Will you be ready when Jesus Returns? Luke 12:35-48

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Which servant will you be?

1-The Wise Servant: To those servants who are found ready and waiting , they will be blessed and given the position of ruling over his household, this person will be made ruler of all He has.

2-The Faker Servant: To the servants who says – eh, He isn’t coming anytime, I know what I should do but….  I will treat people cruely and unfairly, I will eat, drink and be drunk- I have time.  This servant will be cut in two and given his portion with unbelievers

3-Slacker Servant: To the servant who knew God’s will but was not ready according to God’s will be beaten with many stripes.

4-Unintentional Servant: The servant who was unaware and unlearned in these things but did things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few.

In Luke 12, Jesus tell us to be ready at all times for His return. Jesus told Peter this warning is for the wise and faithful.

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Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;  and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people? And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?  Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.  Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.  But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”

Discern the Time :  Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. 56 Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?

Make Peace with Your Adversary: “Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.  I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”

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When Christ returns, will he find you in bitterness? anger? unforgiveness? pride? covetous? jealousy? lying? drinking? living in sin? Get rid of all sin, live a life to please the Lord and be the New Creation He created you to be- Holy and Righteous. Prepare your heart today and always be ready at all times.

 

A call to Confession “My people don’t realize that I am watching them” Hosea 7

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         You don’t realize that I am watching you. I am watching all of you. Your sinful deeds are all around you, and I the Lord see them all. You entertain each other with wickedness and lies and many of you are aflame with lust. Yet, as I watch and listen, not one of you cries out to me. You continue to mingle with godless foreigners and you made yourself as worthless as a half baked cake. Are you for me or do you long for the things of this world? Have they filled your heart so much that you no longer desire me?  Haven’t you read the warnings? My people have become lukewarm.
     Do you cowardly cringe when you say the name of my Son Jesus?  If you deny Him, He will surely deny you before ME. What sorrow awaits those who desert ME. For I sent My only Beloved Son FOR YOU, Yet you consider it as nothing. My fury is about to be poured out like boiling  water from an overturned pot. How much longer shall I call out to you?
     My heart weeps for you. If you would only open your eyes and see how much I LOVE YOU. You seek me, but you don’t find me. You have looked everywhere but you your sins have weighed you down, you carry them around as ropes tied to you. When will you confess?- for I am an all forgiving God- and Savior. But you don’t admit your wrongs. Have you not heard that there is no sacrifice that will cover your deliberate continual sinning? You don’t cry out to me with sincere hearts.

Bring your confessions, and return to the LORD. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. Hosea 14:2
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gonePsalm 32:5
When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long Psalm 32:3
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. 1 John 1:8-10

He loves you, You are His Child- and He is your Father
         I saw the Lord reaching out to those burdened in sin. He is reaching out to so many….will you stop to hear His call? Confess your sins and turn back to Him. He loves you as if you were His only Child. It’s almost too amazing to understand.. a Holy God in heaven who knows all about you, He understands you because He made your heart. We are told over and over again that He watches us, He bends down to hear us and He listens to our conversations.
       It makes my heart joyful to imagine that our God cares so much for us. I saw a great King bend down from His throne to hear me as I prayed! He has a place in the heavens for each one of us- yes, even YOU! A place in the heavenlies before His throne!
         Listen: “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”  Out of millions and millions of people- He stops to reach down to you. Come back, come back- His hand is still reaching even as you go about your sinning, turning your head, ignoring the warnings. He waits,  He is patient. There will be a time when there are no more chances, there will not always be a moment of Grace that you have right now- because a season of judgment is ahead for each one of us. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way

     Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. …If you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
  But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

DO I REALLY NEED TO REPENT?  

