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"...be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. But the end of all things is at hand." 2 Timothy 4:5
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8
Watch out for deceptions
“ Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘ I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:4-6
"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:8
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works." 2 Corinthians 11:12-15
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:2-5
Watch your thoughts, words and actions.
"Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” Luke 11:35
“ ... take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36
"Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” Luke 11:35
"Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is." Mark 13:33
"You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?" Luke 12:56-57
"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written,
"Be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:13-15
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6
"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven j their angels always k see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." Matthew 18:10-11
“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15
"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, d rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.” Luke 17:3
"...therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins.'" 1 Peter 4:7-8
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
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The Throne of Grace
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
When we have are having a difficult time, are in need or are found wanting in some area of life we should always approach the Throne of Grace. The Father has no desire to condemn us or make us feel abandoned. He has adopted us into His family and only desires us to know His love and grow as His children. We cannot be hard on ourselves when we fail. He is not hard on us. He is gentle with us. How we treat ourselves is how we will treat others. If we are hard on ourselves we will be hard on others. Just as we would extend grace and mercy to our own children we must extend the same measure to ourselves. This can be difficult to do. We become so aware of our shortcomings and weaknesses. Sometimes they can seem so big. But just like everything with God, it is a very small matter for Him to take care of. These are the very places He longs to come and fill. All it requires is simple yeildedness and a heart that can receive His love and sufficiency in simple faith. He desires to restore us with His love so that He can bring us back to a place where He can fill us and cause His love to flow through us.
Understand that when we come to the Lord with a transparent heart desiring to know and follow His will, He is faithful to reveal what is needed to bring us into a place of peace and rest in our spirit. There is no one as good as our God. There is no one as patient, kind, gracious and loving as Him. He is the impossible dream come true! He has made every provision for us to come boldly before His throne of grace. Why is it a “throne of grace”? It is because we need help. Thank the Lord it is not a throne of judgment. There will be a Day for that. But the throne of grace is where we live right now. This is where He meets us. This is the glory of His cross. This is why He paid the price. He desired to give us access to His Most Holy Place so we could come to Him for help in time of need.
We have need of Him. He is a merciful God, full of compassion. He really cares about us. He really desires to touch us in the deepest place of our hearts. He is there to lift us up and bring us close in His arms. There is no shifting with Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. On the cross He stretched His arms open wide to show how much He really loves us. There is no limitation to the love He will show to us. He has no stopping point. The Lord never gives up on us. He is always knocking, always waiting, always there looking for an opportunity to reveal Himself in a fresh way to us.
The Alpha & Omega
God knows the number of our days. He knows the beginning from the end. I had a dream recently where I was looking at a bridge that crossed over a large river of water. As I began to walk across the bridge the Lord was standing there. When I got to the other side of the bridge I was amazed to see that He was standing on that side as well. He was waiting for me. As I saw this scene I immediately understood that He was the Beginning and the End, the Author and the Finisher of our faith and nothing takes Him by surprize. He knows our Beginning and our End. We are amazed because of all the things we go through, the difficulties, hardships, challenges and shortcomings. It is beyond our comprehension that He can know all these things and yet create a perfect tapestry out of our lives as we continually turn to Him as our source and help. He is our Restorer. He makes the wrong right and will work our weakness into His glory. It is always encouraging to know that He never used a perfect person. We see this mercy aspect of God that covers us in our weakness. Most all of the “bible saints” struggled, blew it and were restored because they had perfect hearts toward Him. They knew where to turn. In our knowings, the most profound and essential knowing is to know Him.
This was quite an amazing revelation experience because just recently I wrote a song called “Eternal One”. I later discovered the exact meaning of “Alpha and Omega” is “The Eternal One”. An wonderful thing to note in the revelation of who God is as the Eternal One is that He first of all “IS”.
I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
So the Lord desires us to know firstly that HE IS. We need to know that God is in the NOW. This is where He works. Although He’s sees the beginning and the end simultaneously He communicates to us NOW. It is in the present-tense that God is desiring to reveal Himself to us.
Here are the words to the song. I
In His Everlasting Love,
You are the Eternal One
You are the Holy One
You are the Only One who changes me!
You are Eternal Fire
My heart’s one desire
You are the Blazing Fire who changes me!
Who changes me, who changes me
Set’s me free! Makes me free!