To the Heart of the matter Part II
In closing this issue, that we may proceed further, there is an issue, which many shall readily testify,
"These are indeed perilous times."
Like high - divers leaping from the diving board, we ogle and are wooed by the spectacle, yet little does anyone recognize there is very little beneath them to consume their descent not alone to envelope them in a cushion of safety.
Oh my spiritual friend, we can clearly see iniquity raging on every side. Its flames are fanned by every wind of fashion. Fresh victims are being constantly drawn in. It spreads to every class. It rapes one's innocence as though with napalm fire from with and without.
No, neither those within their palaces nor our abodes are safe, nor are the lofty piles raised of merchandise, nor the graceful edifice that is constructed for worship. Iniquity, whose contagion is fearful as fire, spreads and preys upon all things that are homely and comely. Things useful and things sacred are not exempt.
Nevertheless, we must walk through the fire. We who are God's witnesses must stand in its very midst to pour the streams of living water upon the burning fuel. If we are not able to quench it, at least we must strive to prevent its spread. Oh indeed my friend, this is a fire that does not just burn, it burns within us, boiling over into ire, raging thoughts of which we cannot defend nor fend off.
Oh, indeed there are numerous individuals, whose words rolled off their tongue: "I will be a pilgrim," but they have met Apollyon on the road and has turned back. Or perhaps they have put on the armor of God but has given up the battle too soon. Still others, perhaps put their hand to the plow and looked back.
May I say, there are more pillars of salt than one. If Lot's wife were a solitary specimen, it would have been well. But there have been tens of thousands who, like her, have looked back to the plains of Sodom. Consequently, as they are in their spirits like her, they stand forever as what they were-lost souls.
Behind the Curtain:
Let us recognize that whenever the devil roars at anything, you may rest assured that there is some good in it. The devil is not like some dogs we know of; he never barks unless there is something to bark at!
Moreover, when Satan howls, we may rest assured that he is afraid his kingdom is in danger.
Let us not be like the deaf one, who does not perceive the mighty thunder, neither does the impulsive person the sound of the commandment. For just as the deaf is bewildered in the time of the thunderclap, so too, the heady man is bewildered also at the voice of instruction; if fearful thunder terrifies the deaf, then fearful wrath would stir the unclean!
Let us not look upon our dangers with contempt. They are dangers, yes, but they are also simply trials. We should look upon our temptations as fires. Oh, indeed they are fires! If you think they are not fires, you are mistaken. Moreover, if you enter, then, in your own strength, saying, "Oh, I could bear them," you will find that they are real fires, which, with forked tongues, shall lick up your pour out life and consume it in an instant if you have not some better guard than your own native power.
Be in the armor of God, as described in Ephesians., for even an earthly fireman is well equipped, thus we who are a to dowse spiritual and emotional fire should also be so equally equipped!
Go now, put on your gear, stand your post, and be vigilant!
"When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you" (Isaiah 43:2)
Bro. Smith SGS