IN TIMES LIKE THESE

August 2, 2020


Today’s guest-blog is written by my sister, Lana Peterson. All of my guest-bloggers have Carte Blanche to write on whatever topic they want, and I read them after they’re posted.
God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley


The title of this post is from the hymn by George Beverly Shea. I’m sure you have all heard the hymn, and hopefully have been blessed and inspired by it. If you haven’t, look it up on YouTube or another music app, and enjoy. The lyrics of the hymn are rather short, so I will include them:


“In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible
In times like these, O be not idle
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these I have a Savior
In times like these I have an anchor
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!”


One of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, said “These are the times that try men’s souls.” I believe America is now in a similar state as when he said these now-famous words. We need Jesus now more than ever. Probably, most people reading Spencer’s blogs already know Jesus. In case someone does not, please realize your need of salvation and know that without Christ you are lost.

You must be ready to pray the only prayer a sinner can pray and expect to be heard. “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). You must recognize that there is a God, that you have sinned against God, and that God is the Creator of the world and everyone in it. You must acknowledge that God is merciful, because humans have no merit of their own, and you must trust in God’s forgiveness. Let Jesus live in your heart, and be your best friend.


If it were not for my faith in Jesus, I would be very depressed. For the past few months, Americans, and people throughout the entire world, have endured a novel virus that has infected nearly 17,000,000 people and caused almost 700,000 deaths (if we are to believe the statistics we are given).  We can deduce from worldwide news sources that there have been a huge number of cases and deaths. We have been house-bound, only allowed to leave home for essential business, wear masks everywhere, not attend church services for months, and now can attend with 25% building capacity.

 
In addition to the virus, now we are coping with “peaceful protests” which turn into riots all over the country. People are being beaten and murdered for voicing their opinions, for being a certain race, and for simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Our country has never been so divided: racially, culturally, and politically, or religiously. Some atheists are trying to have “belief in God” classified as a mental illness! Others are pushing to have pedophilia classified as a “sexual orientation,” rather than the criminal perversion that it is. We are living to see the end-times prophesies fulfilled. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”–Isaiah 5:20
What has caused people to believe these awful reversals?
“that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world”
–Revelation 12:9
Jesus warns his disciples to be extremely cautious, because satan is so good at convincing people that his lies are the truth:
“Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”
–Luke 11:35
The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” We must be be living examples of Christ’s love.

 
Friends, no matter what happens in this world, we must trust God. We will get through these times and gain Heaven, as long as we are sure we are anchored to Jesus, our Lord and Savior. We are REDEEMED and set free! Hallelujah!

 
God Bless You,
Lana Peterson