Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix your eyes on Jesus for He will keep thee in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him

by Guest Writer Kenya Branch

There are several theories about what will be happening in our country and on our planet. I believe that whatever happens, the gospel of Jesus, the Christ, is good news and life is so short that it won’t be long before we are in the presence of Jesus, face to face for all eternity.

The enemy can use the forecasts for chaos and catastrophe to make the people of God fearful enough to take their eyes off God. Paul wrote the 1st letter to the church at Thessalonica to teach them about the rapture and that their saved relatives who had died would rise and be caught up in the air first. But many of them decided that Jesus’ return was imminent, so they quit their jobs and may have been simply scanning the skies for signs, awaiting the second coming.

So Paul wrote 2nd Thessalonians, telling them to go back to work for the Lord rather than being preoccupied about His return. A couple nights ago I watched a TV program with Perry Stone, a “prophetic teacher/preacher.” It’s common for him to discuss blood moons and prophecies being fulfilled soon. His message basically was for Christians to chill out. He didn’t believe that all that has to happen before the second coming has occurred yet. He said his grandfather thought Jesus was coming back in his lifetime. He said his father thought Jesus was coming back in his lifetime. Perry, to my surprise, said that Jesus may not come back in his lifetime either.

There is a growing hysteria among some in the body of Christ about this September. It’s almost like when some Christians freaked out about Harold Camping’s end-of-the-world predictions for May of 2011. Then when that didn’t happen, he changed the expected date to October of 2011. Then he finally admitted that he wasn’t God and only God knows when Jesus will return. Now, a giant comet that no legitimate scientist has forecast, is supposed to strike the earth with devastating results. That is highly unlikely. Or demons are going to appear in September with deadly intentions.

We can be preoccupied with trying to identify signs that point to certain occurrences or we can be occupied with doing the work that the Lord has ordained for us to do in His Kingdom. The bottom line is although some people insist that they can interpret the signs, the truth is nobody knows. Since the 70’s I’ve heard predictions about the fall of America and the return of Christ. I bought into some of that for a while. You find all of the inaccurate predictions of doom and gloom over the years on the Internet. Every year there are new doomsday prophecies. I think a lot of the hype is manufactured to sell books and to get lucrative speaking engagements. When these “prophets” are proven wrong they never refund the money they acquired through their false teaching

A lot of it sounds like New Age propaganda. There’s talk about portals and half human beings emerging from Atlantis and esoteric wisdom that was removed from the Bible by ancient sorcerers only to be revealed now by the enlightened few. And how the Masons had infiltrated every government and influenced every leader around the world…. The macabre prophesies went on and on. My position is that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, physically written by people but inspired by the Holy Spirit. According to 2 Timothy 3:16 “ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Peter 1:20 says “above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.” So, the Bible, in a sense, was written by God Himself

I will look to the Word to understand myself, my God and the times in which we live and I’ll communicate with my Lord in Prayer. He’ll guide my paths. I have faith that He loves me, will never leave me or forsake me. He is my refuge and my strength

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.” Psalms 46:1-

I don’t have faith that any man knows what God is doing, no matter how many books they write or podcasts they record. God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and He’s sovereign. “Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases him.” Psalm 115:3

Our people perish for the lack of knowledge and without knowledge of the Lord and an understanding of His Word through vigorous Bible study and meditation, people will believe anything if it’s spoken by a person in authority. But God is no respecter of persons. Even if every one’s word is a lie, His Word is truth. So, I’m not looking to the sky for signs, I’m looking in the Word, in my prayers and in my faith.

Be encouraged!

Brother Kenya Branch

Christian filmmaker

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1 thought on “Keep Your Eyes on Jesus”

  1. James Stier

    Hi Kenya,

    Thank you for sharing your views and comments on some of the current happenings around town.
    I am also acutely aware of the many reports on prophetic developments and signs observed etc. etc.
    I also see clear in The Word evidence of many signs of the times that we are instructed to observe and know what they mean. Mathew 24, Luke 21 Mark 13. I agree that extremes and fear projections abound…..but I also see real life fulfillment of prophecy and scripture that is written for our instruction and understanding. Jesus said…..when you see these things happening……then you know the time is at hand. History is written is advance in scripture for believers to be informed and knowledgeable so as to know what to do and have perspective, faith and confidence in God through the Truth of scripture. I do agree that Gods ways and thoughts are above ours….that is scripture. But, God has also revealed His plans and ways in scripture so we can know whats happening and the outcome of history. As history unfolds and we see the developments foretold in scripture we should stand firm in our faith. As we see what Jesus and the scriptures have foretold in the current developments of the satanic new world order agenda for one example. It is the fulfillment of prophecy and scripture. We are even instructed by Jesus in the recorded Word to pray that we would be counted worthy to escape all that is coming on the earth. Not all alarms and warnings and signs and observations are false. We need to discern and yes not let any man deceive us as Jesus instructed, because there are many false prophets and teachers in our day. Let us be careful not to categorize wholesale…..all reports and all those who know scripture and acknowledge its fulfillment and warnings. It should not be the believers who are unaware of what is happening….we have the scriptures. It is the very scriptures that we have that inform us that the last days will be like the time of Noah and the time of Lot. It was all the unbelievers who were unaware of the times and what was about to take place and they were All destroyed. They we all eating and drinking, buying and selling and getting married. Life was good so it seemed. It is appointed unto man once to die and then the Judgement. It is not Gods will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. God Loves us…each and everyone. His provision for you and I is Jesus who died for our sins….in our place he died to pay completely for our sins…..and He rose from the dead for our justification. Now faith in Him and what He has done for you and me gives us right standing and peace with God. He is Gods gift of Love to you and me. Only turn to Him and believe this and you can be His, safe and secure. He will take care of you forever!

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