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Prepare For The Journey

Every true believer in Christ should prepare for the journey beyond this life, even when we don’t know when it will be. We all know that the journey must come, either at our death or at the coming of the Lord. We also know, if we are honest, it can come at any time, in the twinkling of an eye. We will all make the journey. We will all go to a place to be judged in God’s predetermined time, but only God’s elect children will continue making their journey to the gates of heaven. Only the ones who have been chosen since the foundations of the world will be welcomed into paradise (Ephesians 1:4). Make no mistake, only God’s chosen children will have a deep indescribable desire to prepare for the journey. It is our responsibility to help God’s children to prepare now. We should not take this responsibility lightly. Let us all roll up our sleeves and get to work. If you throw this article down and have no interest in preparing for the journey, then you will be most pitted amongst God’s creation and you will have a most difficult time proving your election. So, please let me encourage you to read this entire article very carefully with much prayer and meditation. Your time is coming much sooner than you think.

In a very real sense, we have all been on the journey since we were born, either on a journey toward the light or on a journey toward the darkness. Before we proceed, I pray that you have received the call from the risen Lord and are on the path to righteousness, to His eternal light. The earthly journey has been difficult for most, constantly learning and growing by putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ. Many have gone through tremendous upheavals in their life but have pressed on toward the light. Now, we will prepare for the last leg of our journey to a place beyond time and space, to a place where only good memories will be cherished, and bad memories will no longer exist. Those who have journeyed long to the light, in our present reality, have experienced a foretaste of things to come where the music is sweeter, the joy is exhilarating, and the peace of God transcends all understanding. The more we journey in this present reality, the more we long to complete our journey to heavenly bliss and the eradication of all evil. So, we prepare for the journey believing that God will give us all that we need. We will prepare for the journey even if others in the fallen world rise up against us. We will prepare for the journey trusting in God’s loving providence.

The biggest stumbling block for most on the journey, their upward calling in Christ Jesus, is learning how to truly forgive others from the heart. Why is this so important? Jesus said, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:15). Living a life of the unforgiven must be the most horrible thing experienced in this reality, which causes many emotional and psychological problems driving them deeper into the camp of the enemy. Their constant memories of being hurt by others, real or unreal, will cast them into a life of hate and bitterness. This is the first thing that we must overcome in preparation for the journey. I have written many articles on how to truly forgive others from the heart so that in time you will completely forget the trespass and the agonizing hurt. Simply put, we must never again bring up the trespass to others to garner their sympathy, to never dwell on the trespass, and immediately cast out the agonizing memory by replacing it with another righteous thought. The good news is that Christ will give us great power to overcome the trespass and truly forgive others from the heart. Godly forgiveness will always lead to forgetfulness erasing the hurt from our souls. Let us press on in our preparation for the journey.

The next step in our preparation for the journey is to settle all remaining debts, both financial and spiritual debts. We are all familiar with having financial debt because we live in a world that has made it extremely easy for all of its citizens to live beyond their means and incur debt. This is especially true in the West and specifically the United States who keeps increasing its own debt year after year. For the Christian, however, who is on the journey no debt must be left outstanding. The Bible says, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). We all have debts, but we must not keep endlessly adding to them, but we must aggressively seek to settle all of our financial debts, which extends our love to our debtors. We must also settle our spiritual debts, especially with those who have ought with us. This is very important as we prepare for the journey. If we have offended anyone in any way, then that puts the burden on us to settle the spiritual indebtedness. Why is this so important? It is because we are our brother’s keeper and to cause them to stumble from what we have said or done has serious consequences (Matthew 18:6). As the Bible says, we must leave our offering at the altar and go first to be reconciled with our brother (Matthew 5:23-25). Let us prepare for the journey by settling all of our debts.

The next step in the preparation for the journey is to discover the weight and the sin that so easily besets us. This is a difficult thing for most of God’s children to do, in discovering their weight and besetting sin. It’s much easier to look at the big sins of others instead of making a closer examination of their own besetting sin, the weight that keeps them from effectively running the race set before them (Hebrews 12:1-2). I have referred to this as the favorite sin that most people are unwilling to give up. Is it smoking? Is it excessive drinking? Is it eating food that is knowingly bad for you? Is it looking at or lusting after the opposite sex? Is it cursing? Is it fantasizing or entertaining vain imaginations? Is it talking about or gossiping about others behind their backs? I have learned through many years of counseling that most have a favorite sin that they are unwilling to give up or even admit that it was a sin in the first place. There are a couple of things that will help you to identify your favorite sin. The first thing is to become acquainted with all of God’s beautiful commandments in the Bible, allowing them to bring conviction to our souls. The second thing we can do is to ask, “does this favorite sin destroy my body or God’s beautiful creation” (I Corinthians 3:16-17)? If you know that it will damage your body and you refuse to give up the habit, then you have identified your favorite sin. Let’s prepare for the journey by repenting today.

