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Spiritual Survival in the Coming Days 30
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11—NIV)
If they will follow the ten guidelines we are presenting in this essay I think the youth will have a better chance of standing when the floods of ungodliness wash away the foolishness that goes on today in the Christian churches.
If we are to survive in the coming days we must set aside a place and time for prayer, and we must do this each day without fail.
If we are to survive in the future we must make a practice of studying the Word of God and meditating in it.
If we are to be victorious when the rebellious spiritual lords are forced into the earth we must have all that we are and possess in the hands of God. Our treasures must be safe in Heaven.
If we are to bear a triumphant witness of Jesus Christ when Satan openly manifests his person to people on the earth we must be living in and by Christ. Our church affiliation will not mean much in that hour of terror. We must be standing on the Rock!
If we are to serve God during the night when no man can work we must put on each day the whole armor of God, not neglecting any piece.
If we are to help those around us when people are dying by the thousands we must be living not only on the earth, where the chaotic conditions are, but in the heavenlies at the right hand of God where all is peace, joy, and total victory.
If we are to survive spiritually during the coming days we must make a practice of confessing our sins clearly and promptly, as the Holy Spirit leads us into battle. We must master the art of "lightning war."
Do Not Fret Yourself
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalms 37:7—NIV)
Paul gave us a commandment:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8—NIV)
Fretting, that is, thinking about things that are not true, not noble, not right, not pure, not lovely, not admirable, not excellent or praiseworthy, leads to sin.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalms 37:8—NIV)
I do not know about other countries of the world, but I do know in America people sit in front of their television, or read their paper, and fret about what is taking place in the world. Even among Christians, fretting is not considered to be sin. But it is because it goes against the admonition of the Scriptures.
Fretting because of the evil we see in the world is against the will of God for us. We have been exhorted to rejoice in the Lord at all times. We have been told that if we delight ourselves in the Lord He will grant us the desires of our heart. Why are we fretting?
To continued. Spiritual Survival in the Coming Days 31