DON’T LOSE IT!

“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” (2 John 1:8)

There’s an important question to ask ourselves here. Is it human nature to believe what we want to believe, or are we more likely to believe the truth, even if it contradicts our own natural instincts and desires?

I ask this question somewhat rhetorically, because I think most people would agree that we have a hard time accepting that which we do not want to accept.

Can we lose something that we once had? According to this verse, yes. And according to other isolated verses, the answer might appear to be no. So here’s the thing. Which do we believe? It’s certainly easier and more desirable to believe that there’s nothing we can do to lose what we have worked for, but does that make it true?

My point here isn’t to attempt to validate one side of this argument over the other. It’s simply to point out that there is often more than one way to look at things, and that our nature tends to sway us toward the side of convenience rather than truth. Sometimes they’re one and the same, but often they are contradictory.

We all see things from different perspectives. But we must try to see what God wants us to see, whether we like it or not. We all know that He is good, but we don’t always agree on the meaning of “good.” Sometimes His version of good might appear to be just the opposite, but only because we lack understanding. So we must work on that. His word will not change simply because we will it to. It will remain as it is, eternally, and it is our duty to strive for understanding.

How does one lose something? Usually, it’s because of carelessness. When we cherish something so much that we are never willing to let go of it, it is very unlikely that we’ll lose it. But even then, it’s not impossible. One slip, and it could be gone. And finding it again might prove to be more difficult the next time.

So, should we live in a bubble? Yes and no. Of course, we should always try to surround ourselves with others who believe as we do, and are willing to do the things that God has commanded. Together, we can watch over each other, and help prevent our brothers and sisters from stumbling, as they help prevent us from doing that which is wrong. But that’s not always practical. Deceivers are everywhere, often in disguise. So our faith and our actions must come from within. When something is living inside of us, it becomes much more difficult to lose. When we allow His Spirit to control our actions and our words, we can’t go wrong.

As He takes over, He also repels danger. That is why so many believers face persecution. Those who don’t believe feel threatened by us, and rightfully so, because they fear that we might influence them to release their lives into His hands. Only good can come from that, but they don’t see it that way, because they lack understanding. Again, it is our nature to believe what we want to believe.

Every time we open our eyes from sleep, we have a choice to make. We can decide to live our life with Him or without Him. We can choose to be obedient or to be selfish for the moment. We can honor Him or we can defile His word. The choices are ours to make, so choose wisely, and watch out that we don’t lose what we have worked for, so that we may be rewarded fully.

“…choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Have a great day everyone!

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

‘”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”‘ (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Let’s face it. We can’t know everything. And we can’t understand everything. We can’t put ourselves in the shoes of others and know why they do the things that they do. And we certainly can’t know God’s thoughts. But we can agree that God can do anything. He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He knows us, our thoughts and our ways. And we can also agree that His ways are superior.

Can you look at a bird and know what it’s thinking? It’s no different with people. With every passing day, everything that has taken place in our lives has led us to the moment we call, “now.” And although that moment took a lifetime to reach, it is quickly over and forgotten. Yet so many of us live for the “now,” and not for the “later.” But the days that are to come are so much more valuable than the ones that have passed. And when we realize that the way we live our lives now will directly affect our future, it is likely that we will evaluate ourselves from a different perspective.

This are some profound words, beyond the way I normally think. But the words I’m writing today are inspired by the Father. Often, when I simply let go, and allow Him to take over, these daily writings become easier, and flow directly from the Sprit.

God’s perspective is higher than our own. His ways and His thoughts come from a place where we have not yet been. Even when we get there, if we get there, He will still reign supreme, and from what I read in my Bible, that’s a good thing.

So how can we judge one another, when the ultimate judge makes us all look inferior? He is perfect in every way, and we are not. Even the best of us have faults. Are some people “better” than others? I suppose that some people behave better, or might have better self-control than others. Some people make the effort to follow God’s ways better than others. But I also think that perfection is something that has only ever been attained by one man, the one who lived two thousand years ago, and is preparing to return, soon.

