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Walk Circumspectly - By Daymond Duck - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/02/28/walk-circumspectly-by-daymond-duck/
The title of this article comes from Scripture. “See then that ye walk circumspectly not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16).
Here are 7 basic things that people need to know about Bible prophecy:
Many years ago, Peter Stoner, former Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, calculated the probability of one person fulfilling just 48 prophecies to be 1 with 127 zeros (A trillion has just 12 zeros). With the odds being so great for one person to fulfill just 48 prophecies, one must wonder what the odds would be for one person to fulfill all 108 prophecies. Fulfilled prophecy is indisputable proof that Jesus is the Messiah, that God knows the end from the beginning, that God is in control, and that the Bible is the Word of God.
Here are recent current events that relate to Bible Prophecy and our need to walk circumspectly (believe, live and act the way God wants us to believe, live and act).
One: on Feb. 19, 2021, it was reported that Pres. Biden took office promising to improve America’s relationship with Europe, work with our allies in Europe, strengthen NATO, etc.
Pres. Macron of France believes it is time for the EU to establish a more powerful military and tell the U.S. to remove her troops.
The Antichrist will rise to power in Europe and go forth conquering and to conquer.
I am receiving e-mails from readers that want to know if I believe Emmanuel Macron is the Antichrist.
The identity of the Antichrist will not be revealed while the Church is here, but since Israel became a nation in 1948, several people have been identified as the Antichrist that are no longer alive.
There is no question that Macron has many traits of the Antichrist, and he could be the Antichrist, but be careful because skeptics will label you as a false prophet, refuse to listen to you, etc., if something happens to Macron.
Two, concerning world government: on Feb. 19, 2021, it was reported that Biden addressed global leaders with two major speeches (one at the G-7 virtual summit and another at the Munich Security Conference) to declare the end of Trump’s “America First” agenda.
As I understand it, the era of “America First” is dead, and it has been replaced by the era of “Globalism First.”
Trump put the needs of America above the needs of the UN and other nations.
Biden is putting the needs of the UN and other nations (the globalist agenda; the New World Order) above the needs of America.
Know that the World Economic Forum (WEF) plans to ask the G-7 nations to approve “The Great Reset” this fall, and Biden (or whoever is in charge at the White House) is letting people know that he supports the globalist agenda.
Know that God gave Daniel a vision of the latter time, the rise and fall of the Antichrist, and his world government during the Tribulation Period (Dan. 8:23-27).
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.”
The vision of the coming Antichrist and his world government was so evil and destructive that it caused Daniel to faint and be sick for several days.
In a past article, I stated that God may have allowed Trump to be removed from office so the globalist agenda can go forward (and it is).
God is in control, and He can speed it up or slow it down, but I expect the Democrats to lock America into a world government before the next election.
Three, concerning persecution: on Feb. 16, 2021, Worthy News reported that the Center for Family and Human Rights is warning groups and organizations that the UN (wannabe world government) is planning to create lists of those that oppose the LGBT agenda.
Those that oppose the LGBT agenda will be designated as “LGBT hate groups,” and they will be blacklisted and punished.
Four, concerning natural disasters: the state of Texas is known as a major producer of oil and natural gas, but in 2020, Texas used wind turbines to produce 23% of its electricity.
The extreme cold of the Feb. 2021 winter storm froze about half of the wind turbines, and, at one point, more than one and a half million Texans were without electricity.
It has been reported that without rolling blackouts, the entire system was just minutes away from a catastrophic failure that would have taken weeks, or perhaps months, to totally repair.
Stores closed for lack of electricity, others closed because they ran out of food, people moved into their vehicles to stay warm, more than 40 people died, and this is perhaps the costliest weather event in the history of Texas.
Thank God for fossil fuels because without them, the hunger (famine), cold, death and destruction would be much worse than it was this time.
Incidentally, on his first day in office, Biden stopped construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline in the U.S., put thousands of Americans out of work, and hurt Canada, but now he is promoting a pipeline to carry Turkmenistan gas across Afghanistan and Pakistan to India.
It has been my opinion for a long time that God uses natural disasters to warn nations to repent and return to Him (II Chron. 7:13-14), but globalists are using the disasters as a scare tactic to bring in their godless world government.
Godless leaders do not think like Christians, and more and more, it is clear that this world is not the Christian’s home (I Cor. 2:14-16).
To be honest, I do not think America will repent, and if Covid and the Texas disaster are birth pains, there is more to come.
