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March 2, 2009

These words, spoken by the apostle Paul and recorded in I Thessalonians 4:18 have a dual exhortation. First, they admonish us to be looking continuously for the return of Jesus. We should take great comfort in the fact that, even though we cannot pinpoint the exact moment when the trumpet will sound, we know that he will return and we shall be like him. Second, we should comfort the other saints with this truth. We should continuously remind each other (we all need reminding and thinking of this should cause us to shout for joy) that our light affliction in this world is but for a moment and that when our time here is finished, we have an everlasting inheritance. We shall forever be in the presence of the Lord Jesus, who purchased us with his own blood.

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This post is intended to offer encouragement to those whose affections are on things above, from whence we look for our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ who has promised to return in an hour when we think not. To look beyond the continuing sagas of the day as we remember that our life here is like a vapor. For a brief moment in time, it dances amongst the atoms of this fallen world, and then flys off; never to pass this way again. To remember the words of the apostle Paul when he said “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Paul was a man who found himself  “in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” Yet he had such a heart for the churches that he also desired to be about the business of ensuring that they were properly grounded in truth. I pray that the following passages will encourage all to draw closer to Jesus and abide in his perfect peace which passes all understanding

II Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we oursleves are comforted of God.”

We know that every saint will endure tribulation in one form or another. But we also know that the absolute “rest” that we have in Christ, will remain through even the most unfathomable of catastrophies. If we are looking completely to Jesus and placing no confiednce in the flesh, we’ll be seemingly in another dimension while the world is being shaken to its very foundation. The Comforter; that is the Holy Ghost, abides within and as we submit ourselves to Christ, he will keep us in perfect peace. Subsequently, those around us will know that we don’t serve a God whose afar off, but is a very present help in trouble. As things unravel in the natural, some will desire what we have and divine appointments will arise.

I Thessalonians 5:9-11 “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should be together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

Every one of us need this continual exhortation and whenever we talk of our great salvation and the return of Jesus, all who are present are encouraged. Such thoughts should put a song in our heart and an extra bounce in our step as we are reminded of what lies ahead. A couple of weeks ago, I had kind of an epiphany while in the bedroom getting ready for work. It was like, for a brief second, I was granted a passing glimpse at just how short this life is and just how long eternity is. It was like observing a truth that I’ve tried unsuccessfully for years to wrap my mind around; let alone capture with words. Such a thing will forever ruin a person to ever again become overly excited about the affairs of this life while those in the ambience (even some of the saints) will think that we’ve gone off the deep end. 

I Thessalonians 5:16-23 “Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.
Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.
abstain from all appearances of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus.”

If we abide by this, we’ll have peace and contentment that will remain until our final moment in this realm is at hand. There are more passages that were planned for this, but since I’m running out of time before having to go to work, I’ll close for now. In short, we must continue looking to Jesus, maintaining an eternal perspective, and encouraging each other as we see the day approaching. The following link is to a post on this blog from March 19, 2007:

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It discusses Gods faithfullness to his saints in the midst of tribulation and seems needful to make mention of here. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

John 16:33 “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; i have overcome the world.”
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day aproaching.”
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104 comments

  1. Greetings Timbob,

    Just one more Scripture came to my mind as I read this post.

    Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

    Thank God that in these uncertain times, we still have His word as a comfort and anchor for our souls!


  2. This post is fitting as I am reading Revelation again and reminded of what is yet to come. Come Lord Jesus.


  3. Hi Carol. Thanks for mentioning this passage. What an awesome hope we have in the Lord Jesus as we run with patience the race that is set before us.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  4. Hi Code. Without a doubt our time in this world is but a very short season, but the age to come is so incredible that it defies definitions. Imagining a realm where time isn’t even a factor; stretching into the eons of everlastingness where we are forever in the presence of the Lord and the saints from every tribe and generation. WOW!

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  5. I have a pretty stressful job and at times it feels overwhelming. One day last month one of the believing ladies who works with me came into my office to ask me a question and could tell by my expression that I was on the verge of meltdown. She looked at me so sweetly and said, “It’s gonna be okay. Jesus is coming back to get us.” I began grinning from ear to ear and from somewhere inside I felt an almost irrepressible, joy filled “YES” filling my heart.

    What comforting words these were. I can get distracted by these temporal things and lose sight of what really matters – those things that are eternal. But He has a way of redirecting my focus…..

    One final thought from Isaiah 25:9. When pondering on why this verse made me feel so intensely happy when I read it, I realized it is the cry of the bride.

    And it will be said in that day:
    “Behold, this is our God;
    We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
    This is the LORD;
    We have waited for Him;
    We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

    Even so, come Lord Jesus


  6. Good morning Timbob. Sorry not to have dropped in for a while, simply find myself rather busy at the moment! Off to England for a while, hopefully will have a little more time when I’m back to drop by and consider the times with you. 🙂

    Blessings,

    Peter


  7. Hi brother Timbob

    Its been a while brother. I woke up not so long ago and dicovered I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. Where did it come from ? How could this happen to me? And all of a sudden I felt crushed. Too many circumstances to speak of, and anyway, it would shame Calvary to speak of them.

    “To look beyond the continuing sagas of the day.” I like that brother, I like that. “For a brief moment in time, it dances amongst the atoms of this fallen world, and then flys off; never to pass this way again.” Yes, heavenly inspired words. God bless you brother. Your prayers are coveted brother 🙂 ……Frank


  8. Hi Irene. Thanks for bringing up this passage from Isaiah. What an incredible blessed hope we have; to know that we shall soon be forever with the Lord.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  9. Hi Peter. I pray that all will go well in the UK. Thanks for taking time to drop by.

    Blessing always in Jesus name.


  10. Hi Frank. I’m keeping you and your household in prayer. So many are pressed beyond measure these days.May we all continue to draw closer to Jesus and know that all things work together for good. It’s not always easy to believe when everything seems to be going awry, but the Lord is faithful.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


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  12. Hi Raiul. Thanks for stopping by and offering your thoughts. Your english is good. I’ve heard that it can be hard to learn as a second language. Please offer your thoughts whenever you get time. Thanks.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


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