It’s easy to look for faults in other people. And they’re easy to find. But they are not for us to find. God already knows about them, and He will deal with them His way, not ours. Our task is to find the good in people, and to help bring them to Him.

We cannot judge them or know their intentions, but we can judge their actions. When someone stumbles, we can help them get back on track. Sometimes it involves uncomfortable conversations. Sometimes we might make them angry at us. But they also need to realize that they can’t judge us or know our intentions. If we’re doing it for the right reasons, God knows. And that’s really all that matters.

We can’t see anything from God’s perspective. But we should still try. His word is our guide. The closer we keep His word to our hearts, the more likely we are to please Him. Even then, we’ll make mistakes, and He will forgive us.

We serve Him. We’re not here to serve anyone but Him. We have our jobs and our families, and we must do our best with both, but we can still honor Him in everything we do, and the way we do it. We can treat our families with love and our jobs with respect.

One of the best ways to please God is to honor each other. And when it works both ways, mutually, it works His way. Honor each other, and we’ll be honoring God.

Have a great day everyone!

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER

“Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent and not bring the disaster He has pronounced against you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what you think is good and right. Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.” (Jeremiah 26:13-15)

Jeremiah, in good faith, with nothing but good intentions, came and delivered a message. The word he delivered was for the good of the people. And it came directly from God. But rather than considering what he said, they called for his execution.

Ironically, they said that they wanted him to be put to death because he told them that the Lord commanded him to say the things that he said. The message itself wasn’t even brought up. Why? Probably because they knew he was right. But when they heard things they didn’t want to hear, requiring them to take action they didn’t want to take, they looked for a distraction.

This happens all the time. And people fall for it. Rather than looking in the mirror and facing their own imperfections, some people spend their time pointing out the faults of others. The believe that as long as they can distract attention away from themselves, no one will notice the things that they’re doing wrong. And the ones who succeed are masters at manipulation. They people who take their side don’t realize that their intelligence is being insulted by the offender.

Here’s the thing. The truth cannot be bad. Ever. There are times in our lives that we have to hear things that are difficult. But when it’s for our own good, and for the good of everyone, they must be said. Certainly, there are tactful ways to say things, but some people don’t respond to tact. Sometimes, extreme measures are necessary.

Jeremiah didn’t budge. He didn’t apologize, and he didn’t modify his statement. He stood firm, and told the people that he’s willing to accept whatever judgment they put upon him, even death. Why? Because he spoke the truth. God is truth. God will defend truth. He expects us to defend truth. And He will reward our obedience.

So, the next time we hear something about ourselves that we don’t like, we shouldn’t look for ways to shoot the messenger. First, we should consider the message itself, because it might be accurate, and it might be for our own good. We all need a little “intervention” every now and then, and the people who care most are going to be the ones to take the chance of offending us, in the hope that it helps us to change our ways. Someone who doesn’t care will tell us that we’re perfect, even when we’re not.

Just a thought here. Imagine if you had something stuck between your teeth, for everyone to see. Would you prefer that someone told you? Would it be their fault if they did? Let’s take it one step further. What if they told you, over and over again, but you didn’t listen? Then, someone else tells you, in front of everyone. All that person did was point out something that everyone already knew, because of your refusal to listen from the beginning. Who’s to blame?

Ultimately, Jeremiah wasn’t put to death. God protects the righteous. There is no record of how Jeremiah died, but he spent his life spreading the truth, often to people who didn’t want to hear it.

Never hide from the truth. Protect it. Embrace it. And live it. It is always good, even when it hurts. Our Bible is full of truth, and nothing but the truth. When we learn to live the way our Father commands us to live, we will become more like Him, full of truth.

Have a great day everyone!

TEAM PLAYER

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of the many-sided grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We can certainly strive to improve the areas in which we might be deficient, but some people simply have God-given abilities that can’t be taught or learned. Individually, no one has every possible ability. But united as a group, our odds of having individuals with various strengths increases. In sports, it’s called a team.

The best teams are comprised of individuals who have perfected specific areas of strength. But those people know that they can’t work alone. Members of the best teams know that they can rely on each other, and that the others always have their back. They share their knowledge freely, so every member can improve, resulting in everyone getting better at what they do.

