God listens to what we say. He wants to hear us speak to and help each other during these stressful times ( Stress humanly, is an intrusion on our peaceful existence: Kids, a job, a life, parents aging, siblings fighting, etc…). But the stress we are recalling here, is battling with the seemingly spiritual growing influence of rulers or authorities, principalities of the unseen world in a day light. ). God does not like to hear judgmental and condemning conversations among His people, but words of encouragement that spur others into standing fast in God –
Nahum 1: 6 ” Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the burning of His anger. His wrath is poured out like fire and the rocks are broken up by Him. “
He likes to hear brethren urging each other to fix their attention on the true teachings of God and to have FAITH in what He is doing – Hebrews 11: 1 ” Now faith is the assurance ( title-deed, confirmation ) of things hoped for ( Divinely guaranteed ) and the existence of things not seen the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses ). ”
Soon, God will make us His Jewels, a special treasure for Himself and those who have conducted themselves wisely will be most prized by Him –
Malachi 3: 16 – 18 ” They will be mine” ; says the Lord of hosts, ” on that day when I publicly recognize them and openly declare them to be My own possession ( that is, my very special treasure ). And I will have compassion on them and spare them as a man spares his own son, who serves Him. Then you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, and the one who serves God, and the one who does not serve Him. “
We need to realize the dangerous times and attitudes into which we can be dragged. We must stay focused upon what God is working out in our lives, and the lives of others, whenever they may be fellowship – Ecclesiastes 3: 11 ” He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity ( a sense of Divine purpose ) in the human heart ( a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God ) – Yet man cannot find out ( comprehend, grasp ) what God has done ( His overall plan ) from the beginning to the end. ) “By doing so we can fight against Satan’s influences ( Genesis 3: 1 – 6 ) and overcome them in faith ( John 16: 33 ). God is preparing His own special, peculiar people –
1 Peter 2: 9 ” But you are not like that, for you are chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. “,
and He will bring them all to a full and amazing Salvation.