Grace In An Evil Time – by Dr. Tim Young

March 7, 2009 by  
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“Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye
may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the
good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant
of Joseph.” (Amos 5:13-15)
In verse 13 it says , “…for it is an evil time.” Then if you look down in verse 15 it says this, “…it may be
that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.” Concerning Amos, let me just give
you some background I think that is helpful.
There were only thirty or forty years between the ministries of Elisha and Amos, but in that short span of
time the whole world had changed for them. A new super power, Assyria, stalked on the international stage,
strong and cruel. Assyria was as different from Egypt as night from day. Egypt, the bumbling, benevolent giant
of the south had dominated world affairs from far back in antiquity. The Egyptians were peace loving people
and had left other countries alone except when new potentates would come to the throne and they wanted to flex
their muscles.
The Assyrians were different. They were driven by a lust for conquest and a thirst for blood. They were
more ruthless and relentless than all who had gone before them. The emergence of Assyria changed everything
for Israel and Judah in the divided kingdom. The two small sister nations stood astride the caravan trade routes
to Egypt and were natural targets for the nation of Assyria. The Jews desperately needed to get right with God
because they had no other defense against this northern power. With the Assyrian star rising in the northern sky,
it was imperative that voices ring out loud and clear to call Israel and Judah back to God.
We live in a day and age that certainly is reflected here; that we are in evil times, there is no doubt about that.
There is a need for voices to arise who would proclaim the wonderful story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those
voices were risen in that day and age. In fact, a new breed of prophet was needed. So God raised up several
men in the prophetic sky at a time when the Hebrews did not even realize it was getting dark out.
I think it is important in the day in which we live. We are in those darkening times and there needs to be
some lights shining so people can know the way. God raised up voices in that day. To such an era came Amos
with his own brand of thunder. Amos was a rustic from that wild stretch of land way down south known as the
wilderness of Judah. He was a country boy, a farm hand. What he saw when he went there made his blood boil.
Now in contrast to Amos, about 10 years later, Hosea came on the scene as well, but Hosea followed in succession
of Amos and where Hosea spoke the language of love, Amos spoke the language of law. Hosea spoke from
the heart. Amos spoke from the head. Hosea thought in terms of God’s outreach and Amos thought in terms of
God’s outrage. Amos expressed fervor in fire; Hosea stated causes and conclusions.
What is needed certainly in our day and age is courage to stand for that which is right. Amos was the epitome
of that in a time when his nation stood in peril. Many Americans are living in such leisure and ease and we
think for some reason we are deserving of it. It is those that have paid such a price courageously to provide for
us who deserved it, yet we are the ones who benefit.
I think of Colonel Doolittle in World War II. December 7, 1941, we know what took place at Pearl Harbor.
It destroyed the Pacific Fleet. For the next few months, America was devastated because we were unable to react
to what had taken place until finally, April 18, 1942, America did something. Colonel Doolittle took 80 men, 16
B-25’s, and placed them upon an aircraft carrier, USS Hornet and with accompanying ships headed toward Japan
because they were going to bomb mainland Japan for the purpose of encouraging the hearts of America. They
were not going to level a great deal of damage upon that nation. Those 16 aircrafts with five man crews, some
80 men, left that deck of the USS Hornet. The only trouble was, they originally were supposed to leave at 400
miles out. They had enough fuel to get them over mainland Japan and then they were going to continue on to
China.
The trouble was America learned there was a possibility that the Japanese were aware of the plan and so
rather than 400 miles out, these 16 aircraft were going to leave at 640 miles away from mainland Japan, which
meant that they would probably be running out of fuel as they went over Japan to drop their ordnance. But still
those 80 men, five man crews, 16 B-25’s, that had never left an aircraft carrier’s deck. They only had three
weeks to train. They courageously did their job. The first one was Colonel Doolittle. He had the shortest distance
to go because of all of them stacked up. They flew that 640 miles, dropped their ordinance over Japan.
