Monday, September 17, 2012

We Can't Afford to Sleep...

Most of us, if not all of us, believe that Jesus is coming soon and that we are living in the final generation. But, how do we live our lives? Do we really believe it? As a friend was talking about Jesus coming being near, 1Thessalonians 5:2 came to mind and really struck me...

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (Thessalonians 5:2-3)

I have head knowledge that Jesus is coming soon, but often I have pushed it years down the road and allowed myself to feel safe and secure... There is so very much to take up our time and attention and to relax our vigilance in our spiritual lives, and that is exactly what Satan wants especially during this time in history! However, more than ever will we need a close relationship with God and a strong, unflinching faith, more love, more hope and courage in these times ahead. We can not allow ourselves for a moment to feel secure, lest we find ourselves suddenly caught off guard. If we wait till the last, it will be too late to develop character, too late to strengthen faith, too late to receive hope and courage, to fill our minds with the precious promises of God's word that will carry us through the very end time events, and it will be too late to win a soul for Christ.

Paul continues on in 1 Thessalonians 5:4-9
"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 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,”
Basically, God is saying through Paul, "You have no reason not to watch and be sober because you have the light, you know that the day of the Lord's coming is soon. So watch and be ready for God wants you to be saved." Oh friends, let us not get caught up in the things of the world so much so, that we feel safe in peace and feel as though we have a few minutes of time to sleep, for that will be the time of our destruction! Let us not allow the Lord to come as a thief in the night, but may we be found watching, working and ready.

We can't afford to sleep... No, not for a moment! There is too much at stake!

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