Friday, September 19, 2014

Say it while ya can. Uber-expensive cremation urns and tombstones might look alright to some, but they can’t really listen, feel, understand or respond.

You've got friends and loved ones that mean a lot to you. Are there things you really wish you could express to them, but have somehow put off? Ever prayed 'bout the timing and all.. asking God to help make it easier to get it out at the right time and in the right way? Say it while ya can.  Not "Luv ya."  Show it.  Say it clear.  "You are so very loved.  You are radically loved—God cares. And I  l o v e  you too."  And real love'll tell em even more...  

"Indeed, the 'right time' is now. Today is the day of salvation. We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry." ~ Paul

Don't seek to become famous through social media or through any other means. That won't fill that inner void. Seek God and to do the will of God. Seek to be in the will of God first. Then to be fruitful for His glory, yes, to help others get in His will as well.

Do you sense an empty void inside.. a relentless, a nagging, a deep spiritual hunger, a hounding guilt, a fear of death (I don't..just don't like gettin' dead. Hope the rapture comes first). Do you have an insatiable longing, or a craving after the eternal ..after the supernatural? Do you have an emptiness, a loneliness? You aren't alone. You my friend are loved. 

Hey there Buckaroo, you don't need some Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall, or to run after every so-called supernatural healing evangelist with his phenomena. You really don't need Harry Potter, Justin Bieber, a political party, a well-meaning Pope, the horoscope, a fortune cookie, a revelation from (a non- existent LDS angel) Moroni, the Koran, or any horseshoe for luck that ain't there. You don't need witchcraft, any dead religion, or some Ouija board. You and I need Jesus Christ. 

By repentance and faith you can connect. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones can't seem to get any, but you can simply apply Matthew 6:33 in the Bible, be born again and find real satisfaction. Some people today want to seek fame, want to over-post to gain it and make everyone know everything there is to know about them. Yes, many people post cuz they sincerely want to be loved. They have a real love-hunger inside, but God is love and loves them. Some just want to seek and worship someone famous. But we don't need fame, someone famous, or this world's wealth or type of success. We need the most famous One.. the Lord of glory. 

"I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you." 2 Timothy 4:1-5 nlt

"A time is coming.." that time has already come. You know it is now.. people of our day for the most part have their rude palm up in the face of God and His Gospel if you will, and they are no longer listening to wholesome Bible teaching. 

Preaching the Word might be out of season now (I think it is), but that might change soon if we pray for an awakening. It might not (I think it will). Doesn't really matter the season—we still have this Duty, this Great Commission, this Message, this fiery passion!

Pausing for time with Christ is more important than pausing for time with other friends. 

Pausing for power is pausing for prayer ..with the right address attached (to the Father through Jesus the Son). Praying or "saying your prayers" doesn't earn anything or meet your needs, God does that via candid prayer.

Pausing for power is pausing for Him... yes, before the powerful One who cares about us and about us sharing the Gospel with our friends. He still wants to bless you and make you a blessing..more than you want this. It's about submitting to His power (authority) daily for His world-wide purpose.

"We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding." —Billy Graham

Remember, there is One who understands human pain. Many blame Him. He didn't cause it. Our sin caused it. 

But He hears you. He sees it. He can forgive. He was broken too in this broken world filled with broken ones. He can deliver, heal and restore any. He knows all about your lost relatives and buds. 

He can do something about it ..through us. Emmanuel God with us. He says go tell cuz He cares and chooses to use people. Will He save all? No, some won't let Him. You know that. But some will He says take time with Him first, and then with them. Time here is short. Don't hold back.

Please remember! 

"We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding." —Billy Graham

Say it all while ya can--"I love you" and gossip the Gospel. Not just sayin' a "Luv ya" by itself once in a blue moon ..whatever that is.

Show it. Walk it. Live it 24/7/365. Pray it. Say it. "You are so very loved. You are radically loved by God—and man, I l o v e you." Then show them that it's true, that you do care about em. Do that today and in the future too.
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