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We are living in very uncertain times – recent weather disasters, another mass shooting – bring us all to the stark reality of how fragile life is, and how important family, and most important, our relationship with God is.  

Some have said that these natural disasters are sent by God as Judgement. Well I don’t see God in that way because sin was already judged in Christ on the cross. The sin that will eventually separate us from our loving Heavenly Father is the sin of not believing that Jesus is the Son of God, and died for my sins. So I  know God is not punishing mankind with calamity but rather warning mankind through the words of His son as to what is to come in these last days. 

Mathew 24: 4. -8

Satan is the God of this world (2 Cor 4:4) and his time is limited, but so is ours. We need to know that the earth is in birth pains and the glorious church will arise and bring hope and salvation to many as we converge toward the end of this dispensation. 

As a husband of a beautiful wife and father of two beautiful children, I stand in awe of a loving Heavenly Father who gives us mercy when we desperately need it, and strength when we are weak. 

Having been in ministry for over 30 years on three continents, we often stand amazed at what God does to pluck people from the jaws of death. People in impossible situations come through because God is a God of the impossible. If we could do it on our own we wouldn’t need God. 

I hope my words to you today resonate with what you may be facing. You may be facing a family member who is a prodigal, a financial loss that could be devastating, a negative report from a doctor BUT God……….

Eph 3: 20-21 –

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us…….(NKJV)

Isaiah 7:9 –

“If you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.” (NIV)

Keep your eyes on Jesus lest you sink into the water, hold on to your first love, and the Word of God that is alive and active will sustain you through troubled times. 

Dr Nick Coetzee 

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