“I Wish Jesus Would Come Back Right Now!”

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“I Wish Jesus Would Come Back Right Now!”

Revelation 3:15-22 NET “‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth! Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, take my advice and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness will not be exposed, and buy eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see! All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me. I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’””

Many of us say we wish Jesus would come back right now. I know I have. Sometimes what we are saying is we wish that our suffering and/or others sufferings would end right now. We were really saying we cannot wait until this wicked world that causes so much pain and misery ends. That’s understandable. But sometimes while we are wishing that Jesus would come back soon He is pleading with us to come back to Him. Some of us have backslidden. Others are not backslidden because they never front slid. They never had a relationship with Jesus to begin with. 😳

If Jesus did come back right now what spiritual state would He find us in? If Jesus comes back and finds us lukewarm our misery will not end, it has just begun and will be magnified a thousand times!😳 Let’s be honest; some of us want the joys of heaven; eternal life, no more pain and suffering, no more working hard and paying bills, etcetera, and we want to enjoy this world to the fullest too. But all of this world’s pleasures are not good. If we straddle the fence when it comes to serving God we will lose out big time. We must make a firm decision to be on God’s side.

BE GLAD HE SEEMS SLOW

One of the worse things about being deceived is sometime you don’t even know you are deceived. We may feel like everything is fine, that all is well, only to find out we’re living inside of our worse nightmare.😳 Here’s to me the worse case scenario:

Matthew 7:21-23 NET  ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’”

WOE! Jesus will tell MANY people on judgment day who want to live forever in heaven, “I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!”😳 That’s living inside of your worse nightmare indeed! This will not happen because God is unkind. Could this be happening to some of those lukewarm people Jesus was talking about? Folks that Jesus repeatedly begged to come to Him soon, and they refused to repent?🤔

If we do not have an INTIMATE relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ we don’t really know Him and He doesn’t know us. This intimacy with God is something we must seek. And once we have it we must continue to seek it. Remember, the worse thing about being deceived is sometimes you don’t even know it. It’s not enough to think we are in good standing with God, we must continually seek His face:

2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Psalm 105:4 ESV “Seek the Lord and his strength; SEEK HIS PRESENCE CONTIMUALLY!”

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If we straddle the fence when it comes to serving God we will lose out big time. We must make a firm decision to be on God’s side.

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Pray to God daily. Study His word if just for a few minutes (daily). Fellowship with other believers as often as possible, this will encourage you and me. (Hebrews 10:24-25) Please let the next passage encourage all of us. I hope we see God’s deep love for us all:

2 Peter 3:9-15 ESV “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is PATIENT TOWARD YOU, NOT WISHING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD REACH REPENTANCE. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And COUNT THE PATIENCE OF OUR LORD AS SALVATION, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him.”

“What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God?” If we are truly striving to live like this (holy and godly lives) depending on the help only the Holy Spirit provides we will not be disappointed when Jesus comes back.😊 “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.”

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Fight and Pray For It (A Powerful Christian Teaching)

Speak Evil Of No Man/Woman

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Speak Evil Of No Man/Woman

Titus 3:1-7 KJV “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, [2] To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. [3] For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. [4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, [5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; [6] Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; [7] That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Wow, how well said. The Holy Spirit reminds us that we were once slaves of this sinful worldly system; that we too lived wickedly, hence we should have understanding and compassion for those who are presently in that state. The Holy Spirit reminds us also to be in subjection to human principalities, powers, and magistrates. To be ready to do every good work and to speak evil of no man/woman. How often are we tempted to speak evil of earthly rulers who tell us to do things that are uncomfortable or make no sense? As long as we are not being told to break any of God’s laws we are to submit to the authorities put in place by God. (Romans 13:1-7)

Let us be careful to obey God and, ‘Speak evil of no man/woman.’ Our words are very powerful. When we use our mouths the way God tells us to our enemy the Devil has no place in our lives. But when we grumble and complain it’s different, we open the door to evil spirits. Let’s not give Satan the electricity (power) he needs to operate on or in us.

