Tag: Luke 21:33-36

Pray for strength to stand!

Scripture reading for March 31st: Luke 21

Key Scriptures: Luke 21:33-36 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away. But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of 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 the strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” And every day He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.”

Jesus was plain in warning His disciples and those who would follow their message concerning the final judgment before the Son of Man. This world has many attractions and diversions that capture men and hold them in a state of unpreparedness for this judgment. Man operates from his heart–the inner man and God sees each heart. When hearts are weighed down and hardened by sins and even the cares and troubles of life, preparations for this judgment are put off and those so burdened are lulled into a dangerous lack of perception. They neglect to remember that life here is short and that following this life, all must give an account before God. Jesus urgently pleaded with all who would listen to stay awake and guard their hearts through prayer and faith. He wanted all to stand and none to be caught in the sudden trap of a heavy heart! He was also warning these disciples of the coming battle in the Garden of Gethsemane where they would sleep while He wrestled in prayer, sweating great drops of blood.

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your loving warning of future accounting. I want to stand without shame or condemnation. Give me wisdom today to fulfil Your Word and will and avoid the traps of this world. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit empowering me to pray and stand as evil increases in these last days.

Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”

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The Lord is my confidence!

Scripture reading for April 1st:  Luke 21, Psalm 65, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures: Luke 21:33-36 “”Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.  But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of 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.””

Jesus was giving final instructions to His disciples.  He emphasized that His word was eternal and dependable.  He warned them about the traps that would catch men up in the last days:  dissipation, drunkenness and the cares of life.  He encouraged them to stay awake and pray in order to escape the traps and be able to stand before Him at the final judgment.

Faith Confession:  I believe that Your Word is eternal and truth.  I am awake through the infilling of the Holy Spirit and aware of Satan’s traps.  I am trusting Jesus to give me grace to stand before Him when He returns.

Proverbs 3:25-26 “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”

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Standing before Jesus!

Scripture reading for March 30th:  Judges 17-20, Luke 21

Key Scriptures: Luke 21:33-36  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.  But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of 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.”

Jesus told His disciples that prayer and watchfulness were necessities to survive the testing that would come upon the earth before His coming again.  God’s people must live by faith in every Word He has said!

Judges 17:5-6 “And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.  In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Prayer:  Lord, forgive me for doing my own thing.  Help me to live in faith by Your Word.  Amen.

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