Miscellaneous Thought – 28 April 2016

Christ Is The Answer 

 

John 5:39-40; 39You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  40But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

 

2 Timothy 3:1; 1But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:” 

I can’t say this often enough, “these are the last days!”

 The Tribulation is almost upon us. So look up, for the King is coming! But He isn’t here yet . . . and there are plenty of people alive today who won’t be here then, either.

What should this mean to us?

Life is fragile. As the Lord has reminded us in His Word, our lives are but a vapor.

James 4:14 – 16; 14whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”  16But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”

We can be healthy, strong, and full of life today; yet, a tiny virus can make us sick tomorrow. The next day we can shiver and the following day we can fall over dead.. Life is too fragile to be wasted! Death is inevitable.  

1 Timothy 2:1 – 4;1Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  2for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Although a few of us will be privileged to be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,

1 Corinthians 15:52;52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 

 ….at Christ’s coming all lost people and most believers have an appointment with death.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 – 12; 11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Death is unstoppable and inescapable. With the weather growing more violent, people becoming more openly wicked, warfare becoming more globally lethal, and pestilences stalking the planet like never before, life is truly fragile and death is inevitable.

Matthew 24:4 – 13;4And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines,  pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  8All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  10And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  11Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  13But he who endures to the end shall be saved.’ 

Christ is our only answer – our only hope. Flu shots cannot help our souls. The United Nations is not able to stop the growth of evil. Our only hope is found in God’s Word. The only escape pathway is laid out by Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6; 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,   And lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him,     And He shall direct your paths.”

Deuteronomy 30:19; 19I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” 

  • God has given us the conclusion to human history– the Bible. Trust Him completely. Since people are the only investment that lasts eternally, invest heavily in disciple-making. The easiest and most productive is:

John 13:34; 34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

  • God has given us a job to do while He is away– soul winning. Therefore, obey Him now. If you have not started to share the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ, start today.

Matthew 5:16; 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

  • God has given us a way to stay in touch with Him-time spent in the Word. If you haven’t started regular devotions yet, begin now to make reading His Word and praying a priority.

1 Timothy 4:13; “13Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 

And:

Luke 21:36; 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may £be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

James 1:22 – 25; 22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  24for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  25But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

  • God has given us a means to start an investment account in heaven– sacrificial giving. So then, give sacrificially to support His church. Don’t waste the money He’s entrusted you with, because God has told us that the earth is doomed.

Malachi 3:8;8“Will a man rob God?     Yet you have robbed Me!     But you say,     ‘In what way have we robbed You?’     In tithes and offerings.”

Be a good steward by using His money wisely for Him.

Make a choice to live in hope:

Romans 15:4; 4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” 

As we rapidly approach the end of days, you can find living and abiding hope by choosing to please God and make disciples for Christ. How can you start? Ask the Lord to help you apply what you have learned this week by making the words of this song a daily reality in your life:    

1 Thessalonians 4:1; 1Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;” 

John 8:31; 31Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”                                                                                        

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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