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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.

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Jun 22

remember lot's wife


"but his wife looked back behind him,
and she became a pillar of salt." gen 19:26

lot's wife did not merely look back, she dragged her heels from sodom to zoar, dawdling and wasting time.  by conducting herself in this way, she gave unmistakable evidence that her heart did not believe what the angel had said to her — God would not really destroy all of their possessions.  so she reluctantly left sodom because she loved her familiar world, not having the faith.

this has two direct applications to our lives.  in luke 17:32, Jesus said, "remember Lot's wife."  He says that she sought to save her life but lost it.  the first lesson is that when the time comes to flee, flee!  do not look back.  this is corroborated by matthew 24:17 and mark 13:15, in Jesus' olivet prophecy.  He said, “let him who is on the housetop not come down.”  Jesus meant, “Get out of the city.  flee.  do not look back.  do not get any of your possessions.  leave!”

this is not to minimize the gut-wrenching choices that this requires of us.  scripture implies that when this occurs, our family might be spread all over the city, county, state, nation, or globe.  will we have the faith to leave the city, not just without our material possessions, but without our children?  are we going to trust God that He will protect them and get them out, too?  though this is not easy, the word of our Lord says, “remember lot's wife.”

the second lesson is that saving one's life also pertains to one's way of life and manner of living.  it includes one's hopes, dreams, aspirations, traditions, attitudes, and relationships.  all of these have come from this world, which forms and makes us what we are, often in opposition to God.  this is why john warns in 1 john 2:15 to “love not the world.”  the world is cosmos, a system apart from God, being organized and regulated upon false principles and false values.  it has made us what we are before God calls us, requiring our repentance and conversion.

like science, conversion tells us there cannot be a vacuum in life.  when we are swept clean by God's forgiveness and His Holy Spirit, something must be done to keep it clean, holy, and separated from the world.  no man can serve two masters, and therefore, loyalty cannot be given with neutrality.  it will either be God or the world.

the way to God was open to lot's wife because of her husband.  the problem was that she failed to take advantage of all the privileges that were given to her.  she dropped the ball.  the lesson is to whom much is given, much is required.

we must remember lot's wife, for never has so much opportunity been given to really know God through His word than has been given to the end-time church.  yet, when Christ asked, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”  the question requires each of us to answer individually.  will He find faith in us?

lot's wife was just riding on lot's coattails.  connection by association does not matter.  God has no grandchildren; only sons and daughters.  He will find faith if we take seriously His admonition to remember lot's wife, who was totally unprepared because she had no faith.  we need to be working diligently to build our faith in God by yielding to Him in loyalty in every opportunity life presents.

lot was lingering in his leaving too, but when push came to shove, he was obedient to God's call.  although his wife left with him, she looked back with longing.  "for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." matt 6:21  her ties to this life were too strong.  our Jesus thought it important enough to mention lot's wife in the gospels.  let us not take His warning lightly.  make sure your ties are not binding you.  our treasure is with our Lord, and there we long to be.

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go buy oil


"and at midnight a cry was heard: ‘behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!" matt 25:6

last night my pillow was again drenched with tears as i lie in helpless worship and adoration of our Lord and all He gave for us.  He was no longer "just Jesus."  He was again "my Jesus."  it had been too long since i had stopped just to love on my Lord, and love was what was needed.  the majesty - the splendor was all laid before me and i was just there to worship.

i was again the shulamite girl longing for her true love.  i'm not positive about all the symbolism in "song of solomon," but even though her heart was awake, there came a point where she hesitated getting up to let her Lord in because it meant getting her feet dirty again.  when she got to the door her love had already turned away.  i do not want to be the one opening up my door and find my Lord missing.

the midnight call has been going out for years now; every since the revelation 12 sign was manifested in the heavens a full seven years ago.  we have been watching expectantly with longing for our Lord's coming.  but wait.  He has tarried; perhaps longer than many were prepared for.  "though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." hab 2:3

many have not brought enough oil to last while He tarries.  they have failed to bathe under the fountain that drips forth His love?  they have become concerned about things rather than our Lord.  it's not about all the great things we have done for our Lord.  it's about the Lord Himself.  all the crowns and accolades are merely trophies to cast at His feet and we bow to adore Him in His splendor.  it's ALL about Jesus.

you see, nations will come and bow down before Him.  it is written, "as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." rom 14:11  those that deny Him and fight against Him - those whose portion is in this life - they too must acknowledge that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

sometimes i wish i could be like the apostle paul when he said he could "almost" wish his self accursed from Christ if it could save his brothers according to the flesh.  but none of us can sacrifice for another.  we must each bring our own sacrifice to the Lord.  we must each draw from the well of life and then, and only then, can it spring from forth from us to others.  and nobody's getting any of my oil to make up their deficit.  i love you all but i love my Lord more!

all i guess i'm really saying is fill up on the Lord.  draw from Him the strength to endure theses times.  draw as they did when the romans fed christians to the lions for entertainment.  draw as they did when they were burned at the stake for refusing to denounce their Lord.  we all have no strength of our own to claim; only a love and obedience that would challenge even the very gates of hell.  a cry that says i am my beloved's and He is mine.

it's love that will get us there; love and love alone.  not the distorted world view of love which accepts all and judges nothing, but God's perfect love which disciplines, chastens and corrects our wrong ideas.  just maybe we could all spend some time loving on our Lord, making sure we have enough oil to get us there and more.  he has told us that we could do nothing without Him.  spend time with Him and our faces will come out shining as did moses's.  carry His peace with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

i remember a story of corrie ten boom who was in a plane that almost crashed and while everyone around her were panicking, she simply carried the trust of Jesus on her face.  after all the panic was over and the plane was safe, someone sat down next to her and asked her how she had such peace during the turmoil.  she had opportunity to witness about the Lord to that person and see them saved.  she had the peace that passes understanding.  she had oil burning in her lamp and those with eyes to see noticed.

even now i perceive a new song is being heralded in heaven.  "and they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation" rev 5:9

the midnight hour is here.  have you got your reserve of oil with you?

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"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."
Jeremiah 33:3

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