Anyone else out there get a little weary from time to time with all the life restrictions and tyranny put on us by our worldly governments? We can see worldwide globalists pushing their agenda through country after country. Religious freedoms are being attacked, people’s personal freedoms are being attacked and with all this there is a heaviness in the air.
I was personally encouraged so much this morning by the Word of God. Let me share Hebrews 12:1-4.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.
Despite getting weary, we must not give up. The race is still on. Nothing has changed in God’s plan. You were born for a time such as this. So join me in stripping off every weight that slows us down (especially the sin that so easily trips us up) and run with endurance the race God has set before us! As we stay close to Christ and are lead by the Spirit, we can press on and fulfill the things He has called us to do.
For many of us, our opportunities for ministry are very different and appear more limited due to lockdowns, etc. However, lets choose to allow ourselves to be sensitive to the Spirit of God and do all He leads us to do. Be available. Be obedient. Share the gospel in the opportunities that present themselves. Perhaps reach out to a family in need to help with a meal or some groceries. Do that which the LORD leads you to do. There are so many hurting people right now that need encouragement. Christ is the answer to all of the woes of this world. Remember that as you walk through your day and as you meet other people in grocery lines etc.. Wherever God has placed you, run the race and don’t allow yourself to stay weary. Remember ALL that Christ endured and did for you! His love is enough to push us over the finish line as we await His beautiful appearance to call us home.
Things are certainly changing in our world and so are the attitudes of many towards the body of Christ. Christians are being considered as radicals that are intolerant of things considered wicked by God. Many followers of Christ are finally waking up to realize that they can no longer count on any form of government for support or shelter. Though this will make life much more difficult it will also help us to realize that our security has never been and never will never be in our rulers. Our security comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ alone, along with the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We, in North America, are now being faced with this when Christians all over the world have been dealing with this reality for decades and in some cases centuries.
With some of the new legislations coming about we are being weaned off of milk and are being forced to search for the meat of the Word. The church of the future will no longer be about entertainment and comfort but will instead be about those who really want to stay close to the LORD and are willing to risk much to gather and support and build up one another in faith. Our faith is likely about to be tested like never before.
Though our future may look scary we have to remember that we were born for a time such as this. None of what is happening is a surprise to God. He knew when we were formed in our mother’s wombs what the future would hold for us. He will see us through whatever comes our way. My prayer is that believers will get serious about their walk with Jesus and stop wasting time on things that really don’t matter in eternity.
If you can’t find a church that is keeping it’s doors open why not start a small group in your own home? Spend time encouraging and building up the body of Christ. Allow your home to be a place where people can hear the gospel, perhaps even for the first time. If you don’t want to preach or teach yourself there are a number of excellent preaching/teaching videos you can purchase or even watch on the internet for free and than discuss afterwards. Prayer, worship and communion can be done beautifully in a small group setting in your home. Find a way to continue to meet and grow in your faith with other believers. It is vital.
It is sad but many churches will never open their doors again. Home church is a great alternative for those who find themselves church orphans. With religious freedoms being attacked it may be the way of the future for all believers worldwide. Ask the LORD if this is something He would like you to do and if it is pray for direction on how to go about starting it. Another option is to house a small group bible study. Perhaps even tap into an online bible study through your church and have others who may not have access to the internet attend and be able to enjoy good solid teaching.
Moving forward in our new reality, it is so important we don’t isolate ourselves from other Christians. Too many have gotten comfortable staying in their own homes watching a 30 minute message from their couch and than doing nothing the rest of the week to support or build up the body of Christ. That is NOT what we have been called to do. We are to be about our Father’s business until He takes us home or we see the face of our beautiful Savior when He appear to take us home. Isolation makes us vulnerable to deception and loneliness. God didn’t create any of us to be islands. We are to function as a body with many parts, each one important in it’s own way. So ask the LORD for direction on what you can do to fulfill your part.
Hebrews 10: 23-25 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
When we look around us today we see so many areas of concern. Freedoms are being eroded. Propaganda is being pushed in all media formats. Financial insecurity is increasing. There are many reasons for people to be concerned, especially those that don’t put their trust in Jesus Christ.
But for those of us who do put our trust in Christ, we do not need to fear the future. This earth is NOT our home. We have a mansion waiting for us that our Savior has gone to prepare! Jesus Himself told us in John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Let that sink in. Jesus Himself has prepared a mansion for each of us that love Him! I am sure our new home will be so much more beautiful than anything we could ever live in here! And Jesus Himself is coming again to take us up with Him. That is exciting news!
