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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Wake up


Matthew 24:42-44 / Mark 13:33-37 / Luke 12:35-40…

Believers in Christ are admonished to always be alert. Jesus likens this to someone who has been given a warning that a thief is coming to rob his house. This person would obviously be ready for the event. The person who did not know of the warning or who did not believe it would obviously not be ready.

Once again, Jesus is pointing out the difference between believers and unbelievers. Unbelievers will not be aware and so will not be alert. Many will scoff at the idea of a coming judgment (2 Peter 3:3-7). For them, the Second Coming of Christ will come as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 / 2 Peter 3:10).

It is amazing to realize that so many will rationalize away these cataclysmic events leading up to the return of Christ. It is even more sobering to realize that the reason that so many will be sleeping through it all is because they are not made ready now. Jesus has been telling us that we cannot simply know the signs, we must know the Savior. Otherwise we will miss the meanings of all these events. We think it impossible that people could witness these incredible things and still not see the significance. But Jesus says it will be just like that. 

The way to stay awake is to get right and stay right with God right now (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 / 2 Peter 3:11). With so many warnings that Jesus gives, and with so many places in Scripture that echo this, what are you waiting for? 

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At 7:50 AM, Blogger Even So... said...

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At 9:54 AM, Blogger MrsEvenSo... said...

It is awesome as we mature in Christ to notice scripture that used to appear to have a different meaning be so clear and concise. I'm sure this has much to do with learning the character of God as well as the scope and sweep of scripture. How easily we can be deceived and swept away by every wind of doctrine when we do not study to show ourselves approved. Thank you Father for teaching us and causing us to mature in Christ.

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger Even So... said...

AMEN!!!!!!!

 

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