4 Jesus answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. 5 For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many. 6 You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. – Matthew 24:3-8.
Our “God of the Ages” is still actively involved with His creation.
The God of the Ages has accomplished His plans throughout history, He is continuing to accomplish His plans now, and He will cause His plans for the future to happen.
Just as we now see the past unfolded through historical records, we will someday see the future events of God’s plan unfold.
– Source: God of the Ages
So we need not pray for the world to be “getting better” now, as I heard in a recent prayer. It ain’t happenin’ folks. That is “preterist” talk. Read: Note to Preterists – Jesus did not return in 70AD. He is coming soon!
“Getting a better world” is a nice wish, but …that is not coming to reality on earth until AFTER the Rapture and after the subsequent world turmoil with the Antichrist, and after “the end” with the battle of Armageddon. That nice wish we may really want now – will not actually happen until Christ’s Spectacular Millennium.
“Thy will be done…”
Our prayers should be for God’s will, as in “Thy will be done” – along the lines of…
- “Our Father, who is in heaven….” – Matthew 6:9-13
- Lord use me to bring others to salvation in Christ, one by one.
- May my life witness honor you in all that I do, with all that I am. (Luke 10:27)
- Empower me by Your Spirit. May more of me honor more and more of You each day:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27.
Learn to rely on the Spirit. Now, because I am His, I am truly an eternal child of the King of Kings. And because that is true, it behooves me now to live as what I am — an eternal Child of the King. I move and live with confidence in Him. It’s a learning process. I learn daily. I learn to rely on the Spirit of God inside me, more and more, as I read in His Word what He has said about “being Christian“.
– Source: Rely on the Spirit of God in you
Every believer’s new life in Christ…a series on Ephesians 1
Excerpt: “If you believe that Christ was God in the flesh (John 1:14; John 6:51) and sacrificed Himself on our behalf – then you are part way there to walking into His Kingdom. But, that is not enough. We must follow Him. And God has told us clearly what it is to really “follow” Him. Are you truly “following Christ”? [Even Satan “believes” in Christ! But He does not follow Him.]
Being ¨Christian¨ is not a matter of us determining what is Christian and what is not. Being ¨Christian¨ is a matter of God. He determines reality. He has already determined how it is to be. Through the Bible we can know His will by ¨accurately dividing the Word of Truth¨ (2 Timothy 2:15). God has not told us to make our own way. Don´t deceive yourself into Hell (Galatians 6:7).
We cannot choose our way over His declared way, live in rebellion against Him – and expect that He will then forgive us when we reach His pearly gates. This will not work, to arrive and say: “But-but-but we thought we were okay….” He already communicated His Word to us – in the Scriptures. He has already told us what He will say in that day to those who disregard His Word:
23And then I will say to them openly (publicly),
I never knew you;
depart from Me,
you who act wickedly
[disregarding My commands].
– Matthew 7:23)
The point of life is to truly please God. And Scripture clearly explains how. (2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16; Galatians 6:8) It is not a matter of living without sinning. It is not a matter of being a church goer. And in THAT day, your philosophy will not win the day. God will win. And we only win in Him.
We are not saved by our works,
but our works show God
that we are, or not,
actually following Him and His ways.
The Bible says that if our life acts (our works)
do not match His Way –
then our faith is useless on That Day.
And it is worthless now.
So, what is it like to be a Christian these days? …The same as it always has:
…“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”
—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
9 that if you confess with your mouth
Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes,
resulting in righteousness, and
with the mouth he confesses,
resulting in salvation.
– Romans 10:8-10
There is no blanket coverage of the sins of all men. You are made right before God only when you personally believe and confess. Salvation requires YOU believe and that YOU confess …and follow Him.
9 For if you tell others with your own mouth
that Jesus Christ is your Lord
and believe in your own heart
that God has raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
– Romans 10:9 Living Bible (TLB)
Being Christian By God
Being Christian (as opposed to merely “a church goer”), by God’s understanding, involves believing, confessing – and following Him in word and deed. For “faith without works is dead”. Don’t get caught dead with a dead faith. The results are eternal.
“For it is appointed unto man
once to die,
and after that
– the Judgement”
– Hebrews 9:27
- Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:3-8; Matthew 24:6; Matthew 24:14; Matthew 24:13; Matthew 13:39; Matthew 13:40,49; Matthew 21:41; Matthew 16:24-25.
- Per phrasemix.com: “Settle down! You’re getting all worked up over nothing.”