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Now Is The Time

My dear brothers and sisters, too long it has been since I have written to you all. Please forgive me for the lateness of the hour where I have failed many of you in the Lord with the encouragement and the uplifting of our faith. My heart is broken and shattered as I see the coming of the Lord and the hearts of man seeking the beauty of the world and all its desires and pleasures and not our Savior, Jesus Christ. Now is the time more than ever to turn back to our first love. Now is the time to seek the face of God his way and not our own. The Lord said that when He comes, would He find faith. He will come for a pure and a spotless bride. Now is the time to seek the Lord with all our hearts, our minds and our souls. He does not want a lukewarm people, but a people that will serve Him as unto death and in all righteousness and holiness.

We need to examine our hearts, examine the motives of our actions, examine the motives of what comes from our lips and examine the way we live. Be sure to know that if the Lord wants you to sleep, then sleep you must. If He wants you to be out in the garden, then you'd better be out in the garden. If the Lord wants you to pray, then pray and do not stop. If He wants you to be fasting, then fast with everything that is within you, even if it is to the last breath you take.

How many of us have been blessed by the Word of the Lord after service and then gone straight to the coffee house with friends to drink coffee and talk about everything except that which the Lord has given and spoken? How many of us, with our own ears, hear the Word of the Lord spoken and then let that Word go straight out the other ear? How many of us are all talk and no action? How quick we are to volunteer ourselves for the job, yet in a heartbeat, fail to do what we said we would do? We need to examine our hearts; let our yes be yes and our nose be nos. We need to get out of the warm water and make the choice today to be red hot and on fire for Christ and filled with the zeal of the Lord. We need to be ready to fight the battles the Lord allows us to go through. Jesus is coming sooner than you and I think. Now is the time to let the Lord light the fire under our feet! It is a time for refining. The testing of our faith is under trial.

The battle is fiercer than ever before. If you think you have gotten over your besetting sin then think again. The besetting sin that we have all struggled with since we were saved will seem stronger and even tougher to overcome than before. We need to cling to Christ with everything within us.

When all is going well, we seem to automatically forget our first love. The Lord gives us a house, a car and financial wealth. In the midst of all this, do we still hold on to Him? Do we give Him thanks? Do we give Him the glory? Sadly, many of us have fallen short of His grace and glory. Many of us let go of His hand. But what happens when the finances go down, the house payment cannot be paid and the car is repossessed? The first question is always, "Why?" We get angry, stressed and our hearts start to harden. We start to feel as though the Lord has left us.

My dear brothers and sisters, He did not leave us. We leave Him often. The Lord gives and takes away. In both cases, we never seem to thank Him and we are still never satisfied. In the midst of the trials and the tests, I encourage you all in the Lord not to be downcast, but to give God the glory. Daniel always gave God the glory in every situation the Lord placed him in. Even in captivity, he gave God the glory. In the lions den he gave God the glory. Every time his life was on the line, he gave God the glory. We all need to look in the word and read about Daniel. It is not a fairy tale story. It is real. It really did happen.

In every situation we are in, we need to give thanks to the Lord. Even if we find ourselves walking to work, eating rice and beans everyday, have no clothing on our backs or shoes on our feet. The greatest thing we could ever do before we hit the rock at the bottom of the cliff is give God the glory. Let our hearts be filled with worship and our minds set on praising the Lord. If you are sick and you know of a friend who is sick also, pray for them. You will find so much joy in seeing your prayer answered, as you believe when you pray and see your friend regaining strength and health to his body. If you see someone struggling to make ends meet, maybe that extra loaf of bread in your freezer is the key they need to see that the Lord is still looking out and providing for them.

Dear brothers and sisters, go to your prayer closet where it is just you and God. Pray and stay in prayer until you have found the Lord. Seek His face while there is still time. Darkness is upon the earth and the enemy is looking and hunting down the weak vessels. Seek the Lord while he can still be found! Do not wait until it is too late. Before the Lord can come for all He has appointed and chosen, repentance must come. I cannot help but tell you enough times to examine your hearts and seek the Lord. Through examination will come conviction. Through conviction will come repentance. Through true repentance will come forgiveness, which will lead to an everlasting life with Christ.

Revelation 3:19-21 – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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