God Will Prevail

Submitted August 9, 2014


Source: Ray Prater, photographer

A few days ago, I watched one of the videos showing members of a terrorist group in Iraq killing truckloads of people. Most of the victims were young men. Bullets were put into heads by cold, cruel hands. It was a blood bath. It is the face of pure evil.

I was very sobered. To see such actions fills one with the urgency that this is the time to be on our knees to our Father, awake and watching more than ever while there is yet time. Matthew:24:42-43 says, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.”

Later that day, I saw a bumper sticker on a car with a woman driving. The sticker said, “Why do people kill people to show them that it is wrong to kill people?” The human part of me, after seeing the video earlier, was ready to educate the woman. But this world is spiritually blind for now. So I meditated on these things then.

I cried in my thoughts to God, “Oh, Lord God, there is so much pure evil! How did it get this bad?”

And I had to think. I can't just go about my happy little life, oblivious to just how degenerate this world has quickly deteriorated into. Or did it? Wasn't it this bad already throughout the generations? Sometimes it was under the surface more than at other times. Man's way without God does not work. What have I done or not done to contribute to the failure of mankind to come to the loving standards that God sets before us? His standards lead to real peace and happiness.

I've wasted a lot of time. I am “just a homemaker” right now. What does God want me to do? In Luke:22:49-53 and in Matthew:26:51, Jesus shows that evil and the power of darkness are being allowed for a relatively short time. Christ answers my questions as to how He personally wants me to react.

I also believe that God does not want me to hide my head in the sand and ignore the problems, hoping they will all just go away. We cannot worry whether we should speak the truth. Many people today laugh at or dismiss those who are willing to tell the truth about what is happening in the world today. The events often seem unbelievable. But the facts are getting more obvious to see.

Later that evening, I studied online and read eye-witness accounts of what is happening now in North Korea. The atrocities done in the North Korean work camps are no less, if not more, horrendous than what was done in Hitler's concentration camps. I looked at drawings smuggled out of the country, showing what is happening in these camps. My heart is filled with pity for these people. Many of the victims in North Korea and in Iraq paid with their lives because they called themselves Christian. 

I looked at more photos from Iraq and Pakistan. It is sickening. These facts cannot be dismissed. We cannot pretend that there is not a worldwide conspiracy, orchestarted by Satan, playing out before our very eyes. 1 Thessalonians:5:3 says, “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”

Here are more facts to remember: in Luke:12:32, Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

We have hope and assurance!

We can also be very thankful. We can appreciate every bit of love and beauty that God has blessed us with. Let us appreciate every moment. Let us be sober and kind to others and do whatever we can to lighten the load or the stress of those around us.

In preparing to submit this blog, I stopped and read the last dozen or so blogs posted on this site. They are filled with encouragement and tips for having hope in a very discouraging world. I hope you will read many of these also, and be encouraged. Pray, fast, and always remember, God will prevail!



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macnana

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The Bible always tells the truth. The world we live in is not the way we see it. There is darkness of evil doing their best to ruin the good people daily life.
Is kinda weird and foolish to doubt that there is a master, the ruler of this world, Satan at work. He is the ruler of the earth says the Bible.
We must be vigilant as we do not know when the Lord will come.
We must pray, fast, read the Bible and do what is written in it.
By doing so we, we can be watchful and awake to righteousness anytime.
Hypocrite too is a thing that is detestable to Jehovah God.
Greetings from Ghana!!!




Carol C

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I didn't see the videos you mentioned, but I've often asked myself, How did we get where we are today, with so much cruelty? I believe you hit the nail on the head when you said it's always been around, only perhaps more visible now. We all need to encourage others and receive encouragement ourselves. It's difficult to realize the conditions of the world when I look out my window to a peaceful street, children playing, sun shining. So, sometimes the encouragement we need is as close as our window with thanks always to God for the blessings He provides. Thank you.cc




xilinxguy

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Hello Carolyn! Very well written blog!
It really upsets me when I see videos of wounded soldiers and families mourning the loss of these servicemen--men and women dying or permanently maimed from senseless violence and wars. I just saw a commercial this evening (Mark Wahlberg narrated it) where a soldier came back from Iraq severely injured. I believe the young man suffered a brain injury and may have been blinded, too. He was only able to walk with the assistance of his CHILDREN and wife, and could not talk. How sad that his children are raising him! I kept thinking, "What a waste! And for what purpose?" That family has been irreparably damaged and for no use! As ugly as those videos you witnessed were, it is only going to get much uglier. I shudder to think what awaits mankind before God prevails. I just hope we are all prepared.




jledbetter07

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Thank you for this post. I started to think more deeply about this subject after having our first child. It really brought me to a place of fear and dread which is hard to cope with humanly. I started to pray that God would lift it off of me.

He directed me to the scripture about Stephen being stoned to death. Acts:7:54-60 The miracle and comfort of that passage for me, was that God was there with Stephen. He even opened up heaven and allowed Stephen to see "the Son of Man standing at right hand of God".

I can only imagine the comfort and peace that would have given to Stephen - probably even pain relief. But the key is that it says Stephen was "full of the Holy Spirit".... we have to be really focused on overcoming and conquering every single day, in every situation that its required. There's no time to put off the hard things. We need to tackle them every one head on with God's help.

God is not the God of fear and He gives us hope, peace and strength if we will draw close to Him and put His Way first in every aspect of our lives, searching for the truth and applying it fearlessly in our lives. We have to do that, there is no time to waste on fleeting things.




Carolyn Prater

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Thank you all for your kind comments! We can all help to encourage each other in these troubled times. We can have complete trust and faith in God and His plan to save mankind!



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