Salvation’s Midnight Story

DSCF0328“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;

and unto them that look for him

shall he appear the second time

without sin unto salvation.”

Hebrews 9:28

As with any good story, Salvation has a beginning, a middle, and an ending, which we looked at in our previous post. But today we want to look at the end of the story of which we are told Jesus is the–

“author and finisher of our faith…”

A faith which looks for the coming of the Lord for his church. I believe that event is the beginning of the ending, and finds its climax when He brings his saints with him to set up his kingdom.

A Story:

“Everybody ready?”

The dozen teens nodded, but they darted their eyes from one to the other then back to me before scrambling into the van. We drove about 5 miles into the darkening hues of the sky. The nervous chatter hushed as the teens exited the van to discover a graveyard would be our meeting place – in the dark.

“Grab the blankets to sit on and the flashlights,” I called. With blankets, flashlights, and bibles in hand we trekked to the back side of the cemetery, away from the road and encircled by woods.

“Why here?” asked one teen.

”There is no better place to learn about what we call the rapture of the church than a graveyard,” I answered as I opened my bible to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. I began dramatically reading the events. I began in a hushed voice growing in volume–When I got to the middle of verse 17 it happened.

“For the Lord himself shall descend with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God…” Suddenly, bodies jerked in unison as a siren blared its warning filling the night with its eerie sound. Our eyes grew as round as the shadowed moon. The teens glanced at me and I read –

“and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

That was one lesson I don’t believe I or the teens will ever forget. And no, I didn’t plan the siren. But such will be the coming of the Lord for the salvation of his church.

Jesus’ first advent brought him to suffer –

“for sins, the just for the unjust,

that he might bring us to God,

being put to death in the flesh,

but quickened by the Spirit:”

1 Peter 3:18

When Christ comes for his church, he will come not to suffer sin but to consummate our salvation, for which we have waited –

“we ourselves groan within ourselves,

waiting for the adoption, to wit,

the redemption of our body.”

Romans 8:23.

We don’t know when this event will happen, but we know it will. And it will be sudden. The disciples expected Jesus’ return at any moment. I believe we should live in that expectancy, in a state of readiness.

“Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

Hebrews 12:2

Jesus told his own story concerning 10 virgins who went to meet the bridegroom. Five foolish ones didn’t have oil in their lamps, the wise did. When the bridegroom came at the midnight hour, the foolish weren’t ready. But the wise –

“went in with him to the marriage:

and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying,

Lord, Lord, open to us.

But he answered and said,

Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

Matthew 25:10-12

The moral of the story –

“Watch therefore,

for ye know neither the day nor the hour

wherein the Son of man cometh.”

(Matthew25:13)

The Promise:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions:

if it were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again, and receive you unto myself;

that where I am, there ye may be also.”

John 14:2,3

Are you ready should Jesus come for his church at the midnight hour? Don’t go to sleep without being ready.

Christ’s First Word of the Gospel

blogdesperate-2676556__340“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription,

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD,

whom therefore ye ignorantly worship

him declare I unto you …

And the times of this ignorance

God winked at;

but now commandeth all men every where to repent;”

Acts 17:23,20

If I asked my family to repeat a saying their dad uses often, I would be surprised if no one answered, “I am not stubborn. I am steadfast.” In many respects being steadfast can be good – steadfast in the truth; steadfast in walking with God; steadfast in loving others. These are good things, which do belong to my husband. But other things i.e. refusing to ask for help, refusing to read directions when the project before you lies in a shambles, or refusing to turn around when you’ve traveled miles in the wrong direction. Many of us identify with these things and the frustration accompanying them. Until, as a last resort, we turn from our own thinking and seek the help we need.

Many people hang on to a belief system they steadfastly refuse to turn from even when a mountain of proof shows they are going the wrong way, and they need to seek a different way. I read once, and I believe it was in David Guzik’s comments found on the Blue Letter Bible website, that the first word of the Gospel Jesus came preaching was, “repent.”

