The Day Is Almost Here!

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:10-12 NIV

Where there is love, there is light

For all to see, unencumbered by darkest night,

Living according to God’s Word,

No fear of the masses, not ashamed to be heard,

Every Believer–Loving as God Loves–all–unconditionally!

In the light of day–where there are no clouds and the sun is shining bright–we can see all things clearly and from a distance. Not only can we see, but all around us can see us and what we see. What are they seeing?

There was a time when many of us walked in darkness even during the day, having no knowledge or understanding of who Jesus is or what He’s done for us. Hopefully, that time has passed and we are walking in the light of wisdom and His love, preparing for that day when He’ll receive us unto Himself.

However, there are still many who have not yet understood–that all of their deeds committed in the dark will come into the light–and they will be exposed for all the world to see, while the devil laughs at their calamity. That does not have to be so.

Every Believer who knows Truth and is not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus should loudly proclaim God’s love for all, His mercy and grace that yet abounds for those of us on this side of heaven, for surely once that day arrives when we are translated from here to there, there will be no need any longer for mercy and grace while we sit at His feet.

That day–the day many have waited for–will soon be here; not soon as we calculate time, but soon as God determines. Will we be ready to stand before Him and give an account of all we have done in the earth and not be ashamed? Will our testimony before Him be marred by acts of darkness that we refused to give up? Or shall the angels rejoice over all we have done to bring others into the marvelous light of love?

Every day brings us closer to that day–and for those who are yet asleep–they shall be awakened by the sound of the trumpet heralding His arrival. Every day–while we yet have opportunity to do so, we should put on the armor of light and love so others will see Him in all of His glory and willingly embrace Truth as God as reveals it through us.

That day is almost here–what are you doing to prepare others for it? Will your life be a living testimony of God’s goodness and the light of His glory shines all around you or will the light be dimmed by hatred, bigotry, and wilful disobedience to God’s Word? We have choices to make and we must make them now for that day–is almost here.

 

Exposed!

“For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. ‘So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.’ ” (Luke 8:17,18 NLT)

Words of wisdom for all who will hear,

Words of Judgment for all who fear,

The second coming–Him Returning for His church,

The body of Believers from all walks of life,

For those who sought peace, and tried to calm strife,

When He comes, all truth–and secrets exposed

Those concealed by cold hearts who refused to believe,

Will finally understand, why God created man,

In His image, to live as we ought, by His commands,

To Love Him and obey and love others as self,

With this stance we make known, by our love, we are His!

When we stand before Him, with all exposed,

No more secrets or lies, souls laid bare for His inspection,

Too late for us, to seek time for more introspection

About how we should have lived, before He returns.

Now, why it is day, all can see clearly,

Let us live life by His Word, and hold to it dearly,

Not willing to be left behind or thrown into the lake,

Of fire with hell and all liars because of our mistakes.

If what we do in darkness cannot stand the light of truth,

Why then, do we do it? All done in darkness will be exposed

By the Light, of Truth as He speaks to us all in the end,

I pray for myself as well as for you, that all we will hear,

Is welcome and well done, my friends!

Watch For Him!

“I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!” (Mark 13:37 NLT)

In this parable, Jesus is explaining to those who are listening, how they should be ready and not getting ready when He returns.

He tells us, “Since you don’t know when that time will come–stay alert!” (verse 33). The “you” in this verse, although said specifically to those who were listening to Him at that time, applies to the reader and any others who have a relationship with Him. None of us knows when He will return–He said, “only the Father knows” and since we know that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father–if He’s not telling Him when He’ll return, He’s certainly not telling any of us–who are so far removed from Him that even if He did–we probably wouldn’t get it right.

The point being made here is–we don’t know–but we should be ready–whenever He returns. Today is a good day to be ready; tomorrow could be too late. We don’t know, but we should always be ready.

What does it take to be ready? Our heart–must already be given to Him–so we’ll hear Him speak and obey His Word. Contrary to what some people think–we won’t need suitcases packed, or tickets of any kind, or to be dressed in any certain way. It is the heart of a man that God looks upon–not the externals surround him or on him. When we get this right–the moment of His return will be imminent, but there is still one thing we must remember. God does not define things the way we do.

We tend to limit God with our own understanding when we should really be willing to hear Him more to obtain His understanding of all things. Having a relationship with Him–puts us in good position to know that He does not think like we think; therefore, His definition of things–anything is not going to be what we “think” we know.

We have attributed so much meaning to God’s Word that is not of Him–but because of our limited understanding–that we caused many to err in their behavior and have caused many to forget about God–altogether. We will be held accountable for all we say as it pertains to God’s Word and His intent–not ours.

The best way to avoid–misleading anyone–is to encourage everyone to establish and maintain a right relationship with God and know His Word–so when He speaks–you’ll know what He says–aligns with what He has said.

Don’t get caught up listening to those who profess to know the time of His return–they don’t; but be ready–Watch For Him--He could come back at any time!

It’s Time!

“And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him” (2 Peter 3:14,15 NLT).

Peter’s letter reminds us of all that will happen “in that day” and assures us that just because it has not happened, yet–it will happen. His admonition is about what we can expect–fiery endings, all things destroyed, and new heavens and a new earth–it’s still going to happen, but he also says, while we wait–we must use the time to make sure everyone is saved–this why God’s promise for Jesus’ return has been delayed–He’s waiting for us to promote a true Gospel in how we live and for others to accept His Son as Savior and Lord.

Now, I know there are some religious groups who believe that the “new earth” is simply this one replenished, but that is simply an error in understanding or deliberate misinterpretation because it is taken out of context. If we look at the entire letter, we see that Peter has predicted “all the elements destroyed by fire”. In other words, everything needed by mere mortals–earth, water, and wind. But for those who have a relationship with God–we understand that the new heavens are not like anything we know, neither is the new earth like the one we know, because we will no longer be mere mortals. The real problem with people trying to determine that “one segment of scripture” means anything by itself is that it is religious propaganda born of a need to control others.

In this letter, Peter also reminds us that when Jesus returns, He will come as a thief in the night–completely unannounced--except for the sound of the trumpet and we’re all out of here in the twinkling of an eye (Paul says). There is no need to pack a bag, save food or money for this event–we won’t have time to grab it and I for one, am glad that all of our needs have already been anticipated and provided as we rise to live and reign with Him. Hallelujah!

At any rate, the message here is clear from Peter’s letter–while we’re waiting–we should “live according to God’s Word” loving and enjoying peace, doing nothing in His sight for which we might be ashamed.  During our wait–we are developing patience and while patience is developing, we are (or should be) promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that none are left to experience the fiery ending that is promised.

 

Already Promised

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also” (John 14:3)

Jesus speaking to all generations: “If I go and prepare, I will come and receive”

He has gone back to the Father and is sitting at His right hand.

He has prepared a place for us to dwell for all eternity.

He will come again.

He will receive us in the air upon His return so we can reign with Him.

Generations speaking to Jesus: “Nevertheless, come quickly Lord!”

Save us from ourselves and all the wickedness that invades our thoughts as only You can!