United Pentecostal Church Mannheim
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Message from the Monthly Flyer from October 2006

What are you looking at?

Prov. 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The problems of these world leave many people without prospects and hope for the present and the future; and this pessimism, or putting it in stronger terms -this hopelessness affects people in different ways. Some try to escape the pressures of life by setting themselves apart and taking drugs; others party, living it up as much as they can; others, meanwhile, have simply given up and are frustrated; and there are many who just throw themselves into their work, seeking to obtain security through a successful career. Films which portray a picture of prosperity and a perfect world have a great impact upon people. Living in a world of fantasy helps to soften the bumpy, hard road of reality.

As matter of fact, there is nothing wrong with all those people who are disillusioned. It is understandable. We are not dealing with small-scale problems on a local level, but rather with a gigantic global problem; which is already a devastating reality in many nations.

Many of these people don’t know that the Word of God never leaves anyone without a glimmer of hope. This dismal picture of hopelessness and despondency which is imprinted upon the minds of the people – it can be turned around, and the devil and his aides can end up applying it to themselves in their own lives… Then after all, there is no hope for him in the coming future…

Looking at things from another point of view, God often uses times of trouble and need to motivate people to seek His help. If a person still doesn’t seek God when in distress, then when will he eventually end up doing so? And who else is there who really is able to help those who are in need?

The enemy attempts by accusation to come against God, and with bitterness, and by twisting reality so that everything seems so bleak and hopeless. He does this, to hinder a person from seeing the glory of the gospel and the love of God. However, only pride, the hardening of the heart, or unwillingness to leave the path of wickedness, will cause a person to remain in blindness and ignorance. 2.Thess. 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Admittedly, the present and future for this world in the end-time, of which we’re now living in, is not looking so great. Matt. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. There are many prophecies for our time, and all of them will be fulfilled because God has said it would be so. It’s not God’s fault when a person is not saved; for He wants everyone to receive help and get to know the truth. (see 1.Tim.2,4).

The question is: What does the person really want? If masses of people can get crazy about the world football championships, how much more should the love and grace of God, and His greatness, and about knowing who He is, cause one to get excited? It just shows how much God could surely do something with people. Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. But they don’t know Him, not at the moment; but God isn’t finished yet.

Jesus Christ has a people in this world who love Him more, and are more excited about Him than the cheering football world. If you would visit such a church, then you can experience that too, and you receive the Holy Spirit yourself and also get excited. There will be many headlines about the miracles which God will be performing in these last days; as a result, the world will be aware of God’s almighty power, grace, and glory. This world desperately needs these miracles, and for God this is no problem whatsoever. He is preparing His praying people for a great revival.

The church of Jesus has this desire and is not content with just a little growth. The church knows where the sinner is heading for when he steps out into eternity – eternal damnation is not some fairytale. Matt. 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Therefore, this generation must and will experience the gospel and the miracles of God, for this is what God promised. Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

There is a time for weeping, and a time for laughter; to everything there is a season (Ecc.3:1). However, don’t ever forget –Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Prov. 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. There will be a time when crying will cease and God will wipe all tears away, for there will be no more sorrow (see Rev.21:4; in addition, read again and again the 21st and 22nd chapter of Rev.). This time will come about. It’s necessary that we have a vision of our home where we will be one day; and that we always keep the thought of heaven in our hearts and minds; and even more importantly, that we maintain that desire to see Jesus, our God and Saviour. Do you want to belong to those who will be comforted? Do you want to rejoice with unspeakable joy? It’s up to you, God is offering it to you!

God doesn’t need a lot in order to do great things. A great crowd of people were fed with 5 loaves and 3 fishes and ended up full. At the end, everyone will be amazed; for God always does more than what we ask or understand.(Eph.3:18-21).

There will be a great revival in our nation. What is your vision or what are you looking at? ra

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