We don’t hear that word preached much anymore. It is one of those old time words, but it is where the Gospel begins.

“Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand …

Now after that John was put in prison,

Jesus came into Galilee,

preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

and saying,

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14,15

When the Lord God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel, He left us a good definition for repentance.

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God.

  • Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions;
  • so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
  • Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed:
  • and make you a new heart and a new spirit:
  • for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
  • For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God:wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”(18:30-32)

Repentance turns from an old way of life –  to a new life due to a change in of the mind and heart. It is a turning away from a life filled with self to a life filled with Christ. Godly repentance is demonstrated in a new life found in turning away from the ways of the world, the lies of the world, and the ultimate death of the world and turning to –

Jesus Christ who says:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6

 Jesus began his earthly ministry preaching repentance. He gave instructions to his followers to continue preaching it.

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. And said unto them,

Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,

and to rise from the dead the third day:

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached

in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

Luke 24:45-47

After Christ’s ascension he appeared to John and preached repentance to five of the seven churches in Revelation. Also, in the last chapter of Revelation an angel says the call to repent stops when Christ returns. He tells the apostle John.

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still;

and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:

and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:

and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus then interjects the reason why:

“And, behold, I come quickly;

and my reward is with me,

to give every man according as his work shall be.”

There will not be time to repent when Jesus returns. Our eternity is sealed.

How do you define repentance?

 

Salvation’s Story

pexels-photo-891607.jpeg“For the Son of man is come

to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 19:10

How far will Jesus’ search take him to find and save the lost – those who are separated from the light of life and wander in sin’s darkness of death – ?

It first brought him from the Father in heaven to earth as the Son of man.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;

but that the world through him might be saved.”

John 3:17

His search is for all but is aimed at the one – the one who knows he is lost. Jesus told a story, a parable, to illustrate his and heaven’s concern for the lost.

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”

He even calls his neighbors in to celebrate with him and concludes the story with this truth –

“I say unto you,

that likewise joy shall be in heaven

over one sinner that repenteth,

more than over ninety and nine just persons,

which need no repentance.”

Luke 15:4,5,7

Each one of us are born the lost sheep. He sought me in a church gathering. He has sought others through years of trials and sinful lifestyles. He sought one in the lost world of dementia.

“I’ve done too many bad things. There is no hope for me.” I would have sworn there were tears in my father-in-law’s eyes. But I had never seen him cry, not even at the death of two of his sons. He may have cried, but not publicly. And always there seemed to be a sadness and pain dwelling in him.

Years of praying for him passed. No change – not spiritually anyway. Subtly mental changes surfaced. We kept praying. As dementia stole his mind something else was happening. God opened his heart.

On the way home from church, our family decided to stop at my in-laws. We were surprised to see one of my husband’s sisters and her husband already there, seated in the living room with my father-in-law.

With a smile spread across her face, Tom’s sister reported, “Dad, has been saved.” Her husband filled in the details of praying with Tom’s dad. I have to admit, I doubted. I wanted to believe. But could Jesus’ love have pursued and found this man in the unknown world of dementia?

Claud turned to me where I sat across from him. The deep sadness seemed gone but…

I smiled and asked, “Did Jesus save you?”

“Yes.”

One word. One word the Holy Spirit used to verify in my heart the work of Christ had been done in this one pursued for so long by the love of Christ. We all rejoiced with the angels in heaven.

How far will Christ go to seek the lost? He sought Zacchaeus in a tree, the thief on the cross, and the spirits in prison – those that were dead(see 1Peter 3:19; 4:6)

Jesus told another parable in Luke 18:1-18 about an unjust judge and a widow. He explained the meaning before he began.

