My dear friends, I have been writing for a while now. Not always here on Rapture Ready, but writing, nevertheless. And the Lord has been so gracious to me and has given so much to write. Sometimes I am not aware of where these writings are going as I begin. Sometimes I write an article and then go back later and reread it and I find I am so very surprised at what is there.
In a way, I can see the hand of the Lord directing what I write. Many times I am not thinking along the lines of what I have written and never know or fully understand it until I reread the article. It is truly amazing. Therefore, I want to say that it is NOT me─but the Lord. In these instances I wonder if the apostles had the same situation or at least along those lines of thought. I am not trying to equate myself to the apostles, but rather wondering what they were thinking as they wrote. So far this has been quite a roller-coaster ride.
I believe also that, I am learning more as I research for my articles. I read other articles by other writers. I watch some videos and sometimes understand what others are trying to convey in their particular medium. I never take anything away that I feel I should not or things that seem a little strange. I always take the Word of God and reference that with what I read or watch; one must be more than just careful. We are asked to verify all information against the Bible and see if it does indeed, walk the same line as God has set down.
This then makes research that much more “in-depth” and time consuming of which it matters little to me if it takes days or maybe a week to get down on paper. I must say though, at times, it becomes quite difficult, especially with translations. In my mind, I feel this is all necessary, to make sure that I am writing what the Lord is asking me to write. No more and no less.
I am constantly hoping and praying that I don’t make a mistake, although being human, at times I will. I just hope they are little ones! I also pray that whatever it is that I write, is clear and easy to understand─that I have taken the time to set the mood (so to speak) and project the Lord every time. Most of all I pray that I am showing the Lord first and always and that I don’t look for anything in it for myself.
I want the truth and only the truth! Having stated that I come to the meat of this article. I KNOW the Word of God is absolute truth! I know that it has been around for better than 3000 years, I know it was men that wrote these truths, as the Lord moved them to write what they did. What eludes me is this: Why do so few…CHOOSE to read the Bible, with the Lords blessing and wisdom, which is contrary to the vast majority?
Let’s look at this way: I know Satan and his ilk are everywhere across the world and they are doing everything they can to block the minds of people from the truth found in God’s Word. I understand, that there are some that will never be able to wrap their heads around the Word of God, for various reasons (mental illness, etc.). My problem is that those people are not the majority, but rather the greatest of minority in ability. So…what is wrong with all the rest of people?
If I found a book and it told me that I could live forever after I die as a human, I would be very interested to know all about it! Considering the fact that we are only getting 70 to 80 or so years to live here on this planet — being that this amount of time is so short, wouldn’t it be wise to think that there must be something else on the other side of death?
Now we seem to be asking, a “no-brainer,” right? Why would anyone want to think everything stops the moment our bodies completely fail us, or that there is no God of any kind? In my estimation that seems too fatalistic for my liking! Everything just simply stops, nothing else, nowhere to go and nothing else lives on? How unfortunate that seems to me and even more scary! What was my life here on earth for then? Also, why all the drama and pain and suffering and death and then…NOTHING? That is not right, nor is it worthy to think about in the least. It’s painful actually!
How do intelligent people come up with these ideas? Understanding the Bible being better than 3000 years old, there must be some truth in it. We, as Bible students know that there is all the truth in the universe in it and the prophecies of the Old Testament coming 100% true makes it more than just believable, but real!
You would think that the “normal” people in Congress and the White House would have their collective noses buried in the Bible…constantly! It’s like saying that there’s a book that can tell you exactly where all the gold or precious stones are buried. All you have to do is go there and dig ‘em up! RIGHT?
Way too many are concerned about December 21, 2012, the Mayan apocalypse or its some asteroid that is going to hit the earth, or the poles are going to reverse themselves and everything is going to be destroyed. For the true followers of Jesus Christ, all that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans!
2 Corinthians 5.8: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
We do not care what the Mayans thought, or anyone else! We already know the truth and we know where we are headed when death comes a knockin’! We also know, that one day very, very, soon the Rapture is going to take place and all the born-again believers, will meet our Lord in the Air and we will forever be with HIM in heaven. In actuality, we have absolutely NOTHING to worry about.
We are firmly and forever in the capable hands of our Lord! IF, we know and understand this, how is it possible that the unsaved cannot figure this out? The message is literally spread throughout the Web, on the radio and television programs and in more books than I care to imagine.
Looking at all this information, knowing what is in the Bible and talking with so many about the Lord, you would think these people are idiots for not wanting to know more! Walk up to a friend and say, “I’m gonna pull out a handgun and I’’m going to kill you!” Yeah, Yeah, I know, that’s not a nice thing to do, probably get ya thrown in the klink, too. Think on this though: That person would believe you instantly! Therefore, DEATH is a big thing to everyone and it crosses over into every language. Mo matter who you are, everyone knows about DEATH!
Now ask someone if they believe there is life after death? Just about every single person you ask is going to say they believe there is an after-life. Now ask those same people if they believe in heaven and hell. Most will reply that they do. Now ask them, which place they want to go to after they die! Almost everyone is going to say they want to go to heaven! Now ask them if they know how to get there? Here’s where things get real sticky with them! They now do not want to talk to you about ANYTHING! And we haven’t even said the name of Jesus Christ, yet!
If logic is still prevalent and willingly adhered to by everyone, wouldn’t it be logical to find out more about where you will be when death comes for you? We are able to joggle the DNA and RNA in a fetus, but we can’t understand the truths in the Bible. How ridiculous does that sound?! In a weird sort of way it seems like everyone is putting the cart before the horse! Everyone knows we had to be created, therefore there must be a Creator.
NOPE, can’t have that, evolution did it all, over billions of years! Or so they say and their little machines that they made say so also. So…the machines are infallable? Again, I am going to say,”We are a fallen creation so how can we be sure that the machines we make are not as fallen as we are?” Being human makes it evident that we will make mistakes, doesn’t that continue to correspond into our machines as well? How many times has a machine given “false-positives” or the other way around, as if that matters in the least!
We are still oxymorons! We need the Lord God Almighty! We are fallen! We are not 100% anything! Get used to it!
Jeremiah 3.21-23: “A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God. Return, ye backsliding children,and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel” (emphasis mine).
Psalm 103.1-6: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed” (emphasis mine).
We, the born-again Christians who follow Jesus Christ in every way know what the Bible truly is! It is the ultimate truth and there is none like it anywhere. Just as our Lord and Savior is our God and there will never be any other! I simply have a hard time getting this across to others who are not saved to Jesus Christ. They want to go to heaven, they want to live forever and live like they have never known before. Yet…they are not willing to find out how to obtain that truth. It boggles my mind, to say the least!
It is true that we believers must support each other, especially because we are still humans, still fallen and we need Jesus Christ to cover our SIN with HIS precious blood from the cross at Calvary. God takes up a human body and dies a horrible death for you and me, to give us life eternal through HIS blood…and someone doesn’t care or want to know about that?
How sad to think that they want to get to heaven before a just, yet loving Father but they want to do so in their own way and not the way spelled out in the Bible.
John 14. 5-10: “Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (emphasis mine).
Jesus Christ…there is NO other!