Preparing For The Last Days

A Message by CORRIE TEN BOOM
(from a letter Corrie wrote in 1974)

“The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.
Christians are ambassadors for Christ. They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.

My sister, Betsy, and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews. Seven hundred of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred. As far as I knew, Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room.

We may have been the Lord’s only representatives in that place of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” We too, are to be overcomers – bringing the light of Jesus into a world filled with darkness and hate.

Sometimes I get frightened as I read the Bible, and as I look in this world and see all of the tribulation and persecution promised by the Bible coming true. Now I can tell you, though, if you too are afraid, that I have just read the last pages. I can now come to shouting “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” for I have found where it is written that Jesus said,

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things:
and I will be His God,
and he shall be My son.”

This is the future and hope of this world. Not that the world will survive – but that we shall be overcomers in the midst of a dying world.
Betsy and I, in the concentration camp, prayed that God would heal Betsy who was so weak and sick.


“Yes, the Lord will heal me,”, Betsy said with confidence.


She died the next day and I could not understand it. They laid her thin body on the concrete floor along with all the other corpses of the women who died that day.

It was hard for me to understand, to believe that God had a purpose for all that. Yet because of Betsy’s death, today I am traveling all over the world telling people about Jesus.

There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days. Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution.

In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly,

“We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution, rather than telling them Jesus would come first.
Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution,how to stand when the tribulation comes, – to stand and not faint.”


I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it.

We are next.

Since I have already gone through prison for Jesus’ sake, and since I met the Bishop in China, now every time I read a good Bible text I think, “Hey, I can use that in the time of tribulation.” Then I write it down and learn it by heart.

When I was in the concentration camp, a camp where only twenty percent of the women came out alive, we tried to cheer each other up by saying, “Nothing could be any worse than today.” But we would find the next day was even worse. During this time a Bible verse that I had committed to memory gave me great hope and joy.

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye;
for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you;
on their part evil is spoken of,
but on your part He is glorified.”
(I Peter 3:14)

I found myself saying, “Hallelujah!
Because I am suffering, Jesus is glorified!”

In America, the churches sing, “Let the congregation escape tribulation”, but in China and Africa the tribulation has already arrived.

This last year alone more than two hundred thousand Christians were martyred in Africa. Now things like that never get into the newspapers because they cause bad political relations. But I know. I have been there. We need to think about that when we sit down in our nice houses with our nice clothes to eat our steak dinners. Many, many members of the Body of Christ are being tortured to death at this very moment, yet we continue right on as though we are all going to escape the tribulation.

Several years ago I was in Africa in a nation where a new government had come into power. The first night I was there some of the Christians were commanded to come to the police station to register. When they arrived they were arrested and that same night they were executed. The next day the same thing happened with other Christians. The third day it was the same. All the Christians in the district were being systematically murdered.

The fourth day I was to speak in a little church. The people came, but they were filled with fear and tension. All during the service they were looking at each other, their eyes asking, “Will this one I am sitting beside be the next one killed? Will I be the next one?”

The room was hot and stuffy with insects that came through the screenless windows and swirled around the naked bulbs over the bare wooden benches. I told them a story out of my childhood.

“When I was a little girl, ” I said, “I went to my father and said,
“Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.”
“Tell me,” said Father,
“When you take a train trip to Amsterdam,
when do I give you the money for the ticket?
Three weeks before?”

“No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.”

“That is right,” my father said, “and so it is with God’s strength. Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.
He will supply all you need – just in time…”

My African friends were nodding and smiling.
Suddenly a spirit of joy descended upon that church and the people began singing,

” In the sweet, by and by,
we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”

Later that week, half the congregation of that church was executed.
I heard later that the other half was killed some months ago.

But I must tell you something. I was so happy that the Lord used me to encourage these people, for unlike many of their leaders, I had the word of God. I had been to the Bible and discovered that Jesus said He had not only overcome the world, but to all those who remained faithful to the end, He would give a crown of life.

How can we get ready for the persecution?

First we need to feed on the Word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives.

