Thursday, August 27, 2015

Are You Waiting for Jesus?


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We die only once, and then we are judged.   So Christ died only once to take away the sins of many people. But when he comes again, it will not be to take away sin. He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:27-28
 
If someone asks you the question "What are you waiting for?" it is usually an encouragement for you to hurry up and do something.  But it can also mean that they want to know what you expect to receive at the end of a time of being very patient. 

I would ask you that question in relation to Jesus.  If you have not turned your heart, mind and body over to Jesus Christ, so that He can direct your steps for the rest of your life, then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  But if you have already accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, then also tell me WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  

If you are a Christian you should be waiting for the return of Jesus today!  That day of His return will come and it will come suddenly and "without warning."  Are you ready for His return?  If you knew for certain that today was the Day that Jesus would come back to Planet Earth, how would you live your life this day?

When the trumpet sounds there will be no time for repentance. You will not be able to repair relationships that have been damaged.  You will hear the sound and time will be gone.   

Live this day as if it were the last day you will spend on this earth!  Be ready for and watch for the return of Jesus today.

"Lord Jesus, I do want You to come back and take me to be with You forever.  Help me today Lord to spend my time getting ready for Your return.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

God Wins and Satan Loses!

The oceans you saw the prostitute sitting on are crowds of people from all races and languages.  The ten horns and the beast will start hating the shameless woman. They will strip off her clothes and leave her naked. Then they will eat her flesh and throw the rest of her body into a fire.  God is the one who made these kings all think alike and decide to give their power to the beast. And they will do this until what God has said comes true.

Revelation 17:15-17
 
As things descend into chaos on the earth you may be tempted to think that God has "lost control." That is not true. In fact, it is just the opposite. God is the only one who is still very much in control and He is orchestrating the fulfillment of His will on Planet Earth!

Satan himself is the unwilling pawn on God's chessboard. The infinite Power of God Almighty makes all the forces of evil seem like a literal "drop in the bucket" of Eternity! The outcome of the struggle between Good and Evil has already been decided. God wins and Satan loses!

If you are worrying about what will happen, then you are not depending on the faith that Jesus wants you to rest in! God is watching everything on earth and is allowing only those things that will work together to bring Eternal Bliss to those who love Him!

"Lord Jesus, calm my heart today and help me to rejoice in You as I wait for Your soon return! And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The War is On!


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When the dragon realized it had been thrown down to the earth, it tried to make trouble for the woman who had given birth to a son.   But the woman was given two wings like those of a huge eagle, so she could fly into the desert. There she would escape from the snake and be taken care of for a time, two times, and half a time.  The snake then spewed out water like a river to sweep the woman away.   But the earth helped her and swallowed the water that had come from the dragon's mouth.  This made the dragon terribly angry with the woman. So it started a war against the rest of her children. They are the people who obey God and are faithful to what Jesus did and taught. 
 
Revelation 12:13-17

Theses verse clearly say that there will be a time when Satan will declare "War" on followers of Jesus! I believe that time of War may be now. Beheading Christians is on the rise in many parts of the world. Christians and Jews are certainly the target of terrorism today. There are those who want to kill all the Jews as well as those who call Jesus their Lord!

But persecution does not accomplish what Satan wants it to. Instead of slowing down the growth of Christianity, persecution is the fertilizer that invigorates and draws others to lay down their lives for Jesus! The fact that being a follower of Jesus may be dangerous simply means that you will see the power of Jesus working in your life every day as He confirms that you are indeed on the right path!

Remember, you are not "unarmed" as a Christian. You are not only filled with the Holy Spirit, but you have the "Sword of the Spirit" which is the Word of God at the ready in your heart and mind! The Words of Scripture are not just to give you understanding, they are also there to use as weapons against the wiles of the Devil! When you utter God's Word all of Creation must pay attention! It always has and always will!

"Lord Jesus, lead me today to the place where I should stand in the battle that is raging against those who follow You. Give me courage and peace as I confront the Enemy of those who follow You! May You be praised forever! Amen."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Evil People Must be Removed!


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God is praised for being mysterious;  rulers are praised for explaining mysteries.  Who can fully understand the thoughts of a ruler?  They reach beyond the sky and go deep in the earth.   Silver must be purified before it can be used to make something of value.   Evil people must be removed before anyone can rule with justice.

Proverbs 25:2-5


Solomon wrote these words and he was the best example of a ruler who could explain the mysteries of God! Solomon was known for and praised for his wisdom. And that wisdom was given to Solomon by God Himself!

