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Soon and Very Soon

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The question of “where are you going…” is one which each of us has experienced and may well use during an opportunity to witness to others. One of those questions which is very familiar to soul-winning Christians is the following:

“Do you know if you were to die today if you would go to Heaven? Are you 100 percent sure about it. or 75%, maybe 50% sure.”

Each of us as born-again, Blood Bought, Saved Christian’s should be 100 percent SURE of where “We are going” and to Whom we will be seeing when we get there. That is something we have reason to CELEBRATE each day of our lives! Heaven is our Eternal HOME in Him.

How Soon We Celebrate

The beginnings of this Series began with the Hymn “Soon and Very Soon”, one which immediately begins to swell up inside of me until I begin to sing – usually not just to myself. If my daughter is within earshot, the voices get raised a couple of notches – with absolute JOY! Here are the words to verse one of this Hymn:

Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King;
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King;
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King;
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We’re going to see the King.

The first print has those same words displayed upon it, after stating “We Are Going”…

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It does matter how we feed ourselves spiritually as to what attitude you and I have with each situation we face. Others will want to know how specific items are being handled, where from their perspective was or is in pure chaos. People not only can tell when something is absent, but they also will have a keen sense when our attitudes and belief’s are different from the worlds. Where are you indicating you are going?

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The following nine (9) statements are ones garnered from looking at who and what causes us to want to see the King… Surprising statements and instructions given us, by our doing so…

A Few Good Statements

Who Desire to Fear Thy Name
Woe is Me!
Except Your Righteousness
Seek Ye First
The Seed is the Word of God
The Eyes Which See
See The Kingdom
Exhorting One Another
To Him be Glory & Dominion

None of us know the day nor the hour of the Return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we are told He will return as He left, from the Eastern sky. We have the Promise as Christians that we will meet Him in one of two manners, by Rapture of His Church or by death – either way, We are Going to See the King, Our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ. How soon that will be, no man knows, only the Father knows that exact time, day and hour. This Series gives us a glimpse of what we should be doing until His Return and a Hymn to remind us of His, in light of Eternity, Soon Return. Questions include these: do we desire Him, do we recognize our state, will we seek Him, do we read His Word, is the Kingdom real to us, will we Exhort others… I’m afraid we’ve lost the sense of urgency and realization of that imminent return, otherwise we’d be seeker’s who would be doing all we can to sow the Seed of the One who Glory and Dominion is due…

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What To Emphasize

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This Series was inspired directly from a blog post of a missionary, albeit modified just a tad, to gain a perspective of focus. This day and time seems have the Christian bouncing all over the place as to how we are to be “doing the Lord’s Work”, or as the Bible says of Jesus:

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Luke 2:49 | King James Version

His Father’s Business is GREATLY contested in our day, with a myriad of Works Salvation, Name-It-And-Claim-It Salvation, the Prosperity Gospel and the Health & Wealth crowd to just name a few. As is often said from the pulpit of our home church, the Bible NEVER says that we are going to have a “yellow brick road” Christian life once we are Saved and living for the Lord. With that said, what are we supposed to be doing? Who are we to be conforming to if we are not to be like the world?

Conforming to the Image

We indeed are supposed to be what we are Justified to be – to be seen as God sees His Son Jesus, a reflection of Him in us – a direct result of the Holy Spirit taking residence in us. The following verse is the launching point Scripture that sets the stage for each of the seven (7) prints made:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
Romans 8:28-30 | King James Version

Notice that it was not said “an” image, but rather “the” image – He gave us all that we need, it is NOT necessary to make up things for us to do – they are spelled out for us by His own Word. We’ve gotten so tied up in what “program” or “theme” we must have in order to be the “testimony” sharing Christian’s we are supposed to already be – even at the EXACT moment of Salvation. Our own experience with our Saviour and listening to Him – He did Speak those Words we should realize.

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Those “red letters” are Christ’s Word, spoken not only to be heard by his Disciples and those within earshot, they have been preserved for EACH of us as a Child of God. They are those things which were SO important that they were written down for all the ages – that MEANS our age, our time, our instruction and for us to EMPHASIZE to everyone we have the opportunity… These embody Who He Is (notice it is not stated “was”), both then and now, as well as will forever be. In order for those to be a forever, they must be shared first today, so that others will gain access by them for Eternity.

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There are seven (7) items in this Series which should be recognized with special importance and prominence from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – because He spoke them and gave us the example of them being proven in real situations, changing real lives for all of Eternity.

