Saturday, January 5, 2019

"Looking Forward"

“Looking Forward”


So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him.         2 Peter 3:14


I find the older I get the MORE I LOOK FORWARD to the RAPTURE of God’s Children, the SECOND COMING of the Lord, and spending ETERNITY in Heaven.  It seems like, here lately, EVERY NEW YEAR, I ask:  “Will this be the year that ALL of this takes place?”  I KNOW it WILL take place, because God says it WILL.  


The Apostle Peter, tells us that the FINAL scenario of the END will be when the Day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. (V10)   That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens, which is the earth’s atmosphere and the starry skies.  This will be done by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. (V12)  So in keeping with God’s promise, we, who are TRUE BELIEVERS, should be LOOKING FORWARD to a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH, where RIGHTEOUSNESS dwells. (V 13).


In the meantime, what should the TRUE BELIEVER do?  Well, our Scripture today, tells us that we should WORK HARD, make EVERY EFFORT to be found SPOTLESS, BLAMELESS and at PEACE with God.  In verses eleven and twelve we see that as TRUE BELIEVERS, we SHOULD LIVE HOLY and GODLY LIVES as we LOOK FORWARD to the Day of God and SPEED its COMING.   The way to SPEED its COMING, is through LIVING GODLY LIVES, PRAYING and WITNESSING, bringing others to SALVATION. 


Our Lord is PATIENT and wishes that NONE will PERISH, but on the other hand, He KNOWS that MANY will REJECT Him and His gift of SALVATION.  Are you one of those, who is REJECTING Jesus Christ and God’s gift of SALVATION?  I MUST TELL you that TIME is RUNNING OUT! The Lord Jesus could come to RAPTURE ALL of God’s Children, those who have ACCEPTED Jesus Christ and will live in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS, for ALL ETERNITY, and this could happen at ANY MOMENT.  If you have REJECTED GOD and His gift of SALVATION, you are headed for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPE once you are there. 


However, God doesn’t want that for you.  So He has provided a plan to RESCUE you from HELL and ALL its HORRORS.  This is what He wants you to do:  TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO HIM with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and start LOOKING FORWARD to your FINAL DESTINY.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON, it could be TODAY!!!

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