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AWAKE! –  VIII

 Awake That Thou Sleepest !! The Lord Is Coming!! 

“.… And that knowing the  time, that now it is high time to awake  out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armour of light….let us walk honestly….”   Romans 13:11-14

The subject of our Lord’s return is one that never ceases to comfort and rejoice that heart of the believer.  That “ in like manner” as He went away Our blessed Lord and Savior is one day coming back to His waiting and watching people is a glorious certainty, and that lightens up the dark days in which we live. That is why it is called ” the blessed hope” of the believer!! To this glorious truth every blood bought believer need to be tuned up, with the expectation ” even so come Lord Jesus”!!

Believers need to be awakened, because Sin is abounding,  souls are perishing and our Lord is coming! Lest He find us sleeping! We believe in the any moment- the imminent return of our Lord: He could come at any time; and no man knows the date nor the hour.  would it not be  awful for the rapture to occur while we are in the midst of something, not necessarily sinful;  when we are not occupied in “our Father’s business” and not ready!!  To meet the Lord in that way unawares?

“….for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. ……. So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10 & 11 God has given the believer everything  he needs to overcome the flesh.  And as far as God is concerned the flesh is already crucified with Christ  and we believers need to  reckon up on that: that is we believers need to count it be so!!; dead to sin, dead to this sinful world!! We are equipped to do that , but the problem is we fail to grasp the truth, in our daily walk!  we slip back into our old nature; back to those old habits and are overcome by them!! 

Yes the flesh is still part of us and has the potential for the propensity to sin! We have our old nature in us without even thinking of it!!  Those old habits come up show their ugly faces, before we even have a chance to think about them!!  what is the “victory that overcomes the world even of our faith.”  True faith and obedience go hand in hand. Beloved, you know that the flesh can do many good things, but in the eyes of God ” the flesh profiteth nothing”!  Oh, how often we find ourselves saying, ” … after all I am doing the will of God!” but what is done in the flesh amounts to nothing!! 

It is so important to be what God wants us to be, and not what we want to be or even what somebody else expects us to be.!! In 1st Corinthians 3:9  we read, ” … we are laborers  with God..” that is co-workers with God!  and Jesus said also in Matthew 11:29, ” Take my yoke you and learn of me…. for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” A yoke enables to oxen to work together! so Jesus said, ” take my yoke upon you..” and He also said, “.. my yoke is easy…. ye shall find rest for your souls.” Yes, His yoke is easy; and His burden is light!  why is it become so easy?  because He is bearing the whole load!  We are just yoked with him! He does all the work in us, to us  and through us; provided we are fully yielded  to Him!!

In 1st Corinthians 3:11-15 we read, “… For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ… now if any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon …. a reward………….. if any man’s work shall be burned…. but he himself……….. as by fire.” The judgment seat of Christ will be the time when the believer’s work in his christian life shall be put to the test.  What is done in the flesh and what is done in the spirit! There are two types of materials to build up on: gold, silver and precious stone; and wood, hey and stubble!

Gold in the tabernacle represents  the presence of God and His glory! Silver on the other hand represents the word of God; while precious stone represents souls that are saved!!  So what is done for the glory of God in accordance to the word of God, to the salvation of lost souls; will be what counts, and what is going to abide by the test – the fire!! 

To be continued…………………….. 

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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