TODAY’S WORD FOR US- BE READY!

 

 


ARE YOU READY?

The Bible tells us to BE READY for the Lord’s Return.  This means that Jesus is coming soon!    We  need to BE READY.

Are you ready for the Lord’s Return?

You are either READY or NOT READY.

READY means PREPARED.

NOT ‘I hope I’m ready’ or ‘I think so’.

You and I need to know if we are READY or NOT READY.

If we’re NOT READY for the Lord’s Return,

It will be a truly sad, sad day indeed if He returned

And we were NOT READY.

He would have come and gone

And we would have found ourselves

LEFT BEHIND!

 

Here are some scriptures that tell us that we need to BE READY when Jesus returns.

Luke 12:40.

     Be ye therefore READY also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. (KJV)

     You, too, BE READY; because the Son of man is coming at an hour when you do not expect. (AMP)

     You also must BE READY, because the Son of man will come at an hour when you do not expect him . (NIV)

Mt 24:42, 44.  Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord doth come.

     Therefore, be ye also READY:  for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man cometh. 

Mark 13:33. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 

To get ready for the Lord’s return, do the following.  The order doesn’t matter, but do all three!

     WAIT-PRAY-WATCH

     PRAY-WATCH-WAIT

     WATCH-WAIT-PRAY

And remember this,

     ‘Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…’.  (Heb 12:14)

MARANATHA, THE LORD COMETH!

About Shofar/Liz

I have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at https://heulu.wordpress.com with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.

Posted on February 15, 2019, in Hearing From God And His Word, TODAY'S WORD FOR YOU and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Jesus’ first coming was to save man from his sin (Mt 1:21) and not a “hell”. His second coming is to identify and collect those saved from sin, His beloved and not to torture people who do not reciprocate His affections (Rom 6:23).

    The well-worn Young’s Literal Translation renders Heb 12:14; “peace pursue with all, and the separation, apart from which no one shall see the Lord,”

    Ah the separation from worldliness, from sin. But how is sin identified? Is not the core of it selfishness?

  2. Sin, is a result of choice, which is made possible by Love. No Love, no choice, no choice, no Love.

    This from a board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Jennings is board certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine, a Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomat by the American Board of Disability Analysts, and a Master Psychopharmacologist certified by the Neuroscience Education Institute. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Board of Forensic Examiners, American Board of Forensic Medicine, American Board of Disability Analysts, American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Georgia Psychiatric Association…

    Selfishness is the root of sin, resulting from believing lies about God and breaking the circle of love and trust.

    Selfishness is based in fear and brings forth envy and jealousy.

    Selfishness leads to exploiting others rather than serving others.

    Every human being is infected with selfishness, and we are powerless to overcome it in our own strength. Only through a trust relationship with Jesus Christ can selfishness be overcome and love be restored into the heart.

    Every government on the earth is run by humans who are infected with selfishness and, therefore, every government on earth is ruled by selfishness. Unless specific restraints are placed upon the reins of power, these human institutions inevitably become increasingly abusive—not just to other nations, but also to its own citizens. The “rule of law,” which we revere so much, formed first in the city-states of the Near East, thousands of years before Rome. While we view the rule of law as the basis of a functioning society, it is an adaptation to sin based on collective fear and self-preservation. This leads to “justice” as a system of rules, with behavioral monitoring and infliction of punishment against those who break the rules.

    History is replete with examples of how selfishness infects governments:

    Ancient Egypt, with its slave work forces
    Ancient Israel, when kings became corrupt and exploited the people
    Rome enslaving millions, and Caesars who demanded worship
    Christian theocracy in the West and Islamic theocracy in the East
    The abuses of the French aristocracy leading to the French Revolution and the revolutionaries who conducted the Reign of Terror
    In modern times, societies formed new governments that moved away from monarchies to various forms of democratic representation and diverse economics, such as capitalism, which runs on private ownership of business and the pursuit of profits. Yet without regulation, selfishness corrupts capitalism and the rich exploit the poor. The history of capitalism is replete with human rights abuses—child labor, unsafe work places, long hours, and low wages.

