If the day has not as yet come, it will shortly. Sooner or later others will do their utmost to cause you to doubt who you are, and more importantly who you are in Christ. They will be vicious, they will be cruel, they will be merciless, they will call you things you know yourself not to be, but they will do it so often, and with such authority that eventually you will wonder if only to yourself if what they are saying about you really is true.
Am I really a fanatic? Am I really a zealot? Am I really unloving and intolerant? Am I really a brutish beast who cannot see progress for what it is? Am I really a bigot? Am I really of below average intelligence because I believe the Bible?
If your identity is not certain, if you have not established both in your heart and mind that you are an elect son or daughter of God, that a price has been paid for you, and that price was no less than the blood of God’s only begotten Son, the constant droning of the godless as to who they think you are will get through, and you will grow silent.
That is, after all, what the enemy wants. He just wants you silent! He just wants you to doubt your faith, your position, your convictions, and your stance enough to keep you from speaking out, to keep you from standing on the truth, to keep you from pushing back the darkness as it threatens to overwhelm everything.
To the godless silence is just as good as acquiescence or validation. They really don’t care as long as they have no opposition to their agenda, as long as they can do as the will when they will with mindless fools praising their insanity as though it were the epitome of illumination.
This is not a new tactic. This is not something the enemy thought up recently, but it is a tactic that works far better in our time and among our generation than it ever did among the primary church.
Keep in mind that those who came before us were faced with either the same or far harsher opposition than ourselves. All the tactics the enemy uses against the household of faith today he used two thousand years ago, and though the number was not high by any standard, there are historical records of those who gave in, who began to doubt their identity, and who finally relented, denying the Christ, and saving their flesh for a season.
What harm could come of saying ‘Caesar is lord’ if you don’t really mean it? What harm could come of pretending you don’t know Jesus until you get out of the scrape you’re in, and they leave you alone?
What harm can come of calling light darkness, sin righteousness, and things God abhors, things He embraces? What harm? We are after all supposed to be wise as serpents are we not? Why pick a fight we know we can’t win? Why stand in the gap when it’s so much easier to go with the flow and make apologies for the Word of God, and try to explain away the character of God as though it were not so?
In our diluted, spineless generation utterly void of character, compromise has become a viable option, and men will sell out their own blood, and even sell their souls if it meant being spared trials and tribulations.
The vile and perverted are not ashamed of their nature or identity, why are the sons and daughter of God? The sinful and those wallowing in darkness are not reticent to share who they are and what they do boasting of their nihilistic pretenses, why are the sons and daughters of God so reticent to share the light of Christ?
No matter what we must stand. No matter what we must shine. No matter what we must speak the truth, for only truth sets men free that they might come to know the grace and glory of the God who was, and is, and is to come.
No matter what the world might say, no matter what the world might do, we know who we are, we know our Redeemer lives, and we know He is soon returning for a spotless bride. Come quickly Lord Jesus!
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
Thank you for that message it was one I needed to hear.
I really enjoy your blog and am greatly encouraged by likeminded Christians. However, lately I've been trying to warn Christians that sometimes silence equates to wisdom.
Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.
We are living in the day when political agendas must run their course and the nation will be destroyed. I believe we are at the point in time when God tells his people to no longer pray for this people because it's too late.
We need not deny Christ. We need not deny the truth of Scripture. When asked what we believe we still declare that the Bible is the truth. But we do this carefully as we choose our words wisely and live the truth with our actions as we obey God's commandments.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
But I'm afraid those who don't understand the day in which we are living will continue to fight a losing battle against the tidal wave of our evil culture and will suffer the punishment of the simple.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
I realize this runs contrary to our proud mindsets that tell us that we must make our voices heard in a generation that now puts light for darkness and darkness for light. But when we search Scripture we see that sometimes silence is wisdom and sometimes we need to ride out the storm with faith and patience while we wait for God to have the final say against an obstinate nation void of truth.
Therefore you shall stumble in the day;
The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night;
And I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge...
To those who insist on making your loud voice heard, I only ask: what are you fighting to preserve? Do you really believe the nation is redeemable? God's Word tells us exactly what will happen to America. And the days are numbered. Use wisdom in this generation and preserve your life and live to see what God will do in these last days.
There comes a point when...
It was as though you wrote this directly to me, and, of course, I know you didn’t. But though I have decided to go silent, it’s not that I am acquiescing or knuckling under. I’m just changing strategy. First, in these critical moments it’s not quite enough to say that I know what is coming. No one can really know that so I’m not retreating, I’m getting quiet so that I can hear better. If the door is closing, and while there are still those watchmen who are harvesting the last of the last into the Remnant, there are those who can fall back to praying without ceasing, not in the hopes of reversing what is coming, but to fine-tune faith. That’s the only protection we have, a deeply developed faith. It is more than enough. What we need is wisdom and really sharp listening skills.
My final blog - http://bagsallpacked.blogspot.com/2014/07/real-life-in-virtual-world-part-6.html
You are spot on, Michael.
Ephesians 6:10-20 comes to mind:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
We are not all called to be preachers shouting from a platform or writing a powerful blog, although I'm glad you are, Brother Michael. But certainly each one of us CAN stand firm for Jesus Christ on a one-on-one basis, as we encounter particular individuals who pass through our day to day lives and challenge our faith. Sometimes an apologetics-type defense is called for, but sometimes just a calm, quiet, and brief utterance, as we see with Jesus when he stood before Pilate. I get the sense that you are calling for standing on our faith in every sense of the word, according to the occasion and as the Holy Spirit moves us, and I totally agree!
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