Relocation – The Price is High

I have been talking about relocation for a while, and the reasons for doing so are growing in number and size. It’s easy for me to talk about this because I made the decision and paid the price for that decision a long time ago. And, the pain of that price has faded. But, that’s not your situation.

For you, this price is yet to be paid. You look around at the life you have, and the thought of giving it all up is more than you can bear. I wish with all my heart that I could spare you that, but I can’t.

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Relocation – The Price is High

I spend a lot of time talking about ‘the big picture’. I talk loudly and incessantly about the implications of certain events, and what you must do to survive them. Very rarely do I talk about the personal price that you will pay in heeding my warnings.

That personal price was brought home to me last night as I was answering an email. The writer had ‘gotten the message’ and understood the price, and the heartache was huge. And, I so much wanted to say that it wasn’t going to be as bad as they thought – but, that would have been a lie.

My Own Story

I’ve lived in Asia for more than 18 years. Fifteen of those years were spent in the western side, in the Middle East – Israel. And, I’m creeping up on four years on the eastern side, here in Taiwan. Where I’ll be next is… well, hard to say, but I believe that God will send us back to Israel.

I’ve had a love for Israel since my early teens, so it was an easy decision to go to Israel. It was 1992. I was 26. I’d had eight years of college and was ready to take on the world. But, instead of changing the world, I wound up the one being changed.

You can probably tell that I’m a pretty hard-headed guy. So, it takes some really rough handling to get my attention and convince me to change. And, I still bear the scars of those battles with God.

I thank God that I lost every one of those battles. And, I guess that I should thankful for all that I’ve lost in the struggle, but I need to be honest with you. Deep down, I resent having had to go through all that. There’s a part of me that complains about how badly I’ve been ‘mistreated’. And, at those moments in time when I complain the loudest, God always reminds me of the decision that I made.

The Decision

I was twelve years old, on a school bus, going home. I was staring out the window, and I asked God to use me in whichever way He wanted. And, God has been faithful to that request. And, all that I have to do to have Him ease up on ‘the price’ is take back that desire to serve.

That’s all it takes.

Just give up.

The problem is that there are people out there who are on their way to eternal punishment. People are in harm’s way, and I know the way out. I can’t ‘stand down’ while lives are on the line. I just can’t.

And, the price that the Lord paid for me…

…His suffering and death for my sins…

How could I be so wicked as to not go out and seek to rescue the lost?

Furthermore, Christians suffered for two thousand years to bring salvation to my door, and it is the least that I can do to pass that message of redemption on to others.

Does that make me a wonderful person?

It does not. In fact, I am fortunate that God hasn’t struck me down for being what He hates the most – arrogant and proud. A proud heart is an abomination to God (Prov 16:5), and I have truly been an abomination far, far too many times.

(I’m actually quite serious when I joke that my wife is perfect, but a bad judge of character.)

Your Price

I can personally attest that the price for ‘relocation’ could be everything that you hold dear. Everything. Your health, your wealth, your family, your career, your sense of identity, and even the idea that you are ‘right with God’ – you could lose all of that, and more. I’ve seen families crushed and marriages torn apart. But, I’ve also seen that God never puts you through more than you can bear, and it’s always, ALWAYS for your own good.

Always.

My more than 18 years in Asia has been almost more than I could take, and the price was terrible. But, I would do it again. I would still grumble and moan about how awful it all was, but I really would do it again.

I am inviting you to do the same.

Are you ready to love God more than any other thing or person on this Earth?

Are you ready to put your future in His hands and trust Him that the price will never be too high?

And, be careful. That resolve WILL be tested.

The Price Is Everything

Most of us know this passage from Luke 14:

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?Luke 14:27-28

We like to put a positive spin on that passage when we apply it to ourselves, but maybe you should pay more attention to the one that is just a few verses down:

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.Luke 14:33

Jesus demands everything.

Are you ready to pay?

Are you ready for this?
(That’s a link. Do more than just think about it.)

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13 thoughts on “Relocation – The Price is High

  1. GRACE & PEACE!

    My brother John Little,

    Another fine article in your series of end time activities. In evaluation of all the things you’ve mentioned in your articles, it is easy to see and understand that your life has not always been easy. One must believe that if God has specific instruction and directions for you, he will deliver them plainly and securely within your spirit, within your mind, within your soul. Sometimes God just cracks me up with his patience, understanding, and diligence in dealing with a knot head like me. We gain so many knocks through life, typically because we may not listen so much as we should. I do pray that when the time comes for the Lord to run his hand over my knotted little head he doesn’t find too many of the same knots. We are capable of learning from listening and paying attention, but it’s often the lesson learned hardest that we never forget.

    When the final curtain falls on this spectacular event upcoming, we must indeed hope to be able to stand before the Son of Man in earnest, purity of heart, and love for the Father that cannot be measured. What a glorious moment that will be! Where you are in life will greatly depend on where God needs you. You belong where you are needed. I grew up in the trenches. I know nothing more than hard work, difficulties, challenges, and hard times in the flesh. The Love I’ve experienced in the flesh is but a token offering of the true love of God. Having children to teach us these things is indeed the greatest way for ABBA to express his love for us. In the Spirit however, I know how God loves us all with such enormity it cannot be measured! There will be a time when each soul, spirit and heart must make a decision to obey the Supreme Authority or to go the way of the world, for the way of the world is surely eternal damnation.