If you find yourself getting heartsick about the current situation turn off the news and open your Bible. Let GOD’s word bring you peace and encouragement. Talk to the LORD. Give your fears and concerns to Him and let His Word wash over you and strengthen your faith. Trust Him. He will see you through the days ahead. You were born for a time such as this because God NEVER makes mistakes.
I’m going to end this message today with words from Psalm 5. Read them aloud and rest in the truth of each line.
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11,12)
I woke up this morning and that song, “This Little Light of Mine,” was playing in my head. Though it’s a simple child-like song it is full of truth. Today, with the current geopolitical situation it is so critical we let our light shine. People are fearful and uncertain about the days ahead. Leaders seem to give people more reason to not trust than to trust their leadership. People are much more open to hearing why you and I still have peace!
I believe with all my heart that the LORD wants us to shine our light everywhere we go right now. There are still so many living in the darkness without the joy of salvation. People that used to be hardhearted to the gospel in comfortable and much more stable times are now more open to hearing some Good News!
With Biblical prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes we can rest assured that our beautiful Savior will soon be appearing for His Bride. I would encourage each of you followers of Christ to encourage yourself in the Word. Stay in fellowship with other believers. Keep in close contact with God in prayer and share the gospel with those you know and love and those you meet. Eternity for many, may just be a conversation away. Use what remaining time we have to ensure you have been faithful to Christ and you have run the good race.
John 9:4,5 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
There are so many hurting people today that desperately need to hear the Good News! Our world is a huge mess and there are people dealing with job losses, restrictions on their freedoms, sickness, discouragement, fear and so much more. We the church have what they need. We have the Good News and it’s so important that we share it in whatever way and to whoever God puts in our paths.
All the prophetic signs show that it is but a little while before our beautiful Savior appears to take His bride back with Him. Once that happens this earth is going to be a hellish place to be! Think about all those people you know and love. Do you want any of them left to deal with what will happen during the Tribulation period? I’m sure you don’t. I know I wouldn’t wish the Tribulation on my worst enemy. It will make our current day look like a Sunday picnic.
So let’s determine to share the gospel of Christ with everyone we can. Use your social media platforms. Call friends. Speak to your neighbors. Be a good example of a Christ follower wherever you go so that if anyone asks why you have peace you can tell them that Jesus Christ gives us a peace that passes understanding. Regardless of our circumstances. Time is short. It is so important that we use it wisely. Share the gospel today with someone. What have you got to lose? Keep in mind, they have absolutely everything to lose without Christ.
Mark 16:15,16 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
There are days we can be easily discouraged by watching evil prevail around us. There is so much injustice and corruption at every level of government and in every aspect of this world we live in. If we keep our eyes solely on what is around us we have very good reason to be discouraged. However, that is not the way for the follower of Christ to live! We are to live by faith knowing that one day justice will prevail. God is not blind to what is going on. He is not ignoring the cries of the persecuted or the unjustly maligned.
A day is coming when He will deal with all of this. Take heart, He hears our prayers. He hears the cries of His children all over the world. Though the world shuns this fact, God will not hold blameless those who have rejected His Son and lived a life of deceit and wickedness. His desire is that all would be saved, but that being said, if people continue to reject Him a day of reckoning is coming.
This morning I was reading the book of Malachi. These words stood out.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
So don’t be discouraged Christians. God will bring about judgment one day. Those who are arrogant and wicked and that choose to persecute the righteous will one day be consumed. God’s word does not change. He is ever faithful. While we wait on the day of peace and justice let’s be sure to be about our Father’s business. Let’s be sure to bring as many people with us to Heaven. Share your faith today with someone. Let people know, while there is still time, that Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, came to this world to save them from their sins. Time is short. Let’s use it wisely.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, if there were ever a time to pray that time is now. We see prophecy unfolding before our very eyes. Every day is one step closer to the Great Tribulation. Worldwide countries are implementing more and more rules in order to prepare people for the coming new world order. There is no coincidence this is happening at a time such as this. The Bible warned us these days would come and we are now seeing them on our doorstep. No longer can people ignore the massive changes that have been brought about using the pandemic as a platform for change.
All that being said, the most important thing we can do at this time is pray. Pray for our unsaved loved ones. Pray for our leaders that have allowed themselves to be blinded by greed, power and many other things. Pray for our children and grandchildren. Pray for those in ministry. Pray for wisdom. Pray for discernment. Pray for the body of Christ all over the world.
