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EVERLASTING: YOUR LIGHT WILL SHINE WHEN ALL ELSE FADES

April 3, 2010
Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
This is a truth that, once it passes beyond being a theological position and becomes planted in our hearts, it will forever change the way we view our present circumstances. To realize that, long before the first was formed and commanded to take up its position, “God is.” And to consider that, long after the last star has ceased to shine and the present creation has fled away, “God is.” Understanding just how temporal this life is and contemplating what “everlasting” is like will place the present into perspective. And when we consider the incredible price that Jesus paid, so that we may be forever in his presence, it’s an understanding that will leave one all but speechless. An everlasting Creator, who became flesh, dwelt among us, and paid for the sins of all with his own blood. “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” It’s a love of such magnitude that, try as we may, we cannot possibly grasp the whole of it.
Before going any further, I must tell about March 28 as it has become far more significant than in previous years. Back in 1992, this was the day in which Kimberly McClain became Mrs. timbob. In 2010, this was the day in which Mrs. timbob believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. I truly believe that this was more than just a wayside profession and there have been indicators throughout the past week that signify an authentic encounter with the Lord Jesus. It’s interesting how, in the months and years leading up to this moment, I strove to be a faithful city set upon a hill without jumping ahead of what the Lord was doing at any given time. (I mis-stepped often) It was quite a balancing act as the potential for disaster-without-remedy was profound. There were many times (I mean MANY TIMES) when I had to stop and fervently ask the Lord to amplify the eternal picture because the circumstances in the natural appeared to be so entrenched. By the grace of God, this marriage remained intact and strongholds have been toppled.
This is not to say that it will be smooth sailing from no until the trumpet sounds. There will be trials; some which will be even more challenging than any in the past. It seems that the potential for mistteps is even greater than it was a week ago. On top of this, we see the end of the age and all that accompanies it fastly approaching. This means that those who are born of the Spirit in these times will have to become “spiritual-in -a-hurry” so to speak. It seems like a formidable task, and one is tempted to wonder how a new saint will fare under such conditions. (probably much better than many of the older ones) Yet we know that the Lord will sustain those who truly love him and his grace is sufficient for any situation. Nahum 1:7-8 explains that the Lord will make a full end of a place, however, he will sustain those who trust in him. He is “a strong hold in the day of trouble” regardless of the components or the intensity of that trouble. (I Corinthians 10:13 also comes to mind)
John 6:47 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
“Everlasting” doesn’t submit to the laws of weights and measures. It is “literally” an existance without ending. Every time a child is conceived, the fabric of the everlasting is expanded. We know that God inhabits both eternity past and eternity yet-to-be. Everyone who is born of the Spirit will inhabit “eternity yet-to-be with the Lord Jesus. These truths are primary components of our faith and yet, try as we may, we cannot truly envision the whole of them. The fact that God has always been and has never changed is a truth that shatters all of the perimeters of logic. It seems impossible to have “always been,” with no starting point or process of becoming. As for everlasting future; at least we can somewhat (somewhat) wrap our mind around the theological concept. Still, we cannot envision what it will be like to abide in a setting where timepieces have nothing to measure. While these things are beyond our comprehension, they foster incredible peace on the part of those who are born of the Spirit, cause us to be all the more grateful of our salvation, and place into a proper perspective all the issues of this temporal world. Our love for the Lord Jesus will continually grow as these truths become increasingly real to us.
I John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
The level to which this truth resides in a persons heart will manifest in their life. A peson who is eternally minded will have a different agenda than one who is focused on the here. Much preaching today, from an array of venues, focuses on the “here” and it literally robs those who, for whatever reason, embrace it. There is no life in the conversation of this world; nor will one find contentment in anything that it offers. A person whose affections are firmly upon Jesus and the age to come will find themselves withdrawing from anything that caters to the three lusts while lovingly offering instruction to those who oppose themselves.  Our desire is that everyone would know the Lord Jesus and inherit eternal life. The level to which this desire resides in our heart will also manifest in our conversation, what we do in our spare time (Spare time? What’s that? lol) and how we conduct ourselves in the course of performing obligations. This next passage is a favorite:
Daniel 12:2-3 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
What an incredible moment; when we put off this earthly tabernacle and enter into the presence of the Lord Jesus, by whom the worlds were created. (Hebrews 1:2) Whether we leave by way of the grave or we are appointed to be one who is standing here when he returns, that moment will be like none other. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This means that, throughout the ages to come, we’ll “never” be apart from the Lord. When this world and all that it entails is but a distant memory, we shall be residing in the holy city, new Jerusalem. There will be a new heaven and a new earth; a pristine creation uncontaminated by sin.
I Thessalonians 4:18 “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Well I have to go as it’s now past 2:30 AM and this post has run long. So much is happening; both physically and spiritually, as the days are being shortened. Just a note; on Wednesday, April 7, Steve Quayle  will be the featured guest on Coast to Coast AM. He will be discussing the prophetic implications of the current world economic situation, the various theaters of potential military confrontation, bio-terrorism, and other harbingers of “things to soon be unleashed.” This should cause us all to look up and know that our redemption is drawing near.
Revelation 1:7-8 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, A-men.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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8 comments

