Wednesday, October 13, 2021

There is still time?

We look around today  and we see amazing human accomplishments, and incomprehensible human suffering... we see rockets roaring- thrust into space, discoveries dreamed of for centuries that are now real… We witness volcanoes, earthquakes, title waves, hurricanes and unstoppable forces , famine, violence, and greed… We witness good and evil in the hearts of men each and every day.

Power, strength, might, we stand in awe at the natural and human made displays… Nothing though can ever touch the power of our omnipotent, omnipresent, creator of the galaxies, atoms, and natural laws… Our heavenly Creator, our sovereign Lord who rules over all there is and all there ever will be!
  How sad and dangerous to live without Him; how foolish to run and hide from Him… How ridiculous is it for us to disobey Him? And yet we do… 

Since Eden, we have strangely sought independence from God's control as though we are our own gods and could haphazardly plot our own destinies. God has allowed our rebellion. But soon the great and mighty day of the Lord will come! 

It is about this very day that the prophet Joel speaks about in his book… On this very day God will come and judge all unrighteousness and all disobedience –The gavel will come down and all accounts will be settled and all the crooked things made straight.

In the book of Joel we read his messages which are forebodings and warnings… But also filled with hope. Joel states that our loving creator, the omnipotent judge, is also very merciful and He wants to bless all who trust Him.

Joel describes terrible plagues of locusts that cover the land and devour the crops. This is a foretaste of the coming judgment of God...

"The great and mighty day of the Lord"

The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive?( Joel 2:11)

Joel urges people to turn away from their wicked sins and their evil and to turn back to God… Carved into his message of judgment and the need for repentance is the affirmation of God's kindness and the blessings He promises for all those who follow Him… 

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.. Joel 2:32

Like a destroying army of locusts, God's punishment for sin is overwhelming, dreadful and unavoidable! When it comes, there will be no protection and no escape… The day for settling accounts with God for how we have lived is fast approaching.

God stands ready to forgive and restore all those who would come to Him and turn away from their sins… God wants to shower his people with his love and mercy and restore them to a proper relationship with Him...

God is the one whom we all must reckon, not leaders, not the economy, not some foreign invader… We can't ignore or offend God forever. We must pay attention to His Word, His truth and His messages now or we will face His wrath later!

God's forgiveness comes by turning away from sin and turning towards Him.. it's not too late to receive God's forgiveness. God's greatest desire is for you to come to  Him… Joel predicts the time when God will pour out His Spirit on all people. It will be the beginning of the new and fresh worship of God by those who believe in Him as well as the beginning of judgment on all who reject Him.

God is in control, justice and restoration are in His powerful hands and in His hands alone! The Holy Spirit confirms God's love for us just as He did for the first Christians.

(Acts 2:17)
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. You're young men will see visions, and your old man will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark and the moon will turn blood red before the great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

We must be steadfastly faithful to our one and only true God… Call on the name of Jesus,  make him Lord and Savior of your life… Placing  our lives under His loving guidance and the mighty power of His Holy Spirit will be the greatest decision you could ever make!

That is why the Lord says, turn to me now while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and morning. Don't tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish (Joel 2:12-13)

Say to the nations far and wide, "Get Ready For War!"
Call out your best warriors let your fighting man advance for the attack. Joel 3:9

The words 'the day of the Lord' are used here as God's appointed time to judge the nations… Judgment and mercy go hand-in-hand. Joel states that if the people repented, the Lord would save them from judgment. In this day of judgment and catastrophe, some will be saved… God's intention is not to destroy but to heal and to save. However we must first accept his salvation or we will certainly perish with the unrepentant!

Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. Do not be one of those people who are double minded… It's time to call on the Lord and be saved… The day will soon arrive… The Bible says that the sun in the moon will grow dark and the stars will no longer shine. But the Lord's voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, the heavens and the earth will shake. But the Lord will be a refuge for His people a strong fortress for the people of Israel. Billions of people have lived on earth, and every one of them, dead, living, and yet to be born will face judgment. Look around you… See your friends, family, neighbors… Those with whom you work and live… Have they received God's salvation, forgiveness? Have they been warned about sins consequences? If we understand the severity of God's final judgment we will want to take His offer of help to those that have not received Him.

The last word will be God's! The reply of the tongue shall come from the Lord ...His ultimate sovereignty will be revealed in the end. We cannot predict when the end will come… But we can have confidence in God's control over the world's events , the world's history, as well as our own pilgrimage, it is all in God's Righteous and powerful hands.. we can be secure in His love and trust Him to guide our decisions when we repent and turn our lives whole heartedly over to Him!

We never know when this day will come! Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Call on the name of the Lord today… Repent and turn away from your sins, ask Him to forgive you and  to come into your heart and make Him your Lord and Savior! 

There is no greater love…! We give Him all praise and glory!

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