And what if you’re contemplating an abortion? Have you justified something that you know is wrong? Have you bought into the world’s philosophy in this area? Or are you scared and don’t know what else to do?
Also read about the Rapture, the Tribulation, and how believers can be a part of what God is doing in the world.
Jeremiah 25 & 26
2 Thessalonians 2.1-17
Abortion, Unborn Babies & the Tribulation
2 Thessalonians 2.1-17:
The Man of Sin
Here in chapter 2 Paul begins talking about some of the events that will take place leading up to the “Day of the Lord.” He speaks of a “falling away,” “the man of sin,” and “the son of perdition.”
About this man of sin he says:
He “… opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (v. 4).
And, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (vv. 9-10).
Once the church has been raptured, a man will come to power. He will look to many to be a savior. He’ll appear to be a man of peace, but he will be an impostor. He is sometimes called the anti-Christ. He is not the devil himself, but he will be controlled by the devil.
The rapture will be followed by a seven-year period called “the Tribulation.” During the first 3 ½ years anti-Christ will keep up much of his charade as he consolidates his power, but mid-way through the Tribulation, he will go into the rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem and set himself up to be worshiped, as Paul said “he sits as God in the temple of God.”
Daniel called this the “abomination of desolation” (Daniel 11-12) and Jesus used the same phrase in talking about the events of the last days (Matt. 24.15; Mk. 13.14). This will set in motion the events leading up to the 2nd Coming of Christ—the “Day of the Lord.”
While it’s clear that no one knows the day or the time when these events will be set in motion, it’s probably much closer than many want to believe! In the meantime, we need to be praying for our nation just as Daniel did for his (see our Old Testament reading).
And in the meantime, we need to be part of His faithful remnant by seeking to be on God’s side on the issues that matter to Him. One way is to stand up for the lives of the thousands and thousands of babies who are being murdered legally in this country and around the world. Otherwise, their blood is on our hands.
9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. 11 Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
Even if we are not directly involved in the abortion industry (and it is an industry, producing a great deal of wealth for those participating), we cannot look the other way. We are our brothers’ keepers. Will we stand with God when their blood is crying out to Him?
That will look different in each of our lives. It might mean praying for or donating to a Christian Pregnancy Center or volunteering to serve in one. It might mean speaking the truth to someone contemplating an abortion, helping a pregnant girl or, even, adopting a baby. What we can’t do is pretend it isn’t going on.
We, also, need to pray for those involved in the abortion industry. Rather than screaming at them, we need to look for opportunities to speak to them of God’s love and grace for the worst of sinners, even while speaking the truth about the horrible sin in which they’re involved.
Are there some sins so unforgivable that there is no hope? What does the Bible say? What if I can’t forgive myself? What if I was a Christian when I had an abortion?
First, if you’re reading this and are contemplating an abortion. Please go to a godly friend, a pastor or Christian Pregnancy Help Center. No matter what your situation, there is help. God loves you and your baby and He doesn’t want you to do something you’ll regret for the rest of your life. If you don’t know where to go or who to talk to, leave me your name and number or email in the comments section. I WILL NOT publish your comment, but I will contact you and help you find the support you need.
If you have had an abortion in the past don’t run from God, turn to Him. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we must forgive ourselves. Instead, we must be willing to humble ourselves, confess our sin to God, and accept His gracious gift of forgiveness.
Every one of us has committed sins against God and all sin is deserving of death (Rom. 3.23, 6.23), but the good news of the gospel is that Jesus died for guilty sinners LIKE ME and YOU! Read John 3.16, carefully and thoughtfully. It’s so much more than a sign at a sporting event.
Then look at Romans 3.23 and 6.23. Read them for yourself. They tell us that we have all sinned and that we deserve to die for the sins we’ve committed.
Then read Romans 5.8, 10.9-10, 13. There is forgiveness for an abortion! But you must go to God and admit your sin. Admit that you know you deserve to die (Rom. 6.23).Tell Him that you believe what Jesus did for you. He lived a sinless life and then willingly died in your place. Then call out to Him! Ask for His forgiveness. Surrender your life completely to Him and ask Him to help you live for Him (2 Cor. 5.15).
What if you were already a Christian when you had an abortion? Is there forgiveness available to you? Being a Christian isn’t a license to sin and we can’t sin with our fingers crossed behind our backs and then use His grace like a “get-out-of-jail-card,” but if you are sincerely repentant for what you did, He will forgive you (1 Jn. 1.9)!
Today’s Other Readings:
Jeremiah 25 & 26:
Prayer & Fasting for Our Nation
The time of judgment had come for the Nation of Israel and in Jeremiah 25 God told the people that they would be taken into captivity for 70 years.
I’d like to jump ahead in time for a minute and look at Daniel, chapter 9 which says:
1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.
The 70 years prophesied by Jeremiah was nearly complete. And even though Daniel understood that God had declared it and would bring it to pass, he began to fast and pray for his people.
As I look at the events going on in our nation today, it would be easy to simply criticize the ungodly or give up because things seem hopeless. But just as he did in Jeremiah’s time, God always has a faithful remnant that He is protecting, preparing and using for His glory. God wants each of us to be a part of what He is doing in the earth.
How are you doing in that area? Are you allowing God to use you as part of His faithful remnant? Are you praying for our nation? For unbelievers? For the people of God?
I know I fall so far short, but with God’s help I want to be more like Daniel. How about you?
Running with God or Just a Casual Stroll?
Verse 32, “I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.”
The Bible repeatedly uses the word “walk” when speaking of our lifestyle—the way we live. But the psalmist uses the word “run” here. His desire to follow God was filled with enthusiasm; he wanted more than just a “casual stroll” with God. How about you?
How Well Do You Sharpen?
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
What kind of people do you surround yourself with? Only people who tell you what you want to hear or do you seek out friends who will challenge you in your walk with God? And what kind of friend are you? Are you willing to sharpen others by your faithful walk with God, by standing up for God’s principles, and by speaking the truth in love even when it’s not easy? Do you truly sharpen others or just make them comfortable where they are?
In the next few days, we’ll talk about how our thoughts run our lives, whether our faith is genuine, God’s teaching on women and more.
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