Saturday, April 11, 2009

Make Sure Your Calling and Election

2 Peter1:10 (YLT) wherefore, the rather, brethren, be diligent to make stedfast your calling and choice, for these things doing, ye may never stumble, 11 for so, richly shall be superadded to you the entrance into the age-during reign of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Here it is again, you are being told to make your calling and election sure. Also, again, we see that conditional word "if." IFFFF you do this, then something happens. Ifffff ye do these things, then you shall never fall.

The literal translation tells us to give diligence to make our calling and election sure, yet the "once saved always saved" teachers tell us there's no need for us to be diligent in this matter. They say our calling and election were locked in during our 15 second "decision for Jesus" a long time ago. So who is correct? The bible or snake oil salesmen, so called preachers of righteousness?

Give diligence to make your calling and election sure. That command is given to you and me. If it was already sure, why were we commanded to give diligence to making it sure? This is straightforward stuff guys. Matt 7:14 tells us that few will be saved, why? The hired hand preachers of this world do not teach you that you must be diligent about making your calling and election sure. Don't you think that would be something important they might want to mention sometime? Anytime? Instead, you hear it from them...never. Kind of like Matt 7:13-28. People just don't want to hear it.

Today is still a pre-flood day. Today we are still in Passover, a time of remembrance of the Lord's mercy to us who believe, and wrath on the faithless world. Noah went into the ark on Iyyar 17, the second month of the hebrew calendar, which equates to May 11 this year. We are told that the coming of the Son of man will be just like/exactly like the days of Noah and Lot. What if the Lord comes for us on May 11th this year. Would that be exactly like the days of Noah and Lot? Yes it would. Could it happen? Yes it could, or it could happen today.

Today is a day to remember the things our God has done throughout history, for us and those of us who have died "in Christ." Today is a day to give diligence to making your calling and election sure. The babylonian, so called christian church is to busy giving financial advise, teaching self-help classes and all kinds of other garbage to bother trying to wake you up to the tidal wave of darkness and distress coming to this world. Today is a pre-flood day....the ark is still sitting on the grass with the door open for those with the wisdom to get in it before the flood starts. Today is a pre-brimstone day, where the Spirit of God is urging us to walk out of the city before judgement falls. Today is a day to prepare hearts and minds, to establish faith, to root it deeply in the only ground that is fruitful, which is the ground of the Word of God, which is by definition Jesus Christ.

History has already proven to us that disaster can come in a single day. You don't have to convince people who have recently had their homes lost to tornadoes, wildfires, floods, earthquakes etc. They understand. What is the Spirit of God saying to the churches today? That is my question each and every day, it should be yours as well. A people should inquire of their God, should they not? Any time the kings of Israel had some important matter they needed advice on, they would consult the Lord (through the prophets) to figure out what to do. We now have the Holy Spirit living within us, we have no need to consult prophets. The spirit of prophesy lies within each of us along with every other spiritual gift we could ever ask for.

I don't know if you saw the recent earthquake in Italy but from what I heard from witnesses, it was horrific. They are still digging up the bodies. Anyone who has been through an earthquake will tell you its absolutely, terribly frightening. Our God tells us that he's going to shake this world like a ragdoll, along with a host of other terrifying judgements on the world. Be ready, be watching, an escape from all is coming. Most will not be counted worthy of it, and one reason for that is many people don't even pray to be counted worthy of it as we are commanded to in Luke 21:36. If you are reading this right now, you have been reminded, the command has been brought back to the fore of your conscious mind, that you must pray to be counted worthy of the escape from all that is coming. You must believe that you will receive what you ask for in prayer because a double minded man is unstable in all he does. Pray without ceasing, remember the brothers in all your prayers, I can assure you that you are in my prayers. I pray that all those "in Christ" along with my family and myself may be counted worthy of the escape from all that is coming. That prayer is built on the bedrock of the word of God.

Along with this prayer from Luke 21:36 I also pray the Lord's prayer.....Our Father....Give us this day our daily bread...thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth just as it is in heaven.

Only the Lord knows what tomorrow or even later today will bring to the minds and eyes of men. Walk across the grass, climb into the ark TODAY while the door is still open. Our ark of safety is the Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. May his name be praised throughout all eternity. grace and peace