Archive for April, 2011

Genesis 3:9-23

Genesis 3:9-23 gives us the result of the first sin as Adam and Eve are in the garden after eating from the tree they were told not to.  They made a bad choice – seems pretty little doesn’t it?  Sin is not about the size of what we do.  Sin is about doing what we are not to do – it is violating God’s instruction to us.  He told them not to eat from the tree – they did it – and whether or not we think it is a little thing – it is sin and there is consequence.  In this case – really big consequences that have impacted all of history since that day forward.  Just for eating the fruit from a tree.  Does that seem fair to you?  Sin is about about fairness my friends.  It is absolutely about obedience.  God has written a whole lot of His instruction into our operators manual for life – the Bible.  Wonder what you are to do or not do – read the manual. 

So Adam and Eve have their eyes opened by eating the fruit from the forbidden tree.  All of a sudden they realize they are naked and they hide.  But they are hiding because they knew they had been disobedient.  That is one result of sin – we feel guilty.  Our conscience will often point out the fact that we have done something we know we should not have, or we didn’t do something we know we should have.  God calls them out for their sin – and guess what happens?  Adam blames Eve for his bad decisions and Eve blames the serpent. “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate….The serpent deceived me, and I ate”.  Hmmm…..sound familiar.  Let the blame game begin.  Rather than take responsibility for their choices – they want to push the blame elsewhere.  Here is the reality about sin.  It is a choice and no one makes that choice than the individual themselves.  The devil didn’t make you do it.  Your spouse didn’t make you do it.  Your kids didn’t make you do it.  Your friends didn’t make you do it.  You CHOSE to do it.  Bad choices yield bad results.  For Adam and Eve their seemingly simple bad choice cost them much.  And it has cost all of humanity as well – because they failed to obey a very simple commandment from God.

You see – punishment for sin can be far reaching.  In the case of Eve God says “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you”.  And Adam gets a punishment for his sin too.  But wait – didn’t Eve go first and lead him into sin?  That doesn’t matter.  Adam made his own choice to disobey.  He has a price to pay.  “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you…. cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life…. the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground”.  God isn’t interested in our blame of someone else.  He looks at our heart and our obedience.  We can cry foul and that life isn’t fair all we want.  The reality is – there is only one way to live in harmony with God – that is in total obedience to His will making choices to live His way.  Exceptions are not granted.  Life is not fair according to our terms.

The real penalty that happens here is much more significant and long lasting.  Yes women became burdened with the pain of childbirth and men with the pain of work of the ground. But God really shows the consequence of sin when He puts them out of the garden completely.  “God sent him out from the Garden of Eden to work the ground”.  This wasn’t some temporary time out.  God puts an angel there to guard the entrance with a flaming sword.  There was no coming back to the perfect place where Adam and Eve were created and lived the first part of their lives.  Sin separated them from God.  Sin took them out of the Garden.  Sin is a big deal.  Even things we consider small sins – which there really is no such thing – cause consequences that are long lasting and eternally separating.  Don’t blame your parents or anyone else for your bad choices.  Sin is your problem – it is your responsibility.  God did give us a way to deal with it – and His name is Jesus.  But no one can deal with it for you. You have a problem.  We all do.  Have you addressed it or are you outside God’s presence and eternity because you have not come clean?

Genesis 3:1-8

Genesis 3 captures the fall of man.  Adam and Eve are created holy and pure and are living in the garden in perfect harmony with God and His creation.  Along comes the serpent who was “more crafty” than any other beast.   That is the perfect description of Satan and his band of demons who are always lurking around with ideas for us to fall into sin.  He is crafty – he will lead us into the weeds and cause us to fall into disobedience.  He begins with a simple question to Eve: “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden”?  He gets her to question what God actually said about eating the fruit of the tree.  That is his first move – to get us to question whether what we think God said was even said.  Fortunately for us, we have God’s written Word that we can utilize to know what God said.  That only helps if we read it – but we do have a resource to know what God said!

His next move to knock the woman off God’s plan was to question whether what God said would really happen.  “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil”.  It wasn’t really so much a question as an outright lie.  Satan tells her that eating the fruit won’t be a bad thing, but in fact will be actually a very good thing.  Our enemy will twist the truth and attempt the same on us – to turn things around so bad seems good.  Let me make one thing very clear – disobedience of God’s commands will never be a good thing.  Never.  The enemy will lie and try to make it seem like it could be so – but it won’t be.  In this case – that piece of twisting began to work on Eve and she began to look at the forbidden tree differently.  She saw:

–       “good for food

–       Delight to the eyes

–       Desired to make one wise

She totally forgot that God said “do not eat” from it.  She lost tract of the truth as the serpent lied and twisted God’s words.

