….Saint of Christ, are you in God’s Word richly and daily, being reminded of His blessed truths? (Colossians 3:16; Acts 2:42) If so, then you are to be putting His children in remembrance of these truths as we look together for His soon return. When we do this, we are considered “a good minister of Jesus Christ.”
“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.” 1 Timothy 4:6
WHEN YOU need a sign to serve Jesus – it’s a clear indication that you are a hardened rebel. REPENT NOW before it’s too late!
“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign.” Matthew 12:39
Instead of being grounded in a daily walk with the Savior, many hysterically seeking or looking at a sign.
Jesus told us to “look up, and lift up your heads” when we see the signs of the end which indicates His soon return.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28 (have you memorized this verse yet?)
Instead of being overly preoccupied with the signs and Satan’s agents that Christ told us would be evident just before His return, we should be all the more seeking the face of the LORD, edifying, nourishing, and teaching His beloved body and also making Jesus known to the lost.
“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
“Till I come, give attendance to READING, to EXHORTATION, to DOCTRINE. … Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Timothy 4:13, 16
- “Reading” – we need more Bible reading.
- “Exhortation” – we need more exhorting and daily encouraging, among the body of Christ.
- “Doctrine” –- our whole belief system, eternity, and lifestyle is based and contingent upon embracing sound biblical truth/doctrine. To underscore the importance placed upon correct doctrine, it is interesting to observe that the word “doctrine” appears 51 times in God’s Word.
“Daily reading, daily knowing, daily understanding of the Word of God. We read, we understand and we apply the Word in our lives.” Jesse DeGrazio
Scarcely do we find a “Christian” leader today who is getting people into God’s Word for themselves. Let me go on record to say right here that any man in leadership who is not doing everything he can to get his hearers into God’s Word for themselves, is failing and is misleading those he speaks to – perhaps wanting them to “need” him and have to patronize his ministry (come back often to hear his message).
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, told us to “study” to show our own selves approved of God and any leader not following this pattern – of getting people into God’s Word for themselves – is a false leader (2 Timothy 2:15).
“Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to Jesus beloved, not mere men (Hebrews 12:1-3). Don’t worry in undue fear about the signs of this last hour which includes the epidemic of false leaders. Just “seek the LORD and his strength” and “seek his face continually,” in “reading,” “exhortation,” and “doctrine” and you will be sound in doctrine, mind, heart (1 Timothy 4:13).
Loving the LORD and His Body by Exhorting them Daily
Instead of unduly looking fearfully for some red army coming from the east, we should choose to obey Christ and cultivate, nourish, and edify His beloved saints in this late hour. This is the biblical R.E.D. alert we need, not worrying about some red Communist army (China, etc.). Many who are preoccupied with the signs instead of the Savior, are going to miss out like the five foolish virgins of Christ’s parable in Matthew 25:1-3. Those five foolish virgins were shut out of the kingdom due to malnourishment – which was/is due to neglecting true, intimate, abiding fellowship with Christ, our Bridegroom.
Yes we should observe the signs and yet not be so engrossed in the signs as to waste the opportunity to obey Christ in doing the Great Commission He sent us to do – for which we shall give account.
Are you nourishing your heart daily in God’s Word?
Who will you build up in Christ today?
“Comfort One Another with THESE Words”
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
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