Sunday, July 24, 2011

Be Prepared...

When I awoke today, it might as well have been next Sunday.  Even though today is my Lord's day, that is not what I am getting at.

What I am referring to, is the fact that next Sunday would have been my now deceased husband's birthday, had he lived.

Upon waking, I felt that old awful feeling returning, once again.  It's not really depression and it certainly isn't despair.  It's more of a sadness that overcomes me.  It's definitely grief.

Even so, friends of mine had made me promise to worship with them at their church, today.  So, instead of heading out to my own place of worship, I headed in a different direction.

For some reason, I never seem to arrive at church much ahead of the scheduled time for worship.  Today, was no different!  :(

Even so, I was glad I had made it, at all.  For as I mentioned, I had woken up feeling rather grief-filled, today.

It was a wonderful worship service, with much music.  Of course, anyone who knows me, knows that music is a part of me.  And, I love honouring my Lord, through music.

The sermon was absolutely just what the doctor ordered.  It took my focus off me and my sorrow and helped me place it, where I needed to place my heart and mind.  On Jesus!

The pastor spoke about how we Christians are waiting for Jesus to return.  After all, God's Word, the Bible, does teach us that He will return for His bride, the church.  Meaning those of us who are believing or trusting in Jesus for our salvation.

We need to be prepared.

Certainly, those who are unsaved from an eternity in hell, will not be prepared. 

However, even as Christians, we need to be prepared and not fall asleep waiting, as some did with Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane.  While the pastor didn't quote this verse, what came to my mind was the verse where we are told to look up, for our redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28)!

Why do we need to be prepared?  Well, God's Word also tells us that those who are not delivered from the wrath of God by trusting in Jesus Christ for their salvation, will suffer the wrath of God.

Of course, those of us who belong to Christ, who know that we are saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ (alone) [Ephesians 2:8] must still be ready and waiting for Christ's return. 

However, there are many who will not be ready, and will be left behind, to suffer here on earth, for God will pour out His wrath on those who are not saved.

So, what must a person do to be saved?  Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ...and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)!

Please, don't take my word for it.  Read it for yourself.  Certainly you can read the Bible verses that I quoted herein this entry.  However, in my opinion, the best thing to do, is to read the New Testament portion of the Bible, for yourself.

For those who are not familiar, the Old Testament portion of the Bible, was written for the Israelites, a covenant for God's chosen people; prophecy was written here, with regards to the coming Messiah. 

The New Testament is the covenant God wrote for you and I, for all who live(d) upon the earth after the time Jesus came to earth the first time, as the mostly unrecognized prophesized Messiah.  Old Testament prophesy was fulfilled, when Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, for the sin of all who will believe/trust on Him.

So, read for yourself the New Testament.  If you have questions, feel free to contact me.  May God bless you, and save you, if you are not saved, already.

Until next time...

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