Know God, Keep Watch in the Last Days

“ . . . but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (Daniel 11 KJV).Man prays tears Bible _000001021754Small[1]

Christian friend, when is the last time you heard God say something to you or direct you in your heart?  I hope it was last night or this morning.

It is critical that we hear the voice of God NOW before Jesus comes,  or we won’t hear Him when he comes.

We must know our God.  God revealed to Daniel what current events will be like in the last days.  Then he told Daniel to write this down, “ . . . the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (Daniel 11 KJV).

Not only do you need to know God to do exploits and be strong in the last days, but you need to know God to be accepted into heaven.

Who gets into heaven?  People that know God.  People that God knows.

11 Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour (Matthew 25).

Be on the alert!  Keep watch!

In Matthew 25 Jesus told the parable of the five foolish virgins and the five wise or prudent virgins.  Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines virgin as an absolutely chaste young woman; an unmarried girl or woman who has not had sexual intercourse; a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity (inexperienced in worldly things).  Jesus was describing Christians who’ve made a commitment to Him.  He was not talking about the saved and the unsaved.  You could call this the parable of the 10 people who called themselves “Christians”.  Let’s read it this way:

 The foolish Christians said to the wise Christians, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’   But the wise Christians answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’

Jesus gave us this parable so that his beautiful bride would see that it will take some effort to prepare for His return.

Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour (Matthew 25).

KEEP WATCH!   STAND AT YOUR POST!  We must be on our knees, humbling our hearts, taking a few hours out of every day to turn off computers and television and seek our God.  “Be still and know that I am God.”

Habakkuk put it this way:

“I will stand on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will
keep watch to see what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when I am reproved (Habakkuk 2 NASV).”

 You see, oil is not free. 

 And you must buy your oil now, not later.  The oil will cost us THIS WEEK:

  1. Our agenda–what is on our calendar or “to do list” on any given day
  2. Our time
  3. Our treasure–what is precious to us

Jesus asks Christians today to watch, wait, look for His return:light-up-old-lantern

35 “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. 36 Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38 Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves (Luke 12).

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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