Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Tuesdays Together (in the WORD), is hosted DeeDee Warren at I Have No Greater Joy...

His Word surely spoke to me this week. How precious it was to read about the signs of the second coming of Christ and also His death, burial and resurrection.

I loved this passage from Luke.

"He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. " Luke 21:29-33 (NIV)

The fig tree, which represents the nation of Israel, has bloomed, my friends! Israel became a nation in 1948, and although we cannot know the day or hour, I believe Christ has given us some definite prophetical signs to look for as to His return. I believe with all my heart that ours will be the generation to see the return of Christ. Are you ready? Oh, how I long for His appearing!

Another passage that spoke to me was:

"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." "Luke 22:31-32 (NIV)

I love how Peter, representing the Church, was assured that Christ prayed for him and encouraged him to strengthen his brothers when he did turn back. I wonder how often, we as the Church, deny Christ. Do we sugarcoat His gospel? Do we water it down, not speaking of the burning fires of Hell that eternally separate non-believers from God should they choose not to accept Christ as their Savior? Do we speak of the new Heaven and the new Earth and eteral life in the presence of God for those who do choose to accept His salvation? Do we give those we witness to pep-talks, motivational speeches, basically "baby food" when we need to be feeding them meat? We definitely need to encourage others by learning from our mistakes, and we need to guard against falling away or denying Christ in the seemingly little ways. I am so grateful that Christ interecedes on our behalf in prayer and encourages us through His written Word.

So much to think about this week! Are you participating in Tuesdays Together (in the WORD)? If you'd like to join us, jump on in! We'd love to have you. Visit DeeDee's blog and be sure to link up.



Homesteader in Training said...

Great post my friend. I can't wait to go home to Gloryland!!

He And Me + 3 said...

I to believe we will be that generation. Praise God!

Denise said...

Wonderful post.

Tricia said...

A great post Laurie Ann! I agree with you, that we most likely will be the generation to see the return of Christ. It excites me and it also makes me sad, for there are many who are not ready...

And you are so right, we need to present the Truth to all those who are lost in a way that is not sugar coated, but in a way that helps them to see the reality of sin and our need for a Savior, and then a relationship with that Savior.

Thanks for your post, I always enjoy my visits to your blog!


Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Come quickly, Lord Jesus! I agree...there was so much to "chew on" in the scriptures this week. Thank you, as always for your wonderful insight into His word. And thank you for your beautiful, encouraging words you shared in your comment on my blog. I am so sorry for your loss, but grateful for the way God has used your sorrows to comfort others who are hurting. Our God is faithful to make beauty from ashes in our lives.

In His Grace,

Debra said...

Laurie Ann,

I, too, believe we are that generation. Glory!

Blessings to you today!

Darlene said...

Great post!


DeeDee said...

Laurie Ann - so good. Several of us stopped at the passage about Peter. I love to see the different perspectives of the same passage. Oh, the sweetness of the Holy Spirit - speaking to our souls.
Thanks for sharing and for joining together with us.
Sweet Blessings,