“The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” Psalms 29:11
“Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied.” Jude 1:2
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods.” 1 Chronicles 16:25
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19
I have been patiently waiting for our next house to come open for a whole month. How silly that sounds to my own ears, but living in a one bedroom travel trailer is something that takes patience, organization (messes can pile up quickly), and grace to do. I am so thankful God provided us with it and a place to park, but I am ready to ‘go home’.
I have found my ‘dream home’. If you have bought a house recently or sold one you know there is so much to it. In my naïve way, I kind of thought it would be like going to the grocery store and getting whatever you needed, neatly placing it on the counter, and then paying and leaving. How out of the ‘loop’ I am!
As I wait, I have found myself praying a familiar prayer. ’If it is okay with you, Father. Thy will be done! Don’t let us make a wrong move!!” I have heard so many times, our lives can get messy because we didn’t say or do something a certain way and we caused our own demise. Yes, that is true to a degree. Something I have learned is God is not so uninvolved in our lives that He would let us totally mess it up beyond repair. God is merciful and full of graciousness and compassion. If your child were about to step into oncoming traffic, would you not reach out and grab them?? They have their own free will, yes, but you still have an element of control over situations in their lives when they are small. God will not ‘control’ us, but He certainly will protect us when we are doing our best for Him.
I remember Joyce Meyer teaching once that God told her, “Joyce, I am not as hard to get along with as some make Me out to be.” I know what He means when He says that. I think people many times measure God by their authoritative and exacting bosses, abusive fathers, or controlling spouses. We measure God by people and it will never compute that way! Why? Because you have tried to put the wrong variables together.
God is not a man. He is not like people who live and deal with others by whims, moods, or personality types. God is good and is love. His very nature is compassion and mercy! Do we try Him due to that? Of course not! But, we know God has only good planned for us and He will get that good to us!
If you saw your child doing their best at school, yet struggling in a subject would you punish them? If you are a good parent you would not. You would hire tutors, get them extra help, meet with their teacher to let them know you are aware there is a problem and you are there to help. Why? Because you know it isn’t that child’s fault. You know they are doing all they are capable of doing and your love for your child has caused you to feel compassion toward them. It has caused you to do things you would not normally have done to ensure your child’s success!
God is no different with us. He gives full grace and leads us in ways we didn’t know to go on our own, to get us to the best place, at the right time for us.
Thank God for reminders of his grace and mercy. In the meantime, I will patiently wait knowing He can be fully trusted.
This morning when I began my prayer time the Lord spoke to me and said, “My Son is coming soon, and it is your definition of soon.” For years, in fact all of my life, I have heard ‘Jesus is coming soon’. I believed it, and I still do, but I do believe some people have given up watch because it has not been our definition of soon that we have witnessed.
God spoke to me and told me to warn the people, and to others get ready, for others rejoice! The ones who are to be warned are those who have denied Jesus and His Lordship over their lives. This is a very stern and strong warning if you fit in this category! Jesus is real, the Bible is true, and one day every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. Please, don’t do this when it is too late and you can no longer gain access into Heaven. Heaven is real, but so is Hell and the Bible tells us it a tormenting fire that will never be quenched. Don’t spend your eternity there!!
For some time, one of my son’s friends from the past has been on my mind. He proclaims to be an atheist. I decided to make contact with him and ask him where he now stood in his stance concerning God. He let me know that he had read about different religions and decided to give up trying to make the decision about what was ‘real’ to him. He said, “For me, it is a crap shoot. Where I end up, is where I end up.” If you are a Christian, I ask you pray for this young man, but we would be surprised at how many take this approach, or lack thereof to God. Oh, how my heart grieves for people like this!
To those who need to ‘get ready’. You have played church. You put on one face at church and around your leadership, but at home it is a different life altogether. You lack character and you lie to yourself and others, and what sad is you have begun to believe your own lies and now there is a blur in the line of what is true and what is false. You cheat people in your business, yet you never miss a church service or event. You lie to God’s people and put on a front, but there are many closets you struggle to keep closed. You know the revealing of your secrets will be your ruination, but the saddest part is, it is revealed to God and your reward in Heaven is not only dwindling, but is at stake! I pray the eyes of your understanding are opened and you come to repentance and a genuine walk with God! What does it matter if you gain the world, but lose your soul?
The last category is those who are to rejoice! These are the ones who have given, and given up everything to follow Christ! You have been faithful in small things when no one was looking and God would have you know, your reward is great! You have spread the good news of the Gospel and you have done it openly. You never thought to deny your Father before men and you will not be denied before your Father! You have stood, and stood alone, when the rest of the world took easy ways and the popular road. Life has not always been easy for you, but because of your love for God and Jesus, it has been worth it all!!
YOU are the one God will say to, “Well done, My good and faithful servant! Enter in!!” That day is sooner than you think and sooner than any of us know! It will be a day of celebration, such as we have never known! Oh, to see the face of Jesus is more than enough, but God is the God of more than enough, and your reward is great, great, great!! Stay faithful, stay busy with the Father‘s business, but more than ANYTHING, continue in His love!! It will be and is worth it all!!
I have delivered the message God gave me. I know it to be real, and for some a wake up call, and for others a word of encouragement. What category do you fit in? NOW, IS THE TIME!! You don’t have much longer…please, don’t let it run out on you!