2 Peter 3:9The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent
Matthew 4:17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Matthew 3:2Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Psalm 7:12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
James 5:16 :Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Daniel 9:20 I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the LORD my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain.
Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to listen to my voice. I, the LORD, have spoken
Revelation 16:11and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.
Revelation 16:9 Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.
Revelation 9:21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Hebrews 12:17You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears
2 Corinthians 12:21
Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure
2 Corinthians 7:9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way

 Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. The sacrifice the Lord desires is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God

 Psalm 50:22 .Psalm 51:17

 CARRY YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW HIM
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple

WARNINGS
1-But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:33
2-But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouthRevelation 3:16
3-
   if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.  For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us For we know the one who said,“I will take revenge. I will pay them back.”He also said,“The Lord will judge his own people.” It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

37 “For in just a little while,
    the Coming One will come and not delay.
38 And my righteous ones will live by faith.
    But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
 
But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10

 We all fall short, we all struggle…  We have a helper- the Holy Spirit : Letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

    22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.  That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.

STAY HUMBLE AND GUARD YOUR HEART FROM PRIDE

    For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  OUR BLESSED HOPE:   if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness 1 John 1:9

 I repented…now what?  Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God Matthew 3:8
“Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit Luke 15:7Acts 2:38

Dear Holy Father in Heaven,

     Trembling I stand before you, for the world has begun to pull so many from Holiness. Where can it be found? How shall I know it? How can I know all the hidden sins in my heart? Open our eyes to the sin that tries to trip so many of us. Reveal the sins in our heart and forgive us for the ways we have not honored you or your name. Cleanse us Lord and keep us on your path. We desire with all our being to walk with you, protect us from the evil one and lead us along the right pathways. Teach me how to prepare for the coming of the King of Glory. Teach me how to keep the oil always burning. I want to be blameless before you and ready to usher in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
         O Lord, You are Good and your Mercy endures forever. In you I put my hope and in you my soul desires. Make us bold for your names sake, speak through us to save those perishing around us. Forgive us Lord, and thank you for sending us the Savior of the world.

       BE CAREFUL! MANY PREACHERS AND TEACHERS ARE TEACHING A DIFFERENT GOSPEL, AND MANY ARE leading others ASTRAY. I know many people are saying repentance is not necessary and have many convincing twists so we will believe this. We don’t have time to argue with God’s word. Don’t believe everything because it sounds good. I know repenting isn’t fun, it’s horrible to admit our wrongs and acknowledge we have this junk in our hearts, but let’s clean house. Instead of arguing over this, use that time to time to say: Lord, I’m sorry, I’ve sinned. I’ve done things against you and your name. Like Isaiah said, Woe is me, for I am a man of unclean lips. Don’t think that we can stand before God on judgement day and justify our lives through reason or blame it on wrong teaching. We have God’s word written out for us, we need to repent of our sins. Admit our wrongs… and there is only one way! One way! To heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. Amen and amen

“What sorrow awaits those who have deserted me!
    Let them die, for they have rebelled against me.
I wanted to redeem them,
    but they have told lies about me.
14 They do not cry out to me with sincere hearts.
    Instead, they sit on their couches and wail.
They cut themselves, begging foreign gods for grain and new wine,
    and they turn away from me.
15 I trained them and made them strong,
    yet now they plot evil against me.
16 They look everywhere except to the Most High.
    They are as useless as a crooked bow.
Hosea 7

  

PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD “for your have not returned to me” saith the Lord. Amos 4

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1-     A Time is Coming
2-     Disaster comes upon Nations who turn from the Lord in order for them to come back to him “For you have not returned to me” saith the Lord. When the Nations and the people continue to ignore the Lords call and His signs, disaster is decreed, and it is written the disaster will be 7x worse “21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.  Leviticus 26 
3- Stop doing what  “seems right in our own eyes” : There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.  You shall not at all do as we are doing here today—every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes”  God wants us to seek Him in ALL we do, and not continue doing things we “think” are good ( or making excuses for sin.)  “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it. Deut. 12:32, Judges 17:6, Judges 21:25, Prov 14:12, Deut 12:8 