So they CHOSE to disobey God’s command.  Sin is a choice – always.  We don’t just accidentally sin.  The devil doesn’t make us do it.  We can only blame one person for sin in our life – and that is ourself.  We chose to disobey God and violate His commandments.  Eve falls first, and as is often the case, she drags another with her as she gives Adam the forbidden fruit.  Adam chose to sin – we can’t blame another either for our sin.  We make that choice.  Association with the wrong people can influence us – but sin happens when we make a choice to disobey.  SO they both made that very bad choice.  At first it seemed pretty good though as “the eyes of both were opened”.  That is how sin often starts.  It feels like a great choice.  But quickly things go bad and in this case Adam and Eve “hid themselves from the presence of the Lord”.  It didn’t take long for them to realize that they had made a very poor choice.

That is how sin works.  Sin will take you further than you want to go. It will keep you longer than you want to stay, and it will cost you more than you want to pay.  It is never a good thing.  It seems so at the time, but quickly becomes something that can cause problems that last a lifetime.  That is the reality of sin.  Certainly Jesus went to the cross to allow us to experience forgiveness of our sin.  But that does not change the results and outcome of our choices.  There are always things that result when we chose to violate God’s commandments. Sin is exactly that – falling short of God’s plan and mark for our life.  When we do – the results of those choices will often last a lifetime.  So sin not only separates us from God for eternity if we don’t deal with it and see the grace and forgiveness through Jesus – the impact of that sin can carry on for our entire life as well.  We’ll see that in full swing in the second half of this chapter as God punishes Adam and Eve for their disobedience!

Genesis 2:18-25

Genesis 2:18-25 gives us the creation story of man.  God sees that there is something missing in creation.  “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him“.  Loneliness is not something that is good for us.  God’s design is that we be part of community – be it a marriage of two – or the Body of Christ as we worship – but loneliness is not good according to God.  That doesn’t mean that being alone at times is not a good thing.  In fact, Jesus modeled getting away and alone with God. But we are social beings created by the Father to live socially with others.  Remember – God was not alone – the Trinity was there from the beginning with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  So what is God’s strategy here after realizing that man was lonely?  He decides to make a helper fit for him – a being crafted exactly to fulfill that need in man’s life.  God had looked all around to see if something He had already created would fit the bill but “for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him”.

Remember that God created man by taking the dust and blowing life into it.  He does it differently here as He creates a helpmate.  “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man”.  Can you imagine the situation?  Adam takes a nap and wakes up with a woman there.  That had to be quite a shock, and be quite an exciting time.  God chose to make woman from the man.  Same basic fabric of life yet created differently and with a different purpose. 

Adam responds like this when he sees Eve the first time: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man”.  It is like “wow – what a creation”.  God has a design by which He founded the world.  And that design carries deeply into relationships between men and women.  Since woman was created from man – it does not mean that women are subservient and less important.  In fact – being purpose created may in fact point to the reality that they are even more important as man wasn’t able to cut it on his own.  That seems true for many of us men today – at least for me.  What we need to realize is that God has a design for His creation and the family.  And aligning with His plan living His way is key to experiencing His blessing!

It is also important to note that as God created he didn’t just resolve the loneliness issue for Adam.  “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”.  God was setting up the foundation of marriage, the family and how we ought live as husband and wife.  Marriage is His idea.  Sex is His creation.  The family is God’s way of helping us experience life His way.  Unfortunately our society has chosen to mess this all up.  We have corrupted God’s design and make it something we focus on selfishly and lose the blessing that God desires that we have.  Ponder God’s plan for your life.  Are you living the way God desires – with your spouse, family and others in your patch?

Genesis 2:1-17

Genesis 2 begins with God having done His creation: “the heavens and the earth were finished”.  So what happens next?  Party time, right?  Not exactly….”on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested…..God blessed the seventh day and made it holy”.  God created for six days and then He took a break and rested.  Remember – this is God we are talking about here.  He didn’t rest because He was tired.  He didn’t rest because He needed to.  He rested so He could enjoy the fruits of His labor.  He rested to set an example for us to follow.  He rested because He set aside a day that was blessed and holy.  Those very reasons still remain for you and me today.  We need to rest.  We need a break from our work.  We need to celebrate on His blessed and holy day.  So creation has happened and in summary here is how it went:

Day 1: The heavens, the earth, light and darkness.

Day 2: Heaven

Day 3: Dry land, the seas, and vegetation.

Day 4: The sun, the moon and the stars.

