God demonstrated His love for us by taking on the form of human flesh and sacrificing that life for us all (Romans 5:8). Understanding this ultimate sacrifice, given to us as a free gift, increases our love for our Savior and our King.
We more easily trust in Him instead of our human reasoning once we realize that God's laws are meant to protect us, not to restrict us (Proverbs 3:5-6). When trials arise and doubt fills our soul, we learn to trust Him with our whole heart.
The double-edged sword of God's Word separates our soul and spirit and gives us His love, power and sound mind (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 1:7). As a skilled surgeon, God's Spirit operates to remove our carnality and to fill us with a spiritual mindset.
Unbelievers do not recognize the signs of Jesus' coming. They see little significance in the year 1948 and the three major signs, which occurred: Israel became a nation, the World Council of Churches formed and the European Union commenced as the Revised Roman Empire.
Sadly, apathy has overtaken the world, carnality reigns in Christians everywhere, and there is a growing famine in the land of Bible preachers, since teachers that scratch itching ears are filling the pulpits everywhere (2 Timothy 4:3).
As Authentic Christians, we eagerly await the Lord's return as a thief in the night to claim His Bride and to take us to His home for our wedding feast (1 Thessalonians 5:2). During this time, God will also pour out His wrath on the nations in the Great Tribulation, save the nation of Israel, and bind Satan for 1000 years.
We excitedly await this end-time with Christ in us, and us in Him and Him in God (Revelation 22:3), because we read in the last chapters of Revelation that God restores to mankind everything which Satan stole from all of humanity in the first chapters of Genesis.
Father God, teach us to heed Your signs of the Lord Jesus's stealthy return for His Bride. Keep us encouraged and fully dedicated to You in every way. Give us a burden for the lost, which includes the courage to share Your Gospel truth with everyone who will listen to us. Save our family members who refuse to hear Your truth from us, by working in their hearts or by sending Your emissaries into their life.
We bind on earth, as it is already bound in Heaven, the stronghold that currently prevents each of them from surrendering to Your call on their life (Ephesians 10:2). Draw them close to You and never let them go. Make us a living testimony that will influence them to turn to You all the days of our life.
Thought for the Day:
When we fail, it does not mean that we are a failure, it simply means that we can brush our self off, walk in God's Spirit each moment of the day, realize God's perfect plan for our life and stop fulfilling the lusts of our flesh. - Galatians 5:15-25, Ephesians 2:10