Saturday, October 29, 2016

WAITING


"For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." - 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 KJV.  
There are those that have turned to God from idols to the living and true God. They look unto the Lord Jesus, and none else. They know and believe that God has raised Him from the dead, even Jesus. He only is their blessed hope. They wait for the Son from heaven, watching, looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are delivered from sin, death, and the wrath to come. They are not appointed to God's wrath, but unto salvation. They have passed from death to life. They are safe on the Ark of Christ Jesus the Lord. 
There are those that have turned from the true and living God to serve idols. They look into the world for vain and meaningless things. They look away from the Lord Jesus. They could care less that God raised Jesus from the dead. They are without God and have no hope in this world. They are unaware of the soon coming of the Lord, or laugh it off as a fable or a fiction. They are lost in their sins, face death, and are headed headlong into the wrath of the living God. They are dead in their trespasses and sins. They are in grave danger of perishing in their sins. There are those that profess with their lips that they serve God, yet still cling to their precious idols. They love to play church. They know a lot about God, they feign they have faith, but they know not the true and living God. They say in their hearts "The Lord delayeth His coming" while enjoying all the delights of Christendom. They still love the things of this world. They have cold, lifeless religion, but have NOT turned from their idols to serve the true and living God. They follow after another "Jesus". They mind the things of men, the doctrines and traditions of men, and know not they are NOT delivered from the judgment to come. They seem alive, but yet remain dead in their trespasses and sins. They are in the gravest of danger, facing judgement on a very severe level.  
Note the last short phrase of 1 Thessalonians 1:10..."the wrath to come". In Ephesians 5:6-7 KJV we are admonished - "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things (idolatry) cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them." Again, "cometh the wrath of God". Yet again...Colossians 3:5-6 KJV -"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:" Note again the phrase "the wrath of God cometh." 
Now to us who are saved to the uttermost by our Lord Jesus Christ, we are not waiting for the wrath of God that is coming. 1 Thessalonians 5:7-9 KJV -"For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." We are not appointed to wrath, but to so great salvation. We are to be looking unto the Lord Jesus our Saviour, waiting for the Son from heaven.
But to those who are lost in the world, a world evil and condemned, still in their natural ruined state, they face the wrath to come, to them "the wrath of God cometh". They have no Deliverer. No hope! To them I say this day, FLEE THE WRATH TO COME. Turn to the true and living God from idols, repent and believe the Gospel. 
To those at ease in Christendom, I admonish to FLEE CHRISTENDOM. This wicked, vile thing also faces the judgment and wrath of the living God. Be not yoked with unbelievers, or yoked with those that are yoked with unbelief, but come out from among them, from among Christendom, false Christianity, and ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE. Do not be partakers with the children of disobedience, those that disobey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not confound organized modern Christendom with the true and living Lord Jesus Himself. Come out of Christendom, come unto the Lord Jesus without the camp, bearing His reproach. 
To this present evil world "cometh the wrath of God". 
To those called out of this present evil world, saved by the Lord Jesus, turned from idols to the true and living God, delivered from "the wrath to come"...
Wait. Wait for the Son from heaven. 
DWD
October 29th, 2016.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

STAYED



In the prayer of Jehoshaphat, when there was a multitude coming against him to battle, he feared, and sought the Lord in 2 Chronicles 20:12 KJV - "O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee." God is the righteous Judge, and he cries to the Lord "we have no might" and "neither know we what to do". He is at his own wit's end, the end of himself. He placed no faith in himself and said by faith "But our eyes are upon Thee". Came the answer..."For the battle is not yours, but God's." (vs 15). God indeed judged the multitude, they were utterly destroyed, and Jehoshaphat and his people were safe and sound by the mighty hand of the Lord. 
Isaiah 26:3 KJV -"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee."
Stayed: Fixed, Settled, Sober. (Webster's 1828).
In this time we are called to Look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our salvation. We have no might to save ourselves, and we must come to the end of ourselves and cry "Neither know we what to do!". The eyes of true faith turn unto the Lord Jesus Christ, believing and trusting on Him alone. The Lord calls all the unsaved to repentance towards Himself, and unfeigned faith in the Lord Jesus this very hour. 
To those saved, we are to keep our minds stayed on Him. "But our eyes are upon Thee". We are to stand still and see the salvation of God. 
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." - Jude 1:21 KJV. 
We are to keep our minds STAYED on the Lord Jesus, keeping ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Our minds are to be STAYED, FIXED, SETTLED upon Him. 
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" - Titus 2:13 KJV. 
In this present evil world we are to be looking unto the Lord Jesus Himself, and looking for that blessed hope, and the appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Not for the antichrist, not for world events to take shape, not for the end of the world, not unto the arm of man, not unto ourselves...unto the Lord Jesus. We are to be sober-minded and ready. This is not a time to be drunken with the things of this world, with those lost in darkness...rejecting the word of God, neglecting the word of God, distracted from the plight of our eternal soul and pursuing the things of this world...our eyes STAYED on vain religion, creeds, doctrines of men, works, money, homes, cars, cares of this life, education, philosophy, music, movies, media, entertainment, amusements, fables, fiction, books, etc.  
Nay, can you honestly say...
"But our eyes are upon Thee."?  
Everything else leads to judgment, and utter destruction and ruin. The multitude that came up against Jehoshaphat did not have their eyes upon the Lord, and were caught unaware of the judgment of God that was to come upon them. They marched on in their own might, and were utterly destroyed. Their ways seemed right unto them, but it led to death. They marched right into the path of God's wrath and judgement. 
The Lord Jesus is at the door, READY to return to this world. 
He only is King of all kings, and Lord of all lords. To the saved, our blessed hope unto salvation and redemption...our great God and Saviour. To the unsaved, as Judge of the quick and the dead, in wrath and fury as a Consuming Fire. 
Are you ready? What must we do?
Turn your eyes unto the Lord Jesus, and be ye saved. 
Keep your mind STAYED upon the Lord Jesus. 
DWD
October 26th, 2016