By the way, on Feb. 19, 2021, John Kerry was on CBS This Morning, and he was asked, “How much time do we still have left to avert climate catastrophe?”
He replied, “The scientists told us 3 years ago we have 12 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crises; we are now 3 years gone, so we have 9 years left.
This is 2021, and 9 years from now will be 2030, which is the UN agreed-upon goal for having a world government up and running.
Five: on Feb. 19, 2021, William Koenig, author of “Eye to Eye,” noted that Biden has hit the ground running on issues that are worrisome or detrimental to Israel.
Koenig is famous for pointing out that those that bless Israel are blessed, and those that curse Israel are cursed.
We cannot deny that Biden has come out in favor of the Two-State Solution (division of Israel), he opposed Israel’s construction of settlements in Judea and Samaria, he waffled on Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, he announced that the U.S. might be willing to rejoin the Iranian nuclear deal, he revoked Trump’s designation of the Iranian-backed Houthis as a terrorist organization, and more.
Now, the U.S. (especially Texas) has been hit with a record-breaking storm.
Six: on Feb. 17, 2021, it was reported that there is a leaked July 16, 2020, video of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, expressing concern to his employees about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Zuckerberg said, “We just don’t know the long-term side effects of basically modifying people’s DNA and RNA … whether that causes other mutations or other risks downstream.”
This seems significant because Facebook has announced an expedited effort to remove posts that say the Covid-19 vaccine changes people’s DNA.
If Zuckerberg can warn his employees about future risks, why are others not allowed to warn people about future risks?
The U.S. Constitution gives citizens freedom of speech, and people like Zuckerberg should not be allowed to take it away.
This is another case of the rich and powerful making rules that apply to others but not themselves.
Finally, if you want to go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.
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Equality or Tyranny? – Jonathan Brentner - https://www.jonathanbrentner.com/https/jonathan-brentner-g8fgsquarespacecom/config/2021/2/26/is-it-equality-or-the-spirit-of-the-antichrist
On the surface, the Equality Act that the House of Representatives recently passed might sound harmless, but it’s anything but that. It’s extremely dangerous for all those who hold to a biblical faith.
The Family Research Council aptly describes the legislation with these words, “It's a world that hunts down and punishes anyone who thinks differently from the Left on gender or sexuality. And that includes schools, businesses, food banks, adoption agencies, homeless shelters, day cares, faith-based ministries, and government offices.” In other words, no organization would be exempt from this first-amendment-obliterating law. It’s tyranny by any other name.
William Wagner, in an American Thinker article titled The Inequality of the ‘Equality Act,’ precisely describes the bill as “mandating universal endorsement of nontraditional sexual morality under federal law.” Wagner further depicted the consequences of the act as follows:
Under its provisions, churches unwilling to perform same-sex "marriages," or appoint cross-dressing Sunday school teachers, would lose their tax-exempt status as houses of worship. Men who announce that they identify as women would be permitted to use fellowship hall women's restrooms and dressing facilities. Sexual conduct like marital fidelity would no longer be a legitimate consideration for clerical hiring decisions. Christian colleges unwilling to abide by similar requirements would lose their academic accreditation and access to student loans. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
With their First Amendment protections removed, many religious institutions would ultimately face a choice between bowing to the secular god of prevailing culture...and being sued out of existence.
The bill also establishes abortion up to the moment of birth as the law of the land and removes all protections for doctors, healthcare providers, clinics, and hospitals that refuse to perform abortions because of conscience or religious beliefs.
IT’S THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST
While the stipulations of the Equality Act should shock all Bible-believing saints, they should not surprise us. Is this act not reflective of the “spirit of the antichrist?” In 1 John 4:2-3, the apostle wrote this, “. . . and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
The Equality Act goes far beyond denying Jesus’ equality with God the Father; it legalizes lawlessness. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Paul describes the antichrist as “the man of lawlessness.” Once in power, he will display great contempt for God and support all types of evil behavior that defy the teachings of Christ.
In the next verse, the apostle describes him as one “who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thess. 2:4). Is this not the spirit encapsulated in the Equality Act?
These verses from 2 Thessalonians 2 remind me of the prophet Daniel’s description of the antichrist, “And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done” (Dan. 11:36). We see such things already at work in our world.
During the House debate on the Equality Act, Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) drew the ire of Democrats after he pointed out that God makes people uniquely male or female. He also said, “The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God’s good design. Whenever a nation’s laws no longer reflect the standards of God that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences. We are seeing the consequences of rejecting God here in our country today.”
