February 07, 2019
“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:10-13)
I was overwhelmed this morning with these five words in Matthew 25: "and the door was shut." It reminded me of God shutting the door on Noah's ark (which is a picture of our salvation) and no one could enter. Their opportunity forever ended. A horrifying prospect.
It will be that way for millions. They will be casually going on with their lives, ignoring God, and then the end will come and they will not be ready.
It is our job to warn those who do not know Christ of this soon-coming end. To proclaim from the housetops that this day is coming and that there is a way to come to know God and be known by God through Jesus Christ.
If we lived with this reality, it would change our witness and urgency and prayer. I wonder who we could tell today?
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.