Thursday, October 31, 2013


Let me begin by saying that I am not a prophet, but I do know there will come a time in every life, when we will stand before the Lord and give an account (Rom. 14:10-12; Heb. 9:27)!  Possibly, some of you reading this have already come to that point in your lives, and in reality, actually have less than twenty-four hours.  I believe these four things should be our priority until our last breath:

1.  WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE BORN AGAIN:  "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness..." (Mt. 6:33)!  If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, that is absolutely the most important thing you need to do, for without Christ as your Lord, you are doomed to hell!  The Word of God says, "He that believeth on Him (Jesus) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (Jn. 3:3-8, 18; Acts 4:12)!

2.  WE NEED TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT:  If you are absolutely certain you are a born again believer, the second most important thing you need to do, is to make sure you have confessed your sins (1 Jn. 1:9), and that you are filled with the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:17; Eph. 3:19; 5:18; Phil. 1:11; etc.).  Some believers do not realize that, though God filled them with His Spirit at the moment of their new birth (Jn. 3:3-8; Acts 4:31; 9:17; etc.), because we still sin, we "leak."  That is why the Apostle Paul told born again believers they need to "be filled" in Ephesians 5:18.  The only time a believer is filled with the Spirit, is when he is righteous, and the confession of our sins reestablishes the filling of the Spirit; otherwise, we would not be cleansed of all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9).

3.  WE NEED TO BE RIGHT WITH THE BRETHREN:  Even though we are saved, we still sin, and in so doing, we often offend our brethren.  The Word says that before we "approach God," we need to make things right with others; it says, "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift" (Mt. 5:23-24).

4.  WE NEED TO SHARE THE GOSPEL TO THE LOST:  Proverbs 11:30 says, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise."  Believers are ambassadors for Christ to the lost world (2 Cor. 5:20)!  We are to share the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), for IT is the power of God that wins lost souls (Rom. 1:16)!  If you truly love your family, friends, and even your enemies, you will want them to accept Christ and be saved!

Is this your last twenty-four hours?  Does it really matter?  Be faithful!


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