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

If you believe you have done too much for the love of Christ to pursue you, remember the thief, remember Saul who persecuted the early church, remember we have all –

“sinned and come come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:10

God’s Promise:

If you have a friend or loved one you have prayed for keep praying for we know God is –

“not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance …

And this is the confidence we have in him, that,

if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,

we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

2 Peter 3:9; I John 5:14-15

If you would like for me to include your friends or love ones in prayer for salvation, leave a comment. No need to leave a name unless you want to. Or if the Lord is seeking you, we can add you to the list too. Only one thing, when the Lord answers share the joy with us.

Remember the love of God sent his Son and delivered him to our death. He pursued each of us to the cross. He won’t stop pursuing the lost until the last breath is taken.

Great Passages and Promises of Salvation

christmas-2874137__340“And she shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name

JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

In the spirit of this month’s theme of salvation, and today’s post of Great Passages and Promises, I am sharing the following post from Lily. You can find her website at tblsite.me. Be sure to check out her pictures and devotions. Thank you, Lily for sharing. The passages are before you and I have underlined the promises in them.

Salvation is His Name

Posted on 7 May 2021 by lily

Reflecting on my Lord & Saviour Christ Jesus..

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Mc 7:7

The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exo 15:2

The Lord Is My Strength and My Song; A Song of Thanksgiving

And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say,

Praise the LORD, call upon his name,

declare his doings among the people,

make mention that his name is exalted.

Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things:

this is known in all the earth

. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:

for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Isa 12

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earthfor I AM God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Isa 45:22-23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Joh 3:16-17


Donna’s Comments:

John 3:16-17 would have to be my choice of the greatest passage among the others shared. For it embodies the fulfillment of the rest. It’s promise for the believing to be saved from death and given eternal life gives flesh to the word salvation – and his name is JESUS.

“Neither is there salvation in any other.

for there is none other name under heaven

given among men,

whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

With God’s great and wonderful gift our hearts should be filled with the Song of Thanksgiving. Which passage and promise resonated with your spirit today?

Prayer and Praise for His Precious Gift

His Plea:

Consider the One who pleas for all to – 

“Come now, and let us reason together,

saith the LORD:

though your sins be as scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool …

I, even I, am

he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake,

and will not remember thy sins …

Come unto me,

all ye that labour and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;

for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Isaiah 1:18; 43:25; Matthew 11:28-29

Our Provision:

The plea has gone out from the Lord God and God the Son, Jesus Christ. He is our provision. The invitation is available to all who will receive it.

By Christ –

  • “we have redemption through his blood,
  • the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …
  • by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
  • having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12

Christ bought forgiveness with his blood for all. It’s available to all. But all do not receive it. To those who do, we have –

His Promise:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith,

WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

SHALL BE SAVED.”

Romans 10:9-13

If you have not yet received God’s promise agree with God and know the peace of being forgiven and cleansed. 

Our Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

You are –

faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.”

1John 1:8,9; Psalm 51:1-2

Now it’s time to give –

Him Praise:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings

in heavenly places in Christ …

To the praise of the glory of his grace,

wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved …

with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot …

O give thanks unto the LORD,

for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy …

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,

and for his wonderful works to the children of men …

In God is my salvation and my glory:

the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Ephesians 1:3,6; 1Peter 1:19;Psalm 107:1,2,8; Psalm 62:7

We the redeemed by the blood of Christ heard the Father’s plea, received his provision in Jesus Christ through faith, and rest in his promises. May we rejoice together in praise of his precious gift and pray for those yet to receive it. Have a blessed weekend.

Salvation’s Story

“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:

for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:13-14

“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” I love to sing but God did not give me a talent for it. As a young child, it didn’t matter. The junior choir at my church let any child who could speak, and some who weren’t yet fluent in speech,  join. Our mouths moved, sometimes with the right words but more often not, and  our hands mimicked our leader’s motions. “Jesus Loves Me” was and still is my favorite.

Among the great stories of salvation, mine would rank normal by most. But each person’s salvation story is the greatest one ever told by that one person. And to think it all began with God promising Abraham he would be a blessing to all(as we discovered in Monday’s post). Jesus brought the fulfillment of God’s promise to all – including children.

