|In Jesus’ great discourse on the end times (Matthew 24:3-51; Mark 13:3-37; Luke 21:7-38), He gives us five key instructions (Yes, I know, I just preached on this a few weeks ago, but it has been on my heart today, so I’m sharing again).
First, Jesus tells us, “Don’t be deceived!" (Matthew 24:4) The key to avoiding deception is in hearing and obeying the Word of God. It was the failure to do this that caused Adam and Eve to be deceived in the Garden of Eden. When we fail to do this, we to become deceived by the enemy. Hear and Obey God!
Secondly, we are told, “Don’t be afraid!” (terrified; Luke 21:9). While there is much in the world that can cause fear to rise up, we are called to a life of faith, placing our trust in Almighty God. The enemy tries to rule through fear and intimidation, but “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) Fear Not; Trust God!
The third instruction is for us is: “Don’t Quit!” (Matthew 24:13) We are called to endure to the end. To endure is to hold your ground during a conflict; to stand firm; to persevere; to wait calmly and courageously. It is not a passive resignation to fate but an active resistance to defeat. It is the hallmark of an overcomer. Endure until the end!
The fourth item for us to remember is, “Don’t be silent!” We are called to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. Let your life and your words be a testimony to others. “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) Preach the Gospel!
Lastly, we are told, “Don’t be spiritually lethargic!” It is time to be spiritually alert. The devil preys on spiritual sleepy-heads (1 Peter 5:8), but we are called to watch for His coming but to remain focused on our task. Don’t allow the cares of this world to weigh your heart down (Luke 22:34) Watch and Pray!
Grace and Peace,