Gut Punch

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Both figurative and literally, we have heard of the infamous term “gut punch”. Some like yours truly unfortunately have experienced the latter. A long time ago when I was a teenager (doing heathen things), I went to a party where some friends were there. Alcohol and music, of course was there.

A friend of mine ( so I thought) was there also. We’ll call him K. He was a rather large guy about 220, and 6 feet tall. As I was only 19 at the time and was only 140, and also about 6 ft. Anyway K was always one who wanted to be noticed. During the evening someone got the bright idea to show off and said he could drink an alcohol drink that was lit on fire. In other words, he was able to drink a fire drink without getting burned. And he did it, much to the crowd’s hearty approval.

K, not being the brightest cookie in the jar, decided he could do it as well ( due most likely to his drinking). But as he went to try it
, he jerked back in pain as the whole experience backfired on him. Well, as most of us there were tipsy from the alcohol, most of the people there burst out in laughter at K’s foolish attempt.

I was watching but did not make a big show of laughter or make any kind of embarrassment pointed at him like some of the others did. A minute or two later K walks over real slow and unloads a hard gut punch to me out of the blue!. Apparently, he thought I was one of them laughing at his pain.

Being well aware that a physical confrontation with big K would probably leave me with even more injury, so I simply sucked it up and went my way. I never forgot that from K, and did not speak to him for over 30 years until he looked me up on FB a couple years ago. Long story short we made amends and talk now and then today.

But there is another gut punch, right now, that many are experiencing from this last election. This one is figurative yet very real and painful, to literally half of the country. The Lord Word says —


“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

And as such we followers of Christ –love Truth. And because we do, we naturally hate lies and falsehood. But this year’s election was false. In other words, the Truth is Donald Trump won, and Joe Biden stole it. So right now many in America are walking around as if they have received a gut punch. The hurt is deep. But we also know that despite what we see, our King is in control! This is the comfort to us believers.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in Him.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Because Biden and Harris are seen as either communists or socialists, it can be a trying time for those of us who enjoy our freedoms. But nearly every week we hear from doubters and naysavers who express despair and forget Who is in charge. Personally I find comfort when I dwell on the Kingdom , being under the Kingship of our King, and it’s close expectation.

Those winds are held back brethren(Rev. 7), let us not forget! And we are told that ONLY when that great world war over the middle comes and the Lord shall do His “strange work” that the great time of trouble begins NOT before.

“The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon– to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.” (Isaiah 28:21)

And if you are Seventh-day Adventist, you better be ready and sealed in your forehead because DURING that great war the Lord will “suddenly come to His temple”. Let us read —

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1-5)

In closing, this gut punch, this great injustice and theft of our election is not to be dwelled upon and cause us to be “down in the dumps” though we may feel the pain. We should have our minds on Who is in control and where we are going, God willing –His Kingdom.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:2-3)



Link — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fsLqP6fdgg&t=1127s

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