I squirmed in my pew the last night of our church revival. It wasn’t because this ten-year-old was board. With every word the visiting evangelist spoke, he looked at me. Why me? I wanted out – some place to hide from his eyes. I didn’t realize it wasn’t him looking into my heart but the Holy Spirit. There would have been no place to hide.

Some say a person can’t receive salvation from fear. I’m here to tell you, “Yes, you can.” The evangelist presented the two choices from God’s word.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

He made hell real and eternal life real. As the final song, “Just As I Am” was sung I “walked the aisle” as it was called back then and found freedom from fear and hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ at the church’s altar.

That’s the beginning of my salvation story. To those who have come to the Lord from what the world and even Christians call the depths of sin –addictions, sinful lifestyles, murderers, etc. – my story doesn’t sound fantastic. But I came at ten the same as they come at whatever age or background they come from. I came a sinner doomed to suffer death. But Jesus raised me to new life. I am fortunate and blessed not to have experienced the heartaches and regrets that some experience. This privilege places a great responsibility upon life.

Jesus told his disciples several times to be ready for his coming again. They heard his words and followed him from the beginning. Then in a parable, He says,

  • “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
  • But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.
  • For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:
  • and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:47-48

My common story is unique to me. For as the invitation goes out to all the world, it came to me personally through the Holy Spirit, on the day of my salvation. Salvation comes to each in the person of the Holy Spirit of Christ wherever He finds one ready to receive him. And it can come at any age understanding begins.

“And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation

both of men and women,

and all that could hear with understanding,

upon the first day of the seventh month.

And he read therein … from the morning until midday …”

Ezra 8:2,3

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans that faith comes by hearing God’s word. It is never to late to teach our children the word of God nor never too early. Their hearts are eager to receive.

Ours is to be faithful to –

  • “Preach the word;
  • be instant in season, out of season;
  • reprove, rebuke, exhort
  • with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2

Remembering – “Today is the day of salvation.”

Jesus’ Promise:  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37


Brenda writes, “I was a child and I was with my mom when I accepted Christ as my Savior”

There is no greater blessing than coming to the Lord early in life. I hope you will visit Brenda’s web site at becominghistapestry.com. You will be blessed. Thank you, for sharing.

What about you, have you accepted the Lord’s salvation? If so, as a child or adult? If not, why? It’s not too late.

Take the First Step

one step

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:

for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth,

to the Jew first, and to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:

as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Rom. 1:16-17.

Faith is only as good as the object or person it is placed in. Another person will fail you. Faith placed in faith will fail you. Only One is worthy of complete faith, and He invites us to try Him.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good:

blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

The Lord also tells us,

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:

for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Life is a series of steps taken in faith, faith in something or someone. If placed in anything other than our creator God and redeemer, Jesus Christ, faith will ultimately disappoint. Placed in the great “I Am” faith leads to reward and God is the reward. He takes us from faith to faith until the goal is reached.

The first step is to believe the gospel,

“For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Take the first step. Our heavenly Father is there and will take you step by step from faith to faith to the journey’s end, no matter how long or hard the journey may be.

Have you taken that first step? Where has your faith journey with God taken you? If you haven’t begun won’t you today?

 

 

 

How Will You See Him?

“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Rev. 1:14,15.

IMG_0443Twice in our years of mission trips we have passed through Durango, CO. Both times fires threatened our paths. The red glow mixed with the glory of the setting sun created a beautiful sight from a distance. But the fire raged, consuming everything in its path. A scorched land filled with blackened trees stretching scorched disfigured limbs pleading for respite is all that remained.DSCF4248

Today, we look on Christ from a distance, our eyes fixed on glimpses of His glory and goodness, with little thought of the flame that burns in His eyes.  But one day we are told,

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God  and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is… 1John 3:2; As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake, with thy likeness…Ps. 17:15; For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face…1Cor. 13:12;

For the sons of God, those born spiritually into His family, we will see, “Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty; they shall behold the land that is very far off…Isa. 33:17; And they shall see his face and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev. 22:4.

