Gates will Close in 1 Minute

Our text is taken from Isaiah 55:6.  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:..

gates will close in 1 minuteAs I was waiting to board my airplane the other day I heard a man on the intercom say, “Will John Smith e.g., please make your way to the ticket booth, gates will close in one minute.”

I’ve heard that it is fashionable and socially acceptable to be late at times. Perhaps, in some cases, but there are many cases that it is not acceptable and even very costly to be late even for a minute.

If you are late in watching the beginning of a movie, you know that some plots are hard to follow if not impossible, and it takes the enjoyment out of watching it.

In sports, if you are late you could miss a key play or event that may determine the outcome of the game or match.

At airports, it is crucial to be on time because it may cost you your ticket which may not be refundable, not to mention missing your plane and messing up your trip.

If you are late in arriving to the doctor’s office or emergency room for yourself or your loved ones, it may cost you your life or the lives of your loved ones. You may even miss ‘final words’ from them; what price do you put on that?

This is a real lesson for anyone that doesn’t know the Lord and keeps putting off getting saved. Your gate may be closing as you read this.

May God help you to get to your gate quickly because for you, they may be closed in one minute.

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Leaving With Nothing To Show For

Our text is from 1st Corinthians 3:14.   If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.   3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Leaving with nothing to show forWe all like to have a few things to take home with us after a vacation or a getaway. Reminders, souvenirs, and pictures that take us back to the great times we had in the past.

That’s the way it will be when we get to Heaven.

It’s sad to say but there will be those that leave this world to go to Heaven without any reminders of their service to the Lord.   No keep sakes that will take them back to the times when they were serving the Lord.  Sad isn’t it.  Some will make it to Heaven without a keepsake to remember. No accomplishment, no service, nobody to present to the Lord.  They just never took any time for God.  All their time was on themselves.  It was all about them and as a final result, no rewards.

It reminds me of the song …Must I Go, and Empty Handed .

Must I go, and empty handed,
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?

REFRAIN
Must I go, and empty handed?
Must I meet my Savior so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him,
Must I empty handed go?

May God help you to…Leave with plenty to show for in Heaven.

Take some time for God.

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Dead Gods

Our text today will come from Judges 10:13.  Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. 10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

dead godsGod made us in such a way that we will worship someone or something.  It is in our nature to worship something.  God made us that way so we could worship him with no problem.  I mean, he gave us life and blessed us so why would we have a problem giving honor to whom honor is due?

Yet we all have gods that will not hear us and will do us no good at all.                                 We have hi-tech gods. Little things that make us spend much time with.
We have people gods ( Famous celebrities, politicians, movies stars, and musicians.) that may or may not know us but we think that they are gods.
We have money gods of which we can never get enough of. The money god won’t help when you have a broken heart.
And we have gods in our ownership that we worship. Cars, homes, jobs, yards, and collections sets of various kinds (Cars, stamps, baseball cards, guns, coins, bottles, and antiques.)  They won’t get us out of depression, as a matter of fact, they might cause depression.
Those kinds of gods are dead. They won’t be there when you are hungry. They won’t help you when you are in trouble or in debt. They won’t get you feeling better when you are sick. When you are depressed or going through a sad time or tragic trial the 102 inch T.V. will be of no comfort at all. And if you experience the loss of a loved one a I-phone will not make you feel better.
Dead gods can’t deliver you when you are at war. Notice our text. When the people were in trouble they couldn’t call on the dead gods because they knew they wouldn’t be able to do anything.
Call on the God that can hear you and can help you.

Anything else will be just a waste of time.

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Encouraging Words

Our text today will be from 1 Thessalonians 4:18.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

longlake 2007 (61)In our text the Apostle Paul has just described the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to call out his bride to meet him in the air. What a great event this will be. It will defy gravity, ideas, beliefs, thoughts, dreams, and imaginations.  It will be a reality one day and very soon.    It will be our rescue and it is the Christian’s hope.

Thank God for the return of Jesus. Without this hope we would all be in trouble because there is just no good news outside of our Lord’s return.                                                                  Man is out of control and getting worse.                                                                                            The world is falling apart and wobbling out of course politically, religiously, and socially. Things are on a downward trend and it seems that the bottomless pit is about ready to be opened up.

