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Never Saw it Coming!

“For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark” Matthew 24:38.

This one verse describes the people living in the days of God’s judgement flood on the earth. They were busy with life, and there’s no word here about being evil or sinful, just busy. Busy is the answer we give to people who ask, “What have you been up to?” I have decided that if you want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you must really want it and be more intentional about it than all the other things that are crowding Him out. Stop taking so much pride in a jam-packed schedule that only leaves 5 minutes a day for your Savior. We are all guilty of giving into life’s relentless demands and giving God our leftovers, but we don’t have to continue that way. Those who were wiped out by the flood judgement never noticed the dark clouds rolling in. They never heard the distant sounds of thunder. They never took much interest in what Noah was doing. They never noticed because they were stretched so thin with their busy lives even back then. They never noticed the change in the atmosphere because they were so concerned about keeping up with their neighbors.

Let me ask you, when was the last time you took time to really stop and take notice of what is going on in the world? Does anything seem odd or strange enough to slow you down so you would seek the Lord? Please know this, there is no way you can be ready for what is coming upon the earth unless you take notice of what is happening and then become intentional in growing in your relationship with Him. There were those that lived during the days of Noah that were so busy they didn’t even know where the Ark was when the flood came, but Noah and his family were working on the Ark everyday. I don’t know when the Lord is going to return, but I do know people will not be ready because they are so busy. Know this and be sure of it, just as the Ark was Noah’s only hope, so Jesus is our only hope. Take time to spend with Him!

Jesus, Would You Get That?

In a world full of extreme diversity of experiences, we all find common ground in the experience of death.  You will die!  At some point in your life, if the Lord Jesus Christ does not return before that moment, your heart will stop and your lungs will cease expanding with breaths.  Right now death is on the hearts and minds of so many people with the pandemic virus as an updated death count is given throughout the day on the news.  Death also doesn’t discriminate race or economic status.  It will visit every home from the trailer house to the gated mansions.  And death doesn’t wait for you to get it all together!  You could be snatched away in a moment—even in this very hour.  And because we understand this is the nature of death, it’s all that much more important to prepare yourself for your death.  Look at this word on death:

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”  Hebrews 9:27-28

“For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten.”  Ecclesiastes 9:5

So how do you prepare for this unexpected final event in your life?  Have you prepared?  Have you given your death much thought?  Solomon tells us in a general sense (since you know you are going to die, Ecc.9:5) we prepare for death by learning how to live right now.  

“Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that [is] your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do [it] with your might; for [there is] no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”  Ecclesiastes 9:9-10

“So teach [us] to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Psalms 90:12

When you learn how to live you will be prepared to die.  In short, Solomon tells us that life is only worthy living when God is factored into the equation of your life.  We learn how to live by learning who to live for.  You do live for someone.  You can live for yourself or you can live to please everyone around you, or you can live your life for God.  The only way to live your life for God is you must have God, and the only way to have God in your life is to have God’s Son.  

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:11-13

Death will come visit you one day and when it does, just let Jesus get the door.  

Brace Yourself

How many times have you heard these words of warning?  We’ve all heard them in movies right before the plane crash or right before the train derailed and right before the car crash scene.  Those are good words of warning and given in split second timing in order to lessen the personal damage of the impact.  Anytime you know a potentially hard impact is about to take place, you should call out, “Brace Yourself.”  Right now with the spread of the coronavirus, the government is telling us to brace ourselves because what is hitting us and what is about to hit us is going to be extremely difficult to endure.  Did you hear that?  What is about to unfold in our nation is not going to be over anytime soon, and it’s going to have a potentially devastating impact on every family.  I hate to talk like that, but even in God’s Word we find this warning to brace ourselves, but only using different terminology.  Here’s a few examples.

Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, “since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?”  Genesis 18:16-18

“And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “[As] the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. “And it will be [that] you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”  1 Kings 17:1-4

“Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past. For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will no more cover her slain.”  Isaiah 26:20-21

Please know this, I know another day is coming that will make this season in our country seem minor and that’s why as you brace yourself you need to draw near to Jesus Christ.  He can still send the ravens to feed you and help you find water, but He is using our government to tell us something bad is coming, stay at home, and we will take care of you.  The other religious leaders in the Old Testament mocked the true prophets of God when they gave a warning and people still mock today.  I hope I am wrong, but go ahead and brace yourself in the ways you can, but especially draw near to the One who can supply your every need—Jesus Christ!  

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