Saturday, April 10, 2021

April 10

Why did Jesus tell us what was going to happen during the tribulation? Was it to frighten us? If that’s the case, why would he tell us to “fear not” 365 times throughout the Bible? The Bible is not confusing; it’s our lack of knowledge of who God is that keeps us from understanding his ways. When you read your Bible, read it in the light of the most powerful love, a love like you’ve never experienced, a holy and righteous kind of love that no human can exhibit.

If Jesus was going to take us out before tribulation, why was it necessary for him to spend so much time telling us about it throughout the Old and New Testaments? Growing up around cows, I’ve stepped through a barb-wired fence and gotten caught in it. That’s how I feel about how I’ve been taught to understand the Bible; sometimes, I get snagged on things that don’t make sense to me. Everyone has their version of what they believe when it comes to tribulation. Will we be raptured pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, which is it? Is rapture what we think it is, or is it in the form of a parable? Who taught the Bible scholars? Could the enemy have infiltrated them to bring confusion? 

We are not supposed to ask these questions! Our lack of knowledge is why it’s essential to focus on God; set your heart toward the love that Jesus has for us and know his kind of love is never meant to harm or confuse. If something doesn’t make sense to you, and God doesn’t clarify, you're not ready to know the answer; he’ll reveal it in time. Please tune in to the Holy Spirit and let him be your guide through the scriptures; it’s the only way!

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6

Friday, April 9, 2021

April 9

There is so much about God that we are not privy to, but when he opens our eyes, it’s like a view we’ve never seen. Did you know that the stars tell the story about Jesus and gives us the signs of the times? When the Bible refers to signs in the heavens, most often, it’s referring to the constellations. It’s like a connect-the-dots assignment when we were in grade school, but this assignment is from God; he created them and they tell a story. Don’t be fooled by astrology, that’s a tool of the devil, and he will use whatever he can to sully what God has commissioned, but biblical astronomy was sanctioned by God. 

When I was in junior high, I was interested in the constellations, but as I grew into a teenager, I forgot how wonderful it was. When I get away from the city lights and can see the night sky, I think I’ll revisit my childhood, and play connect-the-dots with the stars again, and see if I can understand the stories God points out in the scriptures. I won’t undertake it alone; I will find a reputable person to follow that has already sought the answers from a biblical perspective. This is yet another way God gives us to keep our attention upon him. 

Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 8

God will open your eyes to the truth in the scriptures; ask him to help you. Much of what you know was taught to you by others, which may now need to be unlearned or cleaned up. May God reveal the truth, and the deception and fog of the enemy be seen by all who love Jesus. Jesus never stopped teaching in parables, so you need him to break through to the truth with the power that lives within anyone who is called by the name of Christ. We all need clarity to see what is coming if that interests you. Otherwise, settle into the comfort of knowing that you are saved by faith in Jesus and what is in store for our future is of no consequence to you. However, I would like to know what’s coming, so I will muddle through the scriptures and hope that my eyes are opened to see what our future holds. 

Are we living in the times prophesied by Ezekiel, Daniel, John, and others?  Yes, I believe we are. Hold onto your hats and hang on! There may be some steep drops on this roller coaster! No need to worry; we are favored and loved by the Father, and he does not intend harm for those who love him.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April 7

Have you witnessed it? I have! God’s power is mighty and sure, and it’s at work all the time. However, we are so focused on other things; we might miss the pouring out of his love. God can show off, and sometimes he does, but most of the time, his blessing comes subtly; if you’re not paying attention, you will miss it. He plays along with our whims and allows us to make mistakes, but eventually, after we recognize that our decision may have been a bad idea, he helps set us back onto his perfect path. Oh, and guess what? He never lets a bad idea go to waste; he will use it as a tool to train us and turn our hearts back toward him. Now, getting back to his power, remember your thoughts because if you do, you will find that he will give you your desires. He has given me things I’ve never prayed for, but he knows my heart and pours out his love for me by showing me that he hears me, even though I never uttered a word. What I’m talking about are material things, not just spiritual things. He gave us this physical life, so his gifts are not just spiritual; watch for them and see what wondrous love he has for you, his child.

May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans! Psalms 20:4

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

April 6

Is anyone else afraid of what has happened to the church? Have we become so blinded by all the bells and whistles that we don’t see what’s going on right before our eyes? I fear that the enemy has struck us hard and soiled even some of the most seemingly righteous people. There’s something in my spirit that’s alerting me to be cautious. The enemy has set a narrative that we must follow so he can complete his dirty deeds. Why? I think it’s to keep the people spiritually dead, so they can’t see the truth. Consider that it may be necessary for you to relearn the truth about who God is. It began with someone else telling you what God meant by specific passages in scripture. Now is the time for you to stand on your own two feet, and start listening to the Holy Spirit for yourself, and stop relying on someone else explaining it to you and possibly leading you in the wrong direction. It’s time for you to become a Berean.

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11

Monday, April 5, 2021

April 5

Jesus made himself known after his resurrection. He appeared to many people showing that he was very much alive and in the flesh. There were witnesses to this truth; we do not only believe the testimony of one but of many. 

How do you convince someone that the Bible is authentic? I’m continually saying that the Bible is the only truth, but how do we prove that it is God’s holy Word? There are many ways, but the easiest way is to rely on the Holy Spirit to convince.

Our best way to personally prove it is to live a life holy and acceptable to God and not conform to the world's standards. Jesus is our standard; though it seems high, we should strive toward that goal daily. It won’t be until we meet him that we achieve that goal, but in the meantime, we can enjoy the journey. The change others see in our lives will be the proof.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

Sunday, April 4, 2021

April 4

HE IS RISEN! It seems that no matter what a person's belief is, Resurrection Day is celebrated. Whether it’s marked as Easter and the bunny or as our Savior’s resurrection, attention is paid by all because of its significance. It seems that no matter what a person believes, it’s as if all are bowing down to him and paying respect to him even though they may consider it something else. Jesus has recovered this day from the nefarious practices of the evil pagans and made it holy. 

Every day belongs to God, no matter how you use it, but today marks the day Jesus rose from the dead because death could not hold him in its clutches and was defeated. Because of that, we have the offer of eternal life through him. Our only obligation is to accept His free gift of forgiveness, believe that he is the son of God, and turn and follow him. Isn’t that wonderful! All that baggage that we have collected during our lifetime can be given to him, and he will deliver it to the pit of hell, saving us from eternal damnation. 

If you haven’t turned your life over to him, make today the day.

God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. Acts 2:24