Friday, March 27, 2015

The End Times and Active Relational Christian Mentoring

I try to keep up with the world news, but if I watch too much I get depressed over the status of people throughout the world. So many people are lost! To make matters worse, time is running out for this earth. But, I keep watching the news to stay informed and to find the bits of truth within the news.

My Bible study group has been studying Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39. It seems that everything that the prophet Ezekiel prophesied about the end times is on a path toward fulfillment. Contrast Ezekiel’s prophecy with what Jesus said in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 about His return and the end times and we see that the world is rapidly heading toward its end. How do we know time is running out? Well, the Scriptures tell us that in the last days there will not only be signs but … that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.  They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” – (II Timothy 3: 1-4. NLT). Does any of this ring a bell?

Although, none of us know when Christ will return, we can recognize some of the end time signs listed in the Bible as already occurring. But even up to the very end, whenever that may be, Christ has told us that we are to go out and constantly witness to others about the Good News. We also need to focus on mentoring others for the Lord, as we role-model living for Christ. We are to become a living testament and witness to the life a person can have, if they believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Unfortunately, we in America have a false sense of security. We believe that because we have always been safe in our country that nothing can happen to us. Actually, we are being destroyed from within, and this internal destruction is paving the way for our enemies to easily overcome us. How are we being destroyed from within?  Well, Christians are no longer mentoring and teaching others about God and His morals, values and ethics. Although it is not surprising that the non-believing and morally corrupt live for themselves, it is sad to see Christians living for themselves; forgetting about all those who are lost or who need guidance.

As I listen to the news programs, it is easy to see that our young people are relationally poor. They have been taught independence, but yet they need to belong and be interdependent. Young or old people feel the need for both belonging and spiritual growth. But in their search they can turn to other things to attempt to fill the God-shaped space in their souls. Some eventually turn to cults to fill this void; the greatest of which today is the cult of ISIS. ISIS understands this and deliberately recruits our young people to their cult of hate. 

Obviously, we have failed to teach the younger generations to be dependent upon God. We have also failed to teach our Christian young people to be interdependent with each other; gaining spiritual strength and greater faith from the lives of their fellow Christians. Instead, they often feel alone in their struggles. Christians have also failed to tell them that when troubles come, they should rely on God and His guidance. For God says, … humble yourselves [demote yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you. Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”  -- (I Peter 5: 6-7. Amplified Bible).

Christian women must step up and mentor all women, young and old. We have to start making a difference in the lives of those around us or many will never see eternity. Moreover, if we don’t stop languishing in our apathy toward Christianity and others, we will not be living in a country that allows us the freedom to worship God. For, if we do not stand for the Truth, we will fall for anything. So, we need to stop living moment by moment and for ourselves and start living for the future and for God.

ARCM is an easy and wonderful way to help many women either get to know Christ or to start living their Christianity in a way that affects not only their family’s life, but the lives of others. Please start paying attention to what is going on around you. Start praying for the people in our country, for those in the Middle East, and for those in other countries who do not know Christ as their Savior. Then, step forward and mentor someone for the Lord. You can do it!

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