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    10_Oct_The Clock is Ticking

    Tick Tock, the clock is ticking. Time is moving on and there’s no reversing it! We look around us and see what the passing of time does to the things with which we are familiar - like God’s beautiful creation, like nature wherever we look, and the creations of mankind, like buildings etc.  In fact we only have to look in the mirror and see what the passing of time has done to us! Hmm, perhaps its best to leave that subject well alone :)

    But it doesn’t take too much to discern that those tangible things are not the only things that have degenerated with the passing of time. The morals of mankind have degenerated also. The thoughts and intents of the heart of human nature has descended into absolute decline that the world in which we live has become a rather frightening place to live!

    In the Book of 2 Timothy we read of what the nature of mankind was predicted to look like in end times, and as you read this rather shaming list of characteristics you will see clearly that this is a description of the characteristics we are seeing today on a daily basis wherever we look:

    “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
    covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
    despisers of those that are good,
    Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…”
    2 Timothy 3: 1-5.

    It is as if this depressing list we find in the pages of our Bibles was written just a week or so ago and that the ink hadn’t had time to dry yet!

    Of course this sad decline in human character and rapid increase in depravity is because of the departure from the ultimate and absolute truth found in this precious Book. As long as people feel that they are entitled to their own truth, chaos will reign! And God is not the Author of chaos!

    The Word of God tells us of future events which must shortly come to pass, and these things are all lined up as it were and just waiting to happen. All the wars and rumours of wars, the lining up of nations against Israel, the breakdown of governments to make way for a one world government, one world economy, and one world religion… a global reset! The Lord Jesus Himself told us what to look out for and said: “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21: 28.

    And if we are seeing with our own eyes everything getting ready to happen, then how much closer is the event that Christians are looking forward to?

    I heard it said once that when you see the shops getting ready for Christmas you know that ‘Thanksgiving Day’ is almost here!

    The signs and the seasons are telling us that something is brewing and the lid is about to erupt! And Jesus warned us about these things in order to prepare us all for something that must first take place before this world descends into the judgement and the wrath of God against all who have rejected His Son.

    The Lord Jesus Himself promised His disciples just before He went to the cross to die in the place of sinners like you and me, that He was going to come again and receive His people to Himself so we could be where He is. He has been gone a long while preparing a place for us in His Father’s House. How unspeakably wonderful and glorious that place in the Father’s House must be!

    This is just the very same thing a bridegroom would have done in the time in which Jesus was recorded saying these comforting words to His beloved followers.

    They would have taken bread and wine together, as a covenant was made between them both before witnesses that she would prepare herself for him while he was away preparing a place for her. And at an undisclosed time some time later when everything was ready, the call would go out and he would go forth (usually in the night) to fetch his bride and take her away to be with himself.

    So when Jesus was talking with His disciples the following beautiful words, He was speaking as a bridegroom would do to His espoused wife:

    “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    John 14: 1-3.

    This is an amazing promise indeed and ought to comfort the hearts of all God’s dear people - He is coming very soon to call us all away from this sad old world to go to be with Him where He is. He is going to one day soon deliver us from the coming wrath of God that is almost ready to burst upon this Christ rejecting world. It is because of His tremendous goodness that He waits each day for people to repent of their sins and turn to the Saviour and trust in Him fully while they may.

    But the clock is ticking, and time is running out! God will not wait forever! 

    One day the very last person to trust their all to the Lord Jesus will have been counted in and it will be time for Him to come. But if you are not ready right now you need to make sure you are ready straight away; for this is a matter of urgency. You do not know if you have tomorrow! None of us do!

    In the book of Jeremiah there is a heart rending statement that ought to challenge anyone who is not yet ready to make sure that all is well with their soul without any further delay:“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8: 20.

    How much time are you prepared to risk wasting before you finally admit before a loving and merciful God, that like us all you are a guilty sinner for whom Christ died? He waits long and patiently for you to admit that you are helpless and hopeless without Him. He waits to bless with cleansing and forgiveness the moment in all sincerity you humble yourself before Him and cry from the bottom of your inmost being: “Lord, be merciful to me, the sinner.” (See Luke 18: 13.)

    Dear distant follower of my Beloved Lord Jesus, how much more time are you prepared to waste in frivolous pursuits and/or possibly hiding your identity? Honour Him because He promised He will honour you when you do. May He be the object of your heart’s desire. May His unfathomable and undeserving love cause you to rise up and make every last little moment count; for we really do not know just how many or how few of them are left!

    Redeem the time because the days are most certainly evil! (See Ephesians 5: 16.) Let Him know that you are prepared to give whatever it takes to do something that is of eternal value, because it is certain that we can take nothing we have accumulated here with us where we are going!