    Selfishness wants more for self. It is jealous, envious, and angry at real or perceived disparities. “Advocates” for the downtrodden arise who inflame jealousy, envy, anger, and outrage between classes. Politicians, unless renewed by Christ, are dominated by selfishness and arise claiming that they have a better way in which there is no rich, powerful, ownership class and that all the profits will be shared equally and all the benefits will be distributed to everyone. These persuasive voices promise that everyone can receive free health care, education, home, car, food, clothing, and a job. All property will be owned by the community, and the society will be an equal commune in which there are no haves and have-nots.

    Russia, China, and Cuba have shown us what communism looks like and how the utopia of communal ownership, to ensure all citizens are equal, turned out to be a lie, one in which monetary power was exchanged for political and military power. Communistic governments have been multiple times more abusive to human rights than capitalism—despite all the problems with capitalism.

    Other politicians and political theories have arisen to challenge capitalism. One such alternative system came from socialism in Nazi Germany:

    We are Socialists, enemies, mortal enemies of the present capitalist economic system with its exploitation of the economically weak, with its injustice in wages, with its immoral evaluation of individuals according to wealth and money instead of responsibility and achievement, and we are determined under all circumstances to abolish this system! (Nazi party official Gregor Strasser, printed in a 1926 pamphlet, Thoughts about the Tasks of the Future).
    What do we discover in the history of Nazi socialism? Again, exponentially worse human rights violations and enslavement of society that led to torture and genocide.

    How could this happen? Because human beings are infected with selfishness and are vulnerable to having their fears and need to protect themselves exploited by others.

    The collective ideals of communism and socialism appeal to our sense of what’s right, but because of innate individual selfishness, these systems don’t last. Those in power inevitably become corrupt and those without power suffer.

    Systems like capitalism, which is based on individual drive for one’s self-interest, work, but also produce outcomes that seem to violate, to some degree, our idealistic desires. This leads to a choice between two imperfect systems of governance; one that “works” to a degree or one that seems more “right” but is unsustainable.

    Winston Churchill eloquently summed this up: “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

    When we forget the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat the atrocities of the past. And today there are voices arising in America advocating for these same fear-based arguments of the past. It’s the same social equality that’s based on some form of government ownership and equal distribution of assets to all, such as free health care, food, housing, clothing, education, and job with a living wage—a utopia delivered to all by the government.

    But this proposed “New Deal” is not a new deal at all, but simply the recycling, in slightly different language, the old toxic policies of failed socialism of the past. The advancement of such programs requires:

    a populace that is angry and frustrated with the current system
    inflamed fear and the loss of a sense of safety and security
    heightened jealousy and envy of those who are deemed to be advantaged; class division
    perceived threats to future security, designed to further inflame fear and a sense of urgency (global warming, economic collapse, inability to afford education or healthcare)
    forgetting the past (through a flawed educational system that downplays the lessons from history)
    politicians who seek personal power and advancement through inflaming selfishness and fear and then promising socialistic solutions
    The Bible speaks of the end of time in which an abusive world government arises to coerce all the nations and peoples of the world to embrace policies based upon fear and selfishness—policies in which love and liberty are replaced with threat and control.

    Historically, many have thought such a coercive system would be the merging of the religious right with state government to pass religious laws. However, another possibility, which would also fulfill Revelation’s description, is the liberal far and extreme left gaining control of government and passing laws they deem to be necessary to recreate the world in the fashion of their beliefs.

    Whatever the case, Christians need to realize there is no system of human government that will solve the sin problem—the problem of human selfishness and fear. There is no political solution, no human ruler, no legislation, no judicial pronouncement, and no policy that will eradicate selfishness from hearts and bring godly love as the ruling power in society. In fact, all attempts to use force only destroys love and creates greater rebellion.

    The only path that wins the day for God’s government is the path of truth, presented in love, while leaving others free—the path of beneficence, goodness, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, and generosity, the path in which we live love in how we treat others.

