Happy New Year to you (in advance, depending upon where you are in the world this very moment)
Today, I want you to repeat these words to yourself,”as if”….”as if”, ….“AS IF”…Now let them echo in your head for a moment. What comes to mind? The purpose of this exercise is to gently rouse your spirit conscious. There are some poignant scriptures that God has left for us, to help us deal with the fearful mind, we have dominion over fear (through scripture). Destructive Fear is not of God, (although there is a HEALTHY fear of the Lord and rightfully so) as in * Rev 14:7 Negative fear needs to be viewed as a weapon of the enemy, similar to a spiritual grenade. If you operate “as if” something bad is going to happen, two bad things are born of it; the new way you have put on and the way you’ve imagined it fearfully in your mind. After all, the Lord returning, is a Good thing, it’s something as Christians that feels an awful lot like your first day at Kindergarten, the anticipation, waiting for your parent to return to get you, that feeling of knowing at the end of the day You just want to go home!
* “Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.” Revelation 14:7
We are approaching 2013, and there is a lot of chatter about end of world prophecies, Mayan Calendar, end of days ‘talkity talk’ going on. It sure would be helpful if God would tell us exactly what to say, think and do, (considering all of the above). Oh wait, He does have IMPORTANT information and guidance specific to this 🙂 So specific in fact, that it’s downright complicated, about as complicated as a pulse, either you’ve got one & you’re good or you’ve got & you’re not.
The Bible shows us that God wants you to NOT be focused or obsessed with the details (the surprise arrival will be on us*(1Thess 5:2-3), not the other way around. We should be about our Father’s business all the day long. It is not so much even a secret, as it is UNKNOWN, why does He say no one knows, *other than to Him? (*Matt 24:36) More than likely, the time in which the return occurs rests within the changing nature of events as they unfold; Divine Providence & Free Will needing to balance their selves out consistently. It is a comforting thought to think it could be sooner if needed or prolonged to gather more souls (*Matt 24;22)
* 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
* Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
* Matthew 24:36
The Day and Hour Unknown
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father.
40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
So there you have it, God’s suggestion is be ready. He wants us to remain assured IT WILL HAPPEN, but we are to operate “AS IF” it could happen at any moment, right now, today, any second. Spend time periodically through your day to assess how you are feeling about life, plans, events and this empty calender inviting you to ignore where we are in history or to embrace it. Pencil God in for every day! He will Come and Go with you in all that you need to do. Then you can Trust His perfect timing that all will be well for those who Love and serve the Lord!
Watch & Listen
HEAVENLY FATHER, as we see this world around us, the great need, the ever changing landscape of family values, the way people treat each other, their time, their bodies, their friends and their relationship with YOU. The world around is both shaped by us and shapes the stage for each moment to follow, a living, evolving tapestry of human existence. Lord, rework us, every fiber, into the finest of Your pure wool and use us to complete Your Eternal Masterpiece. Empower and embolden us to live Your example and be the presence of You in this world. In Jesus Mighty name we pray amen!