But what of those who are not born into God’s family, what will they see? Will they even witness His second coming? Hear the word of God and know the truth.

“Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”Rev. 1:7.

And that’s not all…

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called, The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev. 19:11-16.

Much of the earth, at this time, is left desolate through the seals, trumpets, and bowls of God’s wrath being poured out upon it and its inhabitants. But a day will come when all things will be made new for those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless, we according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness…2Pet. 3:11-13;And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first, earth were passed away; and there was no more sea… And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Rev. 22:1, 5.

You will see Jesus Christ one day. You have God’s word on it. The question is, How will you see Him, Judge or Savior King? Those found written in the Lamb’s book of life will see Him as Savior and King, but…

“…whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:15.

And this fire is not like the fires of Durango which eventually burn out. It is eternal and doesn’t consume those found in it.

Hoping to see you all in heaven. “Today is the day of salvation.”

 

 

 

How’s Your Foundation?

“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isa. 28:16.pexels-photo-276092.jpeg

“Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation …For other foundation, can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ…Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it… Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, BEHOLD, I LAY IN SION A CHIEF CORNER STONE, ELECT, PRECIOUS: AND HE THAT BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE CONFOUNDED…(1Cor. 3:11; Matt. 16:16,18; 1Pet. 2:6.)

…a stone…You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them…And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever… The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever. (Dan. 2:34,44, NASB; Rev. 11:15 NASB.)

…a tried stone…Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil… Seeing then we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin… And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.( Matt. 3:1; Heb. 4:14,15;Phil. 2:8)

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…a precious cornerstone…The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner… Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the STONE WHICH WAS SET AT NOUGHT OF YOU BUILDERS, WHICH IS BECOME THE HEAED OF THE CORNER. Neither is there salvation in any other: for  there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Ps. 118:22; Acts 4:10-12).

This Jesus is to those who come to him, “…as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious…Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, THE SAME IS MADE THE HEAD OF THE CORNER. AND A STONE OF STUMBLING, AND A ROCK OF OFFENCE, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.” 1Peter 2:4,7-8.

I don’t know whether this quote originated with my brother-in-law but I remember him saying, “Jesus is either a stumbling stone or a stepping stone.”  Which is He for you?

“…a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste…For the scripture saith, WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.” Rom. 10: 11-13.

Will you try to flee the wrath that will come or are you standing on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ? By the way, there is no place to flee or hide and there are no other choices. Which is yours?

 

Wisdom Cries

“Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice…”Prov. 8:1.

“She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city…Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled…” Prov. 9:3,5.

blogprophet-312156__340“Then Jesus said unto them…Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world…I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst… And he took the cup…saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins…And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment;” ( John 6:32-25; Matt. 26:27,28; Rev. 22:17;Hebrew 9:27).

Wisdom’s cry is going out today to those who are lost, facing eternal separation from the heavenly Father. Tears of sorrow flow as she sees the multitude refusing her and choosing folly, ignoring the truth. Death is certain for the lost, those still under the judgment and condemnation of their sin. Won’t you hear wisdom’s cry?  Cling to truth.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me… Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved… All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 14:6; Acts 4:12;John 6:37).

Jesus loves you with his life. There is nothing more to be done. Will you hear wisdom’s cry?

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”Prov. 8;32-36.

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ be, “ready to preach the gospel…not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth…” Rom. 1:15,16. Be wisdom’s voice.

Praying for wisdom’s cry to reach the lost wherever they are, bringing them to the life found in Christ Jesus. Praying for believers to boldly be wisdom’s voice, sharing the love of Christ with all the Lord gives us. Let’s pray one for another. Thank you, Father, for all your goodness toward us. We love you, because you first loved us. In the name of Jesus may your word go out in the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit, leading many to you and life, abundant life.  Amen.