Not all teams work this way. But all winning teams do. The things that lead to a team’s destruction are selfishness, laziness, jealousy and bitterness toward others. And sometimes it only takes one or two people to bring the whole team down. Rather than playing for the team, they play for themselves. They might attain temporary glory, notoriety and fame, but they ultimately fail, falling hard, with no one around to lift them up. When the team needed them the most, they weren’t around.

We can choose to be a part of creating a winning team, or we can choose to go at it alone. But we must realize that our selfishness will be our downfall.

God has many gifts waiting for us, when our days in this world are over. They will be magnificent gifts, unlike anything we can imagine. No words can effectively describe the beauty that awaits His children. But He also has gifts for us to use right now. And He tells us to use our gifts to serve one another, not to hoard them for ourselves.

Do you love what you do? People all over the world have jobs that they go to. Some go because they want to, but most go because they have to. But regardless of the reason why we go to work, we still get to make choices. Our attitudes are our own. No one can influence our attitude. It’s an individual choice whether or not to go to work with the right attitude.

Throughout my career, I’ve seen people who are always happy on the outside, even when things weren’t always going perfectly on the inside. They make the most of their day, and do everything they can to create a positive environment for everyone. On the other hand, I’ve worked with some pretty miserable people too. They believe that everyone is out to get them, and they spend their day watching the clock, wanting to leave. They were always the ones who found excuses not to come to work, and even when they did, they never performed to their potential. Usually, their home life isn’t much better, so I never really understood why they were always in such a rush. Rather than using their jobs as an opportunity to improve their situations, they used it as another excuse to complain. Their failure was always someone else’s fault.

We can choose to serve one another, or we can choose to serve ourselves. But remember, that choice will follow us straight to the end. The days are coming soon, when the choices we made in our lives will be evaluated by the ultimate authority, God Himself. He knows everything, and isn’t fooled by our excuses. His judgment is always right, and His judgment is final. There is no appeal process. What He says goes. Period.

Here’s the great news. As long as we are still in these lives that we’re living, it’s never too late to change. Right now, everyone has an opportunity to leave behind the mistakes of the past, and to join the winning team. All that is required is to make the decision, and to act on it. Words won’t be enough. It’s all about action.

If you’re already a team player, good for you! Keep up the good work, and don’t let anyone ever bring you down. And if you haven’t been the best teammate, today’s the day to change that. You won’t regret it. You’ll never look back at your past. And neither will God.

Have a great day everyone!

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I will also ignore your children.” (Hosea 4:6)

The meaning of this verse stands alone, in its entirety, without any need for commentary. Its meaning is crystal clear, and is corroborated throughout the Bible. But don’t try to read into my intention for presenting this verse, because today I am more focused on the first half than the second.

Today’s verse begins with “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” How important is knowledge? How dangerous is ignorance? Our Father tells us, quite succinctly, that rejecting knowledge is tantamount to rejecting Him. When we reject the truth, He rejects us. And everyone knows, God doesn’t change. He was and is and is to come. One God, one truth.

Knowledge and understanding are not always equivalent. We can know verses from scripture, and be able to recite them word for word. But we might not necessarily understand them. Understanding begins with knowledge, but doesn’t end there. So, if we reject the knowledge, we are guaranteed to have no understanding whatsoever. You can’t understand what you don’t know.

So where do we get the knowledge? Will attending a weekly service be enough? No. How about a Bible study group? Maybe, maybe not. It’s certainly a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t come with any guarantees. Knowledge takes effort. And effort is rewarded. The effort needed is a disciplined approach to studying God’s word, by ourselves. Besides, what could be better than being alone with Him?

With that said, if you attend church, don’t stop. Community worship is wonderful, and often quite beneficial. But the only knowledge you’ll get there is the knowledge the church leaders want you to get. And the accuracy of that knowledge is not assured. As a matter of fact, it is likely to contradict the knowledge being taught by the church across the street. Which one is right?

People are destroyed from lack of knowledge, because they rely on others to provide it. God didn’t give us His word so that others could interpret it for us. He gave it so that it would enter our hearts and become part of us, guiding our every step. Rejecting and ignoring it has consequences.

