Personal Harbingers

Posted: August 16, 2012 in Articles, Freedom, Religion
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Recently in church our Pastor (Pastor Rusty Nelson, Senior Pastor of The Rock Family Worship Center in Huntsville, Alabama; http://www.therockfwc.org) introduced the congregation to a powerful interview of the author (Jonathan Cahn) of the critically acclaimed book “The Harbinger” by Pastor Jimmy Evans of Trinity Fellowship at:  http://tfc.org/sermon/message:america-and-biblical-prophecy-1 (I strongly encourage everyone to watch this interview). 

This book and the interview details the process of how recent tragedies and events in this country bear down to the minute detail a parallel to events that happened to Israel when it removed itself from underneath the hand of the God of their forefathers just as this country which used to be a “Christian” nation and has within the last seventy-five years been declared as not by “we the people” allowing our politicians and people within our midst (even “Christians”) to declare us to “no longer be a Christian nation” and thus removed ourselves from underneath the hand of God as Israel did.

The Bible is filled with examples of nations, the church, and individuals who when removing themselves from underneath the hand of God had harbinger’s come to warn them of their impending destruction.

Some heeded those warnings and survived the impending destruction while some did not and suffered greatly.  Sadly some were utterly destroyed by their foolishness in not returning to obedience as they either by distraction or outright disobedience ignored the harbingers that were sent their way.

We as individual Christians are not in any way different for when we remove our head’s (individually) from underneath the protective hand of God not only can we bringg personal destruction to our own lives but also to the lives of the people that surround us, our families, and even the church if we are working in the capacity or in the name of the church that represents our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in what we are doing when the destruction comes.

Many of us know that when we have “backslidden and are walking in “darkness” that we often see these “personal harbingers” that warn of our own personal destruction and the wise Christian will heed them or pay the price for their disobedience.

We often try to blame God for sending these harbingers when it was not God at all that brought them into our lives but they came into existence by our own actions or by the actions of those that we have allowed into our lives and in every situation there is something in God’s word that if we had been obedient to it we could have avoided the calamity or at the very least been led by the Holy Spirit in how to deal with the situation and bring our heads back under the hand of God’s protection.

We often foolishly ignore these warnings and I can look back on my own life and see the numerous times before I became a Christian when God was allowing things to warn me of my certain eternal damnation of a life in eternity without Him and further even since I gave my life to Him and then removed my head from underneath His hand of protection through disobedience how God allowed these personal harbingers into my life to try to shake my foundation to its core so that I may run back to Him and place my head back under His mighty hand which offers the only safe place from the ultimate destruction that will inevitably come when we choose to separate ourselves from the only God that exists and that loves all of His creations with an unabashed and perfect love.

The reason that I wrote this today is because of my own personal harbinger that had to do with someone (or many) that will read this discussion via the blog, by Facebook, e-mail, or through a conversation on this topic around a water-cooler or whatever the case may be as God wanted this warning about personal harbingers to be read by someone.

Honestly I must tell you that God wanted me to write this a day after we saw the presentation in church (almost two weeks ago) but I let life get in the way of it but God through His awesome grace and mercy did not allow my foolishness to override His desire to remind someone who with the warnings that they have experienced in the last months are foretelling of destruction that is coming their way if they do not heed them, repent, turn the situation(s) over to Him, and place their heads (lives) back under His hand of protection to mitigate the consequences of their behavior/actions and/or stop the impending destruction from taking place at all.

God has tried to get your attention by allowing these things to take place yet you keep ignoring His warnings and very soon you will regret your disobedience and those around you will not go unscathed as your actions will affect those that are close to you.

I for my part apologize and ask for forgiveness for not relaying God’s message as it was intended and I pray that the one(s) that this warning is for will realize that I am still learning to recognize these personal harbingers myself and that my lapse in discernment was not intentional and that as always God has taught me something through this and now even my own personal disobedience will be used for His glory as the openness in which I live my life with all of its imperfections shows the perfect love of Christ and how He changes the ways of those that are willing to heed His word (even if it sometimes takes time for it to sink into a thick skull!).

Lastly, God desires us as brothers and sisters to be more bold (with love though) in holding each other accountable when we see personal harbingers that others do not see for their own lives. 

Too many times we notice things (personal harbingers) in each other but because of fear, apathy, pride, or a judgmental heart we fail to warn our brothers and sisters-in-Christ of the danger that lies ahead of them in the path that they are currently taken when God has placed us in that path to help Him warn the brother or sister of the signs because of a bout of spiritual blindness that they may not even see.

We need to ensure that we don’t gossip to others under the pretense of helping the brother or sister when bringing the matter (or harbinger that God has shown us for their benefit) to their attention but pray and ask God for the words to say to him/her and further how to intercede through prayer, fasting, or support which is the duty of all of us within the body of Christ to support one another and bear each other’s burdens as we give them over to Christ.

Once the brother or sister has been warned and you have done everything that the Lord has spoken into your heart it is then up to the brother or sister to heed that warning and then they will be held accountable for their own action or inaction.

I pray that this has helped someone today or at the very least encouraged us all to review our lives to see if there are harbingers that we have missed that we need to heed. 

I pray that the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to any dangers that lie ahead and that we all heed the warnings that are sent before us to divert us from a dangerous path so that we may stay on that perfect path that the Lord has destined us to walk.

I leave you today with a Holy kiss from a brother who loves you and cares for you deeply with the compassion that has been sprung forth in my heart by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He Loves you today, forever, and always and I pray that you have a Jesus-filled day!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

 

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