BECOMING A PATRIOT:
Navigating the Storms
In our present times, God's people are facing numerous difficulties and challenges, often finding themselves standing alone on solid ground while the storms rage on. However, there is a growing community emerging, which I refer to as "Patriots for the Kingdom" and my Father's House. We actively combat the vices of this world daily, rejecting any messaging or behavior that goes against Love, Hope, Kindness, and Gentleness – attributes that are reflective of the fruit of the Spirit and, most importantly, the characteristics of our Lord. Our ultimate aim is to counteract the pervasive influence of the demonic forces that affect so many.
As Patriots, we intentionally resist the prevailing current of our times, recognizing that it is crucial if we wish to participate in the ancient struggle between two kingdoms. If you desire to join this battle, I encourage you to continue reading.
When Yeshua referred to Peter as the rock in Matthew 10:2, He also declared that the gates of hell would not overcome the church. This means that they will not prevail against us! However, in 2 Timothy chapter three, Paul reveals that a significant transformation will take place within the House of our Father, as many of His children will change in the latter days. Nevertheless, there is a principle that endures and gives us hope: self-examination.
"Let a man prove himself, and in this way, let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28). "Test yourselves whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves" (2 Corinthians 13:5). "Examine your ways" (Haggai 1:5, 7). "Who can discern his errors?" No one can fully know (Psalm 19:12).
The call to "examine your ways" is a sacred quest. When this journey begins, God's people tend to stand against the prevailing spirit of the age, both in their personal lives and within the House that our Father has established. They recognize what is wrong and make a firm decision to pursue what is right.
Discovering Paul's Words
Unveiling Paul's intended message to Timothy compels us to pause and reflect. Paul expressed concerns about the breakdown of families, and it is undoubtedly occurring in our present era. He highlighted the existence of individuals who display outward godliness but lack true power. This is a profoundly tragic situation, and we should be acutely aware of its impact on the divine household we belong to. It should strongly impress upon us.
This brought to mind the ancient proclamation in Judaism, known as the Shema, found in Deuteronomy 6:4: "Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one." This age-old address compelled the entire nation of Israel to halt and attentively listen to what would follow. While the Shema remains unmatched in proclaiming God's oneness, Paul's message demands our attention within the present condition of God's family. Throughout the Gospels, he conveys similar messages of utmost significance for the end times.
In 1 Peter 1:13, it is written: "Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming." Furthermore, in verse three of the same chapter, believers are instructed to seek an abundance of peace, "may peace be multiplied to you." This specific directive for the multiplication of peace is unique to this passage. Paul frequently speaks within the context of the latter days. He informs the Corinthian Church that they lack no spiritual gift and encourages them to eagerly await the Lord's return while remaining steadfast, for they possess everything they need.
Paul articulates it perfectly, akin to a father advising his departing son who is venturing into the world, saying, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" (Philippians 4:8-9). Together, let us explore the essence of "L'chaim" (to life) and rediscover what it means to live as God's people, guided by our Father's diminishing virtues and principles.