As We Wait :: By Holly Spate

With all the various world events rapidly merging, it appears we are closer than ever to soon hearing the glorious trumpet blast. For those paying attention, our meeting-in-the-clouds moment seems to be on the horizon.

Are you ready?

As world events ramp up at an incredible pace, we’ve been given a front-row seat to viewing God’s prophetic Word come to life. In real-time, it appears we are witnessing the very birth pains mentioned in the Word of God.

It truly is remarkable to know that, of all those before us, God appears to have chosen this very time in history, this current generation, to bring to fruition prophesied events we and all believers up until this point have read about and been waiting for.

How amazing!

The pages of scripture truly seem to be coming to life right before our very eyes. How incredible… how remarkable and humbling to think God placed each of us here, at this time in history, for such a time as this!

Just think… He placed YOU here, at this time in history, for such a time as this!

What a great privilege…what an amazing and special gift!

As the clock ticks faster, we all find ourselves on borrowed time. Each day, more precious than before, makes each moment we as believers have left on earth all the more important. To anyone with eyes open… to those watching and waiting, the message has become crystal clear: Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! We are going to see the King!

As we wait, how will you spend these precious final hours? Will you be busy being about your Father’s business… praying, sharing, planting, helping… looking for any and all opportunities to be a witness of His love, His light, and His hope to a lost and dying world?

The time is short, and each day we wake up (each day YOU wake up) we’re that much closer to going home. There is a mere window of opportunity left to plant as many seeds as we can and to do as much as we can for the lost and the kingdom as we wait for our bridegroom to call us to Himself.

Yes, there is still much to do as we wait, brothers and sisters!

Let’s finish well as we hold to hope and continually remember and embrace the wonderful truths in these beautiful verses:

Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”

Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Like Paul, I pray we can all say, as stated in 2 Timothy 4:7-8:  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

As we wait, let’s do all we can…
Let’s fight the good fight.
Let’s complete the course.
Let’s keep the faith.
Let’s finish strong!

May you be encouraged by this beautiful poem by C.T. Studd, which says it all. Have a blessed day!

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Only One Life, Twill Soon Be Past

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its days I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh, let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say, ”Thy will be done;”
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all;”
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

Walk Confidently Into 2024 :: By Holly Spate

Thoughts of a new year bring to mind many things: fresh starts, new beginnings, a chance to turn a new page and leave another year of yesterdays behind. There’s something so nice about wiping the slate clean… being given an opportunity to begin again, to start over. There’s something so refreshing about second chances. It’s comforting to know that one does not have to be defined by a moment in time or many moments in time but rather be free to reinvent, to begin again, to start anew.

New Year’s may be the one day out of 365 that many actually give themselves permission to let go and move forward. It may be the one time they give themselves a pass to truly leave the past behind.

Whether you feel the need in this new year to start fresh and leave the past in the past, or whether you are content with life as it’s been and forge ahead bringing yesterday with you, we all start the new year together. Each of us has an opportunity to ring in the year with expectation and celebration. And each of us has an opportunity to decide how we will live each day.

For the believer in Christ, another year means another opportunity to grow closer to God, another opportunity to do more for the kingdom, another chance to get up early and meet with the Lord in the quietness of the morning. It gives another chance to be more forgiving, to plant more seeds, to give more generously. It provides another opportunity to exercise and build one’s faith and to grow closer while trusting in the only One who is forever trustworthy.

With breath in our lungs, each new day is another beautiful gift given to praise our Creator… to awe at His glory and majesty… to remember His goodness and grace. Another opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude for all He’s done in the past and all He’s going to do (both seen and unseen) in the future as we enter into another new year.

As a Christian, another year brings a chance to grow closer to our Creator… a chance to give our all to the very One who gave us His everything. And, as we grow in Him, our hearts can be joyful in understanding there’s so much more He has in store… so much.

1 Corinthians 2:9 clearly states, “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”- the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

Just think, when we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, when we call upon His name and believe in our hearts what He did for us on the cross and through His resurrection, accepting the amazing gift of His salvation, not only are we forgiven of all our sins and rescued, but we are promised an eternity so bright… so incredibly wonderful our minds simply cannot comprehend.

Amazing!

1 Corinthians 2:9 is a beautiful reminder that this life we live in the here and now, although important, is merely a speck, a very short moment in time compared to an eternity without end. This truth truly proves His mercies and the reality that His remarkable love knows no bounds! It’s a beautiful reminder, or should be, of what miraculous wonders lie ahead.

Just think… all that Jesus mentioned in His Word is lovingly being prepared for our eternal future… for your eternal future! A future we each have yet to encounter… a wonderful, glorious eternity of pure perfection.

Awesome!

Every Christian should enter this new year with a smile on their face fully confident that the God of their salvation has a beautiful plan for their today and all of their tomorrows.

As believers, we should feel comforted, encouraged, and joyful by the many scriptures in the Bible, scriptures that remind us of His promises… His forever goodness. Scriptures such as Romans 8:28, which states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Or Lamentations 3:22-23, which says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Every Christian should enter this new year with a sense of calm and confidence in knowing that, although change is inevitable, there is one constant that never changes… the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Malachi 3:6 clearly states, “For I am the Lord, I change not.”

How comforting to know that our great God… our ever-loving, all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! How wonderful to know His ways are perfect and He changes not! How blessed to know, because of Him, you have what the lost world so desperately longs and searches for… you have HOPE!

As you begin this new year, remember you serve a God who never changes… whose unconditional love and mercies are available and new to you every. single. day.

Wow… how incredible!

As you walk into another year, keep your eyes forever fixed on the very One who created you… the very One who gave His everything… who promises to love you and never leave you. Because you are His, you have every reason to hold your head high and celebrate. Because you are His, you have every reason to walk confidently into 2024, remembering the God who never changes; the God who has your best interest at heart, walks with you.

Happy New Year!

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

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