Wake Up! It’s Later Than You Think!!

I know how it is… I’ve had it happen… the alarm goes off, you look at the time, the bed is so warm, you say to your sleepy self, “just a few more minutes” … then you wake up with a start!! You look at the clock again and with alarm realize you have to get to work or you’ll be late!! You jump out of bed…

Got the scene in your mind? … I read about a similar scene dealing with my life as a follower of Jesus this morning…

“You know how late it is! Time is running out! Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed! The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Romans 13.11-14 New Living Translation)

The Lord’s coming!! I’ve got an appointment with Him … Got to be ready to “meet Him in the air”! Don’t want to doze of and be sleeping when the trumpet sounds!! Don’t want to goof off, start living sloppy and sinful!! He’s coming for those who are up, clothed, serving, and ready to meet Him!!

Debt Free?

ARE YOU “DEBT FREE?” A few who read this may be… most are not!

There is a sense in which all of us have had the moral and spiritual indebtedness against us “paid in full” by our Savior (Colossians 2:13-15)! But there is also a sense in which there is a “love-debt” Christians will pay the rest of their lives – on that debt we will NEVER be “debt free”!! (Check out the passage I read during “Coffee with the Lord this morning – Romans 13:8-10 esp. vs. 8

“OWE NO ONE ANYTHING, EXCEPT TO LOVE EACH OTHER!”

God’s law is summarized in two core commandments: Love God wholeheartedly and love your “neighbor” as yourself! (cp. Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 with Matthew 22:34-40; Luke 10:25-37).

In this passage Apostle Paul urges us NEVER to feel like we have repaid the 2nd great commandment! In fact, he informs us that if we really succeed in “loving one another” (our “neighbor) we have fulfilled “the law!”

Oh Lord, help me to do a good job of BOTH – Loving God (expressed in obedience) and loving my “neighbor!” … And may both of those be understood and expressed as love as a verb, not simply as an emotion!

A Difficult Chapter to Read in the Bible…

Genesis 34 – One of the most difficult chapters to read in the Bible! It was part of my Bible reading this morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord”…

You may have heard a godly leader or parent somewhere say it (and it’s true!)… “TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A ‘RIGHT!”

Dinah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, raped by Shechem, a pagan neighbor…

After the rape he tries to get Dinah as his wife…

Jacob’s sons agree (deceptively, I might add) on one condition – Shechem, his father, Hamor, and the entire Hivite clan, must undergo circumcision (God’s covenant sign with His people)!

They accept the terms of Jacob’s sons…

While recovering from the circumcision and still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons – Simeon and Levi – took their swords, came against the Hivite city and killed all its males! Then all of Jacob’s sons plundered the city, stole all their property, took all their children, their wives, and plundered them.

Jacob confronts his sons and warns them, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land!” And their self-righteous defense for their despicable behavior? “Should Shechem have treated our sister like a prostitute?”

One more time – and important to remember… “TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT!

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