Along with prayer, we must keep ourselves in the word of God. Daily. There is no replacement for allowing the word of God to feed us spiritually. Less television. Less news. Less activities that will not bring about any growth. We need to be strong in the Lord for the days ahead. We are not to lay in bed with the blankets pulled over our head and wait on Christ’s appearance. We need to be abiding in Christ as we fulfill the purposes He has called us to do.
If you’ve been waiting to share the gospel with someone, share it now. If you’ve felt lead to get involved in some type of ministry that would allow you to serve the Lord, do it now. Stop waiting for things to go back to normal. The future is never going to be the same as our old “normal.”
Run the race that Christ has set before you. Let go of any bitterness or malice. Let go of any unforgiveness. Don’t allow old Slewfoot to distract you with things that will keep you from accomplishing what the Lord has called you to do. Apostle Paul warned us of these days. 2 Timothy chapter 3 was written for days just like this. Take heart and listen to his words to Timothy.
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.
But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.
But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.
Doesn’t this sound familiar? Corruption, deception and evil flourishing? You don’t have to look far to see all of the above. However, I love how Paul finishes here with just how we are to go through the days ahead. Remain faithful to the things you have been taught! Know the Scriptures as they give you wisdom that lead to salvation and they teach us what is true and where we may be going wrong in our lives. The Scriptures correct us and teach us to do what is right and God will use it to prepare and equip His people for every good work. That is the format! That is why it is imperative we stay in the Word of God. Daily.
So as we navigate through 2021 and wait on our Blessed Hope of Christ’s appearance to take us home, pray more. Keep an open line of communication with our Father. Spend time in the Scriptures for all the reasons Paul gave us! Do every good work that God sets before you. Stay about your Father’s business while we wait on His Son to call us home.
Happy New Year! My focus this year is to pray that 2021 is a year that brings us all closer to Jesus. A year that we use to be about our Father’s business and eagerly await the appearance of Christ! As we walk through 2021 may we commit to spending more time in the Bible. Not just to study it but to let it change us into people that are more like Christ. May we commit to using our hands and feet to serve Him more! May we commit to sharing the gospel in every opportunity that presents itself. Though we don’t know what this year holds, we do know who holds this year in His hand!
I would like to share a scripture with you today. A reminder of sorts, of the fact this earth is not our home. Though trouble may be around us, we can rest in the love of our Father and our Savior here and we have a beautiful mansion prepared for us when our time here is done.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”~ John 14:1-4
When you’re tempted to stress, fret or panic this year remember Christ’s words. His word never changes and He does not lie. He doesn’t want us stressing or troubling over things that we can’t control. Instead, He would have us lean into Him. Trust Him. Talk to Him and remember that this world is NOT our home.
Christmas is almost upon us. It is a beautiful time to reflect on the gift our Heavenly Father gave us on that day we celebrate as Christmas.
Luke 2:1-20 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Our beautiful Savior was born in such humble surroundings on that night. He came in a way no one expected. People has looked for a Savior to come in power and majesty not as a baby born in a stable. But God had other plans. He sent His Son to live a life of humility and service even being willing to give His life on the cross to redeem us from our sins. He was born to be the sacrificial lamb for us! That is how much our Father loved us. That is how much our Savior, Jesus Christ, loved us.
Now as we eagerly await His appearance to take us home, it’s important we never forget that the King of Glory left Heaven, beautiful Heaven, to die on a cross for us. It is also important to remember that when He returns to the earth the next time, He will not return as the lamb of God that willingly gave His life as a sacrifice but will return as the Lion of the tribe of Judah! He will return in power and might and we will be riding behind Him.
Let the words of Apostle Paul encourage you today. Let them remind you and spur you on to your purpose here in these current latter days, as we eagerly look forward to the appearance of Christ.
2 Timothy 4:1-8 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
This morning I read an article in the Scientific American magazine titled, “Natural Disasters-A Running List of Record Breaking Natural Disasters in 2020.” 2020 has been disastrous in so many ways that it really shouldn’t surprise any of us that many natural disasters were record breaking. This particular article was referring the the USA but that’s not to say other countries haven’t suffered the increase. In the last 24 hours alone, world wide there were 1 quake of magnitude 6.1, 4 quakes between 5.0 and 6.0, 19 quakes between 4.0 and 5.0, 77 quakes between 3.0 and 4.0, and 183 quakes between 2.0 and 3.0. There were also 481 quakes below magnitude 2.0 which people don’t normally feel. (https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes.html) The world is groaning in birth pains just as the Bible told us it would.
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them. But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” The He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. “Luke 21:8-11
Much of this sounds quite familiar doesn’t it? The earth as we know it, is ramping up for our soon coming King, Jesus Christ. We don’t need to be afraid, we need to keep our hearts and lives under His shadow through prayer and abiding in Christ. Jesus warned us, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighted down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36
So today and each day leading up to His appearance, pray always. Stay close to the Savior. Do whatever it is He has put on your heart to do for Him and do it with joy each day.
If you have not asked Jesus Christ into your life, it is not too late to do so. You will not want to be left behind when He soon appears to take His church back to Heaven with Him. If’ you’d like to pray the prayer of salvation please do so along with me..
Father God: I come to you today knowing that I am a sinner. I have lived my life apart from fellowship with You. I want to become Your child today. I am asking you to forgive me of my sins and I know that this can only be done through the precious shed blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. I ask today that Jesus Christ would come into my life and cleanse me. I ask that He would create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I no longer want to live a life outside of Your will for me. From this day on, please guide me and lead me. I desperately need You. Thank you for welcoming me into Your family. In Jesus name, Amen
If you prayed that prayer please get yourself a Bible. The Bible is God’s love letter to us. His Word is invaluable in our lives and will teach us and guide us in how to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Also try and find yourself a Christian Bible teaching church. You will need fellowship with other Christian believers. We are not designed to walk alone. If you would like any recommendations on good Bible teachers that are online please let me know and I will be happy to direct you to teachers that teach the truth. There are many sheep in wolves clothing that you will want to avoid. Welcome to the family of God!
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you: but go rather to those who sell and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly I say to you, I do not know you.’
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. ” Matthew 25:1-13
Have you retained oil in your lamp? (Are you walking and living with the Holy Spirit guiding you?)
Are you watching for our Bridegroom? (Are you watching with anticipation for Jesus Christ to appear and take us, His church, back with Him to Heaven?)
Will you be ready when He soon appears? (Are you living a life dedicated to Christ and keeping your heart free from the encumbrances of the world?)
The door was SHUT to those who weren’t ready. There were no exceptions or excuses accepted by the Bridegroom.
It is so important that we stay close to the Lover of our soul. Just remember that this world is not our home and if we get too invested here we will not be looking for our coming Savior. Stay awake and stay alert. Stay ready to meet Him in the clouds!
This Christmas season, when things are anything but normal, there is one thing we can count on that has not changed. The same Jesus who came from Heaven as a babe and was born to a virgin, remained sinless throughout His life, died an agonizing death on the cross to redeem us for our sins. He than rose again in three days and now sits on the right hand of God the Father. That same Jesus Christ has NOT changed. He is still beckoning every person to call on Him for salvation.
Though much of the world has rejected Him and continue to reject Him, He is still compassionate towards them. He still longs that no one should perish but that ALL may be saved. He continues to make intercessions daily for us, His church. He is still a Savior of love and compassion. A Savior who is soon to appear for His bride, the Church. While there is still time and the window of opportunity is still open, we must share the good news with those that need to hear it. Soon the window will close and the future will be bleak for any who have missed the day of salvation.
So this Christmas, when so many things are unsure let’s focus on giving the best most secure gift ever? The gift that will transform broken lives and give people an eternity they will enjoy forever! A gift that will give them peace among this world’s chaos. This Christmas let each of us pray for and share the good news with those who need to hear, before night comes and the opportunity is gone.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16,17
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance. As the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.” Joel 2:28-32
Joel referred to the days that we find ourselves in. It is amazing how many people all over the world are currently having dreams and visions about Jesus Christ. In countries where the gospel is forbidden, Jesus is revealing Himself to men and women. It is His desire that no one should perish without knowing Him. He is reaching out to people in amazing and wondrous ways. In our own countries where the gospel has been freely preached to date, Jesus is giving dreams and visions to His people, preparing them for His soon return. Praise God!
Though we see a dark cloud looming on our horizon, God is faithful to His word. Every prophetic word He has included in the Bible will come to pass. We can count on His word. He is faithful and never lies. Make sure you guard your heart. Keep oil in your lamp and stay alert. Our Bridegroom is coming back soon!
Anyone with an inch of spiritual discernment can see we are living in the last days, as the Bible described them. We are so close to the time we will see Jesus Christ appear in the clouds to gather His bride. This is both exciting and also a little scary. Exciting because we know those of us ready and waiting for His appearance will be caught up with Him and will forever be with our beautiful Savior and King. Scary because we don’t want to be ashamed when we see His beautiful face!