They ran out of fuel. Some of them made it to China. Some of them had to bail out. Some of them were captured
by the Japanese. One, because of the fog that day, flew into Russian territory and they were placed in a
Russian jail for a year until they were released. When they left the deck, they knew they could not land again
on that aircraft carrier. They knew they were risking their lives. Think about that. They were willing to do what
was necessary for the time. When the people of the United States through the newspaper found out that we had
bombed mainland Japan, it encouraged the heart of the Americans.
You and I need to get some courage about our Christianity because our day is darkening. There is no doubt
about that. Here in this situation the Bible says, “…for it is an evil time.” Maybe if we do the right thing, God
will do something about it. There are five things listed here, what God’s people should do concerning this matter
of this evil time.
In verse 13 it says, “Therefore the prudent shall keep silence…” It’s not talking about not raising our voice
for right. It’s about shutting up long enough so we can hear something. Do you know what is better than learning
two languages? Learning how to keep silent in one. Here it says to keep silence. We need to find out what
God has to say, so we’d better learn to listen.
Look at verse 14. “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live:” Seek good. “…and so the LORD, the God
of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.”
Verse 15, “Hate the evil…” That’s the next thing. “…and love the good,…” That’s the next thing. Then it
says, “…and establish judgment in the gate:…” There is no way in the time alloted that we can go over all five
of them, so I’ll speak concerning one and that’s “…establish judgment in the gate:…” When I speak of judgment,
I’m not talking about being judgmental. I’m talking about this matter of discerning good and evil. In
Hebrews 5:14 the Bible says, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason
of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
We live in a day where many in Christianity have lost the ability to discern between good and evil. We live
in evil times, but we are trying to contend with believers that are participating in evil themselves. We don’t have
to go to the world to see the evil. We see the divorce. the pornography and the immorality within our churches.
We see the music changing to accommodate the world and worldly entertainment. We have to battle with our
young people constantly because they are so bombarded by the TV, by the internet, by everything out there, by
the music players that they carry on their person, by their telephone system and everything else. The evil is within
the church. Now certainly it is talking about the whole nation, but we don’t have to go far outside the church
to see the evil because many of us no longer have the ability to judge between good and evil.
Look at Proverbs 29:18. “Where there is no vision, the people perish:…” I’ve heard a jillion messages
about having a vision. Get a vision. Find a vision. I have to confess I read the second half of that verse once.
It says, “…but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Establish judgment in the gates. Here it says, “…but he
that keepeth the law, happy is he.” In the book of Proverbs as well as the book of Psalms, you will find parallelisms
within the same verse. Sometimes they are synonymous and sometimes they are antithetical or opposite.
In this particular verse you see a parallelism but they are opposites. Because one says, “Where there is no
vision, the people perish:…” “…but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The contrast is this. It is showing
vision and law as being synonymous in terms though the different halves of the verse are talking about something
that is opposing. “Where there is no vision, the people perish:…” Then it talks about the law, but it is
using the same word for vision and law. I didn’t realize that. “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but
he that keepeth the law,…” The vision and the law come from the same Word of God. We could say, Where
there is no law, where there is no judgment, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
We live in a day and age when everybody is promoting a vision of some kind. Young man, get you a vision.
Get you a vision. See something. Go after it. They preach about having a vision, but the tragedy is they leave
the Biblical definition of what vision is. Whatever a person can conceive and manufacture in his mind is what
the vision is, rather than what God has already said. So the vision here in this verse was God’s vision because
it’s God’s law. They are synonymous, the vision and law. It is God’s vision, which is His revealed law. There
are many preachers who want you to catch the vision, some kind of motivational aspect. The fact is, the vision
has already been given us. It’s God’s vision of what we are supposed to do in our lives. If you and I would get
God’s vision, we would have the ability to judge good and evil. We don’t have the vision.
The word ‘vision’ is used to change churches. The way the world leads a person to change his vision concerning
the church is by convincing the person that they are a failure. “The reason you are not making it in your
church is because you are failing.” The way they define success and failure is the same method the world uses,
which is numbers. That’s what’s behind all this purpose driven church and everything else. It’s the secular idea
of how to build a corporation. They are trying to infuse that into building a church. I’m not against numbers.
