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“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is” Deut.10:14
Ultimately, God wants His children to be spiritually and physically prepared for natural and non-natural disasters that will occur in the end times. Being spiritually prepared is relying on God as our protector and restorer in the times of natural disaster, and trusting with full assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Matthew 6:34 states, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” God knows all that we need in times of trouble and He bids us to do one thing which is to trust in His promises. God tells us in Luke 21:36, “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.” To watch is an action word which means to “to keep awake, especially for a purpose”. We have to keep awake in this world so that we do not fall asleep to its temporal pleasures. As we watch with a purpose of the signs of prophecy and world events that God warns us of in His word, we must pray that He helps us to be vigilant, undistracted, and steadfast in faith so that we are not overpowered with fear or doubt.
Physical preparation can be viewed in two ways. Preparing for our physical temples (the body), and to put in proper position our living environment for any natural disaster that may occur. When pertaining to our bodies as physical temples, we must take into account that there will be a short supply of food and water due to destruction. One example that God gives us to prepare for such cases is found in the story of Joseph. Joseph was warned and commanded by God to prepare for an extended drought of seven years that the Egyptians would have to endure by storing an immense amount of food (Gen.41). God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow because He most likely will provide us with the thought of how to take action in preparing for our physical temples when disaster occurs in the end times.
Now how are we to prepare for our physical domains for natural disasters? One of the very first examples that God gives to us is found in the story of “Noah and the Ark”. God told Noah to prepare for the storm that would take place by building an ark (Gen 6). Just as those who where outside of the ark perished, had Noah disobeyed God’s command, he and his family would have suffered death. Furthermore, depending on where one inhabits, he or she must be prepared for tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and any other natural disaster that may cause serious physical damage to property and shelter. However, we can never be more secure with knowing if these disasters do occur, our tangible foundation may be destroyed but our spiritual foundation in Jesus will always help us remember God’s power to restore all things. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matt 7:24). With God we can have full assurance that He will not only protect us during disastrous times, but that He will supply us with all of our needs and more. Trusting in Him is the first step in this assurance policy!
It was nearly 8:30 pm on Wednesday night, when the message had just been preached. She was impressed by the Holy Spirit to sing, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” As I sat back and listened to the singing congregation, I gained a new understanding for the message behind the lyrics. Though we have sung this familiar song on more than one occasion, today the words to the song really stood out.
“I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back. The world behind me, the cross before me. Though none go with me, still I will follow.” Do we really understand what that means?
Noah, Lot, and many of our ancestors did. How do I know? The bible tells of how they were faced with the very same decision. They had to choose to either follow God or get left behind. In the cases of Noah and Lot, they chose to follow God. Then, the world they knew was ultimately destroyed because of its sinful nature. That glimpse into their past, our past, shows us the lesson that hopefully our generation must learn before it’s too late. Any path or lifestyle that is not Christ-like will not lead to salvation but destruction.
As a Christian, you must decide to either get left behind or leave behind the things and people who will stand in your path towards salvation. We were born alone and so shall we be when we face His judgment. God is the only one who ought to stand before us. As Christians, we acknowledge that we are the followers of Christ and no one else.
It means that our parents, siblings, children, colleagues, spouses, friends, NO ONE can stand before us. We are to let no one cause us to get left behind. The end of time is near. Our probationary period is nearly over. Have you chosen a side yet? Christ or Satan? Heaven or Hell? Life or Death? Time waits for no one. Christ is preparing to leave His throne to return for His children, will you be among the ones that will step ahead or get left behind…forever?
As I sat back in the church, listening to the pastor preach, a scary thought came into my mind. I smiled but shuddered at the idea. “Hell was designed for the devil and his angels, not for us,” said the pastor. I shook my head and thought what if hell was full. We all know that although God intended for Satan and his angels to burn in hell, some of God’s own children will also be included.
Christians have become too accustomed to warming up the benches. We have forgotten the great commission given to us in Matthew 28:19, 20. It says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Sadly, many of us believe that once I am baptized and have perfect attendance at church, I am saved.
Perfect attendance in school doesn’t amount to anything without hard work and lots of studying. The same goes for the church. You have to study God’s word and pray without ceasing. Prayer is the way we communicate with our heavenly Father.
A relationship with Jesus Christ, Son of Man will save you. Notice I didn’t say a relationship with your pastor, your parents, your spouse, or children. You must have your own personal relationship with God.
