Keepers of The Home
Posted: February 20, 2021
Author: Danielle Murphy
Luke 12:4-5, KJV
“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
Over the years I have come to notice the life cycle of mosquitos. They thrive when there is warm weather, but go into a dormant stage when the weather gets cool again. In between the transition of seasons, when we have stretches of warm days mingled with cold days, we find these pesky bugs making a comeback, only to retreat again when the conditions hinder them. They know that it won’t be long before they are driven back into a dormant stage, so they try to make the most of their short times they do have. This behavior reminds me of our great enemy satan. Surely we are in the last days, and he is making a last ditch effort to gain some ground on this earth before he will totally be destroyed by our mighty and just God.
Praise be to God that He has given us many rich scriptures to empower us as believers. Scriptures that show us clearly what to be on the lookout for. We would be wise to read over them on a regular basis. Consider this text taken from the book of Luke--
“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5, KJV
This scripture appeals to our flesh and reminds us that though we may face persecution and even death at the hands of our enemies because of our faith in Jesus, God is the only one truly worthy of our fear.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12, KJV)
Surely we can see by these scriptures that our best life has never been promised to us here on earth as believers--
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15, KJV)
When we fall in love with God and find our hope and trust in Him, we cannot help but fall out of love with the world. Ever since I became a believer I have felt the Lord has been preparing me for hard times. I remember reading the Fox’s Book of Martyrs as a new believer and thinking, “Oh God, I don’t know that I will ever be able to stand firm like these men and women when the time comes.” He spoke very clearly to me and said, “You won’t be able, but my Holy Spirit in you will enable you, just like it did in these people you read about.”
Dear brothers and sisters, now is the time to determine in your heart if you will stand when hard times comes. Will you deny Christ in an effort to temporarily maintain earthly pleasures? If you do, it may just cause you to miss out on the benefits of eternity.