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Our Lord is so good, He grants us many blessings. We can see Him in the daily course of events, in our homes, our jobs, our lives. I pray that these words help you to grow in your faith and recognize His hand in even the most mundane circumstances.
The picture to the right is of a Celtic Chapel located in Cornwall England. This building is approximately 1700 years old, and contains a holy well known for its healing powers.
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ďTherefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father. This is the promise which he promised us, the eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who would lead you astray. As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you donít need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him. Now, little children, remain in him, that when he appears, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.Ē 1 John 2:24-29, WEB
There is a danger at times like these. We are vulnerable when we are separated from our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are plenty of opportunities to watch pastors preach and give devotions on the Internet, but those videos are interspersed with videos from people who are not preaching the sound word of God. Who are you listening to these days?
We have discovered that in this day we can worship God in our homes, gathering together virtually to praise God and hear His word. However, this is never the best way to remain in God the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit does bind us together, but it is vital that we also find ways to connect with others on a personal level.
I spent several years ministering online in chat rooms. Those anonymous ďplacesĒ were good in many ways. I made friends with people that I actually met face to face. I took part in a wedding for two people who met in a chat room. Iím still friends, and have met personally, several friends that I met in an email discussion group. Good things can happen, but there has to be a personal connection. I counseled those who ďmet JesusĒ in a chat room that they should not rely on that ďplaceĒ for their continued spiritual life. It encouraged them to find a local church, to join in Bible study and worship, so that they would experience the Love of God in very tangible ways.
My fear for them was that they would listen to and believe every person who spouted theology in those chat rooms. Many were deceitful. Many were poorly informed. Many had followed their own understanding not the truth of Godís Word. When we gather with others face to face, we can discuss the lessons and reason with each other to know and understand what God intends for His people. If we try to go it alone, we can falter and follow the false teachers that are abundant at times like this. It is easier to go the wrong way than you might think.
John encourages us to remain in what we have heard from the beginning. If we hold on to the truth of Godís promises, we will stand firm against the false teachers. Remember that Satan is an angel of light, a deceiver. He speaks words that sound good, but they are twisted and false. Now, more than ever, we have to find ways to remain in God, to live according to His Word, to stand firmly in His truth. You have been baptized into His death and raised to new life in Him. You have heard the truth if you believe, so remain in Him today and always. Hold on to the promise of eternal life even when you are frightened, confused, and in doubt. Test all those who try to teach you and listen only to those who preach what you have heard from the beginning. Trust God and follow Him, for He is our only hope and He is faithful.
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ďLittle children, these are the end times, and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen. By this we know that it is the final hour. They went out from us, but they didnít belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, that they might be revealed that none of them belong to us. You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I have not written to you because you donít know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son doesnít have the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.Ē 1 John 2:18-23, WEB
I wasnít sure I wanted to continue following Johnís first letter when I came to this text. There is a Facebook post that people are copying and pasting that suggest that the book of Revelation is being played out in our world today. The writer talks about how there is too much immorality and that the boundaries of sin are going farther and farther. They say that the line between right and wrong has been slowly erased.
I agree in many ways. It breaks my heart to see how people are living. I struggle with those who say that what is good is bad and what is bad is good. We are constantly being told to follow our hearts even though our hearts will lead us astray. There are many so-called churches that do not teach the truth, that preach a theology of glory rather than the cross. Jesus has been lost in the midst of works righteousness, and faith has become whatever makes you feel good. I agree, too, that our task in this time (and in every time) is to stand in faith and to hold on to Jesus. To believe in Jesus is our only chance.
Yet, I canít agree that we are seeing the playing out of Revelation in our day as the writer suggests. Iíve studied the book and I see it differently. It is not a timeline; the book of Revelation has played out in this world over and over again. It is a cycle that goes worship, through struggle and sin, a call to repentance, repentance, and then back to worship. Though it seems like there are different events, this same story plays out over and over again, like a spiral. It took me nine months to each the study on Revelation, so one paragraph or devotion cannot do it justice, but the point of Revelation is to encourage Godís people to be disciples, faithful and faith-filled for the day. We are to focus on God, not the end times.
Will Jesus come again? Yes. Come, Lord Jesus! Will it happen in this day? Perhaps. Come, Lord Jesus! Quite frankly Iím ready for it all to be over. I want to spend eternity in heaven with my Lord, and Iíd be happy if it happened today. However, we are reminded by the scriptures that we will not know the time or the day. Not even Jesus knows. Only God knows when He will finish the work that Jesus began on the cross.
I never quite understand why people are so quick to make our time the time. Jesus will not come again until every person God has chosen has come to faith in Him. Are you so ready for the second coming that you would let someone you love face Him without faith? John writes that we are in the end times. Indeed, we are. We have been since Jesus was raised from the dead. John also talks about the Antichrist, and the many that are against Christ. There are many, and while there will be one adversary against our Lord Jesus in the Day, we are faced with those who speak against our Lord in this time and place.
What gives us hope in these days, whether we truly are in the End Times, or whether it wonít happen for a thousand years, is that we have been anointed by God, by the Holy Spirit, and we have been given His Word written on our hearts. Those who deny Jesus, whether by word or deed, are antichrists. They deny the truth of God. They deny Jesus the Son. But we have faith in Jesus Christ, and because we have faith we also have a Father in heaven that is anxiously waiting for us. Yet, even as He wants us with Him for eternity, He also cares for those who still need to know and believe. He does not want any to perish. Heaven is big enough for all.
So, perhaps this is the end, but what will you do today? The post writer counsels self-evaluation. The post suggests preparation and repentance. This is good. We need to be ready because Jesus could come again today. Yet, we also need to remember that we are human and we will sin again. So, while we need to be living as disciples, walking the walk, serving God according to His Word, let us remember that the One who will grant us forgiveness and that lifetime in eternity is Jesus. It is our task as these days go on to share Him with the world, to shine His light and reveal His grace so that they, too, will be ready when He comes again. Letís use these days, and every day, to speak the word that draws people to the Savior so that they will have the Father, just like us.
The following links provide some specially chosen scripture that tell the stories of the Birth and Passion of our Lord as Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as a fictional perspective of the Crucifixion. Spend time in God's Word, read about His life and learn of the wonderful gifts He has for you. Know Jesus Christ and honour Him today. Thanks be to God.
When researching, I use several versions of the bible, including the New International Version and English Standard Version. Due to copyright restrictions, I have not included quotes for the scriptures on some of the archives, but highly encourage you to open your own bibles to read the scripture passages for yourselves. Where scripture is quoted, it is usually the American Standard Version or World English Bible which belong to the public domain. Any other versions used in quotes are identified.
The devotion posted on Wednesday is based on the Lectionary texts used by millions of Christians each Sunday. The Lectionary consists of four texts: an Old Testament passage, a Psalm, a passage from one of the Epistles and a Gospel text and follows the church calendar. Archives for these writings are found at Midweek Oasis.
You are welcome to use these words to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. Please remember to give credit to the Author who has given you these gifts, and keep in remembrance the vessel which He used to bring them to you. We pray that this site may be a blessing to you and anyone with whom you've shared it. Peggy Hoppes