May 18, 2022 Promise Of God

James 5:8 Be Patient And Keep Standing

You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

Nearly every person around the world is waiting for something to occur. Most commonly people are waiting in some type of line. It could be a line in a store or a line in heavy traffic or in a line of time waiting for something to arrive.

During the time of waiting in line, it is extremely common to hear someone complaining about the waiting. No matter how fast things are, they should be faster. This becomes even more true, when there is pain in the waiting.

As James is talking about suffering for Christ, he tells the people to be patient and stand firm, because Jesus is returning soon.

When a person is having a great time and enjoying what he is doing, the time appears to fly by very quickly. He has no complaints because everything is going perfectly or at least going his way at the moment. Joy and pleasure are being experienced.

However, life is not always fun and games. There are times of difficulties, pain and suffering. Along with normal pain and suffering, believers may also experience persecution, causing more suffering.

The world will be quick to complain about the suffering and blame whatever they can on their circumstances.

True believers will realize that all the pain and suffering that they are going through is only temporary. Their focus is not on the here and now, but on the return of Jesus and eternity.

Instead of grumbling and complaining, they wait patiently, standing upon God’s promises, knowing that it will all come to an end soon when Jesus returns. As they wait, they continue to fulfill God’s purpose on this earth–to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus every day.

You may be going through some suffering right now. It may be natural sufferings of the temporary body and life on this earth, or it may be suffering from persecution for your belief in Jesus.

Either way it is painful. Do not give into the suffering and begin complaining, but focus upon the promise of Jesus’ soon return and eternal life in heaven with God.

Seek God’s purpose in the suffering and His grace to make it joyfully through the situation in your life. Soon you will have a perfect body, with no more suffering or pain for eternity in heaven with Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will help you have the patience needed to keep moving forward with Him; that you will stand firm upon the promise of the return of Jesus; and that you will see God at work in every situation in your life.

Hebrews 9:28 Jesus Will Come To Bring Salvation

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28

Everyday people are waiting for something to change, happen or for things to get better. Waiting in lines of some sort is the most commonly thought of type of waiting. However, many are waiting for better times.

People are hoping that something will change their situations and make things better. Not knowing what to look for, many will try nearly any and every thing to make their life better.

The author of Hebrews talks about the sacrifices of the old covenant and the new covenant. He points out that Christ was sacrificed to take away all sin and that He will come again to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

All around the world there are millions of people who have chosen to accept the forgiveness that Jesus offers of their sins. While they have accepted His forgiveness, many often forget about His coming again to save them. Once saved, many go back to living their life without a focus upon eternity.

The busyness of life gets all of their focus and attention. Cares about what they need to do from day to day pulls their mind and hearts off of waiting for and looking for the return of Christ.

Jesus will return some day, but only for those who are waiting for Him. The waiting is not just sitting and waiting, but doing His work, while seeking His return. They are looking forward to the day of His return, not just focused on life here on this earth.

Some will miss His return, because they are not waiting for Him.

Trusting that you have chosen to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and are being saved, are you waiting for Him?

Each and everyday will present many challenges of day to day living. There will be lots of things that you can focus on that are only about here and now.

Although many of those things are important, you must be willing to be focused upon eternity and the return of Jesus.

Are you waiting for His return? Is what you are doing focused on His return?

Or are you only focused on the problems and pleasures of today and this temporary earth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek the return of Jesus; that you will doing God’s work while here on earth; that you will tell others of the salvation Jesus offers; and that you will point others to the coming return of Jesus.

Acts 22:16 What Are You Waiting For?

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:16

Advertisements bombard people every day as being very urgent and that one needs to act upon it right now. Often they say that one has to call within the next few minutes to get the deal. Or they say that you must come in and get the deal now, before it goes away.

Many different things call for priority of immediate action. Passing on doing something, may mean that it is lost forever.

As Paul is talking about his conversion experience, he tells the people that after Ananias had told him about Jesus, he asked what he was waiting for. Then he told Paul to be baptized and wash away his sins calling on Jesus.

Going through life, there are times that there are things that need immediate action. Most often the things that need to fastest action are when there is an emergency that can cause harm or death. In reality, outside of a life and death emergency, most things can be held off on acting upon it.

One thing that many people see as a non-emergency is believing in Jesus and being saved. Although life appears to be good and one feels he can accept Jesus later, one thing he does not know is the exact moment he will die. Once a person dies, there is no hope of being saved, if he has not chosen to follow Jesus while alive.

Knowing that one could die at any moment, means that believing in and following Jesus is the highest priority of action one can ever make in his life. It is an action that will effect today and throughout all of eternity. There is no time for waiting to make a decision.

If you have already made a decision to follow Jesus and make Him your Lord and Savior, that is great. However, if you have not made that decision, today is the day to make it. In fact, right now is the time to decide.

Waiting only increases the odds that it will be too late and you will die in your sins, being condemned for eternity, exiled from God for eternity.

Now that you have heard the message of Jesus Christ, today is the day to make that decision to follow Him.

What are you waiting for?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to believe in Jesus; that you will choose to turn away from all sins to follow God; that you will not wait anymore in following God with all of your life; and that you will pass the gospel message on to others who need it today.