Good morning, Reader! Although Spring is here, it sure doesn’t feel like it! The budding trees and early blossoming bushes are beautiful but the temperatures are downright cold! These tines remind us that someone can be absolutely gorgeous or handsome on the outside but their heart is as cold as ice. A person can attend church, be well dressed, and be sweet to everyone they meet, but that doesn’t mean their heart belongs to the Lord Jesus. (Mark 7:6)
A true born-again believer knows his heart was desperately wicked at one time (Jeremiah 17:9) but when Christ came into his life, he was a new creature desiring to please his Saviour! (2 Corinthians 5:17) The believer now has the ability to choose not to sin because he has the power of the Holy Spirit residing within him! (1 Corinthians 6:19) God guides and directs each believer as we can see in today’s verse. His Word teaches us about every area of life (our steps are ordered) and God delights in His children when they obey it.
But for the unsaved, their path is obscured. They walk in a fog, not seeing clearly. The longer a person rejects the precious salvation that Jesus has provided, the denser that fog becomes. It gets to the point where they are blinded by the ‘god of this world’ that they don’t even care. (2 Corinthians 4:4) As well, they’re not quite sure about their destination, let alone their spiritual destination. When the Tribulation begins, my friend, you will be going through such horrific times that you will want to kill yourself, but won’t be able to succeed. (Revelation 9:6) Can you imagine what that will be like? We are talking catastrophic events that have never occurred since the beginning of the world! Some of those are:
- Death of 1/4 of the population
- Christians born-again in the Tribulation martyred
- Devastating earthquakes
- 1/3 of trees and grass destroyed
- 1/3 sea life and ships destroyed
- 1/3 fresh water poisoned
- Demonic locusts
- Additional 1/3 of population destroyed
- All sea life now destroyed
- All water now poisoned
- Scorching sun during daytime hours
- Deep darkness all other times
- Euphrates River totally dried up
- Battle of Armageddon
- Earthquake so strong that the whole earth is affected and lands shift
- Huge hailstones (100 lbs. each)
Do you really want to go through this? Will you avoid salvation today just so you can continue to “live it up” now? Friend, those end times are evident today and being ushered in. Anyone who is not saved can’t possibly have the Lord’s peace during these troubling times! (Psalm 37:39) The believer has assurance and peace because we belong to Christ! We have the blessed hope that Jesus will come for us (Titus 2:13) and that comforts us as we await His return! We are able to “handle” the horrible things that are happening today because the Lord gives us peace. Believers don’t have to worry about the Tribulation as we are focused on Jesus Christ’s return for the Church to take us to Heaven to be with Him while the horrible Tribulation period falls on the whole earth!
If you are reading this today and these end times disturb you, I’m glad! If you haven’t accepted Christ as your Saviour, hopefully this will be the topic that leads you to Him, just as it did me 43 years ago! If you’re already born-again and feeling nervous about the end times, now is the time to dive into God’s Word and draw close to His side through the reading of His Word and prayer. (James 4:8) God knows what you’re going through but He has promised that He will care for you.
When you’re “in the Lord,” you are safe and secure in your salvation and He takes care of His children. He doesn’t promise that you won’t go through tough times, but He does promise that He will care for you! (Psalm 23) The words of this hymn bless me because they focus my attention on the One who cares for me and what He did for me so I could have sweet fellowship with Him. Robert Robinson wrote “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” 265 years ago and the words still pierce the heart today!
1 Come, thou Fount of every blessing;
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of God’s unchanging love!
2 Here I raise my Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
3 O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart; O take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.
As believers, we have so much at our fingertips to pull from for encouragement. We can read our Bibles, search out songs to encourage our hearts, and bow before the Lord of lords and Kings of kings in prayer! We can have intimate fellowship with the Creator of the universe!! But to the person who is not born-again, he has only himself to turn to and there’s no comfort in one’s own heart. The unbeliever doesn’t have the comfort that the believer does; they may be able to access the resources but that comfort just isn’t there. Friend, don’t be willfully ignorant of the end times. (2 Peter 3:5) If you are not born-again, confess your sins and repent of them. The time is coming when it will be too late for you to repent. You will remember each opportunity you were given by God to be saved; you will remember each time you laughed it off and ignored it. Please Reader, repent and accept Christ into your life. (Act 16:31, Rom 10:9) I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!