble. I believe He has allowed many troubles in my life just so He could prove Himself faithful, and to see if I really believed by my actions to the circumstances, or if I was just a mouthpiece for Him who had never seen difficulty.
By everything I read in the secular press and by some "think tanks", 2012 is going to be a year of great turmoil and trouble; both for the world and for the United States. Yet, we are still here; the Rapture has not happened! We must prepare for what could take place. The preparation must be spiritual first and foremost! Get to know God. Get intimate with Him and know Him on a first Name basis. Be confident He is with you and will answer you. This confidence comes because whatever may occur, you know He is always there because you are always talking to Him.
Memorize His promises. I have them underlined in my Bible and read, examine and think of them on a daily basis. Psalm 46 says that even if the earth is moved or utterly removed we are not to fear. Though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea we must not fear. Have you tried to imagine some of these things happening? It is an awesome thought. I remember several months ago when there was an earthquake here in the Washington, D.C. area early one afternoon. I was standing in my dining room getting ready to leave for work and my wife was standing in the living room. The light in the dining room started swaying, there was an underground noise coming through our woods, and the water in our swimming pool was dancing about. The house was shaking! And that was a mild quake. Can you imagine the earth itself moving and mountains falling into the sea? We are still not to fear.
Though waters roar and are troubled, and when mountains start to shake; still, fear not. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. We must tap into that river daily; even when we do not fell like it. That river never runs dry. Do not be condemned when we do not feel like it; this is the enemy resisting us and then condemning us; his favorite past time, do not fall for that old trick. If you do not feel like reading get an old song book and look at and sing some of your favorite songs. The spirit of praise and worship will come; often accompanied with tears of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness. Doing this daily has a Biblical beginning; just like the Children of Israel in their Wilderness journey, they got a fresh supply of manna falling from heaven daily. It was never stale. If they thought they could store up on the manna for a few days, like living all week on a Sunday Morning service, it rotted within a day! We must have a daily, fresh supply to remain calm in the coming months.
The heathen are going to rage, they already are. Kingdoms are being moved; God utters His voice and the earth melts. That same God who created all things is now and will always be in control. The LORD of Hosts (armies) is, and will always be with us. The God of Jacob is our place of refuge. He is our strong and mighty tower into which we can run the days of adversity.
Psalm 46:8 says, "Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations He has made in the earth." He is behind the desolations; not satan. These things must be before He establishes His Kingdom on planet earth. We are as a Body of Believers citizens of that Kingdom. We are safe and secure. To doubt this is to doubt God!
Be still and know that He is God. He will be exalted among the heathen and will be exalted in all of the earth. The LORD of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge.
We can look upon the things occurring on the earth and say with the song and Psalm written by the sons of Korah in Psalm 48:14,"For this is our God for ever and ever; He will be our Guide even unto death. "
This is the same thing the three Hebrew children said in the Book of Daniel; "you can throw us into the fiery furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and even if He does not, we are still not going to bow down and worship your image!" This God is our God; we know Him and are well acquainted with Him because we were just speaking with Him.