Romans 13:12 The Night Is Almost Over

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Without a vision or hope for the future, people only see today. They struggle with seeing that there is a new day coming, in which things will be different.

With not being able to see tomorrow, many want to live life up today. They want to eat, drink and be merry today, because there is no tomorrow. Enjoying life in the moment with no cares for the next day is the common thought for many.

Paul says that the night is nearly over and day is coming. With that in mind, people are to put off the things of darkness and put on the clothing of light.

As believers look around them, often all they see is extreme darkness and sin. Communities around them are promoting sin and sinful activities more and more. The world appears to be black as ever, with no hope of the light of a new day.

Going through a physical night, it is always the darkest right before the sun arises on the horizon. During this time of darkness, day may feel like it will never come, but it will and does.

Although the world appears to be as dark as ever, believers have the hope of a new day, a new life coming. It is only a short matter of time before Jesus returns and a new day has begun.

Knowing this, believers are to put off the sinful deeds of darkness and sin. As the world steps deeper into sin, the believer should be leaving behind the life of sin. He is to put on God’s armor of light and live a holy and righteous life before God and man. This keeps him ready for the new day that is coming.

God has called you out of a life of darkness of sin and death into His life of light and righteousness. Though you live in a dark and sinful world, you are to be separate with the hope that is in you.

Do not give up living a righteous life before God, because the new day is coming when sin and suffering will be done away with. Hold on to the hope that God has placed in you, knowing you will win with God in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will see the day of Jesus’ return coming; that you will turn to God away from sin; and that you will put on God’s armor of light.

Luke 21:34 Be Careful About Being Weighed Down

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. Luke 21:34

For most people life is very busy. The majority are struggling with working to provide what they need, or think they need, day by day. Others are busy ignoring provision of actual needs to be able just party and have fun.

Both groups of people are focused on something in this life, either provision of needs or provision of fun. Often they are not looking to the far future.

Right after telling the people about what will happen in the end times, Jesus gives them a warning. He tells them to be careful to not be caught up in partying or the anxieties of life. Both are a trap.

There is nothing wrong with having some fun. However, some want to have fun all the time. Some believe that getting drunk is the best way to have fun, helping them to forget their problems and needs.

In the process of having fun, it is easy for a person to forget the time and all responsibilities. Instead of moving slow, time slips away very quickly when a person is having fun.

The same goes for those who are anxious about provision, both for now and in their future. Some will focus on work so much that they miss the here and now. Inside the church, this very problem also exists.

Many get caught up in the temporary things of this life and lose focus on God. They begin to forget to keep an eye looking forward towards the return of Jesus.

In doing this, many will be caught unaware of the return of Jesus and miss His return. They are not doing what God has called them to do.

As with most people, you probably have a very busy life. There are lots of things to do, plus you want time to relax and have fun.

In the process of getting all the things done and relaxing, do not allow yourself to forget about serving God. In reality God should be first on your list of to do things, then all the rest. As you put God first, He will take care of the rest. Then when Jesus returns you will be ready and see Him.

Do not allow yourself to be trapped with the temporary things of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on serving God first; that you will put what God desires first in your life; that you will cast all anxieties upon God; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from worthless things of this life.

Ezekiel 39:8 It Will Happen

Almost midnight clock

It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39:8 

When something big to occur is in the works, people will talk about it coming and promote it. Months before a big movie is to be released, there are trailers being released to pump it up. Days are counted down to its release. Millions of people get excited about it happening, because they know it will happen. There is a high level of expectation.

It is common to see things being promoted that will happen in the future. Some things are a year away, while others things are within months. Either way excitement is drum up to get everyone ready to be a part of the new event.

God was preparing to bring judgement upon the nations. Although it had not yet occurred, God was telling the people it is coming, pumping them up to be ready for it.

There are yet prophecies of what God has promised in the Bible that are yet to come. Yet, they are coming.

At some day in the future Jesus will come again as He had promised. At that coming, there will be judgement upon all people for what they did or did not do. That day will be unlike any other day in all of history, because it will effect and change the entire world with everyone in it.

Knowing this, believers need to be telling and warning people of what is to come. They need to know that they can escape the harsh judgement of God against them by repenting and believing in Jesus.

For the believer, the return of Jesus will be the greatest thing that could ever possibly happen. For the unbeliever it will be the greatest horror that could happen.

It is coming! It will surely take place as God has promised.

You know that Jesus is returning as a believer. With that knowledge, first, live for God with all of your life. Second, let people know about what God is going to do. Give the world the warning of what God will do to those who do not obey and follow Him.

Do not allow doubt creep in and remove the excitement of the coming return of Jesus to leave you. Stay excited and looking forward to it. As you wait, let others know and build His kingdom. It will surely take place.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you look forward to the return of Jesus; that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Revelation 16:15 Staying 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

As John’s vision continues, he sees angels start to pour out seven bowls of God’s wrath upon all of the earth. The picture shown is one of extreme horror and torture. People want to die, but cannot and they are hating God. However, God is seen as righteous in His judgments upon the earth.

Jesus states that He is coming like a thief. He will come unexpectedly. Anyone who follows Him, must stay awake and clothed so that they are ready for His return.

The staying awake is not physically, but spiritually. As a believer, you must be aware of what God is doing and watching for His return. You must also be awake to see what the devil is doing.

When a soldier is standing guard at his post, he must remain awake. If he sleeps at all, it opens the door for the enemy to sneak in.

In your life, if you start sleeping spiritually, the devil and sin will slip into your life. This sleeping is stop reading the Bible, stop worshipping God, stop praying, and stop doing the work God has called you to do. When you stop these things, you are asleep and will not be ready for Jesus’ return.

Jesus also stated to be fully clothed. As a believer you are to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus. In yourself, you are filthy and dirty and cannot clean up correctly.

As you follow Jesus and believe Him, He takes away your sins and makes you clean. He gives you His righteousness to wear. There is no accusation against you anymore.

When you are awake and clothed with His righteousness, you will be ready for His return. At the time of the return of Jesus, you will not be ashamed because you fell asleep or were not properly clothed.

Are you awake?

Are you properly and fully clothed?

Are you ready for His return?

Get ready, Jesus will return soon, and without warning. Be ready!

I pray today that you will stay awake in your walk with Jesus; that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus alone; that you will be doing the work God has for you to do; that you will be ready for the return of Jesus; and that you will not be ashamed of Him.