Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about. I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth. Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins. Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.
I am sorry for all my sins and turn away from them. Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use. I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations. I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.
You are now Lord of my life.
JESUS IS COMING SOON! HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?
Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.
Take me home now please.
go along to get along
"there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." prov 14:12
those words were penned centuries ago by one of the wisest men who ever lived. truth remains truth no matte when it is spoken. we will all be judged by how well we defend that truth. and no matter how man decides what the truth is, it is God's truth which will matter in the end.
i watched a movie the other day about a girl who went off to college and allowed her truths to become clouded by a teacher. there is so much of that going on today. we send our children off in hopes of equipping them for the world and instead the are indoctrinated by a perverted truth. they often return with an entirely different set of values than they were raised with.
recently there was a story about a famous christian singer who was hosting a relative's same sex marriage. it was all done in the name of a God who is love. we preach God's love and acceptance so much while we allow His standards to be put on the back burner. "You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness." hab 1:13
"for I am the Lord, I do not change." mal 3:6 God is God alone and He will forever be. He will not and cannot go against His written word, the bible. if there is any change happening, it has to be in us.
“all that is necessary for evil to triumph, said Burke, is for good men to do nothing; and most good men nowadays can be relied upon to do precisely that. where a reputation for intolerance is more feared than a reputation for vice itself, all manner of evil may be expected to flourish. people today are allowing their true beliefs to be harnessed from fear of retaliation or stigma.
we cannot be silent out of fear or anything else when a world around us is drowning in a sea of darkness. are you ashamed to make a stand as a christian and defend your beliefs, or have they also become corrupted? "for whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." mark 8:38 those words spoken by Jesus continue to echo forth today.
the truth we know must be defended. God's love is unconditional; His acceptance is not. throughout the bible we hear God saying, "if you will, then I will." one either stands in the grace God has provided or they stand alone. remember, "You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness." hab 1:13 our God is holy and He commands us, "you shall therefore be holy, for I am holy." lev 11:45
we have no holiness of our own. only when we stand in Christ has "He made us accepted in the Beloved." eph 1:6 if we "go along" with the crowd, we will be going where they are going. i don't know about you, but i've got a different destination in mind and all the distractions and diversions in life can not divert me from my path. "because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." matt 7:14 no, i won't go along unless you're going my way.
“The Teacher has come and is calling for you." John 11:28
I don't know if you know this or not, but bars and similar places have a "last call" before they are closing. It is a chance to order a last drink before they close their doors for the night. Back in my younger days, a friend and I would frequent such places often. As we usually stayed until closing, I am familiar with last calls.
So now I guess my secret is out - I have a past. While we don't dwell on the past, we use our failings and shortcomings to magnify His grace. (Blessed is the one loved from an early age.) I only hope you might consider the saints of old and their failings when you consider mine.
Friends, He is calling so many of you even now. But someday the call you hear will be that last call; not because He wants it so, but because you dictate it. Your free will dictated it. Either death has finally captured you or our Lord has reluctantly given you over to your desires. Those with a fairly decent nature cannot even begin to imagine how dark those desires must have become for God to give them over.
I think of the verse from that familiar hymn, "softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me." Can you hear Him calling? What will be your response to His call? It could be the last call; the last one before closing the age of grace.
I know everyone bothering to even read this probably already knows Jesus, but on the off chance there is even one still lingering, or one backslidden and teetering on the edge of eternity, let all be fairly warned: there is always a last call.
Teetering on the edge of eternity. I feel that is well worth repeating. The enemy is content enough to just keep you distracted and busy; busy with other things than keeping your lamp trimmed and ready. While that might not mean someone is lost, it will mean they will miss the grooms' call for His bride. The fact that half of the church will be deaf to His arrival terrifies me. I hope it terrifies you as well; to such an extent you concentrate again on that still small voice within you. I think again of a verse from a favorite poem.
And only this perfection needs
A heart kept calm all day,
To catch the would the Spirit there
From hour to hour may say.
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent." rev 2:5 I don't think any of us need to repent not from some horrible sin; hopefully. but repent from having been too busy for Him. Repent from having left your first love.
So seek again your first love. Pursue Him as He has pursued you. It is last call. Let that last drink be from the the well of life, and drink deeply. If you become intoxicated, it will only be with love, wonder and amazement at the God you need to know. The One who created all things and the One who first knew you. That last drink will surely get you the oil needed for your lamp, and that will get you to Him.
(5582 Jewish year)
sundown to sundown
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