I have lived long enough to remember sermons preached about Jesus’ Second Coming. We prayed, studied the Bible, helped those in need, and encouraged each other. Yes, we actively witnessed by passing out tracts and maintained the mindset of living in our forever, Heavenly home. Most importantly, we prayed for the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and lived every day as if Jesus was coming that very day.
Fast forward a few decades, and many devout Christians have fallen into the customized plans of Satan’s deception based on their apparent desires. No longer is the prevalent desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, once-a-week worship is the norm. Believers have changed their priorities–no longer proclaiming, “God is first in my life.” Involvement in dead-end relationships, chasing success and wealth, and fulfilling the desire to make life a paradise on earth is now the pursuit of happiness.
What is shocking are the social media posts [from Christians] concerning the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, who have been tricked into thinking that God is taking back America. Yet, they are ignoring or unaware of the fulfillment of the last day’s prophecies, propelling us toward the end of time. For those whose mindsets are in a comfort zone, read Matthew chapter 24, 2 Timothy chapter 3, and the book of Revelation.
What is God waiting for?
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Yet, we are forewarned by Jesus in Matthew chapter 16 regarding the strict requirement to give up worldly pursuits and follow Him to receive the reward of eternal life.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).
Jesus is aware that our struggle is real. So, He gave us the answer to receiving the Holy Spirit, who enables us to continue on the Path of Righteousness. Love God with everything you have!!! We have Divine Intervention available 24/7. Our journey of Sanctification–daily spiritual transformation into the character of Christ, leads us to be victorious overcomers: “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'”(Matthew 22:37).
There is no middle ground. “I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other!” (Revelation 3:15). Study Revelation chapters 21 and 22. Become aware of the reward you are giving up for the temporary pleasures on earth that will be destroyed.
What is God waiting for? We serve a Good, Good Father God who is loving and long-suffering. He is waiting for you and me to surrender our hearts in obedience.
Prayer: God, we surrender our all to You. We ask to be anointed with the Holy Spirit, giving us wisdom, discernment, and the strength to recognize and resist temptation. In Jesus’ Worthy name, we pray. Amen.