For as I have often told you before, and now say again even with tears: Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body (Philippians 3:18-21).
It is downright frightening to think of the day when Jesus comes, and so many will be left behind. I join Paul in his tears.
I think I can go there … to that fear for others … because that could have been me. Before age 40, I thought I was a good person, thought if there was a heaven I would go. Never once considered the alternative.
His Kingdom is growing. Praise God who is the only name who saves!
But what about those who reject the truth?
If you spend any time on Facebook or the internet, you will encounter blind, lost, broken, stubborn, rebellious, pride-full people who flat out deny the existence of Our Mighty God and His Son and Holy Spirit. And there are many who believe “other gods”. Then, there are those who distort the truth in His Holy Bible.
Or maybe you have encountered people without faith in Jesus in your midst? in your family? in your job?
How many will be saved when His angels gather? How many will we see left behind?
When we as believers get burdened, we turn to He who carried the Cross to His willful death.
Will you join me in this prayer today?
Dear Gracious and Omnipotent Father,
We praise Your righteous, holy name! We praise the works of Your marvelous hands, Lord. Snow in Spring, a picture of our cleansing. The many colors of tulips lift our hearts where gloom has moved in. And oh Your sky, Lord! Thank you for the clouds, and predictable sightings of Your sun and moon.
Lord, we are struggling in this uncertainty.
Will You heal more of Your people today, Lord? Not just physically but spiritually?
Will you offer Your living water and the bread of life to those who are withering in their given bodies, to those who are headed for death in hell?
Lord, we each lift to You the names on our hearts, those whom we know who haven’t believed or recommitted their lives to Jesus.
Take them, Father, bathe them in the blood of Your new Covenant. Break chains to worldly things in their lives, in ways only You can do. Whisper in their ears, Lord, tell them how much You love them.
We ask specifically, Father, You turn our burdens for all those who refuse You and have turned away from You, that You turn our burdens into Your glory. Yes, Lord, show us Your glory, as much as Your will allows us here on earth.
You are life, Jesus. By Your grace we are saved.
We gather to ask You to save more of Your people today than yesterday, and more tomorrow than today. Father, we trust Your plan that every knee shall bow will come to its fulfillment. We look forward to catching a glimpse of Your glory.
We honor and praise You. We ask for boldness to testify to Your power in our lives and that which we witness in others. We ask You to use us as bearers of Your amazing Gospel message. You know our gifts and strengths, and we say, “Yes, Lord!”.
It is in Jesus’s Powerful name we pray,
I am thankful for Pastor Charlie at New Cumberland First Church of God who encourages people regularly to accept and/or recommit to Jesus. If you are seeking an online church service go to ncfcog.online.church. The recordings are also found on YouTube.
Where are you in your faith? Have you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior? No matter how long you have believed, we all need encouragement and ways to continue growing in Him.
I am very thankful for this blogging community where we spur one another on in faith. I have many “safe sisters” whom I can share anything with, whom I trust to ground me in His truth, not in feeling or opinion.
Even though each of us is charged with the Great Commission, we remain stronger together than apart. Look at Moses. God gave him Aaron. Look at Paul. God gave him a variety of ministry partners.
Be strong in Him, not yourselves. For anything is possible with God (Matthew 19:26).
Love in Christ,