Ranking Democrat Jerry Nadler of New York angrily replied to Representative Steube with these words, “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” Wow! Such is the contempt for our Lord that rests with all those in Washington, D.C. and beyond who support the Equality Act and the tyranny that would come with it should it become law.
THE RESTRAINING WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The increasing acceptance of this lawless spirit is yet another sign that our “blessed hope; the appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” grows ever so close (Titus 2:13). By itself, this repudiation of God’s standards by the U.S. Congress might not signal the closeness of the seven-year tribulation, but it comes along with the convergence of a host of other signs that tell us we live in the last moments of human history.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, Paul wrote about the restraining work of the Holy Spirit that now prevents the unveiling of the antichrist until after the Rapture occurs: “And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.”
While we will not know the identity of the antichrist before our departure to heaven, we clearly recognize his spirit that is already at work in our world. The Equality Act has his insignia all over its God-defying decrees.
I am not suggesting that we accept the inevitable passage of this law, quite the contrary.
First, we need pray for our nation and in particular that the Senate rejects this heinous bill. I believe that the Holy Spirit works through His presence in us and through our prayers to hold back the full expression of evil and lawlessness that is still to come. Pray that the Lord will raise up enough men and women in the U.S. Senate to keep the Equality Act from reaching the desk of Joe Biden, who promised during his campaign that he would sign this bill into law during his first one hundred days in office.
If you live in a state with a Republican Senator, please contact him or her to express your disapproval of this terrible legislation that is coming from the House.
The Equality Act represents the government demanding that everyone toe the line with its views of morality in order to participate in society. Under the antichrist, this state-worshipping tyranny will reach its zenith.
The good news is twofold. First, Scripture confirms the doom of the antichrist, “And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur” (Rev. 19:20).
As for the spirit behind the antichrist that has defied God since the beginning of time, he will also suffer the same fate as the antichrist, but at a later time (see Rev. 20:10)
Second, all these things signal the soon appearing of Jesus to take us home to the place He’s preparing for us (John 14:1-3). The Equality Act confirms what we already see in the many other signs of the fast-approaching tribulation. And if this time is so close, how much closer must be our quick departure from this world?
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Are the Recent UFO Disclosures Setting Us Up for A Mass Deception of Epic Proportions? - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/are-the-recent-ufo-disclosures-setting-us-up-for-a-mass-deception-of-epic-proportions/
Have you noticed that UFO sightings have been in the news a lot lately? Even in the midst of all the other big events that are happening, evidence of mysterious objects flying through our skies continues to make headlines. In particular, what one American Airlines pilot says that he saw is really shaking a lot of people up. According to a radio transmission that was intercepted from American Airlines Flight 2292, a pilot claims that he witnessed “a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing” fly at very high speed right over the top of his aircraft…
The cockpit audio from American Airlines flight 2292 from New Mexico to Phoenix sounded like something out of a Sci-Fi movie.
“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,” a pilot can be heard saying.
“I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast right over the top of us.”
This got so much attention that officials at American Airlines were forced to address it. They put out a statement in which they confirmed that the radio transmission did actually come from American Airlines Flight 2292…
American Airlines put out a statement, saying, “Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21.”
And the FBI has also publicly announced that it is “aware of the reported incident”, but the agency has not provided any additional details.
Of course this sort of thing is happening a lot these days. In fact, the U.S. Sun has just put out an article documenting “a string of strange incidents involving passenger jets” in recent months.
In the old days, the U.S. government would go to great lengths to deny that anything unusual was happening in our skies. But over the past couple of years, government officials have started to change their tune.
For example, last year the Pentagon released footage of Navy fighter pilots encountering a UFO…
In late April, the Department of Defense released footage of Navy fighter pilots encountering something “unidentifiable.” The black and white videos are grainy and show small objects flying across the in-flight cameras of Navy fighter pilots.
This footage had already been circulating on the internet. By releasing it, the Department of Defense confirmed the videos’ authenticity—and that it didn’t know what they showed.
Much more importantly, the Defense Intelligence Agency recently released documents that admit that the U.S. has been testing wreckage from UFO crashes…
THE Pentagon has admitted to holding and testing wreckage from UFO crashes in a bombshell Freedom of Information letter, shared with The Sun.
Researcher Anthony Bragalia wrote to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) requesting details of all UFO material, which they hold and results of any tests they had been carrying out on it.
After all this time, why would the federal government finally admit this?
Are they trying to mentally prepare us for something?
