It was on yesterday morning when I began to think about my children and how I was lost for so long that I hadn’t begun to pray for their salvation until after the Lord opened my eyes to how lost I was. Often times we don’t think about our children’s salvation when we ourselves are just going through life making it from day to day. God was the furthest thought from my mind. All I thought about was myself and how I felt, and how I was being treated, and how broken I was. A life of selfishness had consumed me. Slowly the Lord began to pull me closer to Him. He used the pain that I had allowed to consume me, to drive me back to Him.
Speaking about the end of days seems to have taken over a taboo, and fictitious life form that many don’t discuss, and pastors have moved away preaching about it. Society, and culture has accepted the caricatured persona that those who speak of this are “not all there.” We all have seen at least one movie or t.v. show where the presumed mentally ill man stands on the corner proclaiming to be Jesus and/or proclaiming that the end is coming. Jesus’ declaration has been spun into a spoof, a parody if you will that has softened the reach of the church and the church has allowed it. We’ve backed away in order to appease the masses. We have forgotten that the Word says in Revelation 22: 18-19 (NIV), “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” This is also in the context of those who take the words of the Bible and distort them intentionally for their own gain, and intentionally lead people away from the true meaning of God’s word.
The Bible says in Revelation 1:3 (NIV), “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” The end of times have been preached for well over 2000 years we can read from the beginning of the New Testament book of Matthew 24 (NIV) where Jesus Himself began to speak of the end’s destruction to come. Many Prophets have suffered persecution some severely, declaring that the end of time was near. Surely as time passed, and generations and generations began to live full lives and die of old age the proclamation of Jesus’ return began to wear off. The urgency of allowing the Lord to transform lives began to lose its luster and necessity in the minds of man. However, the Bible informs us (Matthew 24:14 NIV) that “…this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Just as in the day where Noah’s family was shut in the ark, many had gone on about their days without grasping the conviction of Noah’s message that the end was coming. This will also be in the final days. “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15, NIV). Jesus declares (Revelation 22:20, NIV), “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” What is quickly in our eyes? A few seconds, right? “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8, NIV).
So to us we believe we have time to seek God and to turn from our ways but we cannot take time for granted. Our time is not God’s time.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You Lord for being so patient and loving. Thank You for being so forgiving. Lord, I pray for the children of this nation, that their hearts are drawn to You, that they desire to know You Lord even if we, their parents, neglect our duty to turn their hearts to You. We give our children to You Lord. They were Yours before they were ours. Hold them up Lord in Your righteous hand. Give them the wisdom and knowledge they need to navigate these destructive days, and the culture that tells them it is acceptable to walk against Your Word. Protect them Lord. Direct their paths and soften their hearts to only Your Word so that they will accept Your guidance from the vessel You have sent.
In the name of Jesus I pray,
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