Maybe Not Today Or Tomorrow?? A Word from THE WORD!!! #42
Maybe not today or tomorrow but you will reap what you sow, God makes that clear; and while we tend to think we can “slide” into heaven on another’s coattail, we must be born again by the blood of Jesus, and when Jesus saves us, HE transforms our lives. No, we’re not made perfect and mature in an instant, but we do become the redeemed children of God, and grow IN JESUS!
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him
were all things created,
that are in heaven,
and that are in earth,
whether they be thrones,
all things were created
and for him:
17 And he is before all things,
and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:12-17
Has your sin been forgiven? Paul reminded the Philippian believers that God is the ONE who is working in and through us to bring us to Himself—to glorify Jesus and His Father God through us, when we are saved!! Who and what are you and I glorifying? Are we yielding to the work of God in our heart and life—every day? Any day?
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
So, let’s consider today, and every day, what are we sowing? What do we expect to reap? Will it be to God’s glory or our shame. And yes, we all sin and fail our Lord, but is our heart set on pleasing Jesus or self? When we fail, do we run quicky to HIS feet for forgiveness and restoration? Or do we fall to the lies of the enemy and run in the opposite direction? It’s a question that we each must answer.
“Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity,
let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them
who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10
Have you been born again, or are you just “playing church”, trying to convince yourself and others that you are “ok”? (See John 1:11-13 & John 3:16-21) Are you counting on your own good works or the blood of Jesus to save and redeem you by HIS substitutionary (in our place), atoning (paying the price for our sin—mine and yours) sacrifice (the cost of my sin and yours—the very blood of the Son of God, who came to shed HIS blood and “take away the sin of the world”!)? I pray that God will speak to your heart today, as HE is speaking to me. May we draw near to our God that we may “withstand in the evil day”, for it is here. If you’re not aware, the “perilous times” have arrived.
“This know also,
that in the last days
perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be
lovers of their own selves,
disobedient to parents,
3 Without natural affection,
despisers of those that are good,
lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Is our behavior in this list of wickedness that identifies the world or are we exercising and exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is
against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s
have crucified the flesh
with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22-25
Examine the two lists, and ask God to reveal to your heart and mine where we are really aligned—with our Lord or the enemy of the souls of men? James had a most harsh and yet apropos word to close on today. What will your answer be?
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
know ye not
that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God?
will be a friend of the world
is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain,
The spirit that dwelleth in us
lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace.
Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands,
and purify your hearts,
ye double minded.” James 4:4-8
I pray that God will help each of us to “withstand in the evil day” and be found faithful when HE calls us to Himself; and I can’t help but think that day is nearer than we expect (or are prepared for!). And just one final reminder that when we fail, we have “an advocate with The Father”!
“If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin,
we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned,
we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:6-10
Amen and Amen!!!