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February 2022

Bits ‘n Pieces

The Birth Pangs, Can You Feel Them?

4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are
going to be fulfilled?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 6
Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many. 7 When you hear of
wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not
yet the end. 8 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there
will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the
beginning of birth pangs. Mark 13:4-8
“For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what
is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure
in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the
Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own
initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the
Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” John
16:12-15
These verses from the Lord Jesus and Paul’s epistle to the Thessalonians are now so timely.
We survey the landscape of the institutional church, government, media, medicine, economics and culture all a wash in currents of “deluding influence.” Every area that touches our
lives must be called into question. We are challenged to “test” every motive, attitude and
decision to discern the truth. The above Scripture points to those “who did not believe the
truth.” It makes clear that there is “the truth.” So how do we make sure we “believe the
truth”? The only surefire way is to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ who is the way and the
truth and the life.” By personally knowing Jesus Christ, He points us to the Word of God to
learn the revealed will of God and by relying on it to enable us to navigate the dangerous
currents of life that would shipwreck our faith. “So this I say, and affirm together with the
Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their minds,
being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with
greediness. (Ephesians 4:17-19)
By living in the presence of the Holy Spirit, being in Christ and feeding upon the truth of His
Word we are assured of the truth. The truth makes it possible to evaluate everything that
touches us so we may be assured that we have not been duped by the “deluding influence”
that leads to judgment instead of the truth of a righteous life in which we are to live in Jesus
day after day. We are released from the bondage of sin and death that frees our critical
thinking. To that end we must “test the spirits” before we accept anything the world offers as
“truth.” My goal is not to scare you or “shock” you, but to make sure you are aware of the

events going on around us purposefully not reported or distorted by the doomed world, none of our information outlets
are exempt. The Lord has burdened me to make sure that
you are aware of the dangers we are facing in this world and
the truth Christ has given us in His Word that confirms the
events that are taking place all over the world of which He is
in control. I have been warning you for the last number of
years of the disasters that are approaching our door steps.
These things are happening whether we acknowledge them
or not. Proverbs 3:25 tells us: “Do not be afraid of sudden
fear, nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes.” To
know Jesus Christ is to know the truth! To know the Truth
is to be prepared. I want to make sure that you know that
you MUST have a personal relationship in “The Lord Jesus
Christ” creator of this universe, Judge of mankind and Savior of sinners of whom I am one! Can you say this with assurance with me? Be aware, alert and prepared as our Lord
leads us into glory.
Paul continues in Ephesians 4:20 telling us that we cannot
know Christ in a state of darkened understanding and living
in ignorance. On the contrary, “if indeed you have heard Him
and have been taught in Him just as truth is in Jesus, that,
in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the
old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the
lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your
mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God
has been created in righteousness and holiness of the ruth.
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH
ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of
one another.” (4:20-25) Question everything. Use your mind
and critically think of what you are being asked to believe
from the world, the flesh and the Devil. Be alert!
Dear one, may we pursue the righteousness of Jesus Christ
in the daily fellowship with the Spirit and each other as we
live in a dark and dying world. Resting in the truth, peace
and life in Christ is our only hope and salvation from the
judgment that is promised in His Word. This is our only
means of real preparation. It appears that judgement from
the Lord God Almighty has indeed started! Please hope and
pray with me to make sure we are prepared for what our
Lord’s will is for our lives. We are facing this together. Remember Jesus told the Jews that believed Him: ‘ “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and
you will know the truth, and the truth will make you
free.”’ (John 8:31-32) May the love of Christ constrain us!
Please never doubt my love for you and Jesus Christ loves
you all the more! “Stay under the Shadow of the Almighty!”’
Pastor Robert

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