Looking-To-TheeAugust 3, 2009
August has always been a reflective time of year; comparable to a season which is soon to give way to more trying circumstances. The spiritual implications of this are undeniable. As summer moves into it’s final phase, I’m finding an overwhelming desire to just seek the Lord Jesus and be about those things of eternal significance. The end times senario is unfolding before us and eternity is closer today than it was yesterday. Although it’s not currently possible, I would love to just spend every day out in the streets proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ; the power of God whereby folks can be saved and lives transformed. In a world which is awash in ten-step programs that promise deliverance from a plethura of devices, only the blood of Jesus can wash away sin. Only through Jesus can a person escape the broad way leading to perdition and inherit everlasting life.
To seek the Lord and be in his will. To lay aside every tradition, every sin, every itinerary that’s born of men, and every distraction that would cause us to be standoffish toward the deep things of God. To ensure that we’re not harboring attachments to the temporal world that would foster shipwreck in the day of temptation. To be understanding of the times that we’re in and strive to be prepared to witness goings on in the natural that will astonish even the most spiritual amongst us. Those who walk close to God will know what to do when faced with unimaginable circumstances and deception. Look to Jesus and stand on his word. The warning in Matthew 24:24 should never be far from our daily cogitations. We must likewise be careful to not allow any drifting in these final moments of the age.
This is probably more opinion than anything, but it seems to me that the days for seeking change through political manuverings are long gone. The earthly kingdoms that so many place great confidence in are soon to go the way of the chariots of Egypt. The days when one could just go with the flow of the professing christians in their ambience and get by are fastly slipping away. I fear, that a tragedy is about to unfold in the form of multitudes of believers not being spiritually prepared for the times that are at the door. Many are so convinced of a pre-tribulation rapture that they don’t even consider such things. Or they are so convinced that the current geo-political institutions can never be altered that they go about their daily routine as though the status quo will always be. To many, ponderings about the end of the age may be interesting, but they never actually enter the heart.
II Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
One of the greatest deceptions is that of continuance. The idea that tomorrow will closely resemble today. Oftentimes our lips may profess to understand the lateness of the hour but our heart has a hard time believing it. A few months ago, our pastor stated words to the effect of “things are happening today that I never would have imagined.” To me it was a “heads-up,” so to speak of how unprepared most of us are. This age is quickly approaching its conclusion. Furthermore, in every second of every day, souls are passing a point of no return as they slip into the realm of eternity. Every day it becomes more pronounced as to how great the harvest is and how few the laborers are. Many profess to understand this, and yet so few seem to have their step hastened by this revelation. Despite all of our supposed understanding, most of us are still “lingering” as Lot did on the morning of judgment.
Genesis 19:15-16 “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him, and set him without the city.”
We are all in need of increased understanding concerning the lateness of the hour and the treacherous situation of those who know not the Lord Jesus. Add to this the understanding that we don’t know who will still be standing in the morning. There are souls, who are alive and well at this very moment , however, they will be in eternity before the sun shines again upon their earthly kingdom. Likewise none of us know when our time here will conclude. Each tract has the potential; of being our final one and every post that we publish may be our last. It’s quite possible that our embodiment of works, done in Jesus name, will conclude without our being aware of it.
Well I’ll be going for now. A apolagize for not making the rounds in the blogosphere in the way that I like to. First shift is good for the home front, however, it hinders my blogging activity. Nonetheless, I’ll strive to get around in the following days. I actually feel closer to many of the saints in this venue than to those in my own ambience; even though I don’t get by as often as I would like. I find a lot of encouragement out here. I know that this post sounds similar to many offered up here over months gone by, but these things cannot be over-emphasized. The final passage below has also appeared in many of those similar postings, but it’s such a needful admonition. Until the next time, blessings always in Jesus name.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”