Do you want to know all of it or some of it? Do you believe that the condensed version is enough, or do you believe that the effort to understand it all is worthwhile? I am the first to admit that I am not an expert in scripture. But I study His word every day, because I want more. I know the condensed version that I hear in church, backwards and forwards. So do most people. It mostly goes like this: “We’re all sinners. Jesus died on the cross, for our sins, so that we can have eternal life, through Him. Love God and love each other.”

Is all of that true? Yes, for the most part, when understood properly. But that’s not nearly enough. He tells us that only a few will enter the narrow gate. That means that most will not. Only a few will have the knowledge, by choice. Most will not.

This might not be the most uplifting thing we want to hear, but the truth is always good. We have to embrace it and we have to love it. Sometimes the truth is difficult, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So, my words today are not intended to bring anyone down. On the contrary, I want to lift up as many people as possible. And the only way I know to do that is with the truth. A lie, even if it’s a little “white lie,” won’t do any good, and won’t have any benefit. It would be easy for me to tell people, as many do, that simply believing is all that is necessary, and that the details are not important. And it sure sounds uplifting. But I can’t do that, because it isn’t the truth.

So, structure for yourself a plan to read His word. Make yourself a promise to do it, and make it realistic and attainable. As you read, pray for understanding. He will answer your prayer. Be willing to accept that some of the things you have learned might not be entirely true. Don’t let me or anyone else influence your understanding, because we won’t be there for you when you are facing your final judgment. This is serious business. Eternity is at stake. Take it seriously.

God has plans for us that are beyond our wildest expectations. He always keeps His promises, and He promises eternal life in His presence. That is, if we are among the few that He lets in. The great news is that we can be. It’s all about our choices, and nothing else. We can choose to read. We can choose to pray. We can choose to believe. And we can choose to do as He says. Nothing and no one can stop us. Isn’t it great to know that we can choose to receive everything He wants to give us? Isn’t it wonderful to know that we can start today, regardless of our past?

Start now. Read. Pray. Believe. Do.

Have a great day everyone!

WHAT IS LOVE?


“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

For anyone who’s ever asked the age-old question, “What is love,” the answer is in these verses. If anything is missing, it isn’t really love. It’s the way most parents love their children, and the way most children love their parents, especially at a young age. It’s the way our Father loves us, every day.

Throughout our lives, we experience different kinds of relationships. We develop friendships. We make acquaintances. Some of them last a lifetime, and some are very brief. As we get older, we become more rigid in our requirements, and more selective about who we associate with, based on past experiences and our own personal needs. It’s human nature.

Is God the same way? That’s a very complicated question. We say that He loves everyone, but the Bible tells us that there are those who He hated (Malachi 1:3, Romans 9:13). Love does not boast, and isn’t proud, yet He tells us that He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). Love isn’t easily angered, but Isaiah 30:27 tells us differently. Love keeps no record of wrongs, but God keeps a book of life, and only those whose name is in that book will receive His eternal gift. The rest will perish in a lake of fire. Is that God’s idea of love?

Actually, it is love, in the purest sense of the word. We have to realize that our own human versions of emotions are not the same as His. His love is for our own good, and sometimes it involves “tough love.” For us, love is often mixed with other feelings, such as lust, greed, relief from loneliness, physical attraction, need for companionship and many others. When two people “fall in love,” it’s always based on some sort of initial attraction. It can develop into love, but it doesn’t start out that way. We’re human.

The only exception that I can think of is a mother’s love. It begins at the moment she discovers that she is carrying her child in her womb, and it grows stronger every day from that point forward.

Now, let’s look at God’s love. It’s even stronger than that. It began long before any of us ever existed, even before He blew the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. He loved you and He loved me, and He still does. Can He hate us too? Yes, even while still loving us. But what He hates is the sin dwelling inside of us. His hatred is directed only at that sin, and His love works inside us to give us the ability to purge that sin, if we are willing.

