Yesterday I asked and the Spirit directed me to Habakkuk 3 again. I was drawn to verses 16-19. Read it please.
This morning as I began prayer, I opened to Proverbs 1: 20-33. Read it please.
Habakkuk ends with a “no matter what happens” conclusion. We must grasp the same and cling to it with all of our grace given ability.
Proverbs is Wisdom speaking and the ramifications of neglecting the knowledge, counsel and reproof she offers. She also speaks of where our security lies.
I then remembered the prophecy of John the Baptist and Jesus. Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3.
Malachi 3:1-2 (NASB)
1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.
2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
Jesus has come and yet He is coming again. Will we endure the day of His coming? It is a day referred to as “dreadful” by Malachi in 4:5. Before hand, speaking of the prophet Elijah or someone coming in the same spirit as Elijah, “And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
For this reconciliation to take place, grace, mercy, forgiveness, understanding and love must be administered. It will happen as the result of our receiving the reproof of wisdom. This wisdom is embodied in the Words of Christ, His admonitions meant for us by the grace of our Father in heaven. It is a preparatory process to cleanse us before the great and terrible or dreadful day of the Lord.
The unacceptable in our lives must be cleansed before He comes so that “… He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:27 (NASB)
In preparation for our Christmas performance the choir director said, “Ok choir it is go time!” She meant we have had our chance to prepare and practice, it is now time to focus, to get serious. The time of our expected presentation is at hand. We must already know our parts and be ready to “stand and deliver” to His glory!
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