We ought to reach as many people as possible, but somehow we think that we have to have a new vision in this
day and age, and we don’t. We already have a vision. The Lord is talking about the person that keeps the law
and this being the vision that God will prosper and bless. Happy is he. He’ll have the proper judgment.
Let me give you an example. In Jeremiah 14:14 it says, “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy
lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them:…” So they
didn’t receive God’s law, these false prophets. “…they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a
thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” A false vision. We live in a time when you can go in a Christian
bookstore and there are dozens of books about vision and building and growing churches and everything else,
but we need to be careful they are not a false vision. Because God has already given us a vision. The book of
Acts is the blueprint for the New Testament church. That’s God’s vision of the New Testament church. In the
day in which we live, there are conferences all over the country trying to get you a new vision. The Lord said,
“I didn’t command them, nor are they giving you My Word. They are lies. They prophesy lies in giving you
false vision.” If it doesn’t agree with this Book, you’d better leave it alone.
Jeremiah 23:16 says, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that
prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of
the LORD.” We need to preach the Book and realize that is God’s vision for 2017 and not be waylaid by these
people trying to promote some new vision. God is the only One that can inspire. “ All scripture is given by
inspiration of God…” Only the Holy Spirit can move men. “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21) You and I as men, the only thing we can do is motivate other people. We can’t
move other people. No man starts a movement. The Holy Spirit is the only One that can move on people.
Years ago there came this idea that, “These men are the next leaders of fundamentalism.” They were hand
picked. I’m sorry. I wondered at the time when that statement was made, “Where does God fit into all this?” I
suppose the Lord is going to move on whom He chooses to move into those positions, rather than somebody setting
down that this is the person or these are the people. I’m not mad at anybody, but I figured out a long time
ago that the Holy Spirit is the One that moves on people and moves people. The Lord has His own vision of the
church. He said, “…upon this rock I will build my church;…”
Now many fundamentalists are living as people that use their own vision and say, “I’m building MY church.”
That’s what they are building. The Lord said He will build HIS church. We’ve transferred that personal pronoun
to ourselves, thinking that is what we are doing. It’s His church and He’s the One that is going to build it.
There is a Biblical vision from God concerning the church, and there is this concept of a new vision in church
building. We need to be careful. God has already given us the vision, and it’s His law. I’m not against methods.
I’m not against new ideas. But we need to be careful because there is a wave going through our country
in books exclusively written on having a new vision, getting your people to see a new vision. What we really
need to do is establish judgment in the gate. It’s an evil time because judgment is not in the gate, and it is evil
in the church because our people don’t know the Bible, but they know the purpose driven ideas or they know all
the new things going on in Christianity. That’s a tragedy. We must be careful that our preaching and teaching
does not become ‘user friendly,’ but obviously remains God-friendly. His vision is the law.
Not only is this new idea of vision being used to destroy our church, it’s being used to destroy salvation.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” I read a statistic not
long ago where a group of churches had seen in one year 294,000 people saved. But a year later, when they went
back to find the 294,000 that got saved, they only found 14,000 of them. That is 95% that were not accounted
for. One of the other speakers talked about discipling. We sometimes use the term ‘following-up’ on people.
Do you know the Ethiopian eunuch was a disciple? He had a Bible and he had the Lord in his heart, and he went
back to Ethiopia and was used of God. I’m not saying we ought not to try and encourage people, but many converts
have had a jillion follow-ups. We go back 15 times to convince them they got saved, and hopefully we can
motivate them to visit the church. What has corrupted our salvation is this false concept of vision.
I was in a missions’ conference last year and a missionary went out and in an hour’s time won 18 people to
the Lord. He didn’t come back with a single name or address. Do you know the Great Commission is to teach
them, baptize them, and teach them. He did one part of the Great Commission, and didn’t allow that pastor of
the local New Testament church the privilege of doing what his responsibility is. Baptize them and teach them.
