"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trail you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the Name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." ~1 Peter 4:12-14
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know the your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
"And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will HIMSELF restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To HIM be the power for ever and ever. Amen." ~1 Peter 5:6-11
So often these days, my friends and I are asking each other, "WHAT is going on with this world? And especially, in our beloved founded-on-Christian-principles America?"
But once we shake our heads in terrible wonder and try not to panic because of how far our country has fallen in the last 5 years . . . all we have to do is step back and realize, once again, that we shouldn't be surprised because we have been warned about it all (Matt. 24:4-14)
God also reminded us who is behind it ALL. Our old enemy. The one who "[w]hen he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44) ". . . that old serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the world astray . . . " (Rev. 12:9[b])
That deceiver knows that his time is SHORT and it's getting shorter by the day. Praise God! The devil and his minions are working over-time to take as many with himself into everlasting separation from God, into weeping and gnashing of teeth, as he possibly can. And from our mortal position, it seems like he's doing a very good job.
BUT . . . that ol' mangy lyin' lion LOSES in the end!
I have read the end of The Book: The Bible, God's Holy Word ~ and I KNOW that GOD WINS! That ol' mangy lying lion gets beaten and cast away for eternity by the authority and majesty of The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. "Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed . . . '" (Rev. 5:5)
Hang on! Stand up! Because God Himself has PROMISED that HE will make us "strong, firm and steadfast"! And He DOES NOT LIE.