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Don’t Be Foolish

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1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Matthew 25:1-5 NKJV

A few weeks ago I had a dream that I was getting ready to go to a wedding. I was in a room with many people including my husband and we were all getting ready. The clothes we were wearing were not dresses and suits, but special robe-like garments. I remember there was a lot of confusion amongst the guests because no one knew what time the wedding started. We all knew that there was going to be a wedding soon, later that day but just did not know the time. I remember hearing someone say who has a wedding with out a start time? Then I could hear people trying to figure out how to get in touch with the bride to get the time. Even though I was confused myself, I still kept getting ready because I could feel it in my heart that there was going to be a wedding soon. After awhile, someone asked me to go run an errand to get “Jesus Post Its.” No clue as to what that could possibly be, but I went anyway because it seemed important. I got in my car and drove to this random building, got out and ended up in this extremely long line of people. Panic and anxiety filled my heart because I thought I was going to miss the wedding. Then I started to get angry because I did not want to go, but I allowed someone to convince me to go get these post its. I even woke up feeling upset.

When I woke up, I was reminded about the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. These virgins had no idea what time the bridegroom was coming but the wise virgins were prepared with their lamps and oil when he arrived and got to go into the wedding. While the foolish virgins had to run back to get oil for their lamps and by the time they came back it was too late they could not enter. Just like in my dream we did not know what time the wedding was going to start, we just knew it was soon and we needed to get prepared. I believe what the Lord was trying to tell me that as believers in Christ we all know that He is coming back soon but we spend so much time trying to figure out when. We end up completely missing the point. Jesus Himself put it in His Word that no one knows the day or hour, but the point is to be prepared at all times because we do not know the day or hour. We conjecture so much amongst ourselves about dates and times (as I have noticed on YouTube videos) that we allow ourselves to go off on foolish trails to get “Jesus Post Its” like in my dream.

The Lord wants us to use this time to get ourselves prepared, and our families prepared. If you are a follower of Christ then you know in your heart that He is coming soon and our souls long to be in his presence. Some of us will be with Him sooner than others. He gave us many signs to look for prior to His return and many things have to happen first. When Jesus returns at the appointed time will we hi-five each other and say “I told you so,” or will we be thankful and Praise God we were ready and not foolish.

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Do you know what you are a part of?

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”

Hebrews 12:1

Ten years ago I went on a mission trip with my church to Costa Rica.  For one week we went to elementary schools in different towns doing vacation bible school.  My teammates and I created a game centered around Hebrews 12:1.  It was sort of like an obstacle course and when each child got to the end they waited for the other children cheering them on as they crossed the finish line.  The point of the game was we wanted to teach the children when they become a follower of Jesus Christ they don’t have to go through the journey alone.  There will always be other believers helping them along and at the end of that race, Jesus will be standing there to welcome them into the kingdom.  Sometimes I have to ask myself, do I know what I am a part of? Who do I belong to? I am a member of the body of Christ and I belong to God.  I have been bought with a price anxiously awaiting the day of redemption.  Out in the world, we may feel isolated sometimes because of our faith but there is no other religion in the world that teaches that you are not alone and that you are a part of a body, you have spiritual gifts to be used to help and edify one another until The Day arrives.  There are many, many others that have gone before us and paved the way for the gospel to be reached to the four corners of the earth.  They are now a part of the cloud of witnesses cheering us on while we remain here on the earth until we finish the race. 

Right now we are living in the most thrilling yet arduous time in history, the end of the age.  More than ever we need to come together as a body.  The greatest mission is right now.  Do you know what you are a part of? We are a part of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  I know its tough right now with all the fake news out there.  Trying to discern the truth from all the lies.  It’s especially, bad in the church when many have claimed they have heard from the Holy Spirit on certain matters that are totally contradictory to the scriptures.  False prophets leading many astray with false signs and wonders operating in a counterfeit spirit, causing great confusion.  We all know that God is not the author of confusion, so we ought to be following Jesus, who is the Truth. 

We are so close to the end, I know because many of us are growing weary.  We have either stopped going to church or fellowships.  Stopped praying and reading the Bible.  Its a battle sometimes just to get out of bed.  There’s anxiety, uncertainty, feelings of being overwhelmed because we see the world deteriorating around us and growing colder and darker. Feelings of inadequacy and ineffectiveness for God.  Waiting for the other shoe to drop or next spiritual attack.  All of these are the enemy’s tactics to get you disqualified or knock you out of the race.  The enemy wants you to take your eyes off the finish line.  The enemy may put some stumbling blocks before us that got us to fall, but I want to tell you to get up! Help is on the way! That help is riding in on a white horse and His name is Faithful and True! He is bringing with Him a great cloud of witnesses! Brothers and sisters we have known that have completed their race before us. Fathers, mothers, grandparents, friends, children, all waiting and cheering you on.  Jesus at the end waiting to say “Well done good and faithful servant!” Brothers and sisters in Christ we must endure to the end and pray for one another.  I know its rough now and it’s going to get a lot rougher, but when we see Jesus it will all be worth it.  Maranatha! 

