Finding Refuge

Do you ever feel like “falling off the grid”?  Ever feel like building a cabin the middle of the woods and unplugging from a culture which seems increasingly hostile to God?  In Last Days Survival Guide, Rick Renner challenges us, “We must not hide from the world.  Instead, we need to build a spiritual wall of protection around us so we can live in this world victoriously!”  
Four Ways to Find Refuge in the End Times:
  1. Flee to Safety
    • “So, when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation…let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”  Matthew 24:15-16.  There is a time to physically flee, which Jesus commands the Jewish people to do when the Antichrist is seeking to kill them.  They are to flee to Petra in Jordan for 3 ½ years (Daniel 11:41; Revelation 12:14).
    • “Flee” can also be used to describe finding spiritual refuge.  “Flee sexual immorality” (I Corinthians 6:18) may involve physical movement, but it also involves erecting a wall of protection around your mind.  “He who dwells in the presence of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress.”  Psalm 91:1-2.
    • You can build a wall of protection around your life by 1) Praying every morning; 2) Reading the Bible every day; 3) Quickly confessing sin; 4) Putting on the whole armor of God; 5) Making a covenant with your eyes; 6) Maintaining strong relationships; 7) Going to church.
  2. Act Now
    • “Let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.”  Matthew 24:17-18.  Don’t procrastinate!  We have a deadly Enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).  
    • The end times is similar to the fourth quarter of a ballgame.  “[Satan] is filled with fury because he knows his time is short.”  Revelation 12:12.  For some Christians, living in the end times sounds scary, while for others it is exhilarating!  To live in the age when history comes to a climax gives us many opportunities other Christians have not had.
  3. Protect Your Kids
    1. “How dreadful it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers!”  Matthew 24:19.  In times of tribulation, the most vulnerable among us are the kids.  Kids are always in the bullseye of Satan’s target.
    2. A tidal wave of immorality is sweeping our nation.  Christian parents must diligently seek the Lord for wisdom as they are commanded by God to be the primary educators of their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).  A great resource to consult is Summit Ministries, who have provided biblical worldview resources for Christians, churches, and schools for over 50 years.
  4. Pray for God’s Leading
    • “Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.”  Matthew 24:20.  Winters are milder in Israel than in Minnesota, but still can slow you down.  Legalistic Jews carefully monitor Sabbath violations so this can also slow you down.  
    • Today the most urgent need in the church is to pray for wisdom and direction as we navigate life at a critical point in history.  Join us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm as we pray for the Lord’s guidance over our church and over us as individuals and families.
Our Elders and Pastors are continuing to seek God for direction about the possibility of building a Family Ministries Center in the lower parking lot area.  We envision two purposes for this gymnasium-style building.   First, it will help us build bridges to our community.  It will be a place to socialize, recreate, and connect!

Second, we envision this new building to be the center of the Christian counterculture for years to come.  As our culture continues to descend into moral darkness, we intend to courageously offer Christ as a better alternative!  “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead, they put it on its stand and it give light to everyone in the house.”  Matthew 5:14-15.