So listen carefully to what Solomon then says about how to rule with justice. He says that "evil people must be removed before anyone can rule with justice." Do you remember the U.S. presidential election a few years ago when there was a national debate about whether or not "character" mattered in the selection of a President of the United States? Enough people voted who believed that character was not an important qualification, and a man was elected who did not have "good character" written on his resume. The aftermath of that decision is still plaguing the government of the United States!

I may have no power to remove evil people from my land, but I can do something about making sure that I am not one of them! I can remove evil from my life and heart! I can stand against evil in my heart, walk away from it when I see it, and run away if I need to! As a follower of Jesus, with the Holy Spirit living in my heart, He can remove the evil from my life!

"Lord Jesus, I choose again today to let You clean my heart and mind and create in me a clean heart! Remove all evil from my life and fill me with Your Love! And may You be praised forever. Amen."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

His Power at Work in You!


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I want you to know all about Christ's love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.  I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen.

Ephesians 3:19-21

As a follower of Jesus Christ, do you work for God, or does God accomplish His will through you?  One man, even in the prime of his youth has very little power to accomplish anything in this life.  But one man, filled with the Holy Spirit of God has unlimited power to do the things that God wants done through him! 

These verses clearly say that you can't even imagine what God can do by working through you.  With God in your heart you can speak just the right words in every situation without even knowing what those words should be or why you should speak them. 

The power of God in you will enable you to know what "deed" you can do that will "tip the scale" in the life of someone who has not yet committed their life to God.  Even a worldwide revival may start with a spark in your heart as you come humbly before the Lord!

And you have no way of knowing what the Eternal Consequences are of your daily and quiet faithfulness to Jesus!  Remember, the giant oak tree started as a tiny acorn! 

"Lord Jesus, Your power at work in me is all I need in this life!  I cannot ask or even imagine how much you can accomplish through me!  May all the praise for everything that I do that is good be given to You, now and forever!  Amen."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Obedience Instead of Love?


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I know everything you have done, including your hard work and how you have endured. I know you won't put up with anyone who is evil. When some people pretended to be apostles, you tested them and found out they were liars.   You have endured and gone through hard times because of me, yet you have not given up.   But I do have something against you! And it is this: You don't have as much love as you used to.   Think about where you have fallen from, and then turn back and do as you did at first. If you don't turn back, I will come and take away your lampstand.

Revelation 2:2-5

These words of Jesus are recorded in the Book of Revelation and were specifically spoken to Christians in the city of Ephesus.  They rated high on hard work, endurance, not putting up with evil, and even testing those who claimed to be apostles but were not.  They also had not given up even though they had gone through hard times!  But then there are these words of rebuke!

YOU DON'T HAVE AS MUCH LOVE AS YOU USED TO!

Jesus then tells them that if they don't turn back to the love that they had "at first" He will come and "take away" their lampstand!  I suppose we could debate about exactly what does it mean to take away your lampstand, but why not rather spend your energy and time in reclaiming the love you had when you first met Jesus! 

Yes, the Lord wants you to obey the Words of Scripture, but obedience without love is really of no value!  Jesus wants you to obey Him because you love Him, not obey Him instead of loving Him! 

"Lord Jesus, give me more love for You today.  May my obedience and diligence flow out of my growing love for You so that my lamp will continue to spread Your light to everyone around me.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

Sunday, August 16, 2015

No Other Help in Desperate Times!



I asked the Lord for help,    and he saved me
    from all my fears.
Keep your eyes on the Lord!
You will shine like the sun
    and never blush with shame.
I was a nobody, but I prayed,
    and the Lord saved me
    from all my troubles.
If you honor the Lord,
    his angel will protect you.
Discover for yourself
    that the Lord is kind.
    Come to him for protection,
    and you will be glad.

Psalm 34:4-8

Who can save us? The world itself is falling apart. When you think you see a glimmer of hope in the world, it quickly fades as even more darkness rolls over the land! It is not an overstatement to say that these are desperate times! And desperate times call for desperate actions!

Here is the most radical response you can give to all the insanity in the world! Keep your eyes on Jesus. Let the focus of your heart and mind as well as your eyes be Jesus Christ. Think about Him all the time. Talk to Him about everything you see and hear in your day. Live your day as if Jesus was carrying you in His arms all day long. Respond to every word of "bad news" from the perspective of someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit of God, and consumed with the Fellowship of Jesus Himself!

Instead of asking "what will I do" when troubles come today, ask "what will Jesus do" since He is with me and has promised never to leave me, even to the end of the world?

Yes the "End of the World" may be near, but Jesus is near, and that is a certainty!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to walk with You and feel Your presence every minute of every hour. You Lord Jesus are everything I need and the solution to all my problems! And may You be praised forever. Amen."