Tag: Last Days

Mature Living

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity . . . Hebrews 6:1a

The absence of spiritual devotion today is an omen and a portent. The modern church is all but contemptuous of the sober virtues — meekness, modesty, humility, quietness, obedience, self-effacement, patience. To be accepted now, religion must be in the popular mood. Consequently, much religious activity reeks with pride, display, self-assertion, self-promotion, love of gain and devotion to trivial pleasures.

It behooves us to take all this seriously. Time is running out for all of us. What is done must be done quickly. We have no right to lie idly by and let things take their course. A farmer who neglects his farm will soon lose it; a shepherd who fails to look after his flock will find the wolves looking after it for him. A misbegotten charity that allows the wolves to destroy the flock is not charity at all but indifference, rather, and should be known for what it is and dealt with accordingly.

It is time for Bible-believing Christians to begin to cultivate the sober graces and to live among men like sons of God and heirs of the ages. And this will take more than a bit of doing, for the whole world and a large part of the church is set to prevent it. But if God be for us, who can be against us?

by A.W Tozer

An Ironclad Promise

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

As we wait in faith for him to act, we are to trust that he hears the cry of our heart: “My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord . . . that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:10-11). God is greatly moved by our tears and our groaning. He hears our weeping.

Jesus has given us an ironclad promise for these last days.

Christ left us a glorious promise to see us through the dark days the world is facing right now. He says to all who pick up their cross and follow him: “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test them who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10).

Jesus is saying, in essence, “You stayed true when you were tested by the world. You joyfully waited for me to work things out. Now, while there is confusion all around and the world is being tested, I will keep you from it. You have already proven you’ll trust me, come what may!”

The shining witnesses for Christ in these last days are going to be a humble people who have proven him faithful. Not only do they proclaim, “God has everything under control,” but they have actually let him have control of their lives. And everyone around them has seen it! The beauty of their testimony will draw many to the Lord. And their testimony is this: “He will not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7). Amen!

by David Wilkerson