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Living for God is More Important than Predicting a Prophecy

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about President Trump's announcement that Jerusalem is the official capital of Israel. Let's start by stating that I am NOT an expert on the Book of Revelation but many are wondering if this is just another sign that the rapture is coming. In addition to this announcement, let's look at a couple other big events going on that many want to associate with the second coming. Over the course of this year, Bitcoin has seen ridiculous gains and growth. People are making millions off a worldwide currency that is not backed by any government. In addition, there is already microchip technology that can be easily implanted for use in helping people access technology and make payments.

The point of this post is not to discuss whether the rapture is around the corner or if we are about to experience what has been foretold in the Book of Revelation. Instead, it is to remind us that be it the rapture or unfortunate accident, we never know what day might be our last on earth. Most recently are a handful of completely unexpected deaths to family friends. I am sure we can all think of friends or family friends who have passed away unexpectantly. The closer it gets to home, the more you can wonder, "What's the point?"

Many people like to point to 1 Corinthians 10:13 during tough times to remember that "God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability." It is not uncommon to hear the paraphrased version, "God does not give us more than we can handle." This can very inspiring and easy to share with those we know facing rocky terrain. The problem is that many people don't understand the verse, and when they struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel they struggle to believe in God.

The problem here is that we often forget the second and most important part of this verse, "but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." Here we see that God will not give us more than we can handle, but it is up to us to believe in him and look for the opening He provides. God will not fix our problems or just pull us out of difficult times, but He will provide us with openings and people through which we can better navigate these difficult times. It is during these times He tests our belief in Him. By staying strong in our faith, we are able to set an example for all those around us that He is God and the central character in the story of our lives.

When we let loathing and self-pity set in, we put ourselves first begin to believe that there is no end in sight. However, when we continue to recognize God for what He has done for us and look for the good that comes out of our trials and tribulations, we are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and help those around us in the process. Sickness, death, financial struggles, etc. do not happen to just those who do not believe in God. They happen to those whom God needs to use in an effort to reach those of us who can best help lead His flock.

As we get ready for Christmas, it is not a time for us to worry about the second coming of Christ, but instead a time to thank God for sending us the best shepherd of all time. It is a time for us to remember to live each day with God as the central character in the story of our lives, and a time for us to live as if today is the day we get to meet Jesus. Regardless of whether the current events are the fulfilling of the prophecy foretold in the Book of Revelation, life on earth is temporary. We should not be afraid of the second coming or death, instead, we should embrace God and the sacrifice made by Jesus so that whenever that day comes we are able to enjoy everlasting life with God in Heaven.

Chris Vaughan

Over the last decade, I have come to realize the power of God's Love and created OneGod.info as a way to help share God's Love with others. I believe that many of you reading this are just like me ... Christian but passive. There is only one thing that is guaranteed in this life and that is God's Grace and willingness to sacrifice His Son so that we could join Him in Heaven. It does not matter what nationality, gender, or political party to which someone belongs. Our citizenship is in Heaven and our passport to return is simply to Love God, Praise Jesus, and Spread His Word!