I’m not against trying to reach as many people as possible, but don’t allow this contemporary vision to change
what salvation really is. It’s a conversion. By the way, it has to do with God’s law. “The law of the LORD is
perfect, converting the soul:…” (Psalms 19:7)
God has established His vision. It’s the Word of God in every aspect. You and I catching the vision is getting
God’s judgment so we can discern between good and evil. It has changed our churches. It has changed our
salvation. Look at Galatians 3:21-24. “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there
had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the
scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that
believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards
be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by
faith.” Follow along with me. Vision has changed our salvation or man’s vision of what it is supposed to be
has changed us because of the definition of vision. Today we think many times vision is motivation. Get you a
vision. Catch the vision and everything else. God has already given us the vision. That’s the law of God, and
it is the law of God that is the schoolmaster that brings you to Christ. What we tragically do is leave off the
schoolmaster and try to bring people to Christ with this new idea that we can get them saved, and they won’t
even know they got saved. There is nothing in the Bible concerning that.
The Bible says in Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who
are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Let
me give you an illustration. We are living in a day now where somebody comes forward for salvation, and we
go down there and say, “Can I help you?”
They say, “Yes, I’d like to be saved.” We are so gun shy and we have been absorbed if we are not careful
with this new vision.
We say to them, “If you pray this prayer sincerely, and if you really, really mean it. I mean you pray this
prayer and you really mean it,” because we are so taken back by the number of people that pray a prayer and we
never see them again. So we are trying to really, really, really, make them sincere and really, really, really mean
it when they pray. The truth is they really mean it. The problem is the new vision is that you get Jesus in your
life to have a better life. But that’s not God’s vision. God’s vision is they are lost, condemned by the law. They
come here to get saved because they are going to split Hell wide open without Jesus.
Let me give an illustration. We are on an airplane flight right now. We are going to help these two fellows,
but we are going to deal with them two different ways. I tell the first guy, “Listen, I’m going to give you this
parachute. This is going to make your flight a whole lot better. It’s going to be so much nicer. I want you to
put this parachute on.” He’s sitting there on that flight and he’s got a parachute on.
After a while, the guy from across the aisle looks over and says, “Hey, Martha, this guy has got a parachute
on. Is he crazy or what?”
This guy is sitting there with that parachute on. It’s uncomfortable. It’s cumbersome. He’s flying along, but
I told him that he is going to have a better flight because he’s got that parachute on. After awhile, he sees people
standing around, making fun and laughing. “Look, that’s crazy. The guy has got that parachute on.” Finally
the guy gets so worked up about the fact that everybody is mocking and making fun. Nobody else has a parachute,
so he finally takes the parachute off, because he was told that if he’d put that parachute on, he’d have a
better flight. He wasn’t told that pretty soon he’s going to have to bail out at 3,000 feet and that parachute is
going to save His life, because there is destruction. The reason a person gets saved, they get saved from the
wrath to come. We give people Jesus and lead them to think it’s just so they can have a better life. But sometimes
it’s a little uncomfortable with a parachute, sitting in a seat. Sometimes people are going to make fun of
you because you have a parachute on and nobody else does. Young person, that’s why it is so hard for you to
live the Christian life because you feel like everybody else is so different. You might have put on Jesus simply
because somebody told you it was going to give you a better life, so when a little persecution comes we walk
away. The first person put on Jesus because he wanted to have a better life.
Here’s the second guy. I say, “Listen, you need to put his parachute on, because we don’t know when in the
near future you will have to bail out at 3,000 feet and you need this parachute on so you don’t perish when you
have to jump out of this plane.” So I give the parachute to this fellow and he puts it on. A guy looks at him,
“Hey, Martha, look at this guy. He’s got a parachute on.” But this guy doesn’t care. He realizes it will save his
life if he has to jump out at 3,000 feet. Now his life will be a whole lot happier because it is all settled. He’s
got safety and he’s got salvation because when he bails out like everybody is going to have to bail out, he put on
Jesus to save him from the wrath to come. Even if the flight attendant comes over and spills coffee on him, he
doesn’t get up and say, “I’m getting sick and tired of this parachute. I thought it was suppose to make my flight
better.” There is no reason he is going to take off the parachute. It may be a little cumbersome, but it’s going
to save him from the wrath to come.