    Twice in the Book of Revelation the Lord refers to His coming in a specific way:

    “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,
    which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
    Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”
    Revelation 3: 10-11.

    “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
    Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
    Revelation 22: 20.

    That word “quickly” in its original form is translated from the word ‘tachu’ from which we get our word ‘tachometer!’ When things start ‘revving up’ and are happening at a faster pace than ever before, know that our beloved Lord Jesus will be coming without delay, very soon, and suddenly!

    It cannot be denied that we are certainly living in revved up times with increasing velocity, and as the Lord Jesus told us earlier: “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21: 28.

    And so having seen what is happening at eye level and finding nothing but chaos and desperation here, let us look up because this is from there our Beloved will soon come.

    Now is the time to make sure you are ready, therefore do not delay and suddenly and without warning find yourself left behind to face what is soon to happen upon this earth and civilisation that once said “We do not want ‘this’ man to reign over us.”

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    09_Sept_Salute Rufus

    Salute Rufus
    (Romans 16: 13)

    This might appear to be a rather unusual title for a Blog, and Rufus might be an obscure character that not many people know about, but the very fact that his name appears in Scripture with such high esteem must be important.

    His name is featured among a list of names at the end of the book of Romans and I was intrigued because I could remember his name being mentioned somewhere else, and so I did a bit of detective work and searched for him until I found him. 

    “And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, 
    the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.”
    Mark 14: 31. 

    Rufus - one of the sons of Simon who had a very important role to play in the life, or rather the end of the life of the Lord Jesus. He was compelled to bear the cross of Jesus behind Him. While the Lord Jesus was bearing the full weight of the cross at the front, Simon was behind carrying the part of the cross that would have been dragging in the dirt!

    Such a task was the last thing on earth anyone would want to do, and such a man as Jesus who was about to be crucified was the last one that many would want to be associated with. But there was something about Simon, and his willingness to do this task made him an honourable man.

    What an impact this must have made upon the life of this man. He would never forget the day when he walked with Christ to the place of His crucifixion. I wonder if he understood back then that Jesus was going to the cross to bear in His body the wrath of God for his sins. He would have heard the words of Jesus praying to His Father on the behalf of the Roman soldiers who were nailing Him to the rugged cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Maybe he was there to witness the darkness that came over the scene, and to hear the conversation that took place between Jesus and the repentant man on the cross next to him. Perhaps he heard Jesus cry with a loud voice: "it is finished!"

    Whatever happened on that day, the task that he was given to do must have made a deep impression upon his soul that changed the course of his life forever.

    He would never be the same man again. From that moment he would become a different man, a different husband, a different father! And one of his sons by the name of Rufus was among those named in the Scriptures as being a close acquaintance of the Apostle Paul!

    Isn't this an amazing thing! So little is recorded about both of these men - Simon and his son Rufus, and yet they are important to God who made sure that their names were written with indelible ink in the Word of God.

    How important it is to understand that our lives as insignificant as they may appear to be, are making an impact on others around us for good or for bad.

    Perhaps those people maybe our children, perhaps they are siblings, schoolmates, work colleagues, neighbours… the list could go on and on. Perhaps our demeanour may be affecting the life of somebody we just don't know. Consider the Cashier at the Supermarket, the Road Sweeper, the Postman, or the man who cleans the windows… 

    What is most important for us to remember is that every life is precious no matter how great or small they may appear to be in human estimation, and every soul is precious to God!

    Whatever it was that Rufus did that caused the Apostle to encourage others to salute him must have been important to him, and he publicly acknowledged this man. And the kind of man that he had become all started with a godly father who wasn't afraid to be associated with the crucified Christ.

    What an impact we can have and who knows how greater impact that could be if only we could demonstrate our unswerving devotion to that same Christ that Simon was devoted to. 

    I had occasion sometime ago to make a statement that I standby even to this very day, and it goes something like this: “Don't ever allow us to be overcome by the pressure this world demands upon us for our children. Do not let us ever feel that we must go beyond the simplicity of a godly walk to persuade our children to walk with God, because …

    The greatest thing a parent could ever do for their children
    is to give to them a father and a mother who is completely satisfied with Jesus.”

    This is the rock solid foundation that not only a child needs but we all need! Simon was a man who was plunged right into the very depths of the world's rejection of Christ, but he didn't refuse such a task, and I believe he is probably eternally glad that he was the one compelled "to bear the cross after Jesus."

    But while writing this article, I have noticed something else - nobody would have chosen to have done such a task is this; I mean who would wake up in the morning with the desire to carry the foot end of the cross behind a flogged, bleeding and rejected man who is being jeered and mocked every step of the way?

