The Day of the Lord

 

angel-clouds-weather-vera-161199With all the things going on the world and this country, I think it is important we see what God’s word says about the last days.  But, in this series, I want to focus more on Jesus’ return and how we should be preparing for it.  There is so much out there on  the signs of the end times and how today’s events point to it.  There are a lot of theories and it takes a lot of time to weed through them and discern what may be true.  Most of it is someone’s opinions that may make sense, but, do we really know?  In this series I will go into a little of that (less on today’s daily events and more on what God’s word says), but you can read Revelation about the seals, trumpets and bowls, Matthew 24, Daniel (especially chapters 9 and 12), Joel, Zechariah, Ezekiel about the signs of things to come as we draw nearer to the end times and the Day of the Lord.  This is a time that can be both scary and exciting and I believe it is getting close.  I am not sure exactly what direction to go, but I pray the Lord will lead me in this and it will be clear to you and it will be a blessing.

What is the Day of the Lord?  What can we expect?  What should we be doing?  What should we look for?  As we study God’s word we can answer these questions and learn together.

1 Corinthians 15:50-57

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O Death, where is your sting?

O Hades, where is your victory?”

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return to take His people and proclaim His final victory.  The victory occurred on the cross, when Jesus paid for our sins and nailed them to the cross.  Through His blood, we can declare victory over sin and inherit eternal life in God’s kingdom.  Those who are in Christ will have no reason to fear in the last days.  No matter what we suffer, it will not compare to what awaits us.

2 Peter 3:10-13

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Acts 1:9-11

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Revelation 1:7-8

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I pray that before this time comes, many will change their heart and accept the grace that God offers, to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved.  I pray that you know Him.  I pray that all my friends and family  would follow Christ so that one day we will all be together with Him.  Let us have the boldness to tell others about Jesus that they may not fear this day, but have joy in Christ.

 

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The World, Idols, and Materialism

 

Three of the things God despises are worldliness, idolatry and materialism and I think these go hand in hand and are almost synonymous.  God wants your complete and total commitment to Him.  He does not want to share loyalties with anyone or anything else.  He should be the one and only God in our life.  We should serve Him and Him alone. Continue reading “The World, Idols, and Materialism”

The Armor of God

The third in our series on how to live as a believer once we are saved is:

Put on the full armor of God; Submit to God and resist the devil.

What does it mean to ‘put on the armor of God?’ and how do we do that?  Spiritual battles are a part of a believer’s life.  Not only do we have the battles within, the struggles between wanting to do what is right and desiring to do the things of this world contrary to the will of God, we also have an enemy who desires that we fail and not get close to God, and he wants to keep others from coming to God.  He will use those desires and your weaknesses to come after you.  But, we can resist him and we have the weapons to do it. Continue reading “The Armor of God”

Love Speaks Truth

Sometimes love can be harsh.  As parents we don’t want our kids to run out in the street.  We don’t want them too close to the fire.  We don’t want them to make poor choices.  As we grow older, we still hope that our loved ones make right choices.  If we sit by and watch, and say “that’s ok” while they make bad life choices that can affect the rest of their life or even eternity, is that love?  We need to not only set the example, but tell them the truth, show them the right way.  Share our faith and share who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

Ephesians 4:15

…”but speaking the truth in love may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ”

(Feel free to read the complete paragraph or the chapter…it is always good to get the full context of any verse you may read)

Hebrews 3:13

…”but exhort one another daily, while it is still called ‘Today,’ lest any of you become hardened through deceitfulness of sin.”

Galatians 6:1-2

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

James 5:19-20

Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

I have often been accused of being judgmental. Sometimes it is that people don’t want to hear the truth, but many times they are right. I forget to speak the truth IN LOVE and it comes across as I want to show them they are wrong and I am right. My intent is to build them up and steer them in the right direction but I don’t always say it in the right way. Please pray for me that I always speak the truth IN LOVE and in a way that will be bold but gentle.

Other times, as I have said, it is that people don’t want their sin exposed or don’t want to hear the truth. Matthew 7:1 is often quoted, without the rest of the passage or ignoring those above and others. It says,

“Judge not, that you not be judged. For what judgement you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “let me remove the speck in your eye”; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! FIRST remove the plank from you own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to remove the speck in your brother’s eye.”

So, when leading others and telling them the truth, be sure the truth is in you and you are following Christ in a way that honors Him. Realize your own flaws and sin. Pray, and speak in the Spirit. Above all else, LOVE. Remember, though, not only is love gentle, but sometimes love needs to be stern and up front. If you love someone, you want what is best for them, and the best for them is Jesus Christ.  More on this next time.

God, Our Loving Father

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.  What does that mean?  And who is our Father?  He is our loving God and Father, Who sent His One and Only Son to die for us so that our sins may be forgiven.  He is the creator of all, the ruler of all and He loves each one of us more than any earthly father could.  He is the Almighty, All-powerful, All-knowing, ever-present, just and righteous, loving God and Father, Who deserves all of our worship.  He deserves our all. Continue reading “God, Our Loving Father”