Hold On & Keep Believing

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It seems the whole world has gone mad, doesn’t it?

Scripture is unfolding right before our eyes.  Jesus said in Matthew 24, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in (on the strength of) My name []appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish].Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

Do NOT be afraid. If you are a believer in Christ, though these troubled days must come, we have a promise. So hold on, do not lose heart, keep the faith. He is our refuge, hide in Him.

Read the whole chapter of Matthew 24 for encouragement. He told us this would happen, He is still in control. He has you and He will not let go.

“I Believe”

Thinking bout the world looking at the nation
Suicide, genocide, homicide
Three words come to mind
Times are changing, yeah!
No more rumors they’re wars going on
Twisted doctors, scientist making clones
Economy got some backs against the wall
People dying for no reason at all
People of God don’t even read their Bibles
There’s no faith no trust in the word
But everybody seems to be quoting scripture
It’s just another word they heard
Pastors leaving pulpits cause they’re tired
It’s all based on how we feel
Overheard two people speaking the other day
One said that God’s not real but

[Chorus:]
I’m just one ah them ole people who’s got to hold on
Sometimes I can’t see but I still believe
He’s taking care of me, oh oh oh
I’m just one ah them ole people God’s got a hold on
And I believe, I believe, yeah!
I believe I believe, yeah!

So I choose to look on the brighter side
In spite, of all the negativity I’m surrounded by
No it ain’t perfect but that’s alright
Cause His hand is on me
It’s keeping me alive
So many disappointments
So much I don’t understand
So much I don’t have answers for
That’s what makes me trust You more
In a world that’s always changing
Everything’s rearranging
But no matter what’s going on
Ima be standing, Ima be holding on
Your truth, their truth, my truth
Your god, my God, our view
All I know is one thing nowadays
Is we all need hope we all need faith

[Chorus:]
I’m just one ah them ole people who’s got to hold on
Sometimes I can’t see but I still believe
He’s taking care of me, yes He is
I’m just one ah them ole people God’s got a hold on
Don’t You let go of me, Lord please
I believe, I believe

[Chorus:]
I’m just one ah them ole people who’s got to hold on
Sometimes I can’t see but I still believe
He’s taking care of me, yes He is oh oh oh
I’m just one ah them ole people God’s got a hold on
I believe I believe
I believe I believe

Author: Crooked Places Straight

Stacey Kessler lives in the soy and corn capital with her husband, James, and their little four legged ball of cuteness, JJ. Together they minister the love of Jesus Christ through Prophetic and Evangelistic ministry. Crooked Places Straight exists to share God's love and truth through the written word to people who seek healing, encouragement, and hope. It is my hope and prayer that through sharing testimonies, stories, and teaching, His Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper relationship with Him; so you may know and grasp your inheritance in His glorious riches of salvation through Jesus Christ. From glory to glory... I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2 To contact Stacey at Crooked Places Straight, email crookedplacesstraight@gmail.com

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