In Experiencing God Day by Day we are told that “Biblically, waiting on the Lord is never passive; it is always active. Waiting requires us to cease form our own pursuits and give God our complete attention.” We are to be doing what our lord and master commands us to do. We are to be ready for His return (See Luke 12:36-48)! How can you be ready if you are not His, not walking in faith, not obedient to what you know to do? Listen, I am trying my best to warn and equip you; Jesus is coming back!
Pornography use in the U. S. is at an all time high and that has bled into congregations throughout our country and the world… “Pornography hurts adults, children, couples, families, and society. Among adolescents, pornography hinders the development of a healthy sexuality, and among adults, it distorts sexual attitudes and social realities. In families, pornography use leads to marital dissatisfaction, infidelity, separation, and divorce.”
Whole denominations have fallen away claiming to be open and accepting, out of love, of what God clearly calls sin. Jesus never accepted, encouraged, or endorsed sin. He loved the sinner and hated the sin. When Jesus comes back, He is coming in Judgment. Judgment day, the Lord’s Day, the Last Day is coming.
This moment in the garden was the calm before the storm. I’m sure there was a sense of apprehension in the air. Jesus had just shared what would be His last meal with them and spoke some confusing and difficult truth. Something about betrayal and that He would have to die, that PETER would deny Him!… I’m sure the disciples felt a bit of unease. And Christ, He knew something big was coming, something monumental, something that would change the course of eternity for human kind.
When we are in Christ we are walking in the Love of God and are being obedient out of God’s love for us. Remember, we love because He first loved us, and when God’s love is manifested in our lives we love one another, “If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us.”
Biblical Love is an action; we are called to love as Jesus loves, so that others can experience the love of God. To experience God is to experience the Biblical Love that Jesus showed us. That is found in few congregations today. It is forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and faith in the One who loves us which leads us to works!
Each and every congregation of God’s church is called to love. We are to live out the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Who is this “us”? Believers, the saints, the blood bought, the Bible believing Church of the living God!
Let’s say that God calls you to do something that is way out side your comfort zone. You know that God has laid it on your heart to do this and you are struggling with fear or doubt, but knowing the love of God, you take the step of faith, and do what has been laid on your heart. The moment you took your “Next Step” your spiritual journey was shortened. But now, having taken that Next Step you have to rely on God. There will be trials and tribulations, problems will arise, things will happen, the enemy will attack, but as God brings you through these trials and tribulations your trust and love for God increases and grows your faith exponentially.
In many areas of the world real persecution and death are part of being a Christian. In China, India, and North Korea, Believers face persecution every day. And yet it is in those countries that the Church is growing the fastest. It is there that there is a hunger and thirst for God’s Word that we do not have here. They understand and know that, “all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
The same God who empowered them can, will, and does empower His Church today! God blessed them, God built His Church through them, and He can, is, and will do the same with us as we fulfilling our calling in and through the ministries He has called us to! Don’t let the fire die down, strike while the iron is hot, the love of God surrounds you, the presence of God empowers You, the Spirit of God indwells you!
If Christ came back today, would you be ready to go with Him? If Christ came back at that moment, would a place where you’re about to go or a thing you’re about to do cause you to be ashamed or embarrassed in any way? If so, then you need to change what you’re doing. If you are not living in a way that is pleasing to Him right now; then when will you? No one knows the day or hour of His return!
Jesus said to the Jews, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43). The Kingdom is made up of those who follow their King, those who walk according to the Gospel. It is not by works of the flesh that anyone is saved, no matter their lineage or ancestry, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, we are one in the body of Christ. His Church. The Israel of God.
Outside of Christ and the cross there is no hope of escaping hell, the punishment for sin. In the cross we see redemption, reconciliation, and the forgiveness of sin!
The Good news, the Gospel that we are to share, is that the debt of sin has been paid for in full, on the bloody cross of Christ, the sinless for the sinful, and that it is available to any and all who choose to believe!