    I believe I will stay here in the states. I know what’s coming. I know death awaits me in the flesh. I know that it will be horrible to witness the things that are coming. I also believe that, if God desires me to be somewhere else, he can put me there in an instant. The scripture Romans 8:28 “And we KNOW that all things work together for the GOOD to them that LOVE GOD, to them who are CALLED according to HIS PURPOSE.”

    You my brother, have not been given the spirit of FEAR, but of adoption. You are an integral part of the ARMY OF THE LORD. If a thousand myriads of fire breathing demon dragons shall take flight against you, God will give you AUTHORITY over them the very moment they come into your presence. I watch a few movies and have a few favorites. In the movie Braveheart, one of the characters speaks a line that always reminds me of who, where, and what I am. I am God’s child! He would not leave me down here in the dragon pit without the proper attire and weapons. HE LOVES US THAT MUCH! The line? Oh yes! God gave us HIS ARMOR! “WE DIDN’T GET ALL DRESSED UP FOR NUTTIN”

    Wherever you are, there he will be. Wherever he needs you, will you be there? Of those given to him by the Father, Jesus Christ has lost none! He put us here to secure that statement. I will go where he sends me! without Fear! without hesitation! There now! You just needed to be reminded of Who you are!

    WALK IN GOD’S GRACE! IT MAKES FOR AWESOME AWESOME TRAVEL!

    I love you my brothers and sisters!

    He’s coming soon enough!

    westtexaswatchman
    PSALM 91/LUKE 21:36

    • interesting post. i agree with west texas watchman. have thought for years that the reason God gave most of us children was to teach us what his love was like. without them many of us would not know.

      there was an very real and informative site which recently left the net, the watchman report. really do miss that one. this one seems sort of like that so far.

      yes, these bodies we inhabit will die. that is for sure, even if we live to see the Savior return here, the body will change or cease to live. it is temporary.

  2. Hi, John. Funny. I want to leave where I am, in far southwest Texas. I’m not fond of the idea of leaving the U.S., but I’ve lived out of country in the past for years at a time. It isn’t that bad.

    But, though I’ve asked and asked numerous times if, where, or when the Father would have me leave this country for another place, He has been completely silent on the issue. He has given me assignments (one of which I wrote to you about), which I’ve performed to the best of my understanding of His directions.

    But to stay or leave; nothing.

    So, I occupy in place. What more can I do?
    bert

    P.S. I truly dislike where I am now, and have for the whole length of time I’ve been here (36 years). This city, El Paso, Texas, is a third world area, and is nothing like where I was born and raised, in the “real” United States.

    • Hi bert,

      This is where the Spirit of the Lord rests upon the individual. You have asked the Lord for direction, and you have not heard from Him, yet. Therefore, I cannot tell you to do otherwise than you have done.

      Keep seeking the Lord. It may be that you are reserved for a special service to Him. The ways of the Lord are a mystery, but they are always right.

      May God bless you and keep you.

      Thank you, bert. Keep up the good work.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

    • bert, have had sort of the same experience. think that maybe some others also have. maybe you are to stay in el paso. this morning meditating on the idea of leaving the place i live in, this came: stay where you are. you will be needed there. one of my replies. what good am i? an old woman? answer: you will be surprised.

      yes, some people are leaving the country. in too many ways it has become a horrible place, poverty, filthy entertainment, poisons galore on our food supply, chem trails, could go on and on but this is sufficient. a society with no righteous moral compass, plenty of Bibles which have answers to many of life’s questions but few who go there looking for them. without repentance america is doomed. 2 chron 7:14, this appeared here and there on signs in people’s yards.

  3. The logic seems to be that you can’t serve God if you’re dead, so move to where you have the greatest chance of survival. It doesn’t necessarily follow. Christians have a way of winding up in the worst and most dangerous places, seemingly to bring some light into them. If America is destroyed and her people enslaved, don’t you think they will need some Christians in their midst to witness to them? And that if this is God’s plan, He is well able to spare them for this task, like Corrie Ten Boom? There are a lot of shallow, complacent so-called Christians in the US who think nothing bad can happen to them. The time will come when they desperately need a REAL Christian to minister to them. I hope they won’t have all left yet.

    • Hi DRG,

      Very good point. And, I am NOT telling those Christians to leave, who have committed themselves to serving in the US in the midst of such a catastrophe. That is their calling, and they will receive great reward in heaven for it.

      Also, it is possible that the places that God sends us may actually be worse. My point is that we should all know what is coming and surrender to the Lord’s direction.

      The vast majority of Christians in the US are completely unaware of the danger that they are in, and that grieves me greatly. I truly wish to spare them the suffering that is in their future.

      Thank you, DRG. Great point.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little
      omegashock.com

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