According to the 154 pages of test results that were released, some of the materials that have been retrieved from UFOs possess “extraordinary capabilities”…
In the response, shared with The Sun, the DIA released 154 pages of test results that includes reports on a mysterious “memory” metal called Nitinol, which remembers its original shape when folded.
Bragalia said it was a “stunning admission” from the US government and the documents reveal that some of the retrieved debris possesses “extraordinary capabilities” including the potential to make things invisible or even slow down the speed of light.
Obviously the entities that are operating these craft are highly advanced, and they appear to have technology that we do not currently have.
But are they friend or foe?
Statements that were recently made by someone that was a top official in Israel’s space program for 30 years have sparked a lot of speculation…
Haim Eshed, who headed Israel’s space security programs for 30 years, has been in the spotlight in recent days, after claiming that aliens exist, that Israel and the US have long been in contact with them, and that Donald Trump was going to blab but the extraterrestrial beings of the “Galactic Federation” stopped him.
Eshed said aliens conduct experiments on Earth, and there is a joint base underground on Mars where they collaborate with American astronauts. “They asked that we don’t publicize they are here because humanity isn’t ready,” he said.
If Haim Eshed is to be believed, the “aliens” are already here and the U.S. is already cooperating with them.
That makes it sound like we don’t have anything to be concerned about.
But other experts have come to a completely different conclusion.
Temple University history professor David Jacobs has been studying the alien abduction phenomenon for decades, and he believes that these “aliens” have a deeply malevolent agenda…
According to Jacobs, his lifelong research into alien abduction has forced him to the conclusion that an alien race has been implementing a clandestine and sinister program to create an alien-human hybrid race.
The program has now reached an advanced stage and alien hybrids are now being secretly integrated into human society. The alien hybrids, according to Jacobs, are able to live secretly in human society because they are superficially identical with humans.
There is so much speculation about these beings, and it can be very difficult to separate truth from fiction.
But as the number of sightings continues to rise, it is becoming clear that something very strange really is happening in our skies.
And after decades of very strict secrecy, the U.S. government is now openly admitting that UFOs exist.
Many people are looking forward to the day when we can openly welcome direct contact with our “space brothers”, but I do not believe that these are “friendly aliens from another planet”.
In fact, they are not our friends at all.
Unfortunately, our entertainment industry has spent decades preparing the general public to embrace visitors from “another world”, and I expect that is precisely what would happen.
We are moving into such a chaotic chapter in human history, and a time may come when intervention by “aliens” will be greatly welcomed by a human race that is deeply suffering.
The truth is out there, but as far as UFOs are concerned, most people are going to continue to believe whatever it is that they want to believe.
Though the Vision Tarry - By Hal Lindsey - https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-2-26-2021/
Habakkuk 2:3 gives a beautiful promise about those things God revealed to His prophets. He told Habakkuk that even if the thing revealed does not happen quickly, rest assured that it will happen eventually. The Lord said, “The vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal, and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come.”
The vision God had given Habakkuk was not all sunshine and light. The prophet was horrified by a vision of the dreaded Babylonians striking Israel, even though he acknowledged that it’s what they deserved. God also gave Habakkuk a vision of Babylon’s destruction and of a glorious future for Israel. The first two events came true within a few decades. The last promise awaits complete fulfillment, but it also “hastens toward the goal.”
The point is, Habakkuk’s vision contained both promise and warning. God always keeps His word. For some, that means dread. Terrible things are coming on this world. Even now, we see the beginning of them. But He assures us of ultimate victory. Hebrews 10:37 applies the verse from Habakkuk to the return of Christ. “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come.”
God tells His children that we have not been appointed to wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). He will rescue us from the coming tribulation. In the meantime, suffering should not surprise us. In Matthew 10:22, Jesus said, “You will be hated by all on account of My name.” That’s no fun. But in Revelation 2:10, Jesus said something to the church at Smyrna which should give us great comfort today. “Do not fear what you are about to suffer.”
We should not be surprised by suffering, but neither should we dread it.
Here in the early part of the 21st century, most of the world looks to the future with a kind of helpless anxiety. Many things are going wrong. Disaster looms from a myriad of directions. Planet earth seems to have passed a tipping point. A cascade of tragedies threatens every person on earth.
Texas recently experienced the kind of problems we can expect in a deteriorating world. Most Texans suffered a lack of electric power, and then they suffered a lack of water. A high percentage of Texas uses electricity for heat. That meant experiencing frigid temperatures without furnaces. Ironically, power shortages caused by cold weather meant that vast amounts of frozen food thawed in grocery store freezers. Icy roads prevented trucks from resupplying those stores. These circumstances combined to force stores to throw away food in the middle of a food shortage.
