Times that Test Men’s Souls
LISTEN NOW! Greg, John, and Pat discuss how we are soon to be facing times that test men’s souls. They encourage us to cry out for God’s grace. Jesus has already saved the world you just have to accept Him. There is a grace that God supplies to you so that you don’t have to leave your post. At the same time there are those who are trying to save their ungodly businesses from destruction. They should just stay destroyed. The Barna Group says 97% of people don’t even read their Bible and only 3% of Christians actually honor God with their tithes. If we get our act together and turn back to God we may be sparred. We will be blessed when we turn back to God. They encourage us to shake off everything that makes our flesh feel good. They continue to discuss how sudden disaster comes upon one’s life. God does not delight in disaster but instead delights in the turning of our hearts to Him. God wants to save your souls and fulfill your destiny. We are at the very beginning of the testing of men’s souls more than ever it is important to understand the blessing of God on our life and on our nation and respond to him appropriately. They continue to discuss how often times we enable folks. Many times the prodigal son is taken care of by people and he or she never feels the full extent of their sin. The church is not a first aid station. The church is an extension of the love of God in hopes that people’s eyes would be open to turn to Him. Our prayers should be “Dear Lord if you ever entrust me with provision again I will use it for your glory.”
Sudden Disasters Where do they Come from and Why they Come
Greg, John, and Pat discuss the sudden disaster; where it came from and why it came. In this moment of wisdom Greg shares from Proverbs 1:20-33 “Wisdom’s rebuke out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelms you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” They continue to discuss the disastrous flood of biblical proportion that has affected the city of Pensacola and the Gulf coast region. Sudden disaster comes to those who are not listening to God and His messengers. If you had only responded to God’s rebuke He would have responded to you and opened himself to you. The enemy has totally twisted discipline. We must repent at His rebuke. Repentance is feeling bad about what you did and turning to Jesus and away from your sin. If you repent then God would reveal himself to you. God wants to commune with you. God loves you and has a plan for your life.