Next we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of History,
but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive and sitting at the right hand of God.

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it.

In the coming persecution we must be ready to help each other and encourage each other.
But we must not wait until the tribulation comes before starting.
The fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian’s life.

Many are fearful of the coming tribulation, they want to run. I, too, am a little bit afraid when I think that after all my eighty years, including the horrible Nazi concentration camp, that I might have to go through the tribulation also.
But then I read the Bible and I am glad.

When I am weak, then I shall be strong, the Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power because the Holy Spirit was on us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No, you will not be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of Him who will not forsake you. For seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me, or let me down.

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”, (Job 13:15)
for I know that to all who overcome,
He shall give the crown of life.
Hallelujah!”

  • Corrie Ten Boom – 1974
Part of this letter appears in the book "When Jesus Returns" by British evangelist and Bible teacher David Pawson. It can be found on page 199.

Living By The Spirit

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

Romans 8:14

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Why Lent?

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Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lordwill bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 14:13-14

Historians can trace lent back to the first century church. Lent means spring, and it is one of the root words of the English word “long” -as in, the days get longer in spring.

When lent was first observed it was done by those who were seeking to get baptized, they would spend the 40 days before Easter, preparing spiritually by fasting and praying.

40 days is significant!

In scripture, in the story of Noah’s ark the waters and the rain lasted for 40 days and nights. The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years.

Jesus fasted for 40 days and was tempted by the devil.

All of these times in scripture were a preparation time for something significant.

The earth rested and was renewed in those forty days while the rain covered the earth. This was in preparation for new life upon the world.

The Israelites heart and minds were transformed in the 40 years of wandering so they would be prepared to take the land that the Lord had promised for them.

Jesus spend 40 days in the wilderness fasting and praying to prepare for His earthly ministry.

When you prepare for a test do you study? Or do you just place your math book beside you and hope the information seeps into your brain?

When a solider goes to war, he must first spend months and months preparing himself both mentally and physically.

These are mere physical preparations.

Lent definitely involves the physical. Yet it is significantly more. It is a spiritual preparation!

We enter into lent as our time in the wilderness, seeking what God has promised. Lent is a building of anticipation for the most glorious event that ever took place in human history.

There never was and never will be anything as significant as what Jesus did on the cross.

He took mans guilt and shame and put it to death, He broke the power of sin and death.

He restored mankind’s created value so we could have intimate relationship with God the Father.

Lent is a time when we dedicate 40 days to prepare our hearts for that deep reality.

Where we prepare our heart for deeper relationship with Jesus.

This is what is so beautiful about the Christian calendar. Much like the Lord’s supper, it reminds us to make room in our busy lives to physically take part in the wonderful story of our Lord and King Jesus!

It’s not something we have to do, It’s something we want to do.

I love lent because it is a time when my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ come together to seek the King! Any time in the year is a great time to fast but Lent is unique as you do your wilderness wondering in a community seeking the same goal—closeness with the Father!

We put aside certain foods, like sugar or meat as a way to say, “Jesus you are my richness, you are my meat, you are the true lasting sweetness of my life. The joy of knowing You is much more than my enjoyment of ham, or bacon or a triple pounder burger.

Fill me with the enjoyment of knowing you and you alone!”

And then when we feast on Easter Sunday, it will transform the eating again of rich foods into a bountiful celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

What you give up at Lent could be anything that takes your time and energy away from spending time with Christ. Something, that if you give it up for a season will leave you with more time and energy to seek Jesus.

What has stolen your focus from Christ?

You give that up to spend time with Jesus in prayer, journaling and reading scripture.

The most important thing about Lent is getting to know Jesus, not about the discipline of prayer and fasting though they truly are a discipline.

It cannot be about biting your lip and fighting to go without.

But about your desire to truly spend more quality time with Jesus.

Have you ever had a friend or family member you truly adore come for a visit?

You are so excited to spend time with them you put aside a book you’re reading or a project you’re working on. You don’t pick up your phone or go on social media at all because all you want to do is sit and talk with that person.