The new vision has changed the concept that it’s the law that’s the schoolmaster that brings us to Christ. Give
me that parachute. I want to put it on, because there is a wrath to come. That’s why all these contemporary
churches talking about Jesus and everything is so wonderful and we should proclaim the name. Let’s be reminded
and remind the people to have good judgment to discern between good and evil. Why are those churches
growing so fast? I’ll tell you why. Because they are telling everybody they are going to have a better life. But
wait till life isn’t so much better, they’ll throw it off. That’s a new vision. Where there is no vision the people
perish.
When you go soulwinning, you have to get the person lost. I’m not telling you something you don’t know,
but the reason they put on Jesus is not because they are really, really, really serious or sincere. If he knows he’s
going to jump out at 3,000 feet at any moment, you won’t have to explain to him why he wants the parachute.
When things get tough and you have to learn about tithing and faithfulness to church and separation, that’s okay,
because I’m safe from the wrath to come. If you help them to understand from the Bible the condition that they
are in and the judgment that’s determined, you won’t have to work so hard to cause them to want to receive
Christ into their hearts.
It’s the same thing with a disease. Suppose I come up to Brother Corle and say, “Listen, I sold everything I
have, my house and everything else to buy this medicine so this disease can never take your life.”
He’s thinking, “What disease are we talking about here? You sold your house? That’s crazy.” Because he
doesn’t realize he has a disease.
But if I sit down as the doctor says, “Here are your x-rays. Here’s what the MRI says. Here’s what you’ve
got. You’ve got a tumor. As a result, your life hangs in the balance and it’s only a short span of time before you
will go out into eternity.” Then he’s glad that I spent everything for his medicine. We should spend 90% of the
time convincing him he’s got the disease. Then if you take 10% of the time and show him what the cure is, he
isn’t going to resist it. “Sure. What do I have to do?”
“I sold everything I have, sold my house and everything to buy this medication for you, Brother Corle,” and
I give it to him. Totally different response. “Thank you. I appreciate that. I’ll be forever indebted to you for
what you did for me.”
The new Christianity and the new vision is changing our salvation from what it is. That’s why people had
problems with repentance. “What do you mean, repentance is a part of salvation? Are they stupid or something?”
Brother Vineyard put together an 88 page book, put every verse in the Bible that had to do with repentance,
and the title of the book was I Rest My Case. That’s what it’s about. It’s changing our salvation. It’s
changing our churches.
There is something else that this is changing too that is dangerous. It’s changing our Christian commitment.
We see people that have gone over to the contemporary psychology of Christianity. The reason we like psychology
is because nobody knows their Bible. The reason we can’t discern between good and evil is because
we don’t know the Bible. The reason people come to us for counsel is because they don’t know what the Bible
says about living right. They come to your office and you say, “This is what the Bible says.”
You say, “I think I need professional help.” They want to go to a Christian psychiatrist or psychologist
because they’ve been approved by somebody. It’s a different vision and it is changing within our churches. By
the way, preachers, we need to be careful because it sometimes causes us to think that we are something we are
not. I’m not all knowing. I don’t know what house she should buy or what car he should buy. There’s a real
estate agent in the church he knows houses, talk to him. Pray with them, give them Bible. There are some things
that I don’t know, but I know the Bible. I’m afraid we give our people the idea sometimes that they are coming
to see the wizard. That’s dangerous, because it is changing our Christian commitment. That’s why our people
read books by goofs like Joel O’Steen. It’s like coming to the Wizard of Oz.
When I got saved in January of 1973, I was 22 years old. I was a bartender, working my way through a state
university. The reason I was a bartender was because it is cheaper on that side of the bar. But I used to have to
listen to all kinds of stuff. I saw how liquor used to lubricate people to the place where their pride would start
surfacing. Then their jaw would be lubricated to work. They’d speak great swelling words. Every once in a
while you’d get a crier. But you’d get these people who get lubricated by liquor. All of a sudden their pride
would well up in them and they’d talk and talk and talk. Bartenders would sometimes take the bar rag and sweep
that money right off that bar into their pocket, and they’d never miss it, because they’re so drunk.