Day 5: Living creatures in the water, birds in the air.

Day 6: Land animals and people.

Day 7: God “rested”.

We get a picture of how man comes along in the picture.  Scripture tells us day six is when God created people, but the details of that are shared here.  It really is done with little fanfare.  God takes some dirt and “the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature”.  Not much room for evolution in that description of creation.  God created life.  “God planted a garden in Eden….the tree of life….the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” are a couple of the trees He plants there.  At this point God is doing all the work.  God creates all the other land creatures the same way as “out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them”.  What a job – how cool is that.  Can you imagine being Adam and just waiting to see what God would create and parade past you so you could give it a name?  There are a few of those creatures I will be asking God to give an explanation about – I haven’t see why they are needed – but Adam was the man who was there and named them all.

God did have one simple rule that he gave to Adam.  “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”.  There is an entire garden which God planted.  Only one tree is off limits.  God is pretty clear about which one.  This is the first rule that God gave.  Sure the garden was beautiful.  It had four rivers that flowed and was filled with gold and bdellium and onyx stone.  There were some distractions with all the animals and birds and other creatures being created.  But God is very clear – don’t eat from that tree.  God has rules and laws for us to follow.  They are not suggestions or idle words.  His direction matters.  We have to pay attention and respond in obedience.  Failing to do so has consequences.  Adam will find that out soon enough…..

Genesis 1

Genesis 1 begins history as we know it.  God was before this, but in Genesis 1 we see the recording of what “God created”.  Those two words are so important for us to get our arms around.  It doesn’t say things appeared or evolution evolved or big bang happened.   There is no doubt how this universe we know came into existence.  God created it and He made it exactly as He planned.  It took Him seven days – we don’t know what that translates to in terms of time – but there were seven distinct steps to His creation process. 

He started on day one with “let there be light” and then “evening and there was morning, the first day”.  God started at the very foundation and created days and nights.  He set up the very essence of how life would be lived.  On day two He “separated the waters from the waters….and God called the expanse Heaven” – God created Heaven.  You may wonder where God was during creation since we always think of Him being in Heaven.  That’s a detail you can ask Him when you get there.  On day three He created “dry land….seas…..vegetation”.  He began to put the Earth into the mix as a foundation for life to start.  Day four brings “lights…for signs and for seasons, and for days and years…..two great lights” which we know as the sun and the moon.  We move to day five where God creates “great sea creatures…..every living creature that moves…..winged birds”.  The sea and skies began to flourish with His creation.

Then comes day six.  He began with creating the land animals: “livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth”.  But wait – there was more.  God “saw that it was good” but He goes on creating.  “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.  Did you catch what scripture says here.  God made us in His image.  We are likened after God – we are NOT God – but we are made like Him.  He also uses the word “our” which is a reference ot the fact that He was not alone at creation.  In fact – creation was the work of the Trinity and we know from other places in scripture that God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit were there together – from the beginning.  We are created after THEIR likeness. 

Beyond being created like them though – we learn what role we are to play as a human on God’s created planet.  “And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”.   It is sort of easy to get all puffed up here and think that we are the big dogs on the planet.  We are to rule, but that brings with it a huge responsibility to take care of God’s creation and to do it well.  We are God’s appointed stewards of what He created.  We are to care for it well.  Of course we know that not only did He create man….but He created us “male and female he created them”.  We’ll learn more about that in the next chapter.  God gives man a couple key things as part of creation: “God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it”.  We are blessed by God – and we have a job to do.  God’s blessing is the foundation for our successful fulfillment of His plan.  That is how we are able to succeed.  It was a busy day six.  Interesting that there wasn’t a special day just for the creation of mankind.  Sometimes we think we are so unique and special but in reality we were created along with all the other species on land that day.  We are special in that we are the only ones created in the likeness of God.  We just have to stay balanced in knowing how special we are and not get haughty in our place.  God alone occupies the throne – we are a creation with a blessing that was assigned the role of caretaker.

Revelation 22

 Revelation 22 is the last chapter in the last book in God’s Word.  It is the final word from our God.  So what does it talk about here?  Heaven – and all its glory.  John gets a glimpse of “the river of water and life…..the tree of life….yielding its fruit each month”.  See a common theme.  In a word it is life.  Heaven is a place filled with life – life eternal and never ending.  It is where we will live forever experiencing the “throne of God and of the Lamb”.  Heaven is a wonderful place.  It is filled with life!

