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Freeze warning

Due to an unusually high social pressure zone combined with a low care index and increasingly high winds of change, we are now issuing a freeze warning.

Yes, this means hearts grown cold could now be irreparably damaged by freezing over. World events and local change is happening so fast, it’s hard to keep up. This may have led to the low “care” index. The high pressure of daily living has compounded the effect.

Our society, including Christians, have become numb to the outside world. We are not immune to this freeze warning, as we live in and love and participate in our communities. The bombardment from the news media and social media to “fit in” and just go along to get along is a major reason our brothers and sisters partake in so many worldly pursuits.

Do not let your hearts be affected by the local spiritual weather in this way! Hearts grown cold are so difficult to warm again, and are at great risk.

With great trials comes risk. Jesus warned that the increase in false teachers and physical peril, as events were leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem, would cause hearts to grow cold.

“And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people. And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains.

“Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. And at that time many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people. And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold” (Matthew 24:4-12, NASB).

Even without outside trials, our hearts are at risk at all times. Satan would love nothing more than to deliver an icy blast over our hearts and freeze out any hope of heaven for us.

As we in the Northern hemisphere hunker down against the coming cold, let us do it with our Bibles in hand … and in our hearts. I’ve prepared my plants by bringing in the variegated ginger to join the Duranta and Ficus in the living room for the winter. The garage, where we put some of the tender plants, is just too cold for the coming sub-zero temperatures.

We must do what we can to prepare. There are worse things than pipes and plants freezing or the lights going out. Don’t let your love for God and His children get cold!


 

Christine Berglund
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