  1. Timbob, what a wonderful story to start my day with! I’m so happy for you and your lady I’m wiping tears away. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂


  2. That is so awesome. We’ve been praying a long time for this. What a way to celebrate Easter as well. Now, the kids… We will continue to pray. Continue to pray for my manager. He was here in town and I invited him to Good Friday service. I think it really spoke to him more than he said. He said it was a good service and said he would attend Easter service as well.


  3. Hi Timbob

    Yay!! All I can say is that in the enthusiasm which you must be feeling, and knowing the lateness of the hour, DO let the Holy Spirit do the work in Mrs Timbob. Not one of us will be a completed work until the coming of Christ and it doesn’t matter how far from complete we are, when he comes, it will be finished. As long as she is listening and building and growing (and dying 😛 ), He will prepare and shelter her.

    I have another scripture to add to the ones you have mentioned. This touched my heart last week and has been lingering (how I love the lingering) there ever since.

    Colossians 3:4 “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

    Christ “who is our life…” How wonderful! We are lifeless without Him and what a joy it will be to come into the fulness of that life. My heart leaps!

    May you and Mrs Timbob enjoy the growth which is to follow, and be an encouragement to each other in your walks with our Lord.

    Blessings 🙂


  4. Hi Cindy. Thanks so much for stopping by. Sorry for the delayed reply. Please keep this household in prayer. The enemy is fighting more than I’ve ever known; seeking to undo everything.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  5. Hi Code. Thanks so much for keeping us in prayer. I’m certain that the Manager will soon be in the household of faith.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  6. Hi Fivepeas. Great to hear from you again. Thanks for making mention of the passage from Colossians. It’s been ten days since writing this post and it’s been a real challenging situation here. As I had expected, the enemy seems to have kicked it into high gear, but he’s lost the battle already. When I think of how much different things are as opposed to even a year ago, it fosters much shouting!

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  7. In regards to your wondering about how the new saints will fare in the days ahead . . .

    The perennials I planted last year are up, and they look so beautiful. Last week, as I was going about the yard checking on them, I noticed the soil was getting dry. I started to worry about them a bit because we haven’t had rain.

    The Lord spoke to my heart that the lack of rain is what causes them to send their roots down deeper, in search of water.

    I replied that I was worried about the small/young ones.

    Then He impressed upon me that this is the best time for them to endure such hardship. Never again will they strive so hard to grow as they will now–while they are young and strong.


  8. Hi dontbefooled. I’ve been thinking about this ever since I first read it. (I didn’t have time to reply then) The zeal of a new saint is incredible. Sadly I fear that many of us lose some of the “drive for growth” as we mature. In fact, it was an “I got this” attitude that culminated in a season wherein I was backslidden for a few years. The Lord pulled me out of it in a moment, back in 2004, and it was like being “rebooted.”

    This will sound nutty, but I think that backslidden period was necessary to prevent me from falling into a mechanical form of godliness that would have left me wide open to deception as the time of the end draws near. Nonetheless, it was a painful time; one that I never want to duplicate.

    Thanks for you input on this. It’s something that most of us don’t consider the dangers of.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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