Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Dying Seconds of the Age

What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!”’ [Mark13:37]

These are the words of caution by He who is called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace [Isaiah 9:6], Lord of lords and King of kings [Revelation 17:14]. Those followers of this Prince who seek common ground with eastern religions will find none unless they subsist on deception. Christ is God. In His own words, He said He would call out His people [John 5:25] on that Day. A day dreadful for many but for others, the completion of their salvation.

Christ is our Victory because He will put all His enemies under His feet [I Corinthians15:25]. He is above all, even death. He comes conquering [Revelation 19:11 - 21] with a  fierce demeanor accompanied by the raptured saints. To those who reject Him: No more Saviour; no more Mercy; no more love; no compassion. But now Destroyer of God's enemies.

The time to chose sides is now when grace is still available. When mercy can still be found. There are two sides. The side of evil and the side of the God of Abraham. There is no middle ground. The qualifications for membership to His Kingdom are not negotiable. It is "Be holy for I am holy." It is "Without holiness, no one shall see God." It is "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." Those who preach the doctrine of compromise are liars at best for the wages of sin is death. The eyes of the Lord can not tolerate sin. Sin can never enter heaven. That is why repentance is indispensable. How else can our sins be erased except by repentance?

The choice before us is not a passive choice but an emphatic, unequivocal assertion of allegiance to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He has no time for wilted hearts and half-hearted soldiers. He demands wholeheartedness. Nothing less.  When asked what was the greatest commandment, He responded:

‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ [Matthew 22: 37 - 40]. 'All' = 100%. He does not accept 99%.

To those who are halfhearted, He says: I will spit you out! It means they taste nasty in His mouth. Once spat out, they are for ever condemned because spit is never retrieved and somehow purified and re-ingested. Spit means violent rejection. It means to be despised and disowned. Condemned. Cast out. The place of the rejects is the fire where all that is unfit for the Kingdom of God is cast. Heaven has it rubbish dump. It's called hell.

Therefore, we can not love God and hate His creation yet claim membership in His Kingdom. And love can not be demonstrated by reciting verses in scripture but only by our acts. For He says: By their fruits you shall know them. By their behaviour, you are able to identify them. Not merely their outward behaviour but their thoughts and feelings and attitudes are under His keen scrutiny. We can't fake it. We must become new. Transformed. The Transformer is the Spirit of God Himself: The Master of renovation and rehabilitation. Only He can reengineer and restore. Therefore, after repenting out past wickedness and evil, now we must walk very close to the Spirit of God so that we may hear His whispered directions. He knows the Way into the gates heaven. No other Guide has been sent except He.

The gates of Heaven do not respond to dollar inducements nor can the Highway of Holiness be traversed but 4WD SUVs or luxury limos. No way. Only the prepared can walk there. Only the few find the little gate. But the promise still stands:
'Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.' [Matthew 7:7]
. Not casually but strenuously, intensively, passionately seek Him.

David beseeched his son thus:
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him,he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”[1Chronicles 28:9 - 10]

And remember, He does nothing without informing His servants the prophets, [Amos 3:7]therefore, pay close attention to His one true Mighty Prophet.

May the God of Moses, the God of Israel, shower you with abundance of perception, understanding and forgiveness. May He purify and prepare you. And may the Holy Spirit be your  guide across this dark Valley and into the Kingdom of God. Amen.

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