Praise God for the great promise of the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. We are not here to make this world a better place but to live for and serve our Lord Jesus Christ and to leave when he calls us up. Can’t wait!

This is what our text is about. Instead of focusing on the horrible events about to take place and they will take place, we are told to be comforting each other about the coming of the Lord Jesus to this earth because that is something that you can count on and it will happen. It will happen just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.                                            By the way, the sun will rise tomorrow regardless how bad it gets.

No one knows when the day of the Lord’s return will be, so we are to keep living for the Lord until that day. That is why he didn’t tell us the day of his return.

If we knew the day of his return we would start slowing down our service for the Lord 5 to 10 years before then, and eventually just stop about 2 to 5 years before the actual day.

So keep going for God. Perhaps it will be today.                                                                          Just keep watching for the Lord and don’t give up on him.                                                             He is more reliable then anyone or anything you know.

Who knows, we may be getting our final call soon.

Hope you have your ticket.

All aboard!

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Loosing Your Way

lost sheep dEzekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

Out text discusses Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones which you are told is the House of Israel (See vs 11), but the devotional teaching is very clear.  Many times in our daily walk as a Christian we get all messed up in this world of pleasures and sin.  You get side tracked by the pretty lights and the glitter that the world has to offer and before you know it you are somewhere that you really don’t want to be.  You realize that you are not happy and you are not sure how to find your way back.  You may even lose all hope of ever getting back to where you used to be.

King David said one time, I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant.               Ps 119:176.                                                                                                                                            We all go astray and lose our way from time to time and we need help to get back where we should be.

Hears the GOOD NEWS! (That’s is what the word ‘gospel’ means.)

Our help comes from God.  In Ezekiel 34 God said that because his flock is scattered and lost, that He would seek them personally.  (See vs. 12, 16).

How did He do that?  The Bible tells tells you.   For the Son of man (The Lord Jesus Christ) is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10.

In Luke 15 the Lord Jesus Christ gives a parable of the one lost sheep out of a hundred.  He leaves the 99 and goes to seek the 1.  He finds it and brings it back rejoicing.  It is stated like this…

15:3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

In closing I want to draw your attention to one last thing in this passage.  Notice in verse 5 that He laid the sheep on ” His shoulders” which means that you can’t, by yourself, find your way back. You are going to need Gods’ help.

If you have lost your way, my prayer is that you will call on Him right now to help you find your way back.  You can get back to where you were, with the Lord’s help.

When you loose your way may God help you to find your way back.

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A Reason To Live

Our text today is from John 10:10.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

SadnessThis picture depicts a person saddened and perhaps contemplating some course of action in light of the sadness.                      Many people in the hour of heartbreak or heartache just can’t find a reason to go on.  Nearby my house a young lady was killed in an automobile accident about 4 yrs ago and to this day her mom still comes to the place where she was killed to bring flowers and to dress up the area with pictures and crosses. It seems she has just given up on living for the future and chooses to remain in the past.

Even worse, some people just can’t find a reason to live.  I happen to know of a person just within a couple of weeks ago who took her own life because as far  as she was concerned life was just too difficult for her.  Some people are so burdened and ladened down with troubles and cares they get to the place where they feel they just can’t handle it.

If you need a good reason to live, go to the Holy Bible and there you will find plenty of reasons.                                                                                                                                                    1. Jesus died and paid for your sins so you could live. 1 Peter 2.
2. He left you His spirit so you would would never be alone.  John 14.
3. He went to Heaven to prepare a place for you. John 14.
4. Jesus loves you so much that he gave all He had for you. John 3.
5. The Lord Jesus Christ left you His word so you would know how to live and love. John 20 and John 15.
6. He promised that He was coming again to take you home to Heaven. John 14.
7. Others are depending on you to be a guide and source of strength in their time of need. 2 Corinthians 1.
8. One day you will get a brand-new body, live in a brand-new home, where all things will be brand-new. 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 21.

These are for starters.  There are plenty more, so you do have a reason to live.  As a matter of fact,  you have more reasons to live than to die. It’s better to live for something than to die for nothing.

Next time you get down and out, read about what Jesus did for you and                              after that, consider thanking Him with your living service.                                                     You can’t serve Him when you’re in the graveyard.

After all He did for you what are you going to do for Him?                                              Service to Him is the best reason of all to live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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