Do not live for today, live for The Day.
That is a one sentence summary of today’s (Sunday) message given by my Pastor at Satsuma First Baptist this morning. I am still digesting probably the most powerful, most affective, effective for me message I have heard since my salvation. Even though I knew as I was listening that my Pastor was doing a superb job delivering his monologue, yet my focus was not on the great job he was doing but on the holy, awesome GOD he was talking about. Ive heard it said when a good preacher finishes you leave the sanctuary saying that was a good message; but when a great preacher finishes you leave saying what an Awesome God!
I have a great preacher/pastor! And I have the Awesome God!
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the LORD Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air, and so we shall always be with the LORD. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
And I dare say if these words do not comfort you, you best be finding out why you are not comforted by them.
So that’s The Day.
2 Corinthians 5: (New International Version, ©2011)10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
And, in my opinion, what is the worst thing a Christian can do? Fail to allow the Holy Spirit through us by prayer, love, word and deed to persuade others that The Day is coming and they must prepare for that Day.
1 Corinthians 3 (New King James Version)10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
I think I am more keenly aware today than ever that when The Day comes I do not want to be saved ‘yet so as through fire’. When that glorious time comes to lay crowns at the Beautiful Feet of JESUS, I want some to give HIM!!!!
Words are too little, LORD, to say how grateful I am for what You have done this day for me toward The Day. Thank You. And now as this day is closing and these thoughts are nearly prepared for posting, I thank You for allowing me to write them and share them. I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, that You will use this to minister to every person who comes here to read and pray. Thank You for tending our IDOK Troops and our Praying For These in JESUS Name. Amen and amen.
Until Then + + +,