Witness Him Now
My facebook post from June 8th.
Sometimes - really all the time - when I read the Bible, I see this generation. I think that throughout history there are "chosen generations," and this is one of them. Just like the generation that saw Jesus walk on this earth and die, I think we will be the generation who gets to see His return. The signs are all there. It does not take a rocket scientist to see that something different is happening. It is both spiritual and natural.
So this morning I read something that rang true in my ears. Jesus said, "How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies (principalities and powers) will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you." Luke 19:41-44
The LORD has been trying to get our attention for a long time. He has sent hardships that were meant to bring us back to Jesus, and He has sent kind people who did kind things, and we did not recognize any of it. Now I believe for some people, it is too late. You will never know the way to peace. That breaks my heart like it breaks Jesus' heart. But for others, I need for you to hear this...
Get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the LORD's kindness.
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's temple. He was rejected by people, but He was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What's more, you are His holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, "I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced."
Yes, you who trust Him recognize the honor God has given Him. But for those who reject Him, "The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone." And, "He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall."
They stumble because they do not obey God's word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. BUT YOU ARE NOT LIKE THAT, for you are a chosen people (generation). You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:1-9)
Friends of mine, I hope that you recognize that this is the time that God is visiting us. He is drawing near to His people. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. Come out of darkness, and come into the light. Let God heal you and set you free. Then you will experience all of the fullness of life and grace and peace that the LORD has to offer. The way to peace is not closed to you yet. Seek peace (Jesus) and find it (Him) while there is still time. For it is only in quietness and resting will you be saved.
Blessings to you. May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit, soul, and body be found blameless at His coming. For He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."