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What The Devil Hates

 

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What The Devil Hates

Revelation 12:12 NET “Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them! But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with terrible anger, for he knows that he only has A LITTLE TIME!”

What does the Devil hate besides God? A clock. He knows his time is running out. This must be maddening for someone who once lived in the presence of God in eternity. What would you do if you were sinister and knew your time was short? Evil people who know their day of reckoning is coming do as much damage as possible before that day comes. Hence, “Woe to the earth and the sea because THE DEVIL HAS COME DOWN TO YOU! He is filled with terrible anger, for HE KNOWS THAT HE ONLY HAS A LITTLE TIME!”

Satan’s anger is not normal. I don’t think we fully understand how furious he is. Not only did he and his angels lose an epic battle in heaven and lose their place there, the spiritual police will come any day now and arrest him for a thousand years:


If you told humans that you were kicked out of heaven by God and are awaiting a 1000 year prison sentence they might not be as inclined to follow you because you sound like a loser.


 

Revelation 12:7-9 NIV “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

What a defeat! But something else will happen to the dragon next:

Revelation 20:1-3 NIV “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.”

The serpent’s fate is sealed and he knows it. He was kicked out of God’s family, then kicked out of heaven and thrown to earth, and is now waiting to be locked up for 1000 years!😳 Notice the angel with the great chain seized the dragon and incarcerated him, “To keep him from deceiving the nations anymore.” Currently the Devil is on the loose and is misleading THE WHOLE WORLD. In his terrible anger he is set on destroying all humans, especially those who love God and follow His commandments:

Revelation 12:17 NIV “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”

SATAN LIES ALL THE TIME

If you told humans that you were kicked out of heaven by God and are awaiting a 1000 year prison sentence they might not be as inclined to follow you because you sound like a loser. So, instead you tell them that you don’t even exist, that the devil is the evil inside of all of us not that sin is. You tell them that the hell they were taught from the Bible doesn’t exist. And if that doesn’t work you tell them hell is not a bad place of torment for God haters but is one big party we get to go to after we die. And this party lasts forever (party on dude 🤟🕺💃🏻✨). You make hell sound good. You don’t tell people that you and your angels were kicked out of heaven. Instead you tell them that you and your demons are an alien race that came from another world, and that you’ve come to help mankind save itself from itself and usher in a new age of world peace.👽 You tell them you’re here to help mankind reach it’s next stage of evolution (become a god), the same lie you told in the Garden Of Eden. (Genesis 3:4-5) You then mesmerize them by giving them technology that defies all human logic. Mere toys to you because you are from a more advanced world (heaven). But the humans will love you for this since they just can’t get enough of magic tricks, especially technological weapons that aid them in obtaining more power over others. Or you tell people that when they die they won’t go to heaven or hell, they will simply be reincarnated and come back as something else, like a tree, a caterpillar, or a penguin, etcetera.😳

Satan and his angels often disguise themselves as, “spirit guides,” who only have mankind’s interest at heart. The only interest they have is selling you whatever lie you want to hear. They know that their time is short and want you and me to be eternally doomed right along with them. It must really chaff the Devil’s hide to know some humans will spend eternity in heaven with God free from all misery, suffering, and pain; that they overcame him and his lies:

Revelation 12:11 KJV “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb [Jesus], and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Don’t be duped by the Devil. Seek Jesus Christ. Believe in Him and enjoy ETERNAL LIFE:😊

John 3:16 KJV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you want to know what happens to the Devil after he is set free from his 1000 year prison sentence read Revelation chapter 20. Is he reformed after this experience? Or will he go back to his usual tricks and ultimate doom?

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How Jesus Handled Sexual Sin

When Demons Cross Into The Physical Realm

God Shared In Our Pain

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God Shared In Our Pain

Hebrews 2:13-18 NET “Again he says, “I will be confident in him,” and again, “Here I am, with the children God has given me.” Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. For surely his concern is not for angels, but he is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. Therefore HE HAD TO BE MADE LIKE HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN EVERY RESPECT, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. For since he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.”

