It is a fact of life that we can’t escape the sentence of death. Our lives come to an end at some point. Young or old, famous or infamous, popular or unknown to most people every person comes to that point. Sometimes it sneaks up on us and sometimes it brings our health down slowly but death comes to each of us in one way or another.
I’ve been thinking about this lately because a family member left us about a month ago and then on the news ever since then there have been shootings in local cities and in our nation. There have been some celebrities who have passed away. There have been many around the world that have been killed in wars and other “actions” in places that we don’t hear about until days later. Why am I writing about such a depressing subject as “death”? Because each of us will have to face it in one way or another one day. There is no reason to ignore it or pretend it won’t happen.
The question of the moment is: Are you ready for it? I think most of us would agree that we are never really ready for it unless we have given our hearts to Jesus and we believe that He is our Savior. If we are born again in Him then we are ready for death because it is our doorway into heaven. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior yet I encourage you to seek Him out as soon as possible. Why the urgency?
Because of the time that we are living in. We are living in the period just before the Tribulation mentioned in the book of Revelation. The time to seek Jesus as your Savior is today. Don’t put it off. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. Please don’t wait until the church is taken from the Earth.
If you have not given your heart to Jesus then you are not in a battle with him because he already has you. Satan fights with and tries to trip up anyone who has given their heart to Jesus because he is trying to cause your witness to be meaningless. Every time you slip from following Jesus just a little bit, he knows it, and those who know you are watching to see if you walk the way you claim to. If you thought becoming a Christian would make life easier, you are wrong. When you become a Christian you have left the camp of Satan’s forces and you are fair game to his temptations.
Satan and his “fallen angels”, the demons and principalities, hate you. Especially when you have given your heart to Jesus. You have become the enemy because you are living for Jesus and when you are doing this, Satan knows all of your weaknesses and he can target your mind so intimately that you will believe almost anything he tells you. Remember, Satan convinced one-third of the angels in Heaven to follow him in his rebellion against God. He has been going against God’s purposes for thousands of years regardless of who he was tempting or causing to stumble. Unless you have learned a lot of scripture he can even use it against you by twisting God’s word into something that it isn’t.
Christians everywhere are in a battle against the world system that is controlled by Satan and his demons. His evil plan is being worked out in every area of the world and especially in churches and in every place where Christians are being persecuted. The thing about all of this is that God is allowing it. Satan can’t do anything that God doesn’t allow him to do. God knows who will resist him and his temptations and who will not be able to resist.
What is the point of telling you this? So you’ll know and hopefully, get ready for his attacks before they come. We don’t get warnings ahead of time so we have to be ready at any time. God gave us His Word and His wisdom in the Bible so that we can be ready and know His words and His Truth when Satan tries to twist scripture around. Make sure that you know Jesus and His Truth in your heart and mind so you will have a defense when Satan tries to tempt you because he will.