"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:16
It's a brand new year and time moves on. we can talk about what has been done (or not done) in 2010 but there are plenty of articles, both Christian and secular that can give more information than we probably want. But when I look at the socialistic, God-hating, sin-loving trend that is moving in our government and society in general, I can only back up and see things from the broad prospective of God's Word. When you're on the ground, you only see the present surroundings that are in your limit of vision but when you are in an airplane, you see how that little area you were in fits into the who picture. That's the way it is when seeig things through God's prospective or through his Word. Political movements to the right are fine but without God's morality and him as the center there is little hope for them to go far or last long. That's why the only solution to our problems in the church and America is revival and faith in his Word.
The Christmas season is fun and always a wonderful time, spending time with family and friends. It's a time when there just seems to be a special spirit in the air that is not there the other times of the year. However, when the season is over, it has a way of leaving one spiritually drained so this is now a good time to "redeem the time" and get our prayer and fasting life back in order. Redeeming means, "by payment of a price to recover from the power of another." There are times we will have to fight - not in the physical sense - for our prayer time and press in for study time.
The previous verse is also interesting to note: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise," Circumspectly means "exactly, accurately, diligently" which implies that we should walk as God's Word dictates. The world, of course, doesn't lke it but we also know that the Bible is clear on the outcome of things. All of this is just temporary but God's kingdom is permanent. Hollywood stars and other prominent personalities who have sold out to Satan are getting their due here, but the day will come when Satan will come to collect and then their souls will be damned. We too, will meet certain judgment if we don't take heed to God's word and his commandments. "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26 We must keep our eyes on the prize of eternal life, not only for us but our loved ones. We must keep our eyes on that which is eternal and that which is noteworthy for Christ. We must keep our eyes on the Word of God, knowing whom we believe and trusting in Him. We must keep our eyes on the only solution to the problems in our churches and country. If we do that, we may just have revival in 2011! Maranatha!!