You Will Be My Witnesses

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Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We will be witnesses one way or the other – either good or bad.

My Advice – Make up your mind to be a positive witness by walking the walk and talking the talk. You need both.

Who Would You Become?

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2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)

“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster

My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly.  It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.

My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.

 

Armageddon

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ARMAGEDDONAnd I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. (Revelation 19:17-20:3)

The Location – Armageddon is both the name and the location of the final cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil (Revelation 16:16). The word Armageddon is a transliteration into Greek of an unknown Hebrew word. There is no known place that is called Armageddon. One suggestion is that it refers to Continue reading “Armageddon”

Not Out of This World

John 17:15 – “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We do not have to live secluded lives just because the world is a dark place. God has given us protection so that the darkness will not overcome us. Rather He sends us out into the world so that we can help dispel the darkness.

My Advice – Live a life that reflects Christ. Be noticeably different from those around you because you have Jesus as Savior.

But Take Heart!

John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We have to live in this world, so we will (not may) have trouble. But as believers, we are also in Christ so we can have peace. Why is this possible? Because Christ has overcome the world and if we are in Him we are overcomers too.

My Advice – Do not be surprised when problems arise. Jesus warns that they will come. But He also promises that you can have peace despite the troubles. If you do not have peace it is either because you are out of fellowship with Him or you are not trusting Him enough. Take care of these, and you will get the peace.

The Parousia

THE PAROUSIAI saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)

The Rider on the White Horse – This passage portrays the physical second coming prophesied in Acts 1:9–11. The full preterist view, claiming that Christ already came in spirit and power in the judgment of Jerusalem in 70 AD and that there is no future second advent, are hard to justify when viewing this scene.(1)

As John gazed into Heaven, Continue reading “The Parousia”

Not A Blank Check

John 15:7 – “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – This is no blank check to ask for things out of greed or that are otherwise self-serving. If we remain in Him and His words remain in us, we will be so closely in step with Him that the things that we ask for will be His will.

My Advice – This is the “secret” to being successful by God’s standards (and there can be no better standard). You would be wise to follow the advice that Jesus gave.