Without a focus or vision for your life, you can be easily distracted. Our focus must be clear or sharp in the purpose or plan God has for our life. Philippians 3:13-14 (ASV) .....but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Are we willing to press in or strain toward the things of God? Jesus is calling!
We all need wisdom for the year 2020. God does not change. His Word is forever settled in the heavens. God is someone you can trust and rely on because He does not change Proverbs 9:10 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear God and seek His face for 2020!
Jesus is the Gift that keeps on giving! Isaiah 9:6, Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.....His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, The Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Jesus has provided all things for us. All we need to do is accept Him as our Lord and Savior!
Due to the lack of truth in the end times, many will be deceived and their love for God will grow cold. Who in your life can speak truth to you or say no? We must keep our zeal, walk in love, seek God first, endure and allow God to discipline and correct us when we need it. Hebrews 12:7-8
If I want to remain in love in the end times, I must lay down my life for Jesus. Am I willing to give up this life for eternal life? What will the Lord find me doing when He returns? Matthew 24:12 says the love of many will grow cold in the end times. We must stay in the faith and stay in love and endure until the end. We must rise above being lukewarm and remain zealous for Jesus.
Matthew 24 continues to tell us not to be deceived and that the love of many will grow cold. What we must do is persevere, not compromise and endure until the end. When you remove truth you remove boundaries. Matthew 24:37 tells us right before Jesus returns the time will be like the days of Noah. We must maintain our walk with Jesus and keep watching for Jesus to return. Luke 21:27, Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. In these end times we must not let the iniquity or lawlessness of this world cause our love walk to grow cold. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Amen!
Matthew 24 talks about what will happen before Jesus returns in the end times. Verse 12 talks about more lawlessness in the end times and because of that the love of many will grow cold but verse 13 tells us that if we will endure until the end we will be saved. We need to remember to stay with the One who keeps us walking in truth, Jesus! Will Jesus find faith or faithfulness in me when He returns? Stay with Truth, Jesus!
Will Jesus find faith or faithfulness on the earth when He returns? In Luke 18:1-9, the widow woman was persistent in asking the unjust judge to avenge her of her adversary. She was so persistent that the unjust judge finally gave her what she wanted. In the end times we must be just as persistent and willing to "stick with it" until Jesus, our Savior, returns for us. We must be willing to persevere and not quit no matter how hard it gets. Stay praying and stay faithful until He returns!
We must live by faith and trust in God. He promises us protection in the 91st Psalm!
Ephesians 6:11-18 tells us to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand against the devious, cunning tricks of the devil. Put on your belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, carry the Gospel with your feet, put on the helmet of salvation, take your shield of faith and the Sword of the Spirit! Don't forget to pray for everyone!
Mark 4:35-41 Jesus was crossing the sea with His disciples. A storm came up and Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea "Peace be still." The storm stopped instantly. Jesus turned to His disciples and asked them why they were afraid and where was their faith? During this virus storm when fear does try to come, remember whose boat you are in. The Jesus boat! Don't fear but walk in faith, trusting God. The precious blood of Jesus still saves and protects.
The people cried Hosanna in Matthew 21:9. Hosanna means, please save us. It means, praise God! One cry is asking for help the other cry of Hosanna is showing gratitude for what God has done. On this Palm Sunday lets cry out to God for help then praise Him for helping us!
Matthew 27:50-51 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.... When Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn from top to bottom, no longer was the presence of God hidden from mankind. Now we can have the presence of God continually in our lives because of the precious blood of Jesus.
Faith and hope stabilize your life. Romans 15:13 says, Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we have faith and hope we accept God's Word as truth and trust in Him. Take this momentary time of affliction to infuse yourself in God and trust Him.
God is good and the devil is bad. Just like all other sickness and disease COVID-19 comes straight from the pit of hell. Isaiah 43:1-3 tells us not to fear, God has redeemed us and He calls us by name. During this crisis respond in faith not fear, respond in truth not lies. Take this opportunity to draw nearer to God.