There comes a time when one must do as he believes he is supposed to. In my case I have been pointing to the necessity that we have a heart of enduring love as trouble increases. It is already here.
What enduring may entail if we are followers is clear in the scriptures. Because it is going to happen, Jesus has admonished us in saying, “‘This,’ shall be preached”. Christ refers to “this” (enduring love) as the good news of the kingdom in Matthew 24:14.
Most including myself thought Jesus was talking about getting saved or evangelizing the world. Of course we are to do so but context says He is speaking of the end…not the beginning of man’s relationship with Him. Staying saved or maintaining our reconciled, righteous relationship to God is the topic. Enduring love, like He showed us, sets a standard that Jesus set first, to show us we can and must follow His Way. It must be the new or second nature our relationship to Him has spawned. This must be developed in us and takes time. It does not happen totally at reconciliation.
First. Many of my posts may sound like I am rebuking whoever for whatever. Everything I write applies to me first. What I have been shown I must shout from the house tops. Test it by the scripture I submit. Challenge me. A more certain hope via preparation and guidance are the goal here.
Second. Every morning before I do anything I have a time of meeting with God. I cover myself with my Tallit and after a minute of praise for the privilege, I ask God where I should read. One day recently it was Ezekiel 3:26.
Ezekiel 3:26-27 (NASB)
26 “Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house.
27 “But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.”
I am concerned that to some, especially those who do not know me, feel that I am just another man “rebuking” them. In my writings I have not said “Thus says the Lord God.” although I absolutely believe He has given me these various points of understanding to share for our eternal good. I find scripture that backs up what I have heard. The more different, the more serious the proof needed.
Many are immediately turned off by someone claiming they “heard” from God. I know history provides a plethora of disreputable folks who thought they did but did not.
On the other hand the Holy Spirit is to lead us into all truth. Does He take our hand literally? Not usually. Does He whisper to us, as I am alluding to? You cannot tell me he does not. So, as with all such occurrences, let’s eat the meet and spit out the bones. Let’s not focus on those who failed. Let us look inward and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to us in such a way that we know, that we know He has done so. His truth requires a guide.
When I ask God where I am to read it is a very quiet almost faint voice that directs me and it is always to an obscure verse or location. My own memory is not involved. The case above was an answer to prayer for me. My greatest desire is to write or speak in such a way that it is received and spread world-wide. That may seem presumptuous but Matthew 24:14 (NASB) says,
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
As a testimony to our absolute commitment of “Followers” to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and His Son, Messiah Jesus.
According to Jesus this “enduring” is a world-wide message. Our eternal life saving goal is the enduring love that manifests in a soul developed over time and challenges, by the Words and examples of Christ.
Loved ones, this is not only an unfulfilled prophecy but it must be preached in order to minimize the losses that will occur during the Apostasy. Believers WILL BE LOST.
Jesus did not say this is the only message to be preached but in speaking of lawless times, He did say “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (Matthew 24: 13) Of course for now, pastors and teachers world-wide can teach or preach on a myriad of topics. “This” however must be a priority, no matter when we think the rapture will happen. If a heart of enduring love saves us then….is it not required of us now? Can we have hatred buried in our hearts and expect to pass muster in heaven? No! Such will not be smuggled into heaven, now or then. The righteousness that prepares us for heaven must be in us here first.
As we witness today’s news and the atrocities, the lawlessness, the persecution, the killings, the renouncing of God by our nation, the absurdity of it all, we are severely challenged in our hearts. Hatred could rise up. Curses might be spoken against these enemies. These responses must be reigned in. They MUST BE taken into captivity and cast down, time after time. They are not of the Christ who dwells in us. Each offense on our part pushes Him further and further off of the Thrown of our hearts. God forbid we allow this lethal liberty to invade our souls once made righteous by the death of Jesus, reconciling us to the Father. We MUST maintain this righteous relationship. After all we have no excuse.
”Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:2 (NASB)
We must embrace the “everything pertaining to life and Godliness.” We must implement it so that “life” will be maintained by that Godliness until we bow before Him in gratefulness.
My next post is titled. “Who will no longer exist.”
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