By sending His only-begotten son JESUS into the world God shared in our pain. A part of God lived, ate, slept, walked, and breathed right among us. Through Jesus He became one of us!😂 No one can say God doesn’t know what it’s like to be human. No one can say He doesn’t understand our pain. He suffered like the worse of us; nailed hand and foot to a cross! And He suffered other things as well, all for us! What kind of love is that? What kind of person would go through all this for people who could never pay Him back, or don’t even care? This is no ordinary love. This is divine. This my friends is the love of Almighty God.😊 A god mighty enough to suffer humiliation on our behalf. He indeed accomplished everything He sent His son Jesus to do. We now live through Him, through the death of Jesus on the cross. The curse of death has been forever destroyed along with the devil who knows he has a short time left. (Revelation 12:12) Praise God for His mighty miracle! Praise God for Jesus Christ!😂

Isaiah 53:5 NET “He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed.”

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A Serious Misconception

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A Serious Misconception

There are people who say once God saves you you can never leave God, and it’s impossible for God to leave you. They say things like, “God is so loving, so kind, He would never abandon any of His children.” Actually that statement by itself is true. But sometimes it is used out of context. Yes, God is truly so loving and merciful that it’s hard for us to fathom just how good He really is.😊 What do we sometimes do to human beings we think are very nice and kind? We take their kindness for weakness or for granted. This happens to God too.

Jude 1:5-6 NET “Now I desire to remind you (even though you have been fully informed of these facts once for all) that JESUS, HAVING SAVED THE PEOPLE out of the land of Egypt, LATER DESTROYED THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE. You also know that the angels who did not keep within their proper domain but abandoned their own place of residence, he has kept in eternal chains in utter darkness, locked up for the judgment of the great Day.”

The verse above says that people who were once saved by God were later destroyed by God because of their repeated lack of faith. And angels too left God and are reserved for judgment. In the case of humans though some who will make the case that they were never saved to begin with. But is that what God says:


Ezekiel 33:13 NET “Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered.”


Hebrews 10:26-29 NET “For if we DELIBERATELY keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God’s enemies. Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT THAT MADE HIM HOLY, and insults the Spirit of grace?”

The above passage says, “THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT THAT MADE HIM HOLY!”😳 The type of person described here was, “MADE HOLY,” by Jesus blood. Does that sound like someone who was never saved to begin with to you?🤔 And finally Jesus said in Revelation:

Revelation 2:4-5 NIV “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”

The lampstand in the book of Revelation represents the churches. (Revelation 1:20) Jesus said if they did not repent and get back the love they had for Him at first that He would remove their lampstand (remove them) from the churches. Does that sound to you like someone who cannot lose their salvation? Our Lord is so loving, merciful and kind, yes He is, so much so that sometimes we take His kindness for granted just as we do with other folks. The Lord desires no one to be destroyed which is why He is always pleading with us to REPENT:

Ezekiel 33:11-16 NET “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! Why should you die, O house of Israel?’ “And you, son of man, say to your people, ‘THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS WILL NOT DELIVER HIM IF HE REBELS. As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness if he sins.’ Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered; because of the iniquity he has committed he will die. Suppose I say to the wicked, ‘You must certainly die,’ but he turns from his sin and does what is just and right. He returns what was taken in pledge, pays back what he has stolen, and follows the statutes that give life, committing no iniquity. He will certainly live – he will not die. None of the sins he has committed will be counted against him. He has done what is just and right; he will certainly live.”

Does it get any plainer than the explanation God gave Ezekiel in the passage above? Meditate on these few passages we’ve read. They reveal God’s true personality. The Bible is filled with many passages like these. In them we see God’s tender love, mercy, and His righteous judgment. May we learn to love God with our whole heart, whole mind, whole soul, whole strength, and learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus said by following these two commands we fulfill God’s whole law.😊 (Matthew 22:36-40 Mark 12:29-31)

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