John again reminds us what we will do there.  “His servants will worship Him”.  Later we are told to “worship God”.  Heaven will be about God and His Son.  It will be a place where we WILL spend our time worshipping Him.  Quite honestly we should be doing a whole lot more of that here on earth too.  But we get distracted and busy and we fail to spend time worshipping our God.  That won’t be the case in heaven. That will occupy our time.  It will be our focus.  But more than that – we will experience something there we have never seen before.  “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads “.  We will see God face to face.  Scripture talks about that but it will be reality.  We will be able to see Him in His glory.  It will be awesome.

We get a little more clarity on what it will be like in heaven.  “Night will be no more…..no light of lamp or sun…..God will be their light…..they will reign forever and ever”.  We will be joining our Father and be part of His Kingdom ruling over all the Creation.  The promise of being a joint  heir will come to reality.  We will rule with Jesus.  So the big question is when will this happen?  Scripture tells us “I am coming soon….. Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done …surely, I am coming soon”.  Three times John writes the words “I am coming soon” in this chapter.  Soon is not defined.  But the reality is that we are told that we won’t know the day or the hour elsewhere in scripture.  We need to be ready. We need to have our future secure.  That means we need to have our relationship with Jesus settled.  Are you ready?

John reminds us again that anyone can enter heaven.  “And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price”.  God’s grace is free. Jesus paid the price.  But it does require that we receive the gift – that we accept Jesus as our Savior – that we make the decision to make Him Lord.  That is the foundation for eternity – what we do with Jesus.  John clearly writes that there can be no change to what God has written in scripture – it is His way period.  “If anyone adds to them (the words of the book)…..and if anyone takes away” – it will not be well for them.  God’s Word is God’s Word and must not be messed with.  It is the truth and cannot be manipulated or changed.  Do you believe it?  Have you lined up your life with it?  It is the way things will be.  Learn it, live it, and be ready for eternity!

Revelation 21

Revelation 21 describes the “new heaven and a new earth….a new Jerusalem”.  We have arrived at that final place.  The old will be put aside and God will bring His followers into eternity as it will be forever.  Not only will the surroundings be new – but “He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God”.  This place will be an experience like no other.  God will be the center of it all and we will be in His presence and filled by His glory.  He will be the focal point.  It is a new place and He will fill it with “the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel”. 

Often people wonder what it will be like in heaven.  We get a few answers to that question here.  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore”.  Life as we know it on earth will not exist there.  The things that cause us sadness will be done.  There will be no more death.  That experience ends at eternity.  Tears aren’t part of that environment because God will have removed all the things that cause them.  We will be in a new place and God tells us “I am making all things new”.  Did you catch that?  He will make ALL things new.  There will be no old left – God will do a makeover on all of it.  He will create the final chapter and make the finishing touches complete as He redoes all that is.  And then He will be true to the words scripture has “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end”.  This is it – the grand finale – God will have brought us to His final place of eternity.

The chapter goes into great detail to describe the new city.  It will be a magnificent place – and be covered with the most beautiful of all God’s creation.  But the thing that jumps out at me is the reality that there is no more sun or moon “for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb”.  God and His glory will be all the light we need.  It will illuminate the place and make it shine.  We go on to learn “its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there”.  The doors of heaven never close.  The light never ends.  It is a 24X7X365 place of worship and adoration of God.  We won’t grow tired.  We will continually give God glory and honor and praise.  But as the chapter ends – we are reminded once again that “only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” will be there.  Even though the gates are never shut – that doesn’t mean they are left unguarded.  Heaven will be occupied only by those who have a relationship with the Savior.  Do you know Jesus?  Will you be there?

Revelation 20

Revelation 20 moves us closer to the very end of the story.  “An angel coming down from heaven…..bound him (Satan) for a thousand years…..threw him into the pit…..shut it and sealed it over him”.  There is a 1000 year window where Satan is bound and thrown into lockup before the final judgment.  He will be released “for a little while” one last time before being thrown for good “into the lake of fire and sulfur” which will be his final resting place.  But his days are numbered and his future is already scheduled and known.

During this time there will be special attention for “the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands”.  The martyrs of the faith will be restored and “come to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years”.  Do you ponder those who have sacrificed their life because of their faith?  There have been many over the years.  It started with Stephen in the bible and has included the likes of most of the 12 and many others.  Are you willing to die for your faith in Jesus?  Would you truly stand that firm in your faith?  Those who do will have a special place in the end.  Their faith does not go unnoticed.  Where are you really in your faith as a Christ Follower?  Is it lip service – or is it your life?

This chapter makes it clear that at the end – our future will be determined by “the book of life….the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done”.  It is very clear my friends.  Having your name recorded in the book of life will determine your eternity.  If you want to spend it in heaven – you have to get your name recorded there.  That alone is the list of who will spend eternity with God.  It covers all – past, present and future people – none will escape.  Check out the facts: “the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done”.   To boil it down to the bare basic facts, scripture tells us” if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”.  It is that simple.  There will be no negotiations, no buying your way in, no trying to convince God you are worthy.  You are either in the book of life, or you aren’t.  And you won’t be able to change it at that time.  So now is the time to make sure you are on the list.  How?  By having a personal relationship with Jesus?  He is the One who gets your name listed.  He is the One who writes your name in the book.  Don’t miss the opportunity for eternity in heaven because you fail to be listed in the book of life.  You never know when that day will come – so get on the list today!

Revelation 19

Revelation 19 introduces us to Jesus in heaven.  It begins by showing us what we will be doing while we are there.  In a few short words – we will worship Him.  These are the words that will be cried out:

–       “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2 for his judgments are true and just

–       Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great

–       Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns

We will be focused on praising our Lord God.  We will speak and sing together in a voice of a great multitude.  We will “rejoice and exult and give Him the glory”.  It is going to be quite a party!

So what is so exciting?  “The marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready”.  It is all going to be consummated in that day.  And as Christ Followers we will be there and witness the great event.  “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb”.  Can you imagine that day – invited as a guest of honor to be part of heavens big event of eternity?  Christ is there – having been prepared for the final victory.  And our role, even as we are part of that celebration is to “worship God”.  We need to spend some time here on earth doing that as well.  Far too much of our time is spent asking God as compared to worshipping Him.  God is already worthy of our praise. He already deserves our words of honor and glory.  It is past time for us to make that a priority in life.

Jesus makes his appearance on “a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war”.  This almost has a fairy tale like ending doesn’t it.  But it is anything but a tale – it is the Truth and a picture of what is to come.  Jesus paid the price for our sin.  He won the battle over the enemy.  “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God”.  The blood of His death gives us the right to be part of eternity in heaven.  He alone is “King of kings and Lord of lords”.  We must keep focused on what Jesus did as He laid down His life for us on the Cross.  It is through His shed blood and God’s grace that we will experience heaven and be part of the multitude of voices worshipping Him.  The beast comes out and tries to make war but was “thrown alive into the lake of fire”.  It is finished.  The battle is over.  Jesus has won yet again.  Don’t you love it when the story always has the same ending?  Our side wins – as Christ Followers we will have to deal with a lot of junk if we are alive during these last days – but the outcome is secure and the result determined.  We live – forever with our Father – in heaven.  Are you ready?  Will you be th

Revelation 18

Revelation 18 talks about the final victory over Satan.  The battle has raged between good and evil since the Garden of Eden.  And now the writer captures the final hurrah as God puts the closing on this struggle.  “For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her“.  The judgment is coming.  It will happen and in a single final action God will put things to an end.  “For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste“.  Unfortunately many people don’t consider the reality that they will stand before God and give account for their life some day.  Just as judgment comes upon Satan and the demons – it will come to you and me as well.  We will give account.  We will have to explain our life in light of God’s Truth.  We will have to measure ourselves to the measuring stick of scripture.  So how are you going to measure up?

In case you are waffling on that – I’ll answer for you.  You will come up short – missing the mark – unable to show God that you are worthy to spend eternity with Him.  That is the reality of the judgment my friends.  We will not make it on our own.  Not me, not you – none of us.  Scripture is really clear about that.  All have sinned – the wages of sin is death – we are not going to make it on our own. Judgment will knock us out of consideration for heaven based on our own living.  That is why Jesus came.  Because you and I and every other human that has ever lived on this planet cannot meet God’s measuring stick.  We fall short and we need a Savior.  “All nations were deceived” by the enemy.  You were deceived as was I.  And we continue to be tricked by the enemy day after day.  It is no little problem.  It is eternal in nature and eternity is a very long time.

So it all boils down to this: “what will you do with Jesus”?  That is God’s plan for our sin problem.  There is no plan B.  We either accept God’s grace and allow the blood of Jesus to cover our sin and make us worthy of an eternal life with the Father – or we spend it separated from Him in a very undesirable place the Bible calls hell.  It really is that black and white.  There are no shades of being saved.  You are or you aren’t.  It is a lot like being pregnant.  You either are or you aren’t – no sort of or want to be or think I am or maybe – you are saved by Jesus or you aren’t.  That is the one and only measuring stick that God needs to see about your eternity.  That is what Revelation is all about – it is a warning of what is to come – and it very much should cause us to get our life in order.  There is no guarantee you can deal with it tomorrow or next week.  Do it now, while you can, so you are ready to stand before God.

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