IT’S SOUL-SEARCHING TIME!
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” —Ecclesiastes 3:1 New King James Version
Today’s message is about time. Time is passing by every day. We don’t get to recycle the day. Time waits for no one. Whether you are late or early, time is passing by. Be ready at ALL TIMES.
We are leaving this place.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. —Romans 13:11 New King James Version
We are sleeping church–spiritually. And time is passing by. The time is so near, please get your house in order. Even a lie can exit you into Hell. A liar will have his place in the Lake of Fire. It’s your choice whether you want to go to heaven or hell. Hell was not made for us. There’s no exit out of Hell. There’s no exit out of Heaven (PRAISE GOD!)
Some people are thriving in their faith while others are departing from the faith. It’s not a time for hopelessness or giving up. Don’t put your trust in yourself, but put it into Jesus Christ. Jesus is our solid foundation. If you have a solid foundation, you will wait patiently on the Lord.
It’s not time to be defeated when you already have the victory. Don’t be attached to the world’s system. The world’s system will not get better–it’s going down. Don’t let your guard down. Be wise. The best is yet to come, but we have not seen the worst yet. God informs His people so we will not be ignorant. God wants us to be prepared. Live a life of readiness.
We will be talked about and persecuted when we live for Jesus Christ. If we suffer with Jesus, we will reign with Him also.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” –Matthew 5:11-12 New King James Version
This is not our home. This earthly life is only temporary. We can have peace in the middle of every trial.
Jesus will bring us through the trials. Some of our problems come from our own bad choices by not seeking God’s will for direction. We need to seek God before making decisions. Don’t seek your flesh. This is not the time to look to your flesh for answers or strength. Believers need the Holy Spirit to be in control. The Holy Spirit is The Comforter and The Helper. He will help us if we ask Him for help.
Eternal life is our future. As believers trusting and obeying God is key to our relationship with Christ. We may not understand everything God is doing, but we must follow His guidance anyway. God is leading us to a good destiny. God will never lead us astray. God wants us to make it to Heaven.
We must first seek the kingdom of God first, instead of material things or carnal desires.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 New King James Version
Seek God first in relationships, especially marriage. No person will have everything exactly the way you want it. You must learn to communicate and compromise.
Let us rise up and motivate ourselves to do what is right. Church is just not for a quick fix. Get stable in God so you are not having ups and downs like a rollercoaster. Be stable in Christ so you can help someone else. We are here to serve others and not just ourselves.
Let go of worldly music. It doesn’t give you strength. God will not glorify Himself in worldly music. God is holy. If you can’t find satisfaction in spiritual music, check yourself.
What God are you serving if you are down all the time?
Do you leave church and immediately start listening to worldly music? Spiritual music keeps you strong. Worldly music appeals to your flesh. Spiritual music builds your spirit.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version
- Humble ourselves
- Seek God’s Face
Be sure about your salvation. Jesus is soon to come. Death or the rapture can occur at anytime. It’s soul-searching time. Get envy, jealousy, unforgiveness and hatred out of your heart. Let offense go. We must forgive and pray for our enemies. That is God’s will. It’s time to repent and do the work of the Lord. Church work and kingdom work is two different things. If each of us would reach out to a lost soul, think of how many souls will be saved.
Many believers love ministry. They love church. But they do not have a genuine, true love for God. Now is the time to go out in the highways and
- “Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23 New King James Version
- “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 New King James Version
Death is not a failure IF you die in the Lord. Death for the believer is a graduation to an eternal life of joy with the Lord. Stay with God. Stay in the faith. No matter how hard it gets, stay with the Lord.
The book of Revelation is coming to pass. Make sure you are right with the Lord so you don’t have to be left behind to go through the 7-Year Tribulation period. Read the entire book of Revelation.
“13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”Revelation 13:13-18 New King James Version