    And love requires freedom. Societies in which freedom reigns are the healthiest. Even though selfishness still infects human hearts, love can grow wherever freedom is allowed to reign. But love cannot grow under threat and coercion.

    Today, freedom is under threat in the guise of concern for equality for all people and socialistic policies that, if enacted, will destroy liberty and undermine love.

    We must be vigilant and discerning to understand the methods of God—truth, love, and liberty—and not be seduced to join with systems and policies that violate God’s principles.

    No human government represents God’s kingdom, because all are infected with selfishness, run on imperial law, use force and threat to coerce rule-breakers, and are interested in self-preservation. Yet some forms of government do create healthier atmospheres, where individuals are free to pursue their dreams, aspirations, and the dictates of their own consciences, which allows love to flourish in how we treat others.

    As we move forward in time, we must remember that “our citizenship is in heaven” and that every country of the world will eventually rally to the system of the beast, the system opposed to God, and we must recognize those movements and keep our hearts united to heaven and choose the principles of love, truth, and liberty.

    In summary:

    All human governing methods are a direct result of sin and our sinful condition. None have been or will ever be patterned after God’s governance of the universe. However, some approaches to human governance are clearly worse than others, in terms of negative impact on the character of its people.
    Individuals essentially enter into an agreement with their society’s government and authorities. In return for higher levels of safety and enhanced survival provided by the group structure, the individual willingly gives up a certain level of freedom and self-determination. Both the drive to engage in this relationship and the effectiveness of this transaction are a direct result of sin. Individual self-centeredness, fear, and competition with others is then scaled up to a collective societal level.
    The Ultimate Cosmic Conspiracy (Satan’s war against God’s government) is centered on this planet and is manifest as mankind projects our most “successful” human governance design onto God. We have created God in our image – a King, Lord, Ruler, Judge, and Dispenser of Justice. We blindly think that because the rule of law “works” on our broken world, this method for governance is God’s will or reflects God’s character and intent. We forget “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12, NIV84)
    God’s character and methods (design law) have not been changed in any way because of the appearance of sin, it’s spread to planet Earth, and the broken governance system based on the rule of law that evolved here.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your comments on ‘God’s Enduring Love’. I am familiar with Dr. Jenning’s books. Just recently I spoke to my Bible class about S-I-N and described it as man’s S- Selfish, I- Indulgent, N- Nature. If only we could replace sin with LOVE that comes from the heart of God, from God who loved us first with an unselfish love and desires that we love others as He loves us.

      As one of the judges in a recent high school oratorical contest to support the U.S. Constitutional amendments on the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, I was again disappointed with the small number of participants. It is a reflection of the times we’re living in characterized by serious apathy and lack of interest in truly living peaceably and unselfishly with others.

      It appears that there is little or no emphasis in civics and citizenship teaching anymore; many youth today are not familiar with our history, reciting our flag pledge and singing patriotic songs. I fault humanistic educators and politicians for promoting ‘political correctness’ often to the point of absurdity, e.g. the latest is that dog lovers not only want to eat at home with their pets, but also be allowed to have them dine with them in eating places that cater to the public. (This is not referring to service dogs). It is no wonder that self interests, self gratification, selfish pursuits, greed and corruption and violence fills the land as in Genesis 6:11-13. Hawaii is no exception if you have followed crime and corruption in our state of Aloha. We have the largest homeless population per capita in the U.S. and highest cost of living, among which are the highest rents and home costs. Greedy landlords, investors and developers are my biggest beef. Many people are not able to afford to rent or buy homes in Hawaii!!!

      You are right that the choice is ours to make, whether it will be our way, our self will or God’s way, His will- if we can pray ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’

      I agree with you:
      ‘Today freedom is under threat in the guise of concern for equality for all people and socialistic policies that, if enacted, will destroy liberty and undermine love.’ Man’s rule does not work; man’s governments are broken down. It is too difficult to ‘follow after peace with all men and holiness… (Heb 12:14a)

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