Raptured Window

Rev. 20:4   And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.

ISIS-Beheaing-Coptic-Orthodox-Christians-620x350This week we have seen a glimpse of the world after the rapture. The Isis beheading of Christian men shows their hatred toward Christian believers. It evil will spread because I believe the time of the anti-Christ and anti-Christian hatred are on the rise.  Let us stand strong in our beliefs as we pray for christian who are suffering for their faith.  Let us look forward to the rapture and Christ’s reign after the time of tribulation.

raptureIn my grandmother’s house there was a picture similar to this one showing a visual of the rapture of the church.  The book of Revelation describes the world after Christian have been raptured and during the tribulation period.   While there seems to be a calming to the world’s problems it is really a time where the world sells it’s soul to the demonic leaders and an intense hatred for all those who have become followers of Christ since the rapture.

After the rapture there will be many who find the truth of Christ and believe He is the Son of God.  But the time of the church will be over. Those who follow Christ will be hated, hunted and killed for their testimony.  Revelation 20:4 records John’s vision “ I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years”.

isis-pointing 2 Thessalonians 2:1-6 speaks of the Lawless One who will deceive the world after the rapture. He will try and destroy all new Christians and Israel.  He does not have full power to deceive until the church is taken out of this world by the rapture.  v7-10 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he [Holy Spirit led churches] is taken out [RAPTURE] of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed,whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie,  and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. 

Stand Firm  2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

We are to stand firm in our faith toward Christ. (v15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you,  whether by word of mouth or by letter.)

Eternity with Christ is our reward.  No lawless force can take Christ from you.  Live with your eye’s in the word and your faith in Christ and you will forever have LIGHT-N-SIDE.

Wells and Water

Why are you bored?

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What causes boredom? Can we find things in life that will continue to bring fulfillment?

John 4:4-26

Jesus meets a lonely outcast woman at a well.  She is an outcast from society because of her choices in life.  Jesus asks her for a drink of water.  This woman gives a harsh rebuke  to Jesus showing her dreary, dark heart.  Jesus begins to speak of living water that will constantly quench a thirst.   Believe me this woman is thirsty.  Not only for natural water but for meaning and purpose and joy.  This woman senses Jesus is offering something that will bring satisfaction. The woman asks Jesus to giver her this water to quench a recurring thirst. Jesus responds with a strange request. Jesus asks her to go and bring back her husband.  She says she does not have one.  Jesus told her she has had five husbands and the current man she was with was not her husband.

Jesus understood and revealed to this woman she is not only seeking water from a natural well, she is also seeking happiness and fulfillment  from a well that will never bring lasting refreshment.  This woman is drinking from the well of sexual partners to quench her hearts thirst. This well was refreshing for a while then she became bored and was thirsty again…for something more.  There are many types of wells people are drinking from to fill their lives.  To name a few: entertainment, drugs, alcohol, sexual experiences, constant social media, gaming and escaping through tv, books, etc.

Only living water quenches a thirsty heart.

John 7:37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Also read Isaiah 55:1 and Revelation 22:17.

We grow bored in life because we are perusing the pleasures that sin offers but lasts only for a small time and then more longing for something…more. If you are fighting depression, boredom and gloom.  Call out to the one who can give you lasting joy.  Chances are you are seeking excitement and meaning in an area that is not good for you.  A relationship with Christ and a daily biblical reading and prayer will fill your heart with joy.  Jesus told the woman His water is a refreshing spring of living water that will satisfy.

Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring refreshing so you can enjoy life and walk daily with LIGHT-N-SIDE.

Is your day getting Brighter?

Sanctification is the progressive narrowing of the gap between confessional faith and functional faith.

 

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Thoughts from the book You can change by Tim Chester.

In a chapter dealing with identifying the cause of destructive behavior he deals with the thought of Christian not trusting God outside the church doors or outside of known Biblical truths.  He brings up a very interesting scripture that I have not noticed. Romans 14:23 “What ever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

“Not many people think of themselves as someone who believes lies. But every time we don’t trust God’s word we’re believing something else, and that something else is always a lie. If I get angry when I’m stuck in traffic, it’s because I don’t trust God.  I believe the lie that God is not in control or that His purposes for me are not good.”

Our negative emotions are a symptom of unbelief.  He states “When we are bitter or depressed, it is because we believe God is not being good to us or that He is not in control.

Not many Christians think of themselves as unbelievers.  More often it arises from functional or practical disbelief.  The problem lie in the gap between what we believe in theory and what we believe in practice.

Sanctification is the progressive narrowing of the gap between confessional faith and functional faith.

This is a powerful thoughtful truth that can help us in our daily walk.

read and meditate on these two scriptures.

Proverbs 4:18-23  and Jeremiah 17:5-8  Some scripture quotes from these passages (still read the complete tests).

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. (In the car, work, life)

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;  for they are life to those who find them  and health to one’s whole body.

Romans 14:23 “What ever does not proceed from faith is sin.”   Wow, this chapter is an eye opener to trusting in God and resting in His faithfulness and control of my life every day.  

Join me in practicing this truth as we make our days brighter knowing that God is there. No shadow of turning from us (James 1:17)

So tomorrow we will get up and trust in God.  The day and our life will brighten up as we live with LIGHT N SIDE.