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Will you love your enemy?

“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”

Luke 6:32

For the past few months, I have had some issues with my supervisor at my job.  He lives a homosexual lifestyle, but it is his pride and arrogance that makes him difficult to work with not to mention he lies and tries to manipulate circumstances for his own personal gain. I have another co-worker that is homosexual that I get along with just fine.  He knows my beliefs and we have a mutual love and respect for each other. However, my supervisor insists that he is also a Christian yet loves to antagonize evangelicals by telling them he has a “husband.” He also uses extremely offensive language throughout the office not so much anymore since he said something crass to my one of my coworkers and I just had to say something about it.  Anyway, this is not to bash him, but just to paint a picture of the type of people that exist out in the world.  Using my discernment and investigative skills I found out that my supervisor had been lying to me about circumstances revolving around a possible job promotion for me.  I was deeply hurt, but should not have been surprised because he practices deceit daily.  I called my husband from the car, sobbing.  I would think it, but I finally managed after much resistance to get out the words “I hate him!” The moment I said those words, I felt like the biggest hypocrite in the world.  I would tell my kids “hates a strong word” “never say you hate someone that is the same as murder.”  God knows that is not what I want to do.  After that, my husband asked, “can I pray for you?” I said yes of course and he prayed the most beautiful prayer over my circumstance. Then I had to ask the Lord for forgiveness and what was harder to ask the Lord for the heart to forgive my supervisor.  I’ll be honest it was really difficult. 

Later that day I literally had a Psalms 23 moment, when my supervisor bought lunch for the office and asked me to sit down and eat lunch next to him.  I had to sit at the table and eat with my enemy.  He also invited his supervisor and another supervisor from the corporate office to eat with us.  I wanted to be anywhere but there.  Having to put on a smile when I didn’t want to.  When the other supervisor showed up, she said hello to everyone. But when she sat down, she looked at me and complimented my appearance and said “Wow you are glowing! Are you happy?” I thought to myself Hallelujah that must be the light of God shining down on me letting me know that He was there because I really needed him at that moment to help me get through that lunch.  Not even 30 minutes ago I was crying in the car, then to someone pointing out before my enemies that there was something special about me.  God works fast! My attitude instantly changed.  I no longer had to force a smile, joy had started to spring up.  I also was able to get through the rest of the day with my supervisor no problem. 

Almost a week a later, I woke up to go to work.  As I was getting ready in the bathroom, I picked up my phone and opened my email.  I subscribe to World Challenge devotionals by the late David Wilkerson, if you don’t know who that is, I implore you to read about his life and ministry; a true warrior for Christ.  I get his past devotionals daily in my email and I don’t always read them, but that day I did and I tell you there was a word in there for me.  The scripture he used was Isaiah 51 and to paraphrase God is going to take the cup of trembling and put it into the hands of those who afflict us.  When I read that I was about to shout all over the bathroom except I would wake up the whole house.  Later that day at work, I received a call from his supervisor that he would like me to interview for a manager position. The whole backstory to how this phone call arrived is a part of another web of evil my supervisor tried to manipulate. Long story short my supervisor does not want me to get that position for reasons that are selfish to him.  His supervisor told me that the person they had considered changed their mind and they are considering me again.  They don’t know that I prayed for God to reveal the truth to me about the whole situation and He did.  I had already made peace and had moved on, and was no longer seeking that position because I see what worldly ambition does to people and I wanted no parts of it.  If this is something God wants for me than I will be obedient.  But it is not my aim.  So when my manager found out that I would be getting another interview, he did not wish me well instead he looked very nervous, anxious and jittery.  Meanwhile, I had the peace that only the Lord gives and I was reminded about the scripture I had read earlier coming to pass before my eyes. 

I wanted to rejoice because I know that God is real and he is working on the behalf of his children, but not to rejoice in the downfall of my supervisor.  I had to remind myself that my final destination is not his final destination unless he repents and accepts Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. If he is still living in his sins and unrighteousness on the day of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, then he will be in the lake of fire for all eternity.  That’s not only true for him but for all who love the world and the things of it and who practice sin.  I went from rejoicing to sorrow.  Sorrow because he and people like him have no idea how good God is and how much God loves them.  We must remember Jesus did not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance.  It’s easy to love those who are lovable, but if we are to be more like Christ in these final days we have got to love the sinner too.  We know what the end is for them.  Because we know that end we need to love them enough to not leave them in their sins but to let them know that Jesus Christ died for them and if they repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus they will be with Him for all eternity in New Jerusalem.  My supervisor is not like anyone I have ever met in my life. But there is a reason we are in each other’s lives for the moment.  In the meantime, I will continue to pray for him and pray for an opportunity to share the real faith with him.  

With the love of Jesus.