Another great article by Charlie Daniels. He brings a word of encouragment and peace when there is very little of it to be found in this sin sick world. I love Charlie's down home common sense style. We need more men like him.
Peace on Earth, good will to men!
[b]Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled[/b]
By Charlie Daniels
Mnt. Juliet, TN
[i]When Jesus knew that His time to suffer the cross was near, He comforted His disciples by telling them, "Let not your heart be troubled."
Jesus knew His disciples would go through tremendous trials and tribulations. He knew they would be persecuted and some of them would suffer crucifixion, as He was about to do.
But still He told them, "Let not your heart be troubled." In my humble opinion, what He was telling them is that no matter how dark the world becomes, there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel no matter how hard the way may become.
Jesus said He would never forsake us, never leave us and the Bible says that God will never allow us to receive a burden we simply cannot handle.
Today with the headlines screaming about catastrophic financial problems, a corrupt and impotent Congress and Senate and radical terrorists roaming the world, just waiting for an opportunity to tear us apart, in this day of violent death in our streets and chaos in the market place, in this time of war and rumors of war and three hundred and sixty degree trouble, we need to remember what Jesus said and realize that no matter what happens, the faithful believer will win the victory.
The Bible also says in Timothy that in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure, having a form of godliness but denying it's power.
As always, the Holy Bible is absolutely correct. Is there any denying that people love themselves so much that they allow their greed to overcome them and they'll do anything to anybody to get the money they love so much?
It goes without saying that so many are boastful and proud and certainly disobedient to their parents.
When you look around you see unholiness in the fruitless efforts of groups like the ACLU to eradicate God from public life in America.
Some gangs require a new member to actually kill somebody before they are accepted in the gang, just randomly take a human life. They are without love or compassion.
Unforgivness these days is a sickness that eats away at the hearts of men until it destroys them.
Some people love pleasure more than anything in the world, nothing else matters. They put the pursuit of pleasure ahead of all else, and many times that pursuit ends in depravity. Look at the growth of pornography.
Most people are willing to say that there is some kind of higher power. They're willing to say that Jesus was a great prophet. They look askance at the Bible as being an outdated book of fairy tales, having no regard for its truths and prophecies.
Old and once trusted financial institutions have proven that we can't put our confidence in the business world.
Everybody knows that we certainly can't put our trust in a government that has no interest except to stay in power and recklessly spend our tax dollars
We can't trust society. It is too status-seeking and self-centered.
So who do we trust, who can we put our absolute trust in?
Our salvation arrived on this earth over two thousand years ago. Please remember the reason for the season and in the true spirit of Christmas, do a kindness for someone, forgive someone, smile at someone, give somebody a big hug and above all let not your heart be troubled.
Note, on Monday we will go into what I call our Christmas mode. Instead of an editorial, we will be featuring a short story I wrote called. "A Carolina Christmas Carol."
I hope you'll read and enjoy it.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops
God Bless America
December 19, 2008[/i]