Read today’s verses again. True love has every ingredient that is listed. With one missing piece, it becomes something different. God wants us to love Him that way. That’s easy most of the time, but becomes more difficult when things aren’t going our way. But what is even more challenging is that He wants us to love each other that way. For some, it might feel like it’s impossible. It isn’t. But it takes effort. Can we love everyone? Yes. How? By understanding God’s word, and living it, in the same way our Messiah did.

Look for reasons to love one another, and look for ways to love one another. Finding the bad in someone might be easier than finding the good. But the easy road isn’t always the best one. Understand that He is coming soon, and when He appears, we will be like Him (1 John 3:2). So, how about starting now?

Have a great day everyone!

ARE YOU READY?

“Have your belt strapped on and lamps burning. Be like people waiting for their master to return from a wedding feast, so that the He comes and knocks they may open to Him immediately.” (Luke 12:35)

Oh no! It’s might snow! What are we going to do? Everyone better run to Walmart and grab a month’s supply of bread and milk. They’re predicting nearly an inch! Help!!!

Ok, I’m being a little sarcastic. Having lived much of my life in the Northeast, I find it funny when panic sets in over a little snowfall here. But on a more serious note, it’s very interesting to observe how people prepare for it. As soon as the first mention of snow is announced, everyone shifts gears. When snow isn’t in the forecast, it’s life as usual. But once it’s expected, preparations begin.

So, that leads me to two questions. Do you know that our Messiah is returning? And if so, what are you doing to prepare?

We’re always preparing for something. Whether it’s weather, a date, work, a vacation, bed, visitors or even church, there’s always something to prepare for. We read in our Bibles that He’s coming soon. How soon? No one knows. But “soon” is probably sooner than many think. And regardless of when He comes, we need to be ready.

There is literally only one way to be ready, and that is to understand His word. Those who don’t understand won’t be ready. Those with a vague understanding will be partially prepared, but mostly surprised and frightened. And those with complete understanding, or at least as much as is humanly possible, will be rejoicing. So, it is important to realize that our understanding of God’s word has a direct impact on our ability to be prepared for Him.

How do we understand His word? We read it. Over and over again. If we were still in school, preparing for an important test that we want to do well in, we would study, right? And our grade would be a direct reflection of that preparation. It’s no different. He’s coming, and His word tells us that we must be ready for Him. This is literally the most important test we will have ever taken.

Sometimes I sound like a broken record when I keep repeating that we need to read our Bibles. But that is because I wish, as He does, that none shall perish. And yet so many will. It is written. But that is an individual choice, based on individual preparedness, and nothing else.

So, the next time you find yourself staying home from work today because of and impending blizzard (haha), take that opportunity to open your Bible and read. If you come across something you don’t understand, read it again, over and over, until you do. Ask God for wisdom. Believe that He will give it to you. And most important of all, do as He says.

Read. Pray. Believe. Do.

Have a great day everyone!

DO YOU KNOW?

“On that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.” (Zechariah 14:4)

Do you have a mental image of what the day of the Lord is going to be like? What is it going to look like? Where will it take place? Who will be safe and who won’t?

Has there ever been, or will there ever be a more important day on earth? Some might say that the day our Messiah was born, or the day He rose from the dead is equally, if not more significant. And I won’t argue, because it’s a valid point. But beginning on the day that His feet stand on the Mount of Olives, splitting in two, causing rivers of living waters to flow out from Jerusalem, everything will change for everyone. Regardless of who we are, where we are or what we believe, we will all experience Him on that day.

“And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and His name one.” (Zechariah 14:9)

So, if this is such an important day, why don’t we all know about it? I would wager that most typical churchgoing believers couldn’t pain a clear picture of His return, even though it is written in their Bibles. Why? I can’t answer that. Again, it’s the most important day in history, with a detailed description available to everyone, and yet few really understand it.

As I write these daily commentaries, I realize how little people know, including myself. We have got to get out of the mindset that it is someone else’s responsibility to teach us His word. It isn’t. It’s our duty.

The word is so captivating. Once you find a version that you’re comfortable reading, it’s easy to become engrossed in it. We are blessed when we read it, and we gain understanding, albeit a little at a time. So all I can do, and all I should do, is encourage everyone to open their Bibles and read, from Genesis to Revelation, without skipping a single word.

