Daily Devotional | Are You Ready For The Coming Of The Lord?

1 Thessalonians 5:1, 2 AMP
“BUT AS to the suitable times and the precise seasons and dates, brethren, you have no necessity for anything being written to you. For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief in the night.”
It is a terrible illusion, a great outpouring of  Satan’s deceit, that the word of God holds little or no water in people’s lives today.  Yet to many, it is a mere fairy tale to mention the end of the world or the second coming of Christ. But to all of us who believe in Jesus Christ, we have been warned that we live a life of holiness, a life ready to respond to all suddenness of the final call.  It is not a question of when this is going to happen. His return is inevitable. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would.
From Genesis 3, to the book of Revelations, it has been proven that God really exist.  The essence of the entire scripture is to be well-informed about the God we are to serve, honor, and obey.  We that believe in Jesus Christ can testify that in the presence of the Holy Spirit, everything the Bible promised is being fulfilled. The sick is being healed, miracles are happening, the dead is being raised, and the poor are becoming rich, etc. Even within our church here, we have witnessed cancer, glaucoma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, seizures and all kinds of diseases being healed! Amen. This is a testament that God is at work as He promised the disciples (Mark 16:19-22), and that every promise of the scripture is true.
The Apostle Paul warned the entire Christian family, even the whole world to be aware that a day is coming when the entire earth will be dissolved, and a new one; holy, glorious, happy, healthy and eternal will be established, and Jesus Christ the head as King and God the judge.
I have watched the various tricks of the ‘man of lawlessness’, Satan at work. In (2 Thessalonians 2:3) God warns us to not be deceived. Most of us can testify, the things that used to be done in secret are now the prime time shows, not just on our televisions, but also on our streets! Wow!! How are you supposed to succeed among this evil? The answer is to trust God, His word and His servants. Live what you learn, period!
While waiting for the coming of the Lord, you are expected to clean yourselves up. Clean out your closets by changing your unacceptable ways of living. You are commanded to be prepared so that you will not be taken unaware. As a thief, it means that the day of the coming of the Lord is sudden. As the trumpet sounds, time will seize. This means that repentance is no more! At this time, the whole world will face the judgement of our great God. Those dead in Christ will rise from the dead, (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and the living believers will be raptures (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and all will live with Christ forever. Every non-believer, (occult members, religious sects, atheists, pagans,  etc) will be sentenced to eternal fire called Hell. The scripture said that, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalms 9:17). With this in mind,  you have to make a choice where you want to spend eternity.
Hell is real and to avoid the hellfire, you must decide to be qualified by God for His kingdom. According to the scripture, there are some characters you have to develop while waiting for the coming of the Lord. Pay attention…..
1. You must be sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3). This is achieved through the belief in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
2. You must crucify the desires of your flesh, avoiding all manners of sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
3. You should learn to control your body in a way that is holy and honorable, avoiding all faces of lust (1 Thessalonians 4:4-5). If you fail to do this, your belief is not different to that of a pagan.
4. Make sure that your lifestyle does not offend or wrong your fellow believer, or take advantage of him (1 Thessalonians 4:6)
5. Stay in unity and brotherly (agape) love (1 Thessalonians 4:9-10). Do to others what you would want them to do to you. Support the dreams of your fellow Christian, and God will fulfill yours.
6. Be a mentor to younger believers through leading a quiet life. Do not be a hypocrite in your profession of Christ, earn an honest living through working, supporting your community and church (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
In Genesis 6, the people did not believe Noah when he was preaching repentance in the desert. They mocked him and called him all sorts of names for building an Ark in the desert! But at the timing of God who sent him, the Ark sailed. There was wailing, panic, great death as the windows of heaven opened to release God’s wrath in the form of  a flood.
In today’ devotional, I want all of us to prepare for our Lord’s coming.  Do not be ignorant, all the Bible prophesies concerning the coming of the Lord is true!  Amen.
Scripture of the day: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.  (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24 NIV)
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
TLWMI. Copyright Reserved, 2011.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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