My Most Important Post!
Ready for a challenge, Weekend Warriors? We’re assessing the spiritual position of our hearts. Because we are living in a critical hour, each of us must inspect our standing with Jesus Christ- He is the deciding factor for our lives- now and for eternity.
NOW IS THE HOUR TO KNOW HIM
“‘But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?'” (Luke 9:20).
Is Jesus your Savior, meaning, have you trusted Him for your past, present and future? Do you believe that His blood shed through his death on the cross erases all your sins: past, present and future? Do you acknowledge that He, who has always been, is present with you because He loves you? Are you trusting that His grace brought you from your past, is sufficient for your present, and grants you hope for the future? Are you confident of your eternity being spent in His heaven where Jesus now is and prepares a place for those who love and obey Him?
I cannot assess where your trust is. Not even a doctor can diagnose the posture of your faith. You must inspect your heart to determine if it is rooted in who Jesus is.
I can, however, encourage you, “as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13). Some will fall away from the faith on account of difficult experiences. “The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away” (Matthew 13:20-21). So we make it our ambition to know Him, to be rooted and built up in Christ, and to have our spirit freshly watered in His Presence daily.
NOW IS THE HOUR TO EXPECT HIM
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2).
You may be familiar with a parable Jesus told about the ten virgins who went out with their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five took more oil for their lamps in case the bridegroom would be long in coming. Five of the virgins did not. The wise virgins were ready at the bridegroom’s arrival and entered immediately into the wedding banquet. The foolish virgins departed to get more oil and found the door to the wedding banquet shut upon their return. Their knocking on the door elicited this response from the bridegroom: “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you” (Matthew 25:12).
Jesus wants us to know that now is the hour to expect Him! “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13). If you have not surrendered your life to the Savior, today is the day of salvation. Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
Notice the difference between the two scenarios of knocking upon the door. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the request of the five came at a time when it was too late. The bridegroom had already gathered the prepared ones and entered into the wedding banquet. The door had been shut and no further access was granted. But in the Revelation scripture shared, Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Truly He knocks on the door of your heart. To receive Him means you will put your faith in Him. It is not too late; the offer of His Presence in your life still stands, but I cannot promise you that tomorrow presents another opportunity. You hear Jesus knocking now…
You want to open the door. Jesus is your security. His name in Hebrew is Yeshua, meaning, security.
Friend, there is no time for games. You are either all in or all out. Those on the fringes will be shut out for all eternity from His Presence. That’s not God’s heart for you! He desires that none perish, so come into agreement with what He has already made accessible to you! Know His Son-Jesus. Grow deep roots through a daily relationship! Keep eyes fixed on Him with expectation of His soon-coming return for His Bride!
Sharing love and truth,