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God’s Wisdom

JESUS SPEAKING

          “They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons.  You will be brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.  But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.  Therefore settle it in your hearts not to think beforehand what you will answer.  For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all of your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist” (Luke 21: 12-15.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

          Jesus prophesied that his disciples would suffer persecution; they were all eventually arrested, and 10 of the 12 disciples were put to death.  Although they had committed no crimes, they were brought before kings and rulers, and compelled to testify concerning their faith in Jesus Christ.  Jesus commanded them to refrain from rehearsing their testimonies prior to being questioned.  Preparation had the potential to hinder the proclamation of God’s wisdom.  Human effort needed to be abandoned, and God’s power had to be embraced.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, God spoke through the disciples, and He continues to speak through His people today.  Questions are still being asked and God is still answering them clearly and without error.

          Sometime ago, a woman who had gone through brain surgery reached out to me to discuss matters of faith.  Seeking answers she wrote, “I don’t understand why some suffer such heartache and trials beyond our choosing, and others, often those who are seemingly evil, are blessed beyond belief.”  The Holy Spirit immediately gave me the answer to her question.  The answer did not come from me, but from God.  I simply quoted one of Christ’s parables: “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores, who was laid at his gate; desiring to be fed by the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.  Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  Then the time came that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.  The rich man also died and was buried.  And being tormented in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.”

         The correct answers aren’t ours to give.  All genuine wisdom and understanding comes from God, and the Holy Spirit directs and guides those through whom He chooses to speak.  Only God has the right answers.  Only God speaks without error.  In this world, human wisdom battles against divine wisdom.  True victory can only occur when God’s wisdom is proclaimed.  Let God’s words flow from your mouth; give Him the opportunity to speak to those who have questions; let them find real meaning; let them be satisfied with the correct answers; and may the one true and living God make Himself known to all those you meet.

          “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You, and we ask that You fill our mouths with Your words.  Speak through us, and communicate with those who would seek to question and examine our faith.  May You reveal true wisdom to those who lack understanding.  May we be Your messengers to a world that does not know You, and may all those who oppose You be put to shame.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

The Rapture

JESUS SPEAKING

            “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man (Jesus Christ):  For they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all […] even so will it be in the day that the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is revealed.  In that day, he who is on the housetop and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away.  And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back.  Remember Lot’s wife.  Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.  I tell you in that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.  Two women will be grinding together; the one will be taken and the other left.  Two men will be in the field; the one will be taken and the other left” (Luke 17: 26 – 27, 30 – 36.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

            ‘The Rapture,’ is another name for the unique event being described in this scripture.  In the blink of an eye, God will gather up the faithful from among the nations; prior to pouring out His wrath upon the earth.  Relatives, friends, co-workers, and even complete strangers will vanish in an instant.  Those who are left behind will endure God’s judgments.  How can we be prepared for the rapture?  Simply put; by valuing eternal rewards more than earthly possessions.  Jesus implores us to consider Lot’s wife; a woman who was ill-equipped for the Lord’s deliverance.  In ancient times, she and her family were lead out of the wicked city of Sodom before its destruction.  She disobeyed God by turning back and affectionately gazing upon the city.  In turn, she was transformed in to a pillar of salt.           

Like Lot’s wife, many throughout history have cherished worldly possessions more than their own lives.  One day my dad and I were driving through the town where I grew up.  As we passed a certain building, he informed me that the structure had burned years earlier.  The owner had foolishly rushed in to the basement to collect some of his valuables; becoming trapped in the process.  In desperation, he attempted to crawl through a basement window; but the opening was too small.  Firefighters and onlookers could only watch in horror as the man perished in flames.  Valuing his possessions more than his own life lead to his untimely demise.

            Today, many value their possessions more than their eternal lives.  Taking great comfort in worldly belongings has rendered them ill-prepared for the coming Kingdom.  Every believer must be ready for ‘the rapture;’ an event that could occur at any moment.  Complete preparation entails loving God more than anything else.  Human beings must be more prized than possessions, and truth more treasurable than trust funds.  As our values are transformed, we will look forward to the rapture with greater joy and anticipation.

            “Lord Heavenly Father, help us to value our heavenly lives more than our earthly possessions.  Prepare our hearts and minds for the rapture.  May we remain focused on Your coming kingdom.  By the power of Your Holy Spirit, strengthen us; that we might accomplish Your will in this place.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.


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