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HE IS COMING

Every individual is a matchless gift from God
Discover and cherish their attributes
Accept and overlook their bad tendencies for a time
Pray they will overcome these faults
With the help of Jesus Christ

Cling to Jesus to show you His way
Let the Bible enlighten your path
Be kind to all you encounter

Let your light of love shine brightly
Leading people out of darkness
Teach them God’s way
Many will join a good cause
Invite them to spread the gospel with you
Preparing the lost
For God’s eternal Kingdom to come
Teaching the truths found only in the Bible

Ready the masses for the reign of Jesus Christ the King
He promised to come again in glory
To welcome those wearing His robe of righteousness
A gift accepted by those who acknowledge
They cannot save themselves, not by works
Nor by any human effort
Only by humbling themselves and bowing to Jesus
Accepting His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary
And looking to Jesus for forgiveness if we sin

For the Holy Spirit enables us to come,
Confessing and repenting
Joyfully resuming the new life we’ve found in Christ
Confident God the Father will see in us
Only the righteousness of Christ

What a gift!
What a Savior
Accept Him into your heart now
For the signs of the times indicate
He is coming soon

PERSEVERANCE REQUIRED

How many times lately, outside of church, have you spoken to others about your faith in God? For myself, I do not measure up in this area. Sure, I write this blog and have written a wonderful book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, about relationships with God in the Last Days, for which I continue to seek out a traditional publisher. But witnessing in person rather than in writing is, I think, harder hitting.

I recently accepted a volunteer position at church as a greeter. I had forgotten how satisfying and rewarding contact with people can be even while stepping out of my comfort zone. And there is no other place I’d rather help people feel welcome. But that’s just a start.

What about neighbors, friends, and family? I’ve spoken to them in the past about God, but many of them rejected God’s truths as revealed in the Bible. Some of my neighbors don’t care to go to church at all. Their lifestyles don’t include reliance on God for their needs. All I can do is befriend them, reflect Christ’s image, and pray for them. Perhaps a crisis in their lives will drive them to God’s door. In the Bible, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea, prophetically the Last Days church, “Here I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him , and he with me” (Rev. 3:20). We need to encourage others to open the door and commune with Him.

What a marvelous relationship with Jesus will ensue. He is our Redeemer, bound to offer us, as sinners, with everything we need to overcome the power of Satan. Jesus promises: “To him who overcomes, I give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

There is nothing more rewarding than leading someone to Jesus. However, it requires patience and perseverance. Never stop praying for those relatives of yours who need Christ in order to overcome. Don’t be afraid to witness to others who need caring friends to introduce them to God’s unconditional love, that healing balm which produces a sense of purpose and the hope of salvation.

—Scripture quotaions taken from NIV Bible—

OUR DESTINY

What has God ordained for our lives? Above all, He longs for each of us to find in Him our best friend. There is no one on this earth who He doesn’t woo daily to accept an intimate realationship with Him. He will, however, not force us. In the book of Revelation 3:20, Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Jesus is speaking to the church of Laodicea, who need His rebuke and His loving call for repentance. Historically, in prophecy, Jesus is also speaking to the church of the Last Days, you and me, the lukewarm church who doesn’t want to be inconvenienced or commit. He knows our dominant state of mind and heart. We think we have no need of a rebuke and are pretty much righteous in God’s eyes, when in fact He shocks us with knowledge of our true spiritual condition: “You are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17). So now what do we do?

Jesus has it covered. He says: “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you my be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and annoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see” (Rev. 3:18).

Jesus provides for us to be purified, sanctified, “refined,” through testing trials, that we may reflect His image. Our richness describes our character. Additionally, He offers to give us His “white garments” — His robe of righteousness if we would just claim it. For it is given by grace through faith in His atoning sacrifice. Only with His robe of righteousness can we appear blameless before God and enter heaven. Of equal importance is the eye salve He offers us. We need to be aware of or “see” our condition of wretchedness caused by sin, that we may repent.

God wants the best for us. He offers us an enriched life if we choose to enter into an intimate relatonship with Him. Only then can He transform us into the holy persons He has ordained for us to become.

–Scripture quotations taken from the NKJV–

What keeps you from having an intimate relationship with Jesus? Or, what keeps your heart connection with Him intact?

How has your relationship with Jesus changed your life? Please feel free to share. Your comments may enlighten another, aiding him or her in finding a closer walk with God.

I FORGOT GOD WAS THERE

I am faced with the challenge of finding a publisher for by debut book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS. It’s set in the Last Days, in other words, today’s world. The characters in my book would never have intended me to struggle like this to bring them on stage. Those characters I am endeared to have a developing relationship with Jesus and they never forget to pray to the Almighty, because they know they can’t do it themselves. They’ve been influenced by the mindset of a mature Christian they are getting to know. He realizes life is a joint venture with God. He has found he needs to acknowledge God, petition Him, and continue leaning on Him day after day.

Yet here I am, the main character in my own life’s story, and I forgot God was there. This week I forged ahead on my own, without consulting God, without asking for His direction.

I now refer to the characters in my book. Alex prays fervently at the drop of a hat. He recognizes the power and wisdom of God. He has learned he can’t succeed without God’s help and he prays earnestly for others. Carissa is headstrong and devoted to her own interests, yet she learns to turn more and more of her life over to God. Perhaps because of developmental difficulties, Sally has a problem trusting God fully. John refuses to turn to God. We see him lead a life without the richness only God can provide. Kate knows a good ensemble when she’s introduced to it. She quite easily allows herself to be surrounded by and to learn from her new friends who rely on the Lord. Even some minor characters display new strength after partnering with the Lord. Whereas, those not so wise try to go it alone.

And here I am this week, continuing my search for a publisher, relying solely on myself. As I acquiesce to God’s superiority, I am reassured by His ability to provide all I need to succeed. I bow to Him today, remembering He will always be there for me. All I need to do is ask.

Consequently, He has told me to enlist the help of my blog readers. If anyone out there has published with Moody Publishers, please let me know. I need an author who I can use as a reference with them.

I hope this post has helped you some in recognizing God’s helping hand is essential.

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