But I saw how the liquor would lubricate the drunks and then their pride would start talking. You can learn
a lot from various situations, but I’ve seen in fundamental Christianity where position sometimes lubricates the
jaw. All of a sudden somebody has a position and then they start talking these great swelling words as if all of
a sudden somehow God imputed something to them. My responsibility is to teach my people the Word of God
so that when I die, they can still go on because they want to live for the Lord.
Where there is no vision, the people perish; that’s saying where the law of God is not, people perish. That’s
why within our churches we see the devastation of peoples’ lives because there is no vision, the law of God. We
need to be careful.
By the way, when your position is lubricating your jaw, when there are stretch limos, red carpets, applauding
fans, that kind of reminds a person of Hollywood, doesn’t it? What are we doing? It should be the message,
not the man that’s important.
A missionary came through our church and gave a testimony one night. It was amazing, the similitude
between the two people. Have you ever heard the story of William Borden? I know the story fairly well. I’ve
told it several times to our people. My children have read the biography. William Borden was going to be a missionary
in China. He was the son of the great wealthy empire that had Borden milk, ice cream, Elsie the cow
and everything. He was going to receive all that because his father died while he was in school. After taking a
trip around the world as a young man, half in half out in his Christianity, he dedicated his life to be a missionary
to China. William Borden went to Yale University, graduated, went to seminary. He was ordained in
Chicago in October of 1912.
William Borden walked away from the wealthy empire that his father had built and went to Egypt to study
language. When he got to Egypt, he saw the deplorable conditions. As the story goes, he wrote three things in
his Bible. “No reserve,” meaning there’s nothing I wouldn’t give up. I’m not going back to my dad’s money.
“No retreat,” when he saw the sickness and the filth, because he had lived here in the states. Then thirdly, just
before he died in April of 1913, less than six months after he was ordained into the Gospel ministry he lay dying
in Egypt, never having gotten to China. He died at 25 years of age with cerebral meningitis. Just before he died
it is said that he wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “No regret.”
Here is this missionary preaching in my church. “You know when I was a young man, there was a boy that
was saved in a revival in North Carolina. His name was Billy Borden.” He said, “Billy Borden and I were close
friends. His dad was really wealthy. Billy got saved in this revival meeting and God called him to be a missionary
to China.” All of a sudden now Billy Borden lives in the 1970’s. “He got to China. He got cerebral
meningitis, this friend of mine. He finally had to come home. They brought him home in a wheelchair.” My
people already know the story of William Borden. My son is sitting there. He’s heard it a jillion times. But this
missionary is telling the story that his personal friend was this Billy Borden. “When he died, his sister put on
his gravestone, no regrets.” He had his facts off just a little. I didn’t say anything when I got up. Maybe I should
have. My people knew. His message was a good message, but he just destroyed himself because he was trying
to make himself be something. It’s just pride. That’s what is happening with new vision, this commitment to
Jesus Christ. We need to be very careful.
Let me read to you what a Zimbabwe pastor said just before his martyrdom for the cause of Christ. It’s called
Treasure. You need to be careful when it says, “Hey, get a vision.” The vision has already been given. It’s God’s
vision – church, salvation, Christian commitment.
Here is what this man wrote before he died. “I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy
Spirit power. The die has been cast. I’ve stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of
His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.”
“My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living,
sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed
goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotion, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be
right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.”
“I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, and am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with
power. My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is Heaven. My road is narrow. My way is rough. My companions
are few. My God reliable, and my mission clear. I can’t be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away,
turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy,
ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.”
“I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I’ve stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for
the cause of Christ. I’m a disciple of Jesus. I must go until He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, work
till He stops me, and when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner is clear.”
That’s the way it ought to be. Jesus is coming soon, and we don’t need anybody promoting some new vision,
other than what’s in this Book right here. Let’s work to get people’s eyes back on what the Bible says, and
remind them of what’s good and right and holy. We need God to be gracious to us. God needs and wants a righteous
remnant of those who are devoted to serve Him and please Him and take a stand for what’s right.
Your vision ought to be this blessed Book in your church, in your salvation, in your Christian commitment.
“Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye
may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the
good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant
of Joseph.” (Amos 5:13-15)

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