Have we become tired?

Many, it seems, have become tired of waiting for the return of Jesus. It has been over two millennia and has not come yet. He hasn’t come, even though He said He would return. We don’t know when He will return and we cannot know it because only God knows the day and the hour. God will tell the angels and Jesus when it is time to claim the church and bring them into His house.

So many have held onto the hope of His coming but have gone ahead of us to be with Him. They will be the first to rise on that day, then we will rise to meet them in the air and always be with the Lord! So many have gone ahead of us and they will be the multiple thousands and thousands standing before the throne. Wait for the Lord’s timing and the trumpet will sound one day and it is not far in the future. When that wonderful day comes it will be a glorious day for us who belong to Jesus but woe and tribulation will come on the rest of the world beginning on that day.

Believe in Jesus and His atonement for your sins and you shall be saved. That day will come and with all of the prophecies fulfilled up until that day, it will likely be sooner than most believe it will be. Nobody can predict the day or the hour that it will happen but considering that everything that was foretold in God’s Word has come to pass already…there is nothing left except the taking away of the church. God may be waiting for that very last person to accept Jesus as their Savior and when that happens, the Trumpet of God will sound, and oh, what a glorious day that will be!

Whether it happens at night or in the daytime, the taking up of the church will be the exclamation point to prove to the world that God is true to His Word and that God’s Word, the Bible, is True. If you have ever felt a call in your heart to give your life to Jesus and ask Him to be your Savior, I beg you to seek Him out as soon as you can. Because, after the church is gone you can still place your faith in Him but the Holy Spirit will be gone from the Earth and evil will reign for seven years. It will be a very bad time to be a Christian. Not impossible, but you will have to rely on Him so much more than you ever thought you would need to.

The Cross, what does it mean?

To the Roman soldiers, the cross was the most barbaric way to kill those who were criminals or had seditious ideas against the empire that they had tried to carry out. To most Christians, the cross is the way that our Lord was killed to pay for our sins. What does it mean to you? The cross and the death of Jesus is the only way to gain your salvation from your sins. Belief in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for your sins is the only way to be saved.

Living your life for Jesus and following Him is not an easy way to live. Many people will “try” Christianity but when it gets hard and you have to give up something that you don’t want to give up…you might turn away from Him. How can anyone live as a Christian in our world? We cannot do it on our own strength but when you allow the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and change you…deeply, then and only then can you live the way Jesus intended.

Some people think it takes a lot of faith to come to know Jesus. It only takes a grain of faith the size of a mustard seed but that seed of faith will grow when you begin your journey with Jesus! Reading God’s Word and praying to know the meaning of it will help you grow in faith. Your life after you begin this journey will not be easy because Satan will try to get in your way, and stop you from being the person that God wants you to be. As long as you depend on His strength to carry you through those hard times, others will see the evidence of Jesus in your life even if you don’t tell anyone about your faith.

Jesus died on the cross because it is a symbol of faith and it is present in many parts of God’s creation and in many languages. There is a protein in our bodies that resembles a cross. It is called laminin and it essentially holds the cell membranes together. Here is a picture of it:

That is an electron microscope picture/drawing of the molecule itself and if that doesn’t look like a cross then I need better glasses than I have. God has placed the symbol of our salvation even inside our cells. This didn’t happen by accident. He knew that mankind would look into the structure of our cells and see this. Whether they associated it with Jesus or Christianity would be up to the individual and their beliefs, but it would still be there.

Jesus came to be your Savior and He accomplished all that was needed to be that and more. All that you need to do is accept the gift of salvation through faith in Him and turn away from your old, sinful ways and follow Him from this point on. It won’t be easy but the eternal benefits are fantastic!

Bear each other’s burdens

Life is hard enough today without any help from anyone. But, God promises to be with us every day. As Christians, we should help others bear the burdens that have been placed on them by life’s circumstances. Not just because it is the right thing to do but because we would want help whenever we become burdened with a load that is too much to bear alone.

God’s love…

The verse that nearly everyone knows, John 3:16, begins with “For God so loved…”. He does love us because we are created in His image. God doesn’t love the sinful ways that we live and show our lack of care and love toward each other. Can we fix this? NO! Not on our own we can’t.

When you feel His touch in your heart that convicts you of the ways that you have hurt His heart by living apart from Him, please don’t turn away. Don’t refuse to listen to that “small voice” that speaks to your soul. It is God telling you that you need to turn your life over to Jesus and allow Him to change your life.

God sent Jesus to live and teach and heal those who came to Him but He also came to die for our sins. He did that and then rose from the grave three days later as He conquered death for us. He made it possible for us to have eternal life with Him one day. Something that we can’t do on our own. We can’t be good enough to not commit sins during our time here. Satan always has the upper hand and can tempt us to do or think about things that we might not do on our own. The problem with our pride is that we think we can master our own selves.

Self-control is something that most of humanity has trouble with every day and has had to deal with this trouble for thousands of years. God knew this long before we were born and He provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to be admitted into God’s Presence. Believing in Him for your salvation and giving your heart to Him is the beginning of your eternity but that isn’t all. You need to study God’s Word and learn His will for your life and how you can possibly please God for the rest of your time here.

Becoming a Christian by your belief in Jesus as your Savior is the first step but it is only the first step on your journey to Heaven. Our life here is pitifully short compared to even one thousand years. Thinking of eternity is something our minds cannot conceive of. I pray that anyone who might read this will seek Jesus as their Savior…soon. Because one day the church will be taken up to be with Him and life on Earth will become more like hell on Earth than it has ever been. Make sure of your eternity before that happens.

The immeasurable love of God

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

God loves each of us so much that HE was willing to give His Son as a sacrifice to pay the penalty of all of our sins. They are paid for entirely, all you have to do is believe in Jesus for your salvation and you will be saved. Like the Jewish people in the wilderness who were bitten by venomous snakes for their disobedience and hard hearts, all they had to do to live was to look at the bronze serpent that Moses put on the pole in the camp. Just look at it and you will live. If they didn’t, they would die. Their “looking” at it was with expectancy and they were expecting God to heal them from the snake bites. We have to expect salvation through our belief in Jesus for our salvation.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is just that simple but many people don’t want to believe that it can be that simple. There must be something that they can do or must do in order to gain their salvation! That is the problem today, people expect that they have to help Jesus save their souls but that is not what is required. Those people in the wilderness couldn’t heal themselves. All they could do was believe what Moses told them about looking at the serpent on the pole and they would be healed. Jesus did all the work that was needed to bring salvation to us and it is up to us and our faith to believe in His work of atonement for our sins and we shall be saved.

There is nothing magical about the verse that nearly everyone knows but the belief in Jesus comes to us when God touches our hearts and we realize that we truly need Jesus as our Savior. I pray that everyone who reads this will seek Jesus Christ as their Savior because the time of God’s grace is coming to an end and the world will soon be in turmoil during the Tribulation. Salvation is possible during this time but it will be harder to achieve and live out during this period. God wants as many as will believe to come to salvation and I pray that you will.