Matthew 3:1-2 Time To Repent

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:1-2

Warnings come all the time, everywhere a person goes. Most warnings are to alert a person of danger ahead. Most often it is a physical danger that is physically ahead.

Some people either do not see the warning signs or just ignore them and fall into dangerous situations that harm them or even kill them. Others heed the warning signs and take caution to avoid the danger.

John the Baptist comes on the scene telling everyone to repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.

When most people hear about the kingdom of heaven, they think of peace, joy, and no suffering. While these are true aspects of heaven that most will desire, most will ignore the requirement to get into heaven.

God is a perfect and holy God who cannot be around sin. Since He cannot be around sin, He demands that His followers become sinless. Once man has sinned, there is no way for himself to become sinless.

Jesus has provided the way by dying upon the cross and paying for all those sins. All a person has to do is repent of those sins and follow Jesus.

Just as in the time of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven is near. Jesus is very close to returning to bring an end to this world and bring judgement upon all mankind.

Knowing this, today is the day to repent of all sins. God is waiting, ready and able to forgive of all sins. He does not anyone to die in their sins and miss out on heaven and eternity with Him.

Every person needs to repent of all sins today, while there is still time.

The call that John the Baptist had for the Israelites still holds for you today. God’s kingdom is even nearer today than it was during his time.

If you have not done so already, today is the day to repent of all sins. Turn away from all sin and follow Jesus with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Do not allow another day to pass without repentance. God has great things in store for you in this life and for all eternity, if you will follow Him with all of your life.

Repent for Jesus may return today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all your sins; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; and that you will look forward to the return of Jesus.

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.

Acts 2:40 Be Passionate

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40

Most people have something that they are very passionate about. When they are around others who do not believe the same way, they will attempt to persuade them to the same way of thinking.

Often they will double down on the persuasion attempts when the other person is on a path that is seriously dangerous. Very few people want to see another person go down a path that will harm them. They will do what they can to get them to change their path.

After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter told the people what was happening, because they did not understand it. Then Peter worked hard at persuading the people to be saved.

Every believer has come to a point in his life that he realizes he is on a path to death and needed to be saved. He has chosen to believe in Jesus.

While many believe this for themselves, many do not really believe it for others. They do not want to tell others about Jesus and the salvation He provides. They are afraid to offend others.

Those who do not tell others about Jesus, do not have the heart of God. They are not passionate about the things of God and refuse to warn others of the danger they are in.

Once a person has the heart of God, he will do all he can to warn others and get them to follow Jesus. It will become his passion, just as Jesus had. He will plead with the people and provide every reason he can for others to choose to follow Jesus. He will not be lukewarm, but hotly passionate about being a witness, not wanting to see others perish.

As a believer, you have seen the need for Jesus. Now you must see that others also need Jesus just as much as you did.

Do not allow yourself to be passive and quiet about helping them in their greatest need. Be passionate and willing to speak up and persuade them to be saved.

Not telling them about Jesus is hating them, not showing true love. This is opposite of what Jesus did and calls you to do.

Be passionate about Jesus and do all you can to point them to salvation in Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the heart of God; that you will be passionate about telling others about Jesus; that you will warn others of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be God’s witness.

Matthew 7:15 Watch Out!

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15

Seeing a person on the surface does not always reveal who they really are as a person. Many people love some actor or actress because they appear to be a wonderful father or husband, or some great person. This is usually seen by a character that they portray in a movie or television show.

While they appear to be good, this is just acting, it is not always the real person. All that is being seen is the outward surface, not the inner character.

Jesus warns of false prophets. These false prophets appear to be safe, but are dangerous, ferocious wolves.

It is easy for a person to talk a good talk, while inwardly seeking to destroy someone. Those who harm children will often talk nicely to them and offer good gifts, until they do serious damage.

Inside the church there are also many who are false. They know all the bible verses, can sing all the songs and know the doctrine, but alongside of all that teach things not of God. The false teachings sound good on the surface, but are just slightly off from what the bible truly says. Words are spoken with false, selfish motives to infiltrate and destroy.

Currently it is easy to find churches that promote sinful activities as acceptable. These are taught under the concept that God loves everyone, thus accepts sin.

The true believer must know what God’s word says and be alert for false teaching. Each person must be careful in what he says and does. Everything must be said or done through the lens of the bible. Only in this way will the lies be seen and recognized.

As a believer, you will hear many teachings and sermons. When you hear some teaching, you must take the time to check what you heard with the entire word of God. Do not take things only on the surface.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. He can open your eyes to see deception and reveal false prophets. You can know them by their fruit.

In the same way, seek to know God’s word correctly for yourself. Be careful to not speak God’s word out of context and become a false prophet yourself. Watch out for others and yourself in being false prophets.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; and that God will open your spiritual eyes to recognize false teachings.

Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

Stop warning sign

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Jonah 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes or looks there are warnings. Warnings on the sides of roads, on packages, in the media, and much more. Some of those warnings are of dire consequences that can be immediate. Others are of minor consequences or something that may occur over a longer period of time. Some of these warnings are very unusual and different, while others are more of a common sense warnings.

Every person is different in how well they follow warning signs. Some will follow them wholeheartedly every time, while others ignore them most of the time.

Once Jonah had finally chosen to go to Nineveh and speak God’s word of warning, the king of Nineveh heard it. The king immediately acted upon God’s word in humility. He did not ignore it or dismiss it at all.

Just as people ignore warning signs on packages and the road side, people also often ignore the warnings God has given or is giving. Some people have heard all their lives that Jesus is returning to the point that they are no longer concerned and begin to ignore the warning. They begin to choose to live in sin, ignoring God.

God’s word is true and every warning given will come to pass at some point. The one who truly believes in God will heed every warning that God has given. He will also be willing to pass that warning on to others.

God does not anyone to perish or be punished because of sin. His goal is to give everyone life–eternal life through the forgiveness of Jesus. Believers must act upon this and pass it on to others who need to hear that warning.

If you are a believer, you have read or heard some of God’s warnings. Ask yourself if you are heeding those warnings and if you are passing those onto others.

Do not ignore God’s warnings that He is lovingly giving you through His word, visions, Holy Spirit or others. Act upon them and live for God, obeying His every word.

Be like the king of Nineveh and humbly submit to God’s word and His warnings. God is only trying to give you the best and make you the best you can be. Listen to Him, He knows what is best.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s warnings to you and others; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.