Are You Awake?

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Are you awake or just hitting the snooze button???

If there is one thing on my heart tonight it is this — URGENCY!  We must have a purpose filled urgency to be aware of what is going on in our country.

Some will say that there is nothing we can do, that it is a waste of time to “fret”.  Some will even preach that we are being fearful and therefore not standing on the Lords promises or blessings.

I will not, I can not keep quite.  My love ones must know that time is short.  My children must be equipped to stand strong for the faith they have.  For it is going to be our children and grandchildren that are going to have to see the very worst.

Scripture speaks for itself:

  • Be awake!
  • Suit up in the armor!
  • Encourage each other!  ~~ This does not mean tell people that “it’s not that bad”.
  • Those that are working so hard to further the Word of God, to advance the Gospel and the news of His return we must support.
  • Warn, warn, warn…to warn is to love.  Do so patiently.
  • Understand prophecy, respect it.  God will not take lightly the mocking of his prophets.
  • Justice belongs to the Lord, not us.  We only do good.  The rest is up to Him.
  • Rejoice! Pray, pray, and pray more in ALL things.
  • Be blameless and ready for His return — How can we do that if we are not watchful?
  • ALL believers need to find unification…there is no time or need for petty differences.

The last statement to have this letter read to ALL brothers and sisters…Pretty sure that makes this passage of the utmost urgency.  Do not take the return of our Lord lightly.

1 Thessalonians 5

 

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

 

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

 

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

 

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

 

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Oh snap!

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Yep, can we say “snap!”  That my friends was my message today.  After a message on Romans 13:1-7 it was clear to me my attitude has been less then godly when it comes to the direction of this great nation.  I have always been taught, “pray for our leaders.”  Boy oh boy do I pray.  It’s usually goes something like this….”Oh Lord, he has NO idea what this could mean, and if he does SHOW THEM and show them NOW.  If he will not listen, Lord, remove him, raise up another……” and on and on I would go.  On bible study nights when praying with others, I kind of would just skip over the whole asking for blessing part….

The fact is this:  I was being an ‘obstinate audacious brat’ to my Lord.  I was telling Him what to do!  I know the Word, I know we are in end times, yet here I was telling the Lord to find another way.  YIKES.

He is oh so sovereign!  We must NOT forget!  He will do what he needs to do in getting ready for His return.   His Word is clear that we will suffer.  We ought be praying that no matter His will unfold, and that we have the strength and faith to stand firm.  Pray that the Holy Spirit give us the right words to be sharing (time is short!), and that His love and grace is reflected from not only our actions as well as our speech.

Yes things are getting bad, and they will be worse for our children.   We do not have time to be fighting the rulers of this world, God’s Word, and especially His Will.  Time is better spent graciously and honestly praying for our government and world leaders, and teaching our children.

A Christian’s Duties to the State

13 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval. For government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience. And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks.[a] Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor. HCSB