Empty Pages

Our text is from Revelation 20:15.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Empty PagesOne day after we are dead and gone the Bible speaks about a number of judgments that will be waiting on us.  One is the White Throne for unsaved people and one ‘the judgment seat of Christ’ is for saved people.

A sad day at the White Throne when it is said that books will be opened and peoples’ names will be written in there or they won’t.   Since the Word of God says a lot of people will go to a lake of fire, then there must be a lot of empty pages in the ‘Book of Life.’  There the names will be checked and verified and I’m sure even doubled checked at the request of some that will be desperate.  Of course, at this time it will be too late to get your name in the book.  The time for that is now, friend.  Don’t wait until it’s too late.  Then your name will be one of millions that will be absent from those empty pages.

My prayer for you is to get your name in the book now, while you still have time.

 

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R. I. P.

Our text today comes from Isaiah 48:22.  …There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

R I PMany times we see on tombstones the phrase that says, “R.I.P.-Rest in Peace.”
I want to remind the reader that according to our Biblical text there is no peace when someone dies without the Lord Jesus Christ. If he has never been regenerated, when he dies, he experiences what every unsaved man experiences; a lake of fire, and according to the Bible there is no rest for them day nor night. (Read Revelation 14:11)

So the beware lest any deceive you into thinking that someone is better off when they die. That depends on where they go after they die and that depends on what they did with Jesus before they die.  Jesus put it this way.  “Ye must be born again.”   That’s not an option but an absolute necessity.  Only you can make the choice to call on Jesus to save you from your sins and Hell.  He died to pay for your sins, was buried, and rose again the third day.  If you trust Jesus you will R.I.P.

May God give you the courage to make the right choice today so you will…R. I. P.

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The Sun is Still Coming Up

Our text is from Malachi 4:2.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…

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It’s good to know that whatever happens today in your life; always remember that the Lord is consistent and he will always be with you. He will never leave you alone.

Of all the creations that typifies God’s ability to remain the same, (his immutability) I suppose it would be the sun. Regardless what happens to you the sun is still coming up tomorrow.

Whether there is a death in the family, a birth, a wedding, a new job acquired, a vacation or a dreaded disease that one may catch, the sun will still come up. It is something that you can count on. You can put total confidence in it. It doesn’t matter what comes in your life or what may leave you the sun will still come up tomorrow.

So, when you have given up on everything or everyone, remember, the sun is still coming up. Don’t give up on the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind he created the sun. He said about his word that heaven and earth would pass away but his word would not pass away. That’s how much you can believe his promises. They are more sure than even the sun coming up. What a great God we have!

May God help you to remember that what ever you will face in the future, the sun will still come up.
He won’t let you down.

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Songs in the Night

Job 35:10  But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

songs in the nightOur text is a difficult one to understand because we don’t sing many times when we feel good much less at our night seasons but Elihu says that we can have a song in the night.  Night seasons will come to us all, but to sing when they come is not easy nor pleasant to think about.  However difficult it may be, it is possible to have a song in the night.  By walking close to God and seeking Him in the day seasons it won’t be as difficult to find Him in the night seasons.  When the night seasons come– He will be there.  Whatever we go though we can sing a song because it will still beat going to Hell.  Nothing will ever be as bad as Hell.  So in the night seasons there are songs to sing.  Of Praise, of Thanks, and looking forward to the Return of Christ and going to Heaven to be with our loved ones.  If that seems impossible to grasp it may be there is another problem in another area.  Perhaps we have set our affection too much on the world instead of spiritual things.

Colossians says in chapter 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Sometimes this becomes our problem.  Misplaced affections.  In any case it is always good to have a song prepared for the night seasons.

May the Lord help you to find songs in the night.

 

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First Place

Exodus 20:3   Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

First PlaceOur text is a common one so a lot doesn’t need saying about it.  It is so common that it is under attack my many authorities.  Why?  Because there are those that want other gods to serve including their own selves, other than the one in the Holy Bible.

This Christmas season remember the God of the season and the Christ of Christmas and give Him first place.  Even above your family, friends, and coworkers.  If it wasn’t for Jesus Christ coming into the world as God’s gift to mankind we wouldn’t even have a holiday to celebrate at this time of year.  Give God first place this season and all seasons so you will have a happy new year.  You will be glad you did.

Remember, God deserves first place, not second place.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.  Who knows, Jesus may come back this year. Even so, come.

 

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Don’t Quit

don't quitOur text for today is from 2nd Timothy 4:7-8.       4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The greatest apostle in the NT had gone thru many things.(Read 2nd Corinthians 11).   Now he was coming near to the end of his life but he was able to say with confidence that he had finished this course.

The Lord Jesus finished his course at the cross when he cried, ‘It is finished!’ John 19:30.  Thank God he finished his course.  If he had not, we would all be in trouble, which brings us to a interesting thought: Who is depending on us to finish our course?  Our family, our co-workers, friends, smaller children and only God knows who else.  My dad use to say that someone is watching you so we need to be careful how we behave.   We all are here for a reason and a purpose and when God is done with us he will call us home.  You don’t know how much time you have left so…before you leave this world find out what God wants you to do and do it. Don’t Quit! —– Finish your course.

Years ago my sister gave me this poem while attending school.  I have always appreciated it and have never forgotten how it was an encouragement to me to keep going on.

Thanks, sis.

DON’T QUIT!

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will                                                                          When the road you’re traveling seems all uphill                                                                         When the funds are low and the debts are high                                                                            And you want to smile and you have to sigh                                                                             When care is pressing you down a bit                                                                                              Rest, if you must —just don’t quit

Life is hard with its twists and turns                                                                                                 As every one of us sometimes learns                                                                                                    And many a failure turns about                                                                                                         When he might have won, had he stuck it out                                                                           Don’t t give up, though the pace seems slow                                                                               You might succeed with another blow

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man                                        Often the struggler has given up                                                                                                     When he might have captured the victors’ cup                                                                             And learned too late, when the night slipped down                                                                          How close he was to the golden crown

Success is failure turned inside out                                                                                                     The silver tint of the cloud of doubt                                                                                               And you never can tell how close you are

It may be near when it seems afar                                                                                                    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit                                                                                       Its when things seem worst that you mustn’t—QUIT!

 

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