Thursday, September 7, 2017

Completely Overwhelmed!

Last night, we went to our first Bible study after the summer session.  It was so exciting, studying Revelation, the last book in the Bible.  I've taken it before and was a bit overwhelmed over some of the language and pictures brought out in the text.  But this year is an eight month study of it, not a six week study, so it will be more in depth and we read through all 22 chapters last night, and it ended in victory for those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) and believe that He is God's Son and that God sent the Holy Spirit to minister, teach and guide us after Jesus' death and resurrection.

Today, my heart is overwhelmed though, because this book predicts that there are people who will still reject following the Lord and who will curse His name.  The book describes what will happen to those people and at the time, I felt sad for those, but this morning, I'm completely overwhelmed!  It won't be a life sentence, or a 10-20 year sentence, it will be an eternal life sentence and it won't be pretty and there won't be relief.  So overwhelming!  If you're not sure who falls under the sentence of eternal suffering, see Romans 1:18-32 and Romans 2:1-16.

We are in the "Grace period" right now.  This time period in the plan of God, is a time for mercy for those who are doing things against God.  God provided this time because He doesn't want to see even one person lost to the predicted eternity that is in Revelation.  In Romans 3 it talks of not one of us being righteous or worthy, but that God provided a plan for us to be seen as righteous, and that is through the sacrificed blood of His Son, Jesus and by having faith in Him, see Romans 10:9-11.  This grace period has an ending as it says in Romans 11:25, where it says that when "the full number of Gentiles" (those who are not Jewish) reaches the limit set, Grace will end and then a period of horror will begin.  Even in that period called the Tribulation (will last seven years), one will still be able to cry out to Jesus and be saved.  Unfortunately, these people who accept and believe at this time, will be beheaded by those in political power at that time.  But seriously, it is better to be in God's grace instead of giving into those in power, because it means the difference between an eternity in paradise or an eternity in the worst possible pain and thirst that has never been known to man.  One who stands against the mark of the beast (a digital device under the skin in your hand or forehead) will have to be so strong to defy them and stand for Jesus.  But be strong!  Don't take the "mark of the beast" in your hand or forehead so you can buy and sell, refuse it and stand for Christ and you will be saved, not from the violence of that time, but from an eternity of suffering which comes after your death in that time.

After the reading of Revelation last night, I became so overwhelmed that anyone would see such fate! Some may say, "How can a god be so cruel, I won't serve a god like that!"  But what I see is a God of love who is so concerned that anyone would see that fate, that He would tell a prophet all that is to come, warning us, so we know how we can escape this fate!  You see, God planned all before He even created anything.  He knew there would be a chance that man would fail and follow his greedy heart and turn against Him, so He put a plan B in place, just in case that happened!  He went to men who were faithful to Him and He spoke the words of the Bible and how to be saved from the wrath that followed if they had followed their selfish hearts instead of Him.  He gave all the answers as to how to be delivered from that fate!  He gave us a way out!  He has told us the ending to the entire story, so that we can be saved from that fate and all we have to do, is turn back to the One who created us and this world, and follow Him with a pure heart.

I'm going to conclude with this-when you read this, here's several things that may come to mind:

  1. Oh listen to miss holier than thou, trying to tell me how to live my life!
  2. What does she know, she hasn't lived my life!
  3. If you had any idea what I'm going through right now!
  4. What kind of god would let people suffer the way he does? I'm not turning to a god who does things like this!
  5. Look at what's happening in this world right now!  What kind of god would allow these hurricanes and floods and so many people who are now homeless?
That's a small list, but some things I myself have said before I came to the Lord.  I understand those questions and so does God!  He's ready to answer them for you!  He gives a lot of those answers in the Bible, especially in the New Testament.  But bottom line, God tries to get through to each one of us through the situations that are happening in our lives and there comes a time when he let['s go and let's people wallow in their sin (see Romans 1:24, 26, & 28).  Yet He waits for each one to call to Him and come back, then He welcomes each one who comes back, to His family and grafts them in, see Romans 11:13-27.  He has made a way for each one of us to come to Him and He has told us why and what will be happening that we need to turn away from so we will never suffer His wrath.  

Yes, there are horrible things that happen here on earth and that is part of what happened when man fell away from God in the Garden of Eden, by not listening to Him, but listening to one of his ex-servants who was jealous of the relationship He had with His created, and tricked them into thinking they could be like God with God's power and knowledge.  Unfortunately, that is where plan B comes in, because God already knew there was a chance of this and because they defied Him, they were kicked out, and God's plan B then kicked into place to bring each one of this line, back to Him.  Folks, we are of this line!  But the world was struck with death and destruction because of this, and that is where these terrible things began.  None of these things will be in eternity if someone turns back to the Lord and serves Him to the end of these days on earth.  God has written a book for us and has shown us the end, so we can avoid it by taking action to come back to Him.  How many authors do you know who write a story revealing everything, including how to escape? 

How amazing is our God for writing such a fascinating, true book that is filled with great hope and delivers us from the horrible ending!  Thank you for giving us the answers so we can escape the tragedies that are soon to come!  Come, Lord Jesus, Come!  Please save multitudes before that though, including those in my family who haven't come back to you!  Please lead my grandchildren to you with open eyes and hearts and minds, so they may help others come to you as well. Please open the eyes of my nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters, friends and those who are not my friends...if there is a way, please don't allow any humans to fall into the trap of defying you, but let all come to you and obtain your mercy and grace and be grafted into your root as a member of your family.  I love you so much Lord!  Today, I'm having trouble telling you that enough!  You have saved me, given me mercy and grace that I do not deserve!  Yet you love me so much, that you provided the sacrifice that is so pure, that all can come to you and be forgiven and saved.  You amaze me every single day!  Thank you for seeing past my faults and loving me perfectly!  Please save all these people that read this, from the destruction and chaos that is to come!  Again I say, Come, Lord Jesus, Come!  In Jesus precious and holy name!

Sincerely Me,
LuAnn Marie

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