Why would we possibly be ashamed? Well if we have spent our life living solely for ourselves and not served Him well that would be one reason. Jesus told us we are to take up our cross daily and follow Him. That means live a life of intimacy with Him and service. If you are spending more hours a day online watching mindless information pass before you or spending more hours a day watching your tv than you are spending time in prayer and service you will likely have good reason to be ashamed at His appearance. The bride is to be awake and waiting with oil in her lamp and ready to go at that time the Lord calls us to be with Him. She is not to be busy doing things that do not further the gospel or help others by being the hands and feet of Christ.
I fear many who consider themselves to be part of the “church” will be sleeping and not even aware that the Bridegroom has arrived when He comes. Those that are not aware will be left to endure a horrible time here on earth before they will see the Bridegroom again. Christ, through Apostle John, was speaking to believers when he said the following, “Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.” Revelation 3:3 And again he was speaking to believers when he said, “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.” Revelation 3:10 Notice there was a requirement to repent, turn to Christ, obey His commands and persevere. Many in the church, worldwide are currently sleeping and repentance is not even close to their thoughts. They are keeping busy with things in this world. Things that will soon vanish and no longer matter. It is so important we continually live a life of repentance and obedience, while we excitedly await His appearance. Don’t allow anything to keep you from keeping your life right before Him. Luke also warns us, “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36
We should not take these warnings lightly. There would be no need to warn the Christians if all were guaranteed the rapture, despite how they were living at the time of His appearance. So let me wrap up with this verse from Ephesians 5:15-17 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Let each of us do just that. Let us not live our lives as if we can do whatever we want and expect to still be ready for our Bridegroom when He arrives.
Heavenly Father: Please forgive us for our sins and transgressions. Help us to live a life that is pleasing in your sight. Help us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, be ready at all times for the appearance of Your Son. Please count us worth to escape the wrath to come and keep our hearts tender before You always. Guide us and lead us to the service You want us to do and give us a love for the lost so that we may continually pray for and share the gospel to those who desperately need to hear it.
We love You and thank You for loving us first. In Jesus name,
Over the last few weeks I have had to battle not getting sucked into the discouragement of the world with all that is happening. I have had days of joy but also days where I have allowed the heaviness of the coming storm to get me down and have not handled it as well as I should have. The Lord reminded me today that HE is coming back soon for His bride! Our blessed hope, our beautiful Savior and King is coming back soon for us! This is to be our focus as we navigate our way through the coming days. There is nothing this world can do that can detract from the amazing truth that our Redeemer, the One who bought us our salvation on the cross, the One who has given us the Comforter to help and guide us, the One who promised to return for His bride, is coming back soon!
We MUST live every day with this in mind. Our focus must not be on the rising tide of evil. We can speak against it and pray for those involved but we can’t park on thoughts of evil and destruction. It is a tool of the devil to try and keep us so earthly focused we forget to be excitedly awaiting the beautiful appearance of our glorious bridegroom! When we focus on the coming storm, it may cause us to fill our time doing things that will tear us down. Discouragement, fear and anxiety can lead to overeating, self medicating or watching useless tv programs as a distraction. Most of us have fallen prey to these things from time to time. Our time is short here. Jesus Christ is coming back soon. We must use our time wisely.
Ephesians 5:15-17 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
We have all lived like fools from time to time but it’s time to put away foolishness and repent. We must keep our heart in a constant state of repentance and tender towards God and His word for us. 1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
This world is not our home. Heaven is our home. As we see the world unravel more and more each day, that should be a reminder to us not to become to attached to anything here. Hebrews 13:14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
I want to finish up today with the words of Apostle Paul to Titus. They are so relevant for a time such as this. Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you cannot look forward to the blessed hope God promises us. If you want to be assured of your eternity destination being Heaven please pray with me here..
Father God: Please forgive me. I am a sinner that is not worthy of Your love yet You sent Your only Son, Jesus Christ to die for me, despite that fact. I repent of my sins. I am truly sorry for the things I have done that have separated myself from You. Please wash me clean right now through the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. I want to follow Him for the rest of my life and know that I will one day spend eternity with Him in Heaven. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to fill me and guide me from this time onward and I ask that He will help me to understand Your words in the Bible so that I may grow in my new found faith in You.
Thank you Father for providing Your Son as a way for me to find myself in right relationship with You.