The world sees its future in this. When we talk about deteriorating infrastructure, we’re talking about deteriorating lifelines of electricity, water, food, and other materials. We are becoming more and more dependent on these lifelines even as they become less reliable. Our government chooses to cut off fuel supplies. We are moving from dependable sources of energy to undependable ones. Water is becoming more scarce and its transfer less reliable. People wonder when the next shoe will drop. According to the Bible, it won’t just be a single shoe dropping, but a storm of them.
Thankfully, the Bible doesn’t speak of these calamities as a terrible end, but as a glorious beginning. The coming of Jesus is on the horizon. He will rapture His Church before the seven years of tribulation. At the end of those seven years, He will come back to earth to rule in perfect righteousness. The bad things will not last. But He shall reign forever and ever!
Though He tarries, wait for Him for He will surely come! In the meantime, even in hard times, He never leaves us. He does not forsake those who put their trust in Him.
Daily Jot: Surviving these prophetic times – Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
We are definitely living in prophetic times. We see the Democrats and the media labeling conservatives, Republicans, and Christians with detrimental terms, just for disagreeing with them. There was a headline today characterizing conservatives as the “good Germans of the Nazi era.” Many are spewing hate in their accusing others of hate. Conspiracy theories among Christians and conservatives abound, spread by false prophets, preying on those who want believe what they want to believe irrespective of the facts. As Christ said in Luke 21:8-9, “Take heed that you be not deceived, but when you shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”
In both Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are chronological accounts of the times leading up to the return of Christ. Christ warns in Luke 21:34-36, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with overindulgence, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day comes upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” In other words, we have a lot to endure before Christ returns and we need to be circumspect, and watching and praying as these events occur.
Every generation before us has had their test. And every generation could point to the beginning of the end. The difference today is that God’s timepiece, Israel, has been reborn as a nation. This gives us a heads up that we are far closer to the return of Christ than at any other time in history. We also see that there are rumors, pestilences, wars, confusion, and commotion leading up to his return. From the account of the Olivet Discourse in Luke, we also see that those who overindulge in the worldly things can be unaware and caught in the snare of these events. In other words, they may not survive. Wisdom, prayer, being aware of the times are critical to escaping “these things that shall come to pass.” How are we to face these kinds of life-changing disruptions?
Work on getting fit—both physically and spiritually. Don’t overindulge in the worldly things—food, drink, news, conspiracies, rumors, gossip. Focus your mind on prayer and understanding that you may be wise in your actions and deeds. Fear and confusion are not of the Lord. Christ said to not be terrified when you see these things. Don’t be carried away by the doctrines of fools—they may lead you to calamity or an early death. Read your Bible. Ask for understanding. Draw close to the Lord. Share the light of Christ with others who are fearful and confused about the future. Know your faith no matter how dark the world becomes for as Christ said, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Daily Devotion: Miracle in Gethsemane - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Listen! The LORD’S arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore. —Isaiah 59:1–2
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/miracle-in-gethsemane/ - Listen
The last miracle that Christ performed before He went to the cross wasn’t raising Lazarus from the dead or healing someone who had leprosy. No, the last miracle He performed was returning an ear to the head of the high priest’s servant—an ear that His disciple, Simon Peter, had cut off with a sword.
When the temple guard and the Roman soldiers arrived in the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest Jesus, Simon Peter was so frustrated that he pulled out his sword and took a wild swing. And off came Malchus’s ear.
Peter probably was aiming for the servant’s head, honestly. But he was a fisherman, not a swordsman.
Now if I were Jesus, I would have said, “Buddy, you deserved what you got.” But instead, Jesus picked up the ear and returned it to Malchus’s head. It was kind of an unnoticed miracle and maybe even an unappreciated miracle. But this last miracle of Jesus covered up the blunder of a disciple.
God is good at cleaning up our messes—and we have our messes, don’t we?
If you want to cut off your connection with God, then leave your sin unconfessed. I’m not speaking of cutting off your relationship with God, but you can cut off your connection with Him. And the way to reestablish that connection is to ask the Lord to forgive you.
So when we’ve sinned, we need to say, “All right, Lord, I blew it here. I messed up. I’m sorry, and I don’t know how to fix it. But I’m asking You, Lord, to intervene in my life and turn this around somehow for Your glory.” Then, just watch what the Lord will do.
God can even use a mistake you’ve made to bring honor to His name. He can turn your mess into a message.