Revelation 16:15 Awake And Clothed

“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15

A thief does not give warning that he is about to enter a place and steal something. He does it quietly, so as to not get caught. It is to surprise anyone is not awake or alert watching.

No one can stand at their home twenty-four hours a day watching for a thief to enter. So it is very common for people to have cameras and alarms set up on their homes to warn of any possible thief trying to enter.

Jesus states that He will come like a thief. One who is awake and dressed for His return will be blessed.

Unlike a thief, Jesus has stated that He is coming. Like a thief, one does not know when Jesus will return.

The believer needs to remain dressed and alert, watching for His return. Being dressed is being clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, His holiness and purity from all sin.

It is sadly common for many believers to get undressed and walk around in sin. Some think it is acceptable to live in sinful lifestyles, while others think that God does not see it or will forgive them in the end. Both are false lies of this world. Along with being properly dressed, one must also be awake.

To be awake is to be alert to the deception of the enemy and temptations to sin. It is recognizing sin and fleeing from it. It is also being aware of the times and how soon Jesus may return. He recognizes that God sees everything and lives His life in a way that will honor God.

The true believer in Jesus will be ready for His return.

Just as you get up each day and get dressed with physical clothing, put on the righteousness of Jesus each morning. Live your life as Jesus lived His, fleeing all sin and pursuing the things of God.

Remain spiritually awake and alert as to what is going on around you and what God is doing. The world is trying to cause you to trip up and sin against God. Live the holy life God has called you to live.

Ask yourself if you are ready for Jesus to return for you and take you to heaven for eternity. Or will you be exposed?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be clothed in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will choose to be spiritually awake; that you will not be exposed before God as sinful and asleep; and that you will be ready for the return of Jesus.

Luke 12:35 Be Dressed And Ready

 

 

Dressed and ready

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, Luke 12:35

Jesus is teaching the crowds about various topics. He had just finished telling them not to worry about anything. Now He tells them to be dressed ready for service and to keep their lamps burning. They are to be servants that the master can leave alone, knowing that they will do what they are supposed to do and not slack off on the job.

Everyday millions of people get up and get ready to go to work. Each one may start at different times of the day or night, but each do very similar things to get ready.

Each person must get up and get dressed for work. Depending upon what type of workplace a person works in, depends on what he wears. The person working in an office may have to wear a suit and tie, while the construction worker wears steel-toed boots and jeans.

Along with being dressed, each person must be willing to work. They have to remember what they need to do and how to do it. They need to do their best on the job, with a positive attitude to get the best possible pay raises.

Not everyone goes to work in this way. Some refuse to dress for the position. Others have a poor attitude or try to slack off on getting the work done correctly. They are not ready to work.

Believers have to also get dressed and be ready to be a worker for God with the correct attitude.

It is not the outward clothing that a believer must be dressed with. It is the characteristics of Jesus and His righteousness that a person must be clothed with. He must have compassion, love, truth, faithfulness, whole hearted, and more. Anything that makes him look like Jesus is clothing that is important.

He must also keep the lamp burning. Be filled with God’s Holy Spirit, ready to serve God and others. Walk and work in His power and might. Be excited about sharing the gospel message. Know that God is faithful.

These are things that you, as a believer, must have on to be ready for service each day. Look at your life in a mirror and see if you look like Jesus.

Are you dressed with the righteousness of Jesus?

Is your lamp light and shining bright in this world?

I pray today that you will be dressed like Jesus; that you will be ready to serve God and others; that you will do the work God has called you to do; and that you will be a witness to this world of Jesus. 

Be Ready, Without Fear

hurricane harvey

Over the last few weeks weather has played havoc on the lives of many people in the United States and several island countries nearby. Two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have hit the coasts and created a lot of damage.

damages harvey

The first hurricane, Harvey, hit land only a few hours from where I live in Texas. Houston, itself, is only about 1 1/2 hours from my place. I had many friends who live in some of the coastal cities and the Houston area that were hit very hard. Several completely lost their homes, others had their homes completely flooded out. It was a very bad storm.

flooded homes

During the last 2-3 days before the hurricane hit, people started running to the stores to purchase food and water. In the days before, till several days after the hurricane, many of the shelves in the store were bare. As fast as the stocker could pull water off a cart and put it on the shelves, the water was snatched up and purchased by someone.

bare shelves

Along with the shelves becoming bare of food and water, there was a run on gas. People quickly ran to the gas station to fill up. This occurred even more, once they heard that the oil refineries were broke down. There was a great fear of a shortage of gas. Gas and food prices started to rise in the fear.

Even now, after a week of Harvey being gone, there are gas stations that shut down nightly because they are out of fuel. People are still lining up at the stations to get gas. Talk is everywhere about the fear of the shortage of gas and prices going higher all the time.

I will not try to spiritualize the hurricane and say that God is judging America. He did not tell me that, so I will not say that either. It may or may not be true. God does use natural disasters to punish a nation. And there is sin in this world, so there are also natural disasters that will take a toll on human life.

What I do want to talk about is being ready without fear. Panic had risen in the hearts and minds of many people. This had caused the people to run to the stores and buy as much as they could, as fast as they could. This was all done out of fear and lack of preparation.

Many people live their Christian lives in the same way. They react to situations in their lives out of fear and lack of preparation.

Some negative situation happens in the life of a person and immediately he runs to God, crying out in fear and desperation for help. He then opens the Bible and scours it for verses of hope dealing with his situation. Prior to this situation, he never prayed, except at an occasional meal, or at church when the pastor asks everyone to bow their heads and pray, and he never opened the Bible, unless the pastor asked him to directly. The Bible sat on a shelf, collecting dust all week, until Sunday.

dusty bible

This is not a picture of someone who is ready. It is not a picture of someone who is prepared for whatever may come his way. It is only one of fear and desperation, just like those running to the stores to get food or gas during and after the hurricane.

2 Timothy 4:2 New International Version (NIV)

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

Paul had told Timothy to preach the word and be prepared at all times. Although Paul was talking about directly preaching to people the gospel message, it can be seen in preaching the Word of God to situations in your life.

As a believer you must study and know God’s word in your heart and mind at all times.

Psalm 119:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.

Hiding God’s word in your heart and knowing it all times will keep you from sin. Running in fear is not trusting God. Not trusting God is a sin.

Time in Gods Word

The only way you can know God’s word and have it hidden in your heart is if you spend time in His word. The only way you can know God’s will for your life is if you spend time talking with God about it. And if you talk to God about it, you must listen to what He has to say.

God is a God of peace, not fear and panic. He is always in control of every situation in your life. Whether the situation is of hurricane size, or a bump in the road, God is still there with you. Know this before you hit that situation and you will have His peace and comfort in the storm. Spend time with God and His word, before life gets rough with a bad storm.

Do not place yourself in a position of running in fear to God’s word, drastically searching for some help. Know it before the time of need comes. Then you will be able to confidently go before God with your needs, knowing that He is there and in control. You will be ready for anything and not have any fear.

Prayer

Today as you think about this, please be praying for those affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and any other states or countries in their path. Pray for their peace, protection, and restoration.