Hello. How is everyone doing? Hopefully, moving forward with God. There is just so much going on in the world right now. Please pray for those devastated by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Pray for the families who lost everything-including loved ones. Pray that these people would still find God’s love and mercy through all of this. The meteorologists said the tornado that hit Oklahoma was a historical “category 5″ tornado. They are saying that they are expecting more and more of categories 3, 4, and 5. I believe God is trying to get everyone’s attention.
I am also hearing an increasing number of heinous acts within our society. Seriously, animals attack as a matter of survival-people are doing it because they CHOOSE to hurt and kill for no apparent reason. Life is a gift and it is precious. We have an enemy of our soul-his name is Satan; also called “the devil”. Jesus gives us new life, but the devil only seeks to destroy life. Jesus said “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it abundantly.” (John 10:9-10). In this last week, I have also heard of people who have become sick and hospitalized without warning and someone who died in only a few days. As a matter of fact, I attended that person’s funeral today (Thursday). It was a long time friend of the family. She died on Monday. She found out 5 days earlier that she had cancer. She died in her sleep just 5 days from the diagnosis. I guess my point of sharing this is because we do not know when we are going to meet our Maker. “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every ]event under heaven—A time to give birth and a time to die;…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
This family friend had no clue she was sick last week. She was making plans and doing everyday things when God had previously decided it was her time to meet her Maker. “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27). You see, we do not know when we are going to die, but, God does. It is something we will all experience and we will all come face to face with Jesus Christ-who is God. That is why one needs to be ready to meet God and have their relationship established with Jesus. “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11). …“for He says, At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2) In order to receive this free gift of eternal life, one only asks Jesus into their hearts “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 8-9)
No one knows what tomorrow may bring. The people of Oklahoma didn’t know. The people who were devastated by Sandy didn’t know. The friend of my family didn’t know-only God knows. Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20). I encourage you to be ready for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Believe me, He is coming and He is giving us warnings to get right with Him. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36) “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matthew 24:42-44)
I pray that you prepare your hearts and lives for Jesus as we walk Every Day With Grace.
In His love,