Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Divorce Yourself from Your Old Life!

Christians are more distracted than ever before. We need to seriously get back to who God is. It will help keep us focused on how we enter our day and how we work through it if we keep our thoughts and actions focused on Jesus. Let's get divorced from our old life and prepare for battle. Put on the full armor of God, by letting go of our old life. Let's walk in Christ. We won't walk sinless, but if we humble ourselves especially in front of non believers, when we sin, He will establish our witness for Him. You can redeem the moment and get more mileage out of the situation. You communication that there is a God in heaven that forgives sin and it will be the unexpected that people see when you do.

Matthew 22:11-14 ~ "But when the king came to look at the guest, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?" and he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.For many are called, but few are chosen."

We need to keep our garments clean as believers in Christ. We need to have Jesus on. Put off the parts we struggle with every day.

Colossians 3:9-10 ~ "Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator."

Galatians 3:27 ~ "For as many of you as were baptized in Christ have put on Christ."

This is not speaking of water baptism but of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:7-8 ~ "So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."

We need a spiritual baptism and be born again! When we dress up or dress down, we move and act differently. What you put on matters. It changes you. When you feel good, you act differently.

What Would Jesus Do or WWJD has been overused and made fun of, but do you really know Jesus biblically or personally?

We need to be aware of how we act and what we say! When was the last time you encouraged someone other than someone in your family? To thank people in church for their faithfulness in coming? We need one another. No man is an island.

Evil has an appointment with God and is why we need to be watching. It is the moment everyone who has ever wished for God's punishment to come upon those who do evil and seem to get away with it.

Revelation 16:16 ~ "And they assemble at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon."

The "they" this is being referred here is the nations of the world, a Christ-rejecting world that even now, still thinks they can take God on in the last and final battle on earth. Armageddon is a real place in the world today, it is the Valley of Megiddo. You can visit it today along with Solomon's stables and the cisterns of water. To the north is Syria and to the south is Jordan.

The affairs of man are before God's eyes.

Revelation 16:16-17 ~ "And they assemble at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, "It is done!"

The events of earth are in God's hands.

Revelation 16:18-21 ~ "And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there has never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain her cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found. And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people and they cursed God for the plague of the hail because the plague was so severe."

When you see the phrase "God remembered Babylon the great," doesn't mean God forgot about the city, it simply means that an appointed moment has arrived. The time of Babylon and God's dealing with it had arrived just as He had planned. Remember that Babylon is Iraq in our modern times.

So what does this mean for us today?

Simply that we should be praying and worshiping God because we, as believers in Christ, will not be here when this all happens. That is our blessed hope. We can be encouraged when we see the events being staged. It is a time to be watching.

An earthquake will be coming that the entire world will feel at the same time. It will be a cataclysmic event that the world has never seen or felt before.

Luke 21:34-36 ~ "But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares for this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man."

As believers in Christ, our citizenship is in heaven. You WILL escape the wrath of God.

Remember that the Bible promises that in the last days, people will say, "Where is the promise of His coming?" This will fulfill scripture and bring us one day closer to the coming of Jesus in the Rapture! We watch things happening in the world with our Bible open. Be encouraged by getting into your Bible!

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