Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about. I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth. Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins. Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.
I am sorry for all my sins and turn away from them. Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use. I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations. I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.
You are now Lord of my life.
JESUS IS COMING SOON! HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?
Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.
Take me home now please.
are we really watching
"and what I say to you, I say to all: watch!" mark 13:37
definition of watch - "the act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly observant attention; close observation; guard; preservative or preventive vigilance; formerly, a watching or guarding by night."
when i read that definition i wonder if we are really watching or not. the shepherd watching over the sheep knew that it was a matter of urgency. "give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids." prov 6:4 there is a good shepherd and there is a bad shepherd. we are told, "be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 pet 5:8
our Lord's command to watch is not only for His secret appearing. to be sure we must be vigilant for that but there is much more we should be watchful of. a roman sentry understood his very life was depended on his vigilance. sleep would often lead to the sleep of death. may our prayer be: "consider and hear me, o Lord my God; enlighten my eyes, lest i sleep the sleep of death." psa 13:3
"the night is far spent, the day is at hand. therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." rom 13:12 no, none of us can ever be good enough to "earn" heaven. that necessitated the blood of Jesus; the perfect lamb. but it is high time that we awake out of our darkness. the blood is there to cover the sin we repent of - not to approve the sin we wallow in.
"neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. and such were some of you." 1 cor 6:9-11 it doesn't say such "are" some of you. sin has consequences. we go about our merry way and when something goes wrong we say, "why has this happened to me?"
"all things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. all things are lawful for me, but i will not be brought under the power of any." 12 cor 6:12 sure, you may keep your salvation but what will be the results of a life lived in sin? "let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." heb 12:1 it does ensnare us. it is deceptively deliberate in it's purpose. to divert you from God's grace.
"if we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 john 1:6-8
are you comfortable in your sin? do you no longer feel the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit. perhaps you should really check yourself. no, works alone can never save us, but where is the joy and fruit the Holy Spirit brings? james asks the question and then answers it. "if someone says he has faith but does not have works, can faith save him? ... show me your faith without your works, and i will show you my faith by my works." james 2:14,18 love will indeed cover a multitude of sins, but had you not rather your love serve as a reward instead of a covering?
there are many things one needs to be watchful for in these deceptive times; not just in a glance but in a vigil watch. remember that roaring lion. he's a hungry lion and only God has been known to shut the mouth of hungry lions. just as He makes the firey furnace become as a spring breeze.
"no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 cor 10:13
"and what I say to you, I say to all: watch!" mark 13:37
Have You Eaten the Passover Lamb
"When I see the blood, I will pass over you." exo 12:13
Christianity has often been referred to as a "bloody religion," and in truth, without the blood there would be no christianity. So often salvation is looked upon as a simple repentance (being sorry) and turning away from sin. That's where one so easily get trapped in "our" works, not His. Scripture says, "without shedding of blood there is no remission." heb 9:22
I have struggled with the "once saved, always saved" for a long time. There are just too many warnings in scripture. "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us." 1 john 2:19 How in the world is anyone to know if they are among the "us" or not? Especially when we all fail in so many ways.
It makes one ask, "what's the difference when sin can often be detected in the lives of both?" The only difference is the blood. It's applied on one and not the other. Not because of "worthiness" or because one was more desirable more than another. It is the humility that admits, "I cannot, but He can." Then the humility that asks Him to.
So how can one be assured they are "in Christ" and not of the world? That is the million dollar question; when a million dollars really meant something. They cannot merely acquiesce with head knowledge or understanding. It must be by heart knowledge and recognition of one's unworthiness. And yes, while the turning away from sin may be gradual, only His cleansing blood can seal us. It is then, and only then, we can be assured of the forgiveness of "all" our sin - past, present and future.
Current day gospel tends to negate the blood and concentrate on cleaning up when in fact, there can be no washing without the blood. Truly the "cleaning" continues with "the washing of water by the word," but only the blood can cover the sin for our final redemption.
I reached home and sought my room, and there upon my knees I saw my past life. I had been a christian, an officer in the church, a sunday-school superintendent, but had never definitely yielded my life to God. Yet as I thought of the darling plans which might be baffled, of the cherished hopes to be surrendered, and the chosen profession which I might be called upon to abandon — I was afraid. I did not see the better things God had for me, so my soul was shrinking back; and then for the last time, with a swift rush of convicting power, came to my innermost heart that searching message: “My child, you can trust the Man that died for you. If you cannot trust Him whom can you trust?” That settled it for me, for in a flash I saw that the Man who so loved me as to die for me could be absolutely trusted with all the concerns of the life He had saved.
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“These are My appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.” They are Yehovah’s specially appointed times available to all His followers. (observed sundown to sundown)