Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are you ready?

I've always been a talker! It is a hard thing to make me speechless. What can I say? I like talking. (No pun intended). Once my husband clocked me -- we were driving to Geelong and he recorded (without me knowing) how many kilometres I talked non stop, without interruption. Also my husband has joked with me that if ever we were captured he'd let me do all the talking because after a short time they'd release us just to get some peace and quiet. How rude right?! Lol! Actually I'm quite content being labeled a talker. (Side note: gossip is different and I will not enter into that!) 

Recently God has really been stirring my heart and reigniting a fire. God is doing a good work in me. I am growing more and more passionate for Him. I long to spend time with Him. I am reading His Word and I am compelled to share it with others. I could talk about this all day long! 

Why? Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! 

Mummy tip: If your children are too little too read themselves, read Gods word aloud to them! Or even buy an audio Bible (on cd or mp3) and play it in the car or at bedtime. 

I encourage you also, once you have the Word inside of you, share it with others. 

Make no mistake, the day when Jesus Christ returns is coming. The Bible tells us that no one knows the time or the day that He will return (Matt 24:36). For he will return like a thief in the night. Unexpectedly (2 Peter 3:10). 

But if Jesus returned today - yes today! 
Would you be ready? 

Why is He coming? He is coming to take His believers to be with Him forever. Where? I believe I'm going to Heaven. He has prepared a place for everyone who believes (John 14:1-3 and 1 Thes 4:16-17). Do you want to go to heaven? 

Hebrews 9:27-28 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. 

Will you be ready? You will only be ready if you are what us Christians call 'saved'. How do you be saved? 

Romans 10:9-13 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

Read Luke 1:67-80, Acts 2:36-39
(You can read passages at biblegateway.com) 

John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 

If you haven't done so ever before, ask him to come into your life and forgive you of all your sins. God loves you unconditionally. He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to forgive your sins. He wants to rescue you. He wants to save you from eternal consequences. He wants to give you a hope and a future. 

People who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour are already judged (see scripture from John below). God is our King and our Judge. 

All nations on earth have laws and rules in which we follow and abide, if we don't follow them there is punishment by law -- justice. God is the same in that He judges us if we do not believe in Him and follow His ways. His Kingdom is above any person, group, or nation and His Kingdom will reign forever! 

John 3:18-21 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” 

So do not delay! Stop now. Be wise. This is your warning. You may not get another warning. None of us know the day that we each will pass away. Give your life to Christ. Believe in Him. Ask Him to forgive you. Be saved. 

If you have accepted Christ into your heart -- do not be wavering or luke warm in your faith. Believe in God and His Word 110%. Be boiling hot for God! 

You don't want to slip away. To have known and believed and then to lose it all would be much worse then to have not known and believed at all. Take a moment to get right with God. No matter what has happened, reconcile with Him. He is more important than anything else. Your relationship with Him needs to be right. Ask for forgiveness again. Ask Him to be first in your life again. Ask Him to help you to believe and grow in your faith. He will help you. I have no doubt about that. 

I write this for a number of reasons. Firstly God calls everyone who believes to share the Good News with others. Secondly because I love my family (and friends and even people I don't know)...

I want what is best for you. I want you to know God. I don't want you to be judged. I don't want you to go to Hell. I want you to have a hope and a future. I want you to be victorious, free, healed, loved and forgiven. I want you to be blessed and receive all that God has for you. I can testify to His goodness and His many miracles. I walk with Him daily and He has done amazing things for me. I am alive and free today because of Him. He gave me new life and He is offering it to you also. 

Take it. Take the gift of unconditional love and forgiveness. I urge you today. 


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