Taking a Stand :: by Greg May

For the past couple of years I have been taking a stand for the Word of God through my articles. My heart leaps with excitement when I am criticized and made fun of because it reminds me of this Scripture:

“Scoffers will come in the last days, walking accordingly in their own lusts” (2 Peter 3:3).

Jesus wasn’t kidding about the flood of false doctrine and false prophets in these last days when He said:

“For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many’” (Matthew 24:5).

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matthew 24:11).

False messiahs surfaced as Jim Jones led his sheep astray in Guyana resulting in the mass suicide of his followers at Jonestown in 1978; David Koresh did the same when he led a mass suicide at the location of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco, Texas in 1993.

I recently spoke at a neighbor’s funeral; she was mortified that her daughter and grandchildren had embraced the beliefs of the Mormon (Church of Latter-Day Saints).

Sharing the gospel with the unsaved and being spiritually prepared for the Rapture should be the number one thought on the minds of every born-again believer.

(Be sure every member of your family knows the Lord or has heard the gospel.)

We all have a role in spreading the gospel until the time of the Rapture, yet many of us do not follow through with that commandment. Some of us shy away from sharing the gospel or we procrastinate.

When Moses aligned his will with God’s will, God brought water out of the rock.

When Joshua aligned his will with the will of God, the sun stood still in its orbit.

When David aligned his will with the will of God, Goliath fell.

When Elijah aligned his will with the will of God, fire came from heaven on Mount Carmel and licked up everything—including the water.

When Daniel aligned his will with the will of God, the mouths of lions were zipped.

And Scripture further tell us:

“They also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:11).

What motivation! The One who loves us and died for us is coming back. What if He looks you in the face and asks, “How did you use the opportunities I gave you to witness for me? Did you keep quiet with your co-workers, neighbors and friends? Or did you tell them about My salvation for you—for all people?”

While we wait for the Lord, we are to work diligently and wholeheartedly for the Lord fulfilling the Great Commission. The mission of God, and our very purpose. Who is God calling you to intercede for today? Who needs to hear the precious gift of the gospel?

Don’t delay. God will bring in the harvest as you are faithful.

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reasons for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15).