MARCH 2012 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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“READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!”

Do you remember this little game of Hide ‘n Seek that we played as children?  It was fun and gave us hours of entertainment before the days of TV and indoor entertainment (to those of us who are ‘over the hill’) and it is still fun today.  I know, as I have watched my little grandchildren play it with great gusto!

There is a profound truth in this statement, “Ready or not, Here I come!”    Are we too busy in the everyday routine of life, that we fail to prepare ourselves for the everlasting eternity that all of us will surely face? Are we hiding, conveniently, from the truth, that the Word of God is absolutely accurate and profound? Are we ready, TODAY, if the Lord should come?  Quite frankly, these are questions that all of us need to answer with honesty of heart.

There is no doubt, as we study Scripture, that the Lord Jesus is coming again. He is returning to take His children home to be with Him. Sadly, the Bible also tells us that most will be so busy about their daily routine that little thought is given to the Truth of eternal life and the necessity of preparing for it.  

I have learned that sometimes the Lord gives me wonderful words of joy and hope.  Then, as the title of this month’s Nuggets of Truth came to me, so came words of warning that I was to write.

Herein is a passage of Scripture that should capture our attention and “shake us in our boots” so to speak. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”  Luke 12:40 (KJV).  “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour and a moment when you do not anticipate it.” ( Amplified). 

Furthermore: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 
(1 Thessalonians 5:2-4)”

We are told that no one knows the time of the Lord’s return, but we are told to WATCH and BE READY!

Can it be that we feel the Bible is an option to us?  That we can take or leave it as a daily discipline?  I would say, kindly and with compassion, that too often the enemy has deceived mankind and lulled the thinking, placing one in deception regarding the Truth of God.    

In view of the fact that this life is likened to a vapor and we have a short time on this earth (in view of all eternity) and then it is gone (James 4:17). It is imperative that we pay attention to how we should think and what is the discipline of our daily life!

Yes, life is short and we are given the opportunity to choose life from God’s perspective or our own. What we are, what we do and what we become are wholly what we choose to be.  However my precious friends, it is good news that God loves us and wants us to know him; He gives us the privilege to allow Him to guide our life.  His ways are always the best ways. However, know for sure, in the end of this life, there will be a judgment to come on what we do with Jesus. This Truth is as absolute as life, death, and taxes are real.  

In light of Scripture, how can we be ready for eternity?  Here is a check list:

  • Realize that you are a sinner, and cannot merit heaven and eternal life by your own works or goodness. 
  • Accept Jesus today as Lord and Savior. (Romans 3:23, 5:8-9, 6:23,   10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Revelation 21:8)
  • Surrender your life to the authority and leadership of the Lord.  Trust the Lord. (Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 12:1-2)
  • Ask to be filled with His Spirit who resides within you, as a Christian, to direct your life. (Romans 8; John 6:63; Luke 11:9)
  • Read aloud and meditate on the Word of God for “it is life to all that find it and health to all their flesh.” Ask God to guide you as you study. (Proverbs 4:20-23; 2 Timothy 2:15; Joshua 1:8)
  • Pray always and continually, believe that the Lord hears and answers prayer according to the Word. (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Mark 11:22-26)
  • Watch and believe that Jesus is coming again. (Revelation 16:15; Luke 12:40; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4)
  • Keep sins confessed and under the blood. (1 John 1:8-9)
  • Guard your thought life and your mouth. Know your enemy. (Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 18:21; John 10:10)
  • Seek the Lord’s wisdom, understanding and knowledge. (Proverbs 1; James 1:5)
  • Develop a thankful heart with praise and worship.(I Thessalonians 5:18, Hebrews 13:15; Read the Psalms every day)
  • Serve Him. (Ephesians 6:7; Luke 10:27; Psalms 2:11)

Finally, Do it daily and continually, line upon line, precept upon precept.  The principles above are keys to the BLESSED LIFE. (Psalm 68:19; Matthew 6:33; Deuteronomy 28)

My Friends, in obeying God’s Word, it declares that you will have a blessed life on this earth and an eternity of pure joy in the presence of Almighty God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God is a God of His Word.   He will give us victory over all the trials and heart aches we will ever face. God tells us that we can be more than conquerors. (I corinthians 15:57; Romans 8:37)

Know these Scriptures well: 1) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19) 2) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).”  

God loves us and all of His Words are True.  We can trust God with every detail of our life. 

My friends, it does not get any better this; walking in the blessed life God has for each of us!

With blessings,

Jan
Ephesians 3:20