Finally, there is one more step that will do more than anything else in our preparation for the journey. Jesus Christ is our best example in preparing for the journey. Jesus Christ looked beyond the suffering on the Cross to the joy that was set before Him for all eternity (Hebrews 12:2). This is most difficult in a world that’s leading humanity to stay focused on one conspiracy theory or deception after another. It’s most difficult in a world that is leading humanity around by the nose through every social media post and breaking news article. It’s most difficult when death comes in the twinkling of an eye, but suffering can seem like an eternity. The toxic levels in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink are having a profound effect upon humanity creating previously unknown illnesses, enormous suffering, and a longing for death. Humanity is dying. Natural disasters, wars, famines, and the coming apocalypse will drive all of humanity to the threshold of madness, but we will stay focused on the joy set before us and not be overcome by the tragedy in the world. In this final step we also stay focused on Jesus as the author and perfecter of our faith. Our faith is perfected through endurance by allowing every trial and tribulation to strengthen our faith. Our strengthened faith will allow us to complete the journey with joy in our hearts knowing that our preparation was not in vein. Let us all prepare for the journey, it’s much later than you think. Oh Lord, please help us to prepare for the journey.

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Patience in the Coming Destruction

There is destruction coming upon the whole world that will drive humanity to horrific shock and the depth of unimaginable despair. We can spend hours discussing what will cause the destruction and even longer following the world in useless preparation or we can seek the risen Lord. As we seek the risen Lord through deep prayer and meditation, then we learn what’s been lost for a millennium. We learn that the patience of the saints will be our sure defense against the Antichrist spirit. The patience of the saints will give us the inner strength to maintain our spiritual integrity and a peace that truly defies understanding. We will be unmovable as our brazen face confronts the raging storms ahead. Our hearts and minds will be captured by the radiant bliss from heaven allowing us to look beyond all that is falling upon a world gone mad. Sadly to say, this is a world that has pathetically turned to evil in mass. So, how can we, living in the Twenty-First Century, recapture this amazing gift, given to our ancient forefathers, the patience of the saints? We will accept this gift one step at a time by allowing God to bring us into a deeper walk with Him. Our deeper walk with Christ, will allow us to stand firm in the patience of the saints as we are tried with the fires of affliction.

Before exploring this amazing gift, it will be necessary to understand that it’s impossible to have the patience of the saints without first becoming a true saint. This sainthood is not bestowed upon us by the Catholic Church or any other denomination. This sainthood comes directly from the risen Lord, Jesus Christ who has chosen us since the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:3-5). Our sainthood is confirmed through our spiritual growth in Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit. Step by step we realize that we are no longer our own, but we have been bought with an incredible price, the precious blood of Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary. In time, we learn to experience the joy of our new life in Christ as we must put off the old life and put on the new life in Christ (Ephesians 4:22-32). In time we learn that we can no longer be conformed to this world, but we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). This renewal will allow us to see everything completely different from the fallen world. This is an amazing journey that will lead us to have the patience of the saints. How glorious it will be to experience the light of God’s glory shining through us.

The first stop in our journey to acquire the patience of the saints is to grasp the measure of time. We typically live and die in the realm of about a hundred years or less to experience all that God has so graciously given to us as His amazing creations. Our whole scope of time is measured in the twinkling of an eye, which seems like a very long time for most of fallen humanity. They suffer, they cry, and they complain as time seems to drag on and on, feeling like an eternity. As the planet experiences one convulsion after another, then anxiety and despair have taken their toll causing most of fallen humanity to dwell endlessly on their unsolvable problems. When the aches and pains of old age set in, then time seems to slow way down repeating the same drama over and over again. For the Christian, however, who is called to be a saint, his entire mindset has been changed. His grasp of time is completely different. Instead of having our time consumed by the worries and fears of this world, the Christian can enter the sanctuary of his own heart allowing God to fill our minds with our loving service to others. Perfect love truly cast out fear along with other worries in the world bringing forth great joy and peace (I John 4:18). Furthermore, in our loving service to others it brings us to the feet of our Master, Jesus Christ, where time seems to stop, no longer casting us in one direction then another.

