Topic: Looking Forward To His Coming
Follow peace and love with all men because your relationship with God, as well as your relationship with people, affects your destiny in eternity.
SCRIPTURE: Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The best fulfilment that money or anything can give you on earth is shadow compared to the fulfilment that just a second in God’s Presence will give you in eternity.
In our previous studies, we have looked at some of the things that constitute our readiness and preparedness for eternity with God in heaven.
Today, we shall look at four other things that facilitate our spending eternity with God in heaven.
Laying up treasure before God.
Wherever your heart is, that is where your treasure shall be directed to (Matthew 6:21). Let me give you an example: when a man’s heart has been conquered by a lady, his money goes in her direction. He abandons everyone else and spends on the lady who has captured his heart. So, if you show me where you direct your resources, I will show you where your heart is.
With the increasing anti-church sentiments in the world, it is possible to hear the voice of the world that says, “Church is looking for your money”. But the truth is, if your heart is truly with God, there is no voice from hell that can divert your treasures from Him. Lay up treasures before God.
Doing what you can defend before God.
Don’t do things because you see others do them. There are people who dress because they see other people dress like that. The person they are copying may be a pastor’s wife who dresses almost half naked, and so they conclude: “Since she is a spiritual person, the wife of our general overseer, it is okay to dress like her”. Don’t deceive yourself. Do what you can defend before God.
One day, I counselled a man who wanted to divorce his wife. After speaking with him and he still seemed not to understand, I told him that he should go ahead and do what he can defend before God. There is an accountability to give before God (Romans 14:12, Matthew 12:36-37, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Do what you can defend before God.
Following peace and love with all men (Romans 14:19, Hebrews 12:14).
Follow peace and love with all men because your relationship with God, as well as your relationship with people, affects your destiny in eternity. Love people, do not hate people (1 John 4:20). And please, stop playing with malice and bitterness. It is disaster when, for instance, husband and wife who sleep in the same house can’t talk to each other; they wake up in the morning and do morning prayer in bitterness. Please don’t waste your life this way.
Looking forward to His coming.
To live with eternity in view, you must look forward to His coming (Philippians 3:20-21). Our citizenship is of heaven, not of the earth. We are looking for His return. But this is not true with many Christians.
In those days, the way of greeting among brethren was Maranatha (1 Corinthians 16:22). Maranatha means: “Come Lord Jesus.” It’s an expression of a longing in the heart. Please know that the best fulfilment that money or anything can give you on earth is shadow compared to the fulfilment that just a second in God’s Presence will give you in eternity.
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Beloved, to live ready for eternity, you must lay up treasure before God, do what you can defend before God, follow peace and love with all men and look forward to His coming.
Remember this: The best fulfilment that money or anything can give you on earth is shadow compared to the fulfilment that just a second in God’s Presence will give you in eternity.
Lay up treasure before God.
Do what you can defend before God.
Follow peace and love with all men.
Look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for Your Word to me today. I receive the grace to continue to look forward to Your soon return, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
QUOTE: Our Lord Jesus had said that where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be. Where is your treasure? Where is your heart? What do you spend on? Do you bless God with your resources? Do you bless men? Begin to work the Word of God today: Culled from, “21 UNCOMMON KEYS TO FINANCIAL OVERFLOW” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Ezekiel 19-21
AMAZING FACT: The retinas inside the eye cover about 650 square mm and contain 137 million light-sensitive cells: 130 million are for black and white vision and 7 million are for helping you see in colour.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: The grace of God to run the race successfully till the end is released in Jesus’ Name.