Sunday, February 28 2021
THE DIVINE DIALOG
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' Matthew 7:21-23
When all is said and done and you stand before the Most High at the final judgment, what will you hear, "Enter into the joy of the Lord or, 'Depart from Me I never knew you?' " In any case whatever you hear in that moment of time will be too late to do anything about!
There are two judgments, for the believer there is the "The Judgment seat of Christ" where we will be judged for our works in the body. The unbeliever on the other hand will face "The Great White Throne Judgment," where these fateful words will be heard, "Depart into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!" From this judgment for sin there is no return!
For those who are still alive in this day of trial its not too late, you can still repent and turn from a life of sin, distracted by the cares of this life and the riches of this world that will ultimately burn in the judgment! Your name can still be written in The Lamb's Book of Life!
"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelation 21:7,8
DISTRACTED BY SERVING
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. Luke 10:38-41
We as servants of the Lord are called to utilize our gifts of service in the kingdom but sometimes we can get distracted by our duties and ministry and neglect the most important part, "Our relationship with God!"
I have known of pastors who are so busy in their church that they don't have time to pray and many get their messages off the Internet! Being the director of a large residential program for years and pastoring a church for the people in the program I know what it is like to get so busy with "Ministry" that your time with God is neglected!
When this happens it causes "burnout" which has dire consequences and because of this it is estimated that 1500 pastors and ministers leave the ministry every month not to mention suicide, depression and divorce! The parable of the sower speaks of this when the thorns of life and the cares of the world choke the Word and it becomes un-fruitful!
"But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:42
BE STILL AND KNOW
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10
The other side of this scripture is, "Be still and be known by God!" Remember as kids when being fidgety or rowdy your parents would say, "Be still?" So it is with God, we have to be quiet and have a specific time alone with the Most High, communing with Him in fellowship and worship!
The prophet Elijah, mighty man of God and of valor defeated the prophets of Baal and called fire down from Heaven but when it was finished God found him hiding in a cave and asked him, "What are you doing here?" Elijah proceeded to tell Him how busy he was killing the prophets of Baal and Jezebel and being very zealous for the works of God!
God then proceeded to tell Elijah to stand on the mountain before the Lord, knowing he was burned out from all his exploits and spoke to Him concerning hearing His voice. We as His people must hear Him and we must develop a daily dialog with our God, without which we suffer great loss!
Then God said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord." And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. I Kings 19:11,12
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin