Brethren, I believe that most of my readership are born again believers in our Lord, and are looking to the sky all throughout the day for HIS COMING.
WHAT DOES THIS WORLD HOLD FOR US, EXCEPT TO SHARE THE SAVING GOSPEL WITH THE LOST?
I remember years ago, I saw our music director and her husband in a store. We chatted a bit and I mentioned how much I wanted the Rapture of the church to happen. I knew as soon as I had mentioned “Rapture” that they either did not know about this glorious event, or they knew but were quite contented to be here on earth. As they gave me the deer in the headlights look, I was speechless.
But perhaps you know friends or relatives who are church goers, but do not display fruit worthy of repentance. It’s for these people that I am writing this article.
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?“ (Mark 8:36).
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). Brethren, Please note that it is not money in and of itself that cause some to stray; it is the LOVE of money.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
My purpose is NOT to make anyone feel condemned; only to check their hearts to see where their treasure is.
The Beatitudes show us how to be more like Jesus.
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:1-12).
Brethren, I will tell you freely that so many times, I miss the mark – either not doing something I know is right, or doing something that I know is not pleasing to our Lord. I thank our God for for these passages of Scripture:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” ( 1John 1:9).
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:15-25).
Please understand that if you have truly repented and trusted fully in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, then all of the Scripture above with be precious to you!
Here is a sermon from Pastor Adrian Rogers titled “You Can Be Sure.” Adrian has been with Jesus since 2005: