ETERNITY MINDED


When you think about this, in light of eternity…Jesus did die yesterday…He rose this morning…and praise God He is coming back this afternoon.

Our lives are like a vapor…like a watch in the night…like a tale that is told…like dust…like withered grass…like a fallen wilted flower in noon day heat…like water spilled on the ground which can’t be gathered up again. We are not eternity minded enough.

REPENT OR PERISH

Luke 13:1-5 NKJV
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

[2] And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

[3] I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

[4] Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

[5] I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NKJV
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,

[10] nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

[11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

In Jesus Name…Amen.

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THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

Hebrews 10:26-31 NKJV
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

[27] but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

[28] Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

[29] Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

[30] For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”

[31] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:36-39 NKJV
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

[37] “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.

[38] Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”

[39] But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Revelation 21:6-8 KJV
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

[7] He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

[8] But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

LOOKING BACK

FROM DAYS OF PRAISE

“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” (Isaiah 51:1)
While it is not good to dwell too much on the past—whether in pride of past accomplishments or despondency over past failures or grieving over past losses—it is well never to forget what God has done for us.

In this passage, Israel is reminded of Abraham and Sarah, who had been lifted out of the pit of paganism and cut out of the rock of idolatry, and whom God had greatly blessed.

David, looking back, had written that God “brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay” (Psalm 40:2).

Paul looked back and said: “In time past . . . beyond measure I persecuted the church of God. . . . But when it pleased God, who . . . called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me . . . they glorified God in me” (Galatians 1:13, 15-16, 24).

Whatever our own background may be—bigoted skeptics, or flagrant sinners, or self-righteous hypocrites—God has indeed, if we are now saved by His grace, lifted us out of a pit and set us on a solid rock.

We were “strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

But God “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13).

“Such were some of you,” wrote Paul of such gross sins as fornication, idolatry, homosexuality, adultery, and thievery, as well as covetousness and drunkenness.

“But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

An occasional look back will help us to remember more often to look up in humble thankfulness for the grace of God. HMM

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ALMIGHTY GOD MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

Jeremiah 32:17-19,27 NKJV
‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

[18] You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them-the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

[19] You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.

[27] “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

SUBMISSION TO GOVERNMENT

1 Peter 2:13-17 NKJV
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,

[14] or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

[15] For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men-

[16] as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

[17] Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

DEAD IDOLS AND THE LIVING GOD

Isaiah 46:1-13 NKJV
Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; Their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle. Your carriages were heavily loaded, A burden to the weary beast.

[2] They stoop, they bow down together; They could not deliver the burden, But have themselves gone into captivity.

[3] “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb:

[4] Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

[5] “To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal And compare Me, that we should be alike?

[6] They lavish gold out of the bag, And weigh silver on the scales; They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; They prostrate themselves, yes, they worship.

[7] They bear it on the shoulder, they carry it And set it in its place, and it stands; From its place it shall not move. Though one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer Nor save him out of his trouble.

[8] “Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors.

[9] Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,

[10] Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

[11] Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.

[12] “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, Who are far from righteousness:

[13] I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger. And I will place salvation in Zion, For Israel My glory.