It’s Time??? A Word from THE WORD!!! #29
Now is the time—now is the day; for this is the day “The Lord has made” and we never have assurance of tomorrow. Make your choice today.
“(For he saith,
I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation
have I succoured thee:
is the accepted time;
is the day of salvation.)” 2 Corinthians 6:2
I pray that this post will encourage us to take advantage of today—it is what we have, and we don’t have a guarantee of tomorrow, or another opportunity to come to Jesus, or to serve HIM obediently. Paul warned his son-in-the-ministry that there would be difficult days ahead, and “perilous times” would come; well, my friends, Paul’s message could have come off the front page of any newspaper in the world!
“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
It saddens my heart that we are not “turning away” but it seems that we are rather inviting the devil into God’s house and work! I would encourage you to go over this list and look up these words of description of our world now! Yet, we can avoid this by following some other advice that Paul gave to Timothy, and to us.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect,
unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Are you and I using God’s Word to discern or the world’s? May we truly strive to use God’s Word for our “doctrine…reproof… correction…and instruction in righteousness…”! And just FYI, “perfect” means maturity not ‘perfection’!
We can have confident assurance that our Lord Jesus is returning, and we are to “Occupy till I come”; yet it seems we have surrendered just as our victory is about to appear. I would just like to leave us with some food for thought. It’s your choice, but choose wisely, there is a test, and it may be closer than you think.
“According to my earnest expectation
and my hope,
that in nothing I shall be ashamed,
but that with all boldness,
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,
whether it be by life,
or by death.
21 For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20-21
What is it “to you”? (Don’t miss the “to me” in verse 21, as many quote it and leave that out—it is Paul’s declaration of his decision to be devoted to Jesus in all things—every day)! Let’s join Paul in devotion to Jesus!!!
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Are we living by faith or by sight? It all belongs to Jesus anyway!!! Oh, precious Lord Jesus, help me to use my time wisely that I will be found faithful when you come……whenever that may be!!!
Amen and Amen!!!