The second stop in our journey to acquire the patience of the saints is to understand that all that we have belongs to the Lord. This is a hard pill to swallow for most because they have allowed their material possessions to become a part of who they proclaim themselves to be. Many will spend endless hours buying everything they see even when they know they can’t afford it. Their possessions have become so prized that they have rented storage units to store all of their excess belongings. Many will stress for many days to maintain what they have even if they are plunged deeper and deeper into debt. The great horror for most is losing their possessions from having them repossessed to being destroyed by some catastrophic event. Most will fight and kill to keep what they have. On the other hand, the saints have a completely different mindset knowing that their wealth is not measured by the number of their possessions. They have learned how to cast their affections above to the glories of heaven (Colossians 3:2). Jesus Christ confronted the rich man who desired to follow Him, and Jesus knowing his heart told him to go and sell all his possessions and give to the poor, but he would not part with his possessions (Matthew 19:21-23). When all is lost, then we are not unsettled or diminished in any way, but we remain complete, retaining all that God has given to us through the Spirit. We retain true riches by allowing God’s love to flow through us to others.

The final stop in our journey to acquire the patience of the saints is to give up our life on this planet, which is only a momentary affliction compared to the bliss of eternity in heaven with our Lord. To lose one’s life is a most difficult thing to grasp for fallen humanity. This is growing more difficult every day with so many turning away from their faith in Christ. It’s becoming more difficult with so many rejecting Jesus Christ as the Anointed Son of God. When tragedy strikes people with no hope beyond this life will face unchecked pandemonium, lawlessness, and insanity, which will crush them beyond what words can explain. I have heard many say among believers that they would be willing to give up their life for Christ, but they have not yet faced the real prospect of facing the lions in the arena. So, it is necessary to train ourselves to look beyond this very short existence in comparison to eternity. This can only be accomplished by immersing ourselves in the Spirit, to get a foretaste of things to come. It’s also important to remind ourselves that the passing from this world will be quick and relatively painless in comparison to the heathen. Every step of the way Jesus Christ will be with us through the indwelling Spirit allowing us to focus on the things to come.

In conclusion, we will take our stand in the days ahead with a new mindset believing that Jesus Christ is standing with us in the Spirit, so we can fill up the sufferings of Christ (Colossians 1:24). Many of the saints of old showed remarkable courage as they continued to demonstrate love while on the stake. Some tormentors have witnessed the face of saints glowing as if it was glowing with the glory of God. Others heard the saints continuing to witness to their persecutors in genuine love. The time left on this planet is growing shorter every day, so we must allow Jesus Christ to prepare us for the days ahead not by storing up more food and ammunition but by preparing to stand firm in the patience of the saints. Let us pray together that we will be an example for our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Let us pray that we will be pleasing to our Master in heaven awaiting our arrival in heaven. Let us look forward to the angels singing in a grand chorus upon our arrival. Let us pray that we hear Jesus Christ say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). We will finally understand that being a servant to others has freed us from all the tragic losses in a fallen world. It has enabled us to truly have the patience of the saints. Oh, what a glorious day that will be when we finally sit down with our spiritual family in heaven, having overcome every fiery trial and tribulation to the glory of God. Amen

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Living as Citizens of Heaven

Most every person is a citizen of their respective country with certain rights and privileges. Most of these citizenships are bequeathed at the time of birth. Some are seeking to change their citizenship while others are content with remaining as aliens in a foreign land. Either way, they pridefully assimilate into their new country expecting to receive all the same rights and privileges. Today I want to talk to you about a different kind of citizenship that can’t be earned or pridefully assimilated. This citizenship can only be given at the time of our rebirth or transformation in Christ. This glorious new citizenship is in heaven even while we reside as aliens upon the earth. Although technically we keep our citizenship on earth in our respective countries, we are no longer beholden to its ideology, its humanistic ideals, and its inclusiveness. There is a great difference between our heavenly citizenship and citizenship of the world. When true believers embrace their heavenly citizenship, then they embrace the ideology and exclusiveness of the Kingdom of God and are not beholden to the dictates of their respective countries, which are diametrically opposed. However, this is not what we see in the modern day. Many Christians are beholden to the dictates of their respective countries. Continue reading Living as Citizens of Heaven