Noah was a man who had devoted his life to obeying God. He was 500 years old when God saw the earth had become wicked. God showed Noah His grace because Noah had a heart after God.
God gave him the directions and dimensions of the ark and what to do with it and why he was to make it. Specific details He told him. Noah began to build exactly what God told him.
Each day he built this ark, this boat, huge in size, in a place where it had never rained, with no body of water anywhere near where he was building it. So picture this man called by God to be the heir to the world, the righteousness of God. For a hundred years, he spent day after day building this monstrosity of an object out in the sheep pasture.
I am surmising this picture as people walk by, surely they stopped and asked old Noah, watcha building there old timer? Noah says a boat. Why are you building a boat? Because God is sick of all the sin you people are committing and He is going to flood the earth and kill all of you. Surely they laughed and made fun of and mocked him for a hundred years as he built this useless vessel out in the pasture.
Can you imagine telling someone for a hundred years that God spoke to you and told you to build it and that He was gonna flood the earth and kill every living thing on the earth? Can you imagine the mockery, the ridicule, the making fun of and calling of names that must have gone on? The jokes that were told in the cities around, the talk at the pub, the gossip at the hair salon. The fool that God made him look like before all the world as they watched and laughed.
The outcome of this was that it began to rain for the first time in history. The people standing around saying what is this, and it wouldn't stop, it just kept coming and coming and pouring in sheets of torrential rain. One asked was this what Noah was talking about?
God closed up the door in the ark, I believe, because Noah wouldn't have had the heart to see and hear the cry for help as they all began to drown and cry out for help. The children who were drowning, the animals, cats, dogs, sheep, old people. Noah would have had mercy on them. God destroyed them because their sin had reached its peak and God could no longer tolerate it.
God always sends His messengers to warn the people and gives them plenty of time to heed the warning and repent. All throughout the Bible, God sent messenger after messenger to warn the people of His wrath, but most of the time they laughed at and ridiculed the messenger to the point of prison or death.
Jesus was one of those messengers. God Himself came to earth to sound the trumpet of a new covenant, a new start, a chance to be released of all the debt they owed. A way to be saved from sin and a way to know and follow the truth. They tried to stone Him, and ended up killing Him in the most horrific death ever known to man.
Jesus gave it all so you could come and be saved and given true life eternal through His death. Every time you sin, every time you turn your head away from God to sin, you are trampling on Jesus. You are calling what He did on the cross foolishness. All Jesus wants is for you to love Him by obeying His commands and reaching the lost, to tell them the good news of eternal life through repentance and forgiveness of sins.
Jesus gave us His all so you could give Him your all, to do His will. This life is not about you. It is about doing God's will, giving your whole life for His service. God has sent His messengers once again. The warning is being given. He is giving everyone plenty of time to get it right, but just like the parable says, everyone is too busy. They are not interested in the things of God, because they are engulfed in the things of this world. The end of the parable says not one of them will see my banquet. That would be the wedding banquet, the one where the bride of Christ is served and fed a feast by the groom in heaven, Jesus Himself. The parables are the keys to the kingdom of God. Most people think they are story time with Jesus and His disciples.
It is Time To wake up, It is Time to put down the things of this world, and grab a hold of the things of God. If you love the world, or anything in the world, the love of God cannot be in you. That my friend is the word of God. Please heed the warnings, that the Lord's disciples are shouting from the roof tops.
This time it is not going to be a flood. He gave us the rainbow, so we would know the earth would not be flooded again. This time it will be destroyed by fire. Have you ever seen a nuclear bomb, or an atomic bomb? That my friends is fire in the worst way. The end is near. The Lord is calling His bride, His servants to go out into the streets and alleys and make them come in, so His house will be full.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Remember, believe is a verb. A verb requires action. Jesus tells us that to be His disciple, you must give up your life and follow Him. That is action; to lay down your life to do the will of the Father.
Jesus tells us love is above everything. Having love is more powerful than faith, courage, strength, and sacrifice. Jesus also tells us the greatest love is to lay down your life for your neighbor or your brother. The love of God is eternal life, so we must lay down our lives to reach the lost, so they will have eternal life.
We were not put on this earth to build our own kingdoms and get glory for ourselves. We were put on this earth to Love God with all our lives, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to bring glory to God. So, in order to do what we were put on this earth to do and to receive eternal life for ourselves, we must do the works God requires; to believe in the one He sent. To believe requires works. You cannot believe with your mouth, you can only believe with your actions, (our heart). For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Our lives mean nothing if we let our neighbors die without telling them the truth. If you offend people for telling them the truth, then you have followed Jesus, because Jesus offended everyone He spoke the truth to. Some were convicted by being offended and turned from their sin, others became bitter by being offended and hardened their hearts.
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
The truth (JESUS) will set you free if you receive the Truth (JESUS). In order to receive Him and be set free, you must believe which is a verb; action. To believe requires you to love your neighbor as yourself and love God with all your life.
The lost are crying out to God to send them someone to show them the way, just like the Israelites cried out to God and He sent them Moses. It Is Time Jesus is calling His disciples to rise up and do His will. If God has not given you a vision to gather in the lost, get on board with those who have been given a vision to gather in the lost. Moses was the only one with the vision. Everybody else had to trust and follow Moses. God has given several a vision for these last days for many to follow and help bring it to pass so the lost will be reached.
“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
IT IS TIME