Though hell was not designed for the children of God, many of us have already secured our seats. Just in case you did not know, it is not exclusive to the vilest of criminals. You do not need VIP status in order to get a full access pass. Surprised? I hope not. God looks at all sin the same. One sin is not worse than the other. Being an adulterer is not worse or better than a murderer. In our society, a rating system may work but not in the kingdom of God. Sin is sin. One is not more acceptable than the other. God is a perfect being, so how could we expect Him to accept any fraction of sin? He has taught us, His children, to despise sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
John 3:16, 17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The time is nigh. Jesus’ second coming is right around the corner. Probation is almost over. It’s now or never. In this game of life, whose team are you on? Though we already know who the winning team will be, many of us have already shown loyalty to the losing side. It’s not too late to switch. God is a forgiving being who knows and understands us more than you can imagine.
Take the time to know Him. Build a relationship with Him. You won’t regret it!
Kristia M. Beaubrun
Speaker: Pastor Jenks Brutus, Friendship SDA Church in Elmira, NY
Scripture Reading: Revelation 5
1And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Are you saved? Have you turned your life over to God? Will your name be written in the Book of Life? As the final days of Earth pass us by and the time of probation nears its end, we ought to begin to ask ourselves these questions. Can you confidentally say that your relationship with God is right?
For those of us who were raised in the church, this message is not strange to us. We have heard the same message over and over. For those who have been raised out of the church, now is the time to really listen. The second coming of Jesus Christ is near. Sadly, many of you have not sealed your decision with Christ because of fear. You must give up certain things, attitudes, behavior. As a true Christian, you must undergo a complete transformation. However, you fail to realize that this change is a gradual process, it doesn’t happen overnight.You must first make the decision and have both the faith and desire to change before you can truly accept the message.
Change takes place before and not after you get into the baptismal water. Many of us go into the water hoping that our lives will be turned around from that very instant. No, your life actually becomes more challenging as a Christian, but with the strength of Christ you will endure and overcome every obstacle thrown your way.
Nothing can touch you without first having receive permission from God. Before it comes to you, it must go through the righteousness of God. So by the time it reaches you, it becomes a little thing. Just like the ozone layer protects the Earth from objects of space, Jesus is our spiritual layer to ensure that we do not endure more than we can bear. Jesus always take the brunt of our trials.
We can’t give up sin before coming to Christ. That’s what makes it difficult. Only Jesus can help us overcome. There are hundreds if not thousands of men and women who have yet to come to this realization. When you confess your sins and surrender to Christ, you will get your peace. That confession is your relinquishment of the very sins that would have barred you from entering into His eternal Kingdom.
In order to live a Christian life, we must surrender our will daily. Proclaim today that you want Jesus to live in you and He will help you transform into a new creature.
6And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.14And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Speaker: Pastor Roberne Saint-Louis, Hebron French SDA Church
Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14
“14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Prayer has always been a key component in having a relationship with God. Prayer is the primary way to communicate with the Creator of heaven and earth. It is the one time when you have a chance to be alone with Him and truly talk.
Solomon, the son of Bathsheba and David, was commissioned to build a temple in Jerusalem [2 Chronicles 6]. This temple would be the dwelling place of the Most High God. As the people of Jerusalem gathered around, Solomon prepard to dedicate the temple. He said a special prayer and a sacrifice was offered before the Lord.
2 Chronicles 7:5 which says, “And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.”
God heard Solomon’s prayer and he accepted it. [2 Chronicles 7:1-3]
1Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. 3And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”
God always hears when you pray and He finds it pleasing to respond. We have to trust in Him to respond in His time, not ours. Learn to be patient.
You don’t only hear God’s voice during the service. You may also hear Him as you kneel in prayer. Be still and be silent.
When you carry God’s name, there is a great reputation that comes with it. Not everyone can be called God’s people. Are you? There are only two people who can really answer that question, yourself and God. No one else knows your heart.
Humble yourselves and pray, searching for His face. Confess your transgressions and put everything that separates you from Christ aside. Many of us only pray when we are facing problems. We ought to pray without ceasing.
Prayer is the respiration of Christians, like a heartbeat linking communications with Christ. Christians pray any and everytime with or without difficult trials.
Remember to continually pray even when your prayers have been answered. Don’t thank God only for what He’s done for you, thank Him for the things He has done for your family and those around you.