Amos 4:1  Listen to me, you fat cows  living in Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy, and who are always calling to your husbands,  “Bring us another drink!” (NLV)
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, Who oppress the poor, Who crush the needy, Who say to your husbands. “Bring wine, let us drink!”(NKJ)

Their sins:                                                          
1-oppress the poor
2-crush the needy
3-disrespect their masters saying “bring us another drink”

    If we dissect this, we can see the following sins of the people-   No love for others, no concern for the poor, hard-hearted,  disrespect of elders, parents, husbands, laziness, drunkenness, selfishness, overindulgence, materialistic, pushy, pampered.   
(Do you see this today? My concern is that this sounds like a description of the role models our children see on tv- Disney, Mtv- be careful  and guard the hearts of your children)

Hear the Word of the Lord : TIME IS COMING (  2010 )

Amos 4:2  “ A time will come when you will be led away with hooks in your noses- every last one of you will be dragged way like a fish on a hook”
Jeremiah 9:25  “A time is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit—
2 Timothy 4:3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.   A Time Is Coming

Isaiah 37:29 And because of your raging against me
    and your arrogance, which I have heard for myself,
I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth.
I will make you return by the same road on which you came.”

Jer 17:5-9,22
 This is what the Lord says:
Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, (see also Is 51:12)
who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salty land.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
 They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
    with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
    or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
Do not do your work on the Sabbath, but make it a holy day. I gave this command to your ancestors,  but they did not listen or obey. They stubbornly refused to pay attention or accept my discipline. ( what do you think about the Sabbath day? is it now obsolete? did Jesus cross it off the 10 commandments when He died? I heard on this day when I heard a time is coming, I also heard “honor the Sabbath” which I had never really considered. When I do, I am beyond blessed, it’s amazing…any thoughts.. revelations on this? I’m curious)

  DID YOU KNOW…..The Lord hears what you say. You are being watched very closely. All you say and do is recorded- and not just that – but your hidden motives for doing the things you do. So BE CAREFUL! Set yourself straight before the Lord….and I heard “Are you going to do what is right? ARE YOU Going to do what is right!”

So what’s wrong with what I’m doing? Amos 4:4-5

Amos 4:4 Go ahead with your rituals! Yes! Attend your services and your meetings in the name of the Lord, let everyone know of your great deeds and fasting. This is what you love to do, Yes! Let everyone hear of your great sacrifices….but you keep disobeying. None of your good works will save you if you don’t change what is really in your heart. See Isaiah 58: a true fast

Don’t want to change? Hear what the Lord says” Amos 4:6-11

He will bring hunger to every city and famine to every town YET YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED UNTO ME, SAITH THE LORD

He will keep the rain from falling and your crops will fail, you will stagger and not have enough to drink YET YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED UNTO ME, SAITH THE LORD

He will strike our farms and vineyards with blight and mildew, locusts will devour the crops YET YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED UNTO ME, SAITH THE LORD

Our cities will be destroyed as were Sodom and Gomorrah, but still YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED UNTO ME, SAITH THE LORD

Therefore, I will bring upon yo all the disasters I have announced.

PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD

  FOR LO, HE THAT FORMETH THE MOUNTAINS, AND CREATETH THE WIND, AND DECLARETH UNTO MAN WHAT IS HIS THOUGHT, THAT MAKETH THE MORNING DARKNESS AND TREADETH UPON THE HIGH PLACES OF THE EARTH. THE LORD, THE GOD OF HOSTS IS HIS NAME. 

PRAISE HIM IN THE HOUSE TODAY! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I will lift up my hands to Praise my King. He hears my cries and answers my prayers! In Him I rejoice! There is no God like JEHOVA , There’s no God like JEHOVA !Behold He comes riding on the clouds – out of Zion Salvation comes. Lift your voice, it’s the year of Jubilee and out of Zion salvation Comes.