Jesus Did Emphasize…

Emphasize | repentance, denying yourself, forgiveness toward enemies, caring for the poor
Emphasize | loving God, loving others, discipling others

The end result of this Series has more than surprised me, it has reminded me of the things that I am doing right and has pointed out a thing or two that I need to work on for His Sake. Absolutely rewarding to walk out the verses, read them in context and field a few of them for other Series ideas – that means there has been study that caused personal growth. We often speak of wanting to grow in our personal walk with Christ as Christians, but how many times do we find His instruction in the growing? As we look, investigate and follow through – have we considered RIGHT where we are? As we grow, are we taking anyone else along with us? As Christ went place to place, He was the Witness, He was the Teacher, He was the Example… The Instructions are made clear to us… The Direction has been pointed out to us… We need to walk the Path given us… Jesus paid for all of it, leaving Scarlet letters to show us the way.

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Keep What You Committed

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This Series hails from a very interesting beginning, that of a Men’s Retreat whose focus was squarely placed on not losing the Next Generation. It might be a natural leading, but in order to reach another people group, generation level or culture, some type of “commitment” has to be made, with all those participants deciding to do whatever is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. For that reason, the specific topic of being and remaining “Committed” rang my own personal bell of review before the Lord in a profound manner. A dictionary definition of the word “committed” follows as such:

Committed (as an Adjective) | a Feeling of Dedication and Loyalty to a Cause, Activity, Job; Wholeheartedly Dedicated

Other words had come to mind, including: dedication, witness, testimony, daily walk, promise and keeping a promise. That is when the cogs started turning inside my head so to speak, which caused me to discover something that I’d not considered in such a manner before – most of the commitments made to God the Father in the Bible are not written there to show forth how Faithful His people had been, rather it is a humbling consideration in humiliation. The most time spent in the Word of God was the digging, the more aware I became of our need to return to Personal Worship and Commitment to the Lord – we are missing the opportunities we’ve been given by the droves.

Opportunities Missed

In the world we live in today, it is ever more difficult to discern which way the Christian is being influenced by the world system, but somewhere we have as a whole have missed the boat completely. Many people will invite in the “worldly” culture and “honesty” system to a point where it becomes nearly impossible to differentiate which side a person is providing the viewing direction. Because we as Christian’s have not maintained a cultural level of difference, we have melded into fray, where even we cannot tell the difference. Any opportunity to be a witness and influence for the cause of Christ has been diluted, or downright mired by we ourselves looking, feeling, talking, smelling, acting just like world which Satan has dominion.

The study for this Series is SIGNIFICANTLY larger than this Series shows, but I did want to show that out of 170 verses with just the word “commit/committed”, had a DIRE warning in it for our time – the topic of most choice chastening:

Adultery, Fornication, Idolatry, Sacrilege, Lust, Lewdness, Whoredom, Iniquity, Wickedness…

126 verses of the 170 were strewn with such things that are rampant in today’s culture and lifestyle choices, even those in our churches – with a great number of them falling onto those in positions of authority and influence.

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Of all those verses, ten (10) of them presented a means for the Christian to put anchor, such that we can turn the tide, provide a desperately needed witness to the Next Generation. We MUST Stand Firm Till The End!

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Simply AMAZING that in 185 uses of the word commit/committed, that ten (10) of those times are used in this Series as something we each can do as our part to move forward in our Christian Walk. We will have to be the commitment takers in the world that we live in for now…

How To Make The Commitments Work

Marvellous & Exalted | Bought, Therefore Glorify | Glorify, Obey & Keep
Sound Words Keep In Us | Covenant & Mercy | Willingly & Without Charge
Nevertheless Persuaded | Spirit Redeemed Truth | Way, Trust and Pass | Thoughts Established

In one manner, this Series could viewed as coming across negatively or have a tone of defeat, but it is not meant to at all – but if it is convicting, take that up with the Holy Spirit! We think we have advanced so far in this world that we live in that we’ve forgotten that the problems that we face as humans is the same now as it was thousands of years ago – we have a pride issue and a sin problem. Just as there is Hope in Christ our Saviour, there is also Hope in God’s Word, for we have ten passages in this Series to show us just that. We can Exalt Him, Glorify Him, Obey Him, Commit to Him, Confess to Him, Willingly Follow Him… Those are just a few of the ways we can be Committed to Him – if you haven’t already today, begin this very moment and continue while you have breath in you! Stand Firm Till The End!

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