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Sudden and unexpected!

Scripture reading for August 18th: Micah 1-4, Psalm 10, Matthew 24

Matthew 24: 40-44 “Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Jesus was responding to the questions of His disciples following the last supper and on their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. They had wanted to know when the temple would be destroyed and what would be the signs of His return and the end of the age. Jesus warned them that His return would be sudden and unexpected by most people. It would come like a thief in the night. It would be like a bolt of lightning that would light up the sky from east to west! They must stay alert and watchful. No one would know so all would be called to live by faith.

Psalm 10:16-18 “The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations perish from His land. O Lord, You hear the desire of the afflicted; You will strengthen their heart; You will incline Your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for the warnings and promises of Scripture. Help me to stay alert and awake so that the ‘thief’ does not plunder my household, my children and grandchildren. Give me power in prayer and holy living to help them and all you send me to prepare for Your soon and sure return and the final judgment. Have mercy on the unbeliever through Your Gospel message.

Micah 4:6-7 “In that day, declares the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forever more.”

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Standing before the Son of Man!

Scripture reading for April 8th:  Judges 4-6, Luke 21

Key Scriptures:  Luke 21:34-36 “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 closed out His time of ministry by preparing His disciples for the temptations and trials that would accompany the time just before He would return.  Watchfulness was required of each believer because of the temptations and wickedness that would abound before Christ’s return.  These temptations would attack all who dwelled on the earth.  Prayer and alertness was required to escape the temptations and to stand before “The Son of Man” when He returned to receive His own and judge the wicked.  Those not able to stand would be cast out of His presence forever.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, temptations and seduction fill the world in this time that I live.  Give me Your strength to stand firm and encourage the brothers and sisters and warn those who are not right with God.  May none in my family circle and my friends fail to stand before You when You return.

Judges 5:31 “”So may all Your enemies perish, O Lord!  But Your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.”  And the land had rest for forty years.”  

 

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Give God no rest!

Scripture reading for January 20th:  Genesis 32-34, Mark 13, Psalm 145

Key Scriptures:  Mark 13:31-33 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away.  But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard, keep awake.  For you do not know when the time will come.”

Genesis 32:24-28 “And Jacob was left alone.  And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.  When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.”   But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  And he said to him, “What is your name?”  And he said, “Jacob.”  Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.””

Jacob was afraid of his coming meeting with Esau.  He prayed for God’s help and favor but stayed up all night in a wrestling match with a ‘man’ who later was found to be God or an angel representing God.  He did not sleep but kept alert in prevailing prayer.  Jesus said that that was to be the posture of His disciples concerning His return in power and glory.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Father, thank You for the examples and warnings of Scripture concerning the need for Your people to remain alert and ready, even wrestling to lay hold of the promised blessings.  Keep me in Your Word and the power of the Holy Spirit so I might prevail!

Psalm 145:14  “The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.”  

 

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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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The Blessed Stay Awake!

Scripture reading for December 21st:  Revelation 16

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 16:13-16  “Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.  “Behold, I come like a thief!”  Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.””

While deception by the demons of Satan and the Antichrist and False Prophet bring the world’s kings together for the final battle where God’s wrath is poured out and finished, God’s people are warned by Christ Himself that He will come like a thief to the world of the wicked.  God’s people must hold onto their clothes in readiness for this climactic coming!  These clothes are the white robes of Christ’s righteousness given by grace to those who believe!

Observations for over-comers:  Each day is another day closer to Christ’s glorious appearing!  Hold onto your clothes!  “The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take of his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”  (Zechariah 2:4)

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