Our time is short, how are we investing it? Are we building personal sand castles or are we preparing the ark for the day the Lord will flood the earth with His Glory? Are our lamps filled with oil or are we going to have to scramble because we are carrying empty jars?
Full Text Luke 17:20-37, Matthew 24:36-51
“26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.”- Luke 17:26-27(NKJV)
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.- Matthew 24:37-39(NKJV)
I believe we are in the last days before the coming of Christ. But the church is asleep! And unless the bride awakens and waits in expectancy, it will be very dreadful on that day.
We are a Noah generation. Noah was living in times of great evil and sensuality. “The Lord saw how great mans’ wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” v6. Yet, in this time of great lewdness and perversity, Noah was a rare jewel.
“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God”- Genesis 6:9(NIV)
Friend now is not the time to walk in the lane of compromise. The lanes are splitting and that is not the narrow gate that leads to life!
“Choose this day who you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”. – Joshua 24:14 -15
Does that statement describe your life? Or are you dabbling in idol worship and worshiping God at the same time? Can others tell that you are different when you open your mouth or do you spew the same filth and profanity that permeates the airwaves and the radio frequencies? If Jesus were to show up today( either you going to meet him through death, or the Glorious King returning to earth in all of his splendor), will He say “well done, good and faithful servant!”-Matthew 25:23 or will He say “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you” – Matthew 25:12?
“Go into the ark you and your whole family. Because I have found you righteous”- Genesis 7:1
Because Noah walked with God, God extended grace and mercy for his family to be spared. Is our walk with God that intimate and close, that he sends an extended family invitation to the feast or are we being saved as only escaping through the flames?( 1 Corinthians 3:15)
Let us stand in faith and ask God for the salvation of our families. If we are truly sons and daughters, then shouldn’t we take Psalms 2:7-8 at face value and ask for the salvation of our families as an inheritance?
We see in Luke 15 the story of the prodigal son. For illustration purposes here, we may call it the story of the Father and the son who didn’t know the Father’s heart. I am not referring to the son who went out and squandered all of his inheritance. I mean the son, who was in the house of the father, yet was angered and envious when his own brother came home in repentance and broken!
I wonder if he ever asked his father how he felt about his son who left home. Why didn’t his brother go looking for him? If he was truly about serving his father as he exclaimed, then why wasn’t he glad when his father rejoiced? It’s because he didn’t have the father’s heart!
Do you have the Father’s heart? Do you rejoice in what he rejoices in and are you saddened and heartbroken over what breaks His heart? Are you close to his heart that you are able to hear His heartbeat? If not, I’ve got news for you! It beats: “SOULS, SOULS, and SOULS”!
“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” – Luke 15:7(NKJV)
These last days will be a time of great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and also a time of great persecution and evil. I don’t need to convince you about the latter. Take a look at what has happened in Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, and Israel… There’s a systematic and organized war that has been declared against the Church and Christians. What CNN or Fox News might now have broadcasted to you is though, that there is also a great revival and awakening that’s brewing in the hearts and souls of young men and women! The seeds of a new Jesus movement of radical, love-sick sons and daughters who are totally abandoned and surrendered are growing! A Gideon’s army of a few consecrated who are not in the forefront of church stages or big TV ministries but are waging war day and night in the secret place! A breed of young and old, who are striving with God for His mercy and hand upon our Nation!
Just as God remembered Noah and his family in Genesis 8:1, God will remember his servants who cry out to him day and night!
“So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” – Luke 18: 7-8(NLT)
Friend, the last days are here! The days where all the prophets prophesied about the return of the King!
“He’s not a baby in a manger anymore! He’s coming! Awake, Awake, who sleep! Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of David! The slain Lamb! He was born to be a King! He’s alive! The Jewish Man! He’s alive! Prepare the Way! People get ready! Surely He’s not a man that He would lie! Surely He will come again!
Some say the carpenter. Some say the teacher. They said the prophet. They said He’s a fraud? He’s a God!
Who is this King of Glory? Jesus! Messiah! The root and the offspring of David! The same way He ascended He will descend again! He’s doing a new thing! Are you ready?” – Misty Edwards