Or do you remember when your parents would take you out school to go to a family celebration like a wedding. It’s so important to celebrate your friend or family member’s happiness that you put aside school to go celebrate with them.

That is what lent is: putting aside things so you can spend time with Jesus.

Lent is the physical action of adoration for the King of Kings.

May it be filled with worship, prayer and deeper revelation of His face!

Blessings!

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The Bridegroom and His Church: A Teaching On The Song Of Songs

Place me like a seal over your heart,
    like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
    its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
    the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
    nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
    with all his wealth,
    his offer would be utterly scorned.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

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Face to Face Video Series

Face to Face Series: August 2021
Byron and Jasmin spoke a series of messages at Deeper Life @ SBC which centered on coming into a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
There is no hope with shallow faith to know the true depth of Jesus or the power of the Holy Spirit.

We really felt to release these videos all at once rather then individually so each session would build upon the next.

These 8 in-depth messages will lead you to come to know Jesus is a fresh and tangible way!

Session 1: Put Your Trust In Jesus

Session 2: Relationship With Jesus

Session 3: Jesus The Living Water

Session 4: Ministry Of The Holy Spirit

Session 5: A Baptism Of Fire

Session 6: Growing As A Disciple

Session 7: Living Sacrifice

Session 8: Finishing Well

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Matthew 5

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

Matthew 5:11-12

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Guilt and Healing


There has been a lot of guilt talk surrounding healing. People feel badly when they are not healed. “I didn’t have enough faith.” People feel badly when they pray and do not see someone else healed. “I didn’t pray with enough faith.”


These feelings of guilt stem from some bad teachings as well as reliance on our own will and understanding rather than relying on the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.


Guilt has no place in our relationship with Christ. He paid for our guilt on the cross. Those feelings of guilt do not come from Jesus. It is Jesus’ will that all be healed. (Matthew 8:1-3, 16-17) Guilt has no place in healing for healing is in the will of God. He paid the price for His healing power to be released upon the Earth, to be released using the hands of His servants in the Church of Christ. (Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 10:8)


We should not hold onto guilt but give those thoughts and feelings to Christ to deal with. Guilt comes from having a wrong understanding of who we are in Christ. Guilt shows that we are experiencing an identity crisis. If we are in Christ then we have no guilt. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and hearts so we will accept our position in Christ. When we are established in who Jesus made us to be, when we are firmly rooted in Christ, guilt will no longer find a place in our lives.


We should not confuse feelings of guilt with conviction nor should we allow those feeling to keep us from praying for others. Conviction tells us to move forward into the vibrant life Jesus has for us. Guilt beats us down and makes us fearful of stepping out.


Though we should not hold onto feelings of guilt, we should check our motives when praying. “Why am I praying for this person? Is it because of love? Am I seeking Christ?”


It is possible to seek healing with the wrong motives. Many want to be seen as the man or woman of God who the Holy Spirit works powerfully through. They wish to be seen as someone special or with a “special anointing ”. This attitude is of pride and should not be present as we minister healing. When we approach someone in need of healing we should do so as a humble servant, understanding the authority which we possess is through Christ. It is not through our own spirit in which a person is healed but through the Spirit of Christ by which the healing power flows freely. It is not by our power: it is God’s power.


We should pray for healing as a child of God. It should not be something we do but a continuation of who we are. As Christ healed because of who He is, the Healer, we respond out of who we are in Jesus, given authority by Christ, one with Jesus in the Holy Spirit.


Above all, the Spirit of Christ within us rises up in love for the one in front of us. If our motives are right and we are in line with the Spirit, guilt and pride will have no place in our actions.


All of this is dependent on relationship with Jesus, as it is with all that we accomplish that is of worth is dependent on Christ. He is the One who transforms us from darkness to light, who gives us a heart of flesh instead of stone. He moves us from “glory to glory”; He never wants us to stay where we are.

Holiness in not a stagnant pool in which we sit idly, but a river that flows into an ocean.


As we continue on into deeper relationship with Jesus the miraculous will become more evident in our day to day lives.


All for the glory of Christ Jesus!