Read. Pray. Believe. Do.

Have a great day everyone!

IT’S WORTH IT ALL

“Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: ‘Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name’s sake have said, Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy”; but it is they who shall be put to shame.'” (Isaiah 66-5)

Every believer faces persecution in some form or another, especially the people who were being spoken to here, those who I can relate to most closely. Most “Christian” Americans can’t really imagine being rejected by one’s own people as a result of making the choice to follow our own Messiah. On the contrary, in many parts of the country, those who don’t believe are considered to be the outcasts.

When a Jew such as myself comes to faith, a certain frustration comes along with it. On one hand, non-believing Jews just don’t get it. They think we’ve lost our minds, and that we’re no longer Jews. On the other hand, mainstream Christianity is overwhelmingly ignorant of the Jewish roots of the faith, and is definitely missing some very important knowledge. Although I now have many brothers and sisters “in Messiah,” I often still feel alone, even knowing that there are others who feel just as I do.

Without the promises of scripture, faith would be next to impossible, at least for me. But when I read words such as the ones in today’s verse, I realize that the loneliness is temporary. The disgrace that so many of my people try to put on me will one day come back to them. And yet, I don’t take pleasure in knowing that they will be put to shame. It is my constant prayer that they gain the understanding that is needed for eternal salvation.

In Matthew 23:39, we read some of the most important words in scripture. Our Messiah tells us that He will not return until the Jews believe. How many? I don’t know. But clearly more are still needed to fulfill His words.

I apologize if it seems like today’s commentary is all about me. But I take this very personally, and I can’t help it. I long for the day when He reigns over all the earth, and when everyone knows Him. I want to know more and more about Him and His ways, and I want the blind to see. I want to be fully led by His Spirit, and not by my own desires. I want more of Him.

Join me in prayer if you will. “Father. We love you. Help us to understand you better. Guide us through this life in a way that pleases you. Bring more of your chosen people to you, through your Son. Let them say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Let them say it over and over again, until it is so overwhelmingly loud and clear that your promise of Messiah’s return is fulfilled. Father, bless those who love you, and show yourself to those who don’t. In your Holy name we pray. Amen.”

Have a great day everyone!

LATER IS TOO LATE

“But now ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the sky and they will tell you, or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or the fish of the sea and they will inform you. Which of those does not know that the hand of God has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all the human race.” (Job 12:7-10)

So what is it that the animals, birds, earth and fish can tell us that we don’t already know? Are there atheists among them, or is that option only available to people? These verses leave us with more questions than answers.

Is there a relationship between these words and the words of Luke 19:40, which tell us that even if the disciples were silent, the stones will cry out? Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” And in Revelation 4:8-9, we are told that the four living creatures, which certainly don’t resemble us, will never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”

Maybe it’s time for us to get off our high horses. Yes, when God created us, we were to rule of the fish, the birds, the animals and the plants. But that was before we failed Him. Do we still have that authority?

Here’s where I’m going with this. In God’s hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all the human race. In God’s hand. It’s that simple. He created us, destroyed almost all of us in the flood, and then rebuilt. He promised never to flood the earth again, so He won’t. But there are other ways for Him to rebuild, and we already know them if we’ve read our Bibles. The day is coming that everything we know will change. Everything, except for God. We will see and hear Him in ways that we haven’t before, but He Himself won’t change.

We have the option of conforming to Him now or later. But later is too late. Those who will have made the choice prior will be rewarded. Those who chose to reject or ignore Him won’t. As a matter of fact, they won’t be happy with what is awaiting them.

This isn’t about using fear tactics to get people onboard. It’s about recognizing His love, for us and for His creation. Loving Him back isn’t complicated. It should come naturally, but for many, it doesn’t. That’s why He gave us an instruction manual, His word. In it, contains everything we need to know, untainted by human misinterpretations. His word has stood the test of time, while those who have mangled it have come and gone.

Read His word. It’s delightful, insightful and wonderful. It is the greatest story ever told. And it’s all true.

Read. Pray. Believe. Do.

Have a great day everyone!