Thursday Connection 5. 7. 2020

A big day

National Day of Prayer (Today, @ 6:00 pm). In Colchester, due to the state restrictions for the COVID-19 virus we are planning our 2020 National Day of Prayer at the Abundant Life Church Parking Lot at 85 Skinner Road, Colchester. Please arrive by 6 pm and you will receive a program and a phone number to join the conference call and participate in our prayer time! This year’s theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth”

Evening of Virtual Prayer (Today, @ 8:00 pm) with Franklin Graham: https://billygraham.org/live/national-day-of-prayer/?

From yesterday…

There are four ETERNAL LIFE living simple truths to help you resist the seductiveness of your generation that cause you to just float along and ignore the imminent coming of Jesus Christ. Romans 13:11

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone, the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

The initial ETERNAL LIFE living truth to help you resist the seductiveness of your generation that cause you to just float along and ignore the imminent coming of Jesus Christ is;

#1 THE SEASON OF THE LORD’S RETURN HAS ARRIVED! Watch vigilantly, it is the season to awake out of sleep, know the times and the seasons like the Sons of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32…men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…). We are so hypnotized by the rhythms of life we cannot see the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We live as if this moment has NO bearing on our Eternal Life. God predicts the future and the Bible records it. Agreed, ‘scoffers will come in the last days’ but we are not fooled. We do know what season it is! THE SEASON OF THE LORD’S RETURN HAS ARRIVED…

And to be in that right season, Christian friend, you now know that the day of your salvation is here, it is present. Like pinch yourself present. This ‘day’ analogy is amazing and far reaching. It is not a 24-hour day, rather a snapshot of what a day looks like everyday for the believer fully surrendered to Jesus Christ. “The only way to live the Christian life is to be fully surrendered to Jesus Christ” – Corrie ten Boom

I’m also thinking of a local Christian lady who openly wears simple empty cross jewelry on her neckless everyday no matter where she goes or what she does as an outward testimony to the change her resurrected Christ has made in her. That cross is not a good luck charm. It is not an icon to touch or worship. It is a reminder to her of the loving and forgiving heavenly Father to whom she belongs. She is now a daughter of the King of kings and Lord of lords forever. Her ‘day of salvation’ symbol gives notice of her all-encompassing salvation. You see, everything about her life, including eternity…

· Includes her past salvation (that moment she said ‘yes’ to Jesus Christ, asking for God’s forgiveness through repentance, and said, “I now have been saved”).

· Includes her present salvation (that steady growth in faith and likeness to Christ in her character and choices, “I am being saved”).

· Extends to her future salvation (a day when she is finally freed from the presence of sin, “I will be saved”).

This last aspect of her salvation is wonderfully nearer than when she first believed. Each day lived a Christian is one day closer to her certain reward and joy of heaven. Are you on-board? I am hoping so. Why? Because there is so much more!

The next ETERNAL LIFE living simple truth to help you resist the seductiveness of your generation that cause you to just float along and ignore the imminent coming of Jesus Christ is;

#2 THE LIGHT THAT CASTS OFF THE DARKNESS IS YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD! Darkness is the obvious absence of light. Where God is not honored there is no light. Not even a flicker of light. Scripture does not direct us to walk in twilight. Spiritually, there is no sun rising or sun setting to enjoy. The sun of righteousness for you as a believer is everyday, full blaze. This is why Romans 13:11 can say, “go to war valiantly against sin. Spiritually, you can cast it off, deliberately, enduringly, and all the works of darkness that harvest darkness. How again? You got the blinding glorious SOLAR beam from heaven working in and through you!

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone, the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them;for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

There will be a third SIMPLE TRUTH tomorrow based on Romans 13:11.

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Pastor Mike Brubaker, DMin

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