    Perhaps there are some tasks that we would very much prefer not to do. But do not despise the task, if it is associating you with the crucified Christ. Contrary to public opinion, it is an absolute honour to be in such a position. It's what matters to God that is most important, and He will make sure that honour is given to whom honour is due!

    If it is therefore true, (and so it is), that everything that we do has an impact on somebody else, then our little lives are important after all!

    So be encouraged all of you who are feeling insignificant and unappreciated, because God values you, and your willingness to be associated with the One that the world has rejected brings to Him great pleasure, and comes with great reward.

    Let us therefore have His pleasure, His honour and His glory as the primary objects and motive behind all that we do and say… after all, look what He has done for us!

    He was not averse to being associated with the likes of us. He did not shy or turn away from going to the cross on our account, but rather was steadfastly minded to go straight there without any diversion.

    Therefore such love demands everything that we have and all that we are in response. May we not be ashamed of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us, and may our lives be such an influence for good to those around us so that many more characters like Rufus maybe raised up to be honoured and saluted. :)

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    Related topic - "Before Great Men"

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    Something cropped up on the Facebook newsfeed that grabbed my attention. It was an incredibly moving account of a young woman who is currently battling for the third time with cancer!

    She appeared on America’s Got Talent with a song she wrote about her life called ‘It’s Okay!’ Her name is Jane Marczewski, a.k.a.”Nightbirde”.

    After her moving performance, and when the judges were expressing their thoughts she interrupted with this incredible statement, which not only stunned the judges but it stunned me also. I stopped the video, took it back a few seconds to listen again and write it down. Here’s what she said:

    08_Aug_Contentment

    Such wisdom! Having battled not only with this horrible illness two times before, she has also suffered the breakdown of her marriage! And now she is sick again and she has been informed that she has only a two percent chance of survival!

    It doesn’t get much worse for an individual than that, so I guess she feels in her heart that she has absolutely nothing to lose by entering this talent competition!

    A little bit of research about this beautiful young woman tells me that she is God fearing and may possibly be a true Christian. Through her seasons of suffering all alone she has acquired such insight that any thinking person would deeply admire, and her statements all reflect the importance of being content and making the most of time.

    What an incredibly valuable concept that is woefully missing in today’s ‘system’ and all those in it!  You don’t have to look far to observe what has been revealed during this Covid crisis, and the many restrictions that have been enforced on us.

    After being cooped up for prolonged periods of time, some people could only think about when would be able to ‘party’ again once restrictions were lifted!

    But society in general lacks contentment because human nature craves for more, and is never satisfied with what we possess! This is the reason why some of those with a fortune to their names are constantly looking for something else to fill or thrill them. Many of these people’s lives are all broken. And yet others with very little of this world’s goods are so peaceful, content and radiantly happy.

    The beloved Lord Jesus knew what it was like on both ends of the spectrum.

    He left the heights and the splendour of heaven, to come into this world via a virgin womb and was born in abject poverty. God could have chosen to bring Him into the world via a princess in a palace, but He came and was subject to the care of a couple with very few possessions of their own and nowhere to go except to the places where God told them.

    The Bible tells us that: “… Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8: 9.

    It is wonderfully possible in this chaotic and woefully lost world to be anchored deep in the truth and fully satisfied. But the secret as it were is not found ‘in this world’! It is entirely found in a Man who now lives outside the time domain. The very power that rose up the precious Son of God from among the dead abides in the lives of all who truly trust in Him for their eternal wellbeing 

    The Bible tells us that: “He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107: 9. And He certainly does… if we let Him!

    But this is not something that just ‘happens’. This is a satisfaction that is developed through being intimately acquainted with Him. This is knowing Him so well by experience that you know that He is sufficient in all circumstances. The longing and hungry soul may try to clamour after the empty promises of this world but it won’t be long before we discover that our efforts are futile like trying to capture water in a bucket full of holes!

    Something important to remember is that it is not what He gives that satisfies, but it is who He is. The Lord Jesus is able to bless super abundantly beyond our imagination, and has a wonderful way of getting into the hidden crevices of our inmost being.

    And when He is welcome there, His peace is our portion as was His desire for His people. Jesus said to His followers: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14: 27.

    In the troubled and restless world in which we live we certainly need the Lord Jesus to be perfectly at home in the centre of our lives; for if He is granted freedom of movement and rest in our ‘Bethany’ heart, then the centre of our lives will remain unmoved when troubles come our way… and they will!

    And if we are satisfied in the One who is at home in the centre of our lives then we will be content whatever our lot in life may be.

    The Apostle Paul said:

    “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
    I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:
    every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
    both to abound and to suffer need.
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    Philippians 4: 11-13

    It doesn’t appear to matter what our financial, health, or social status is, we can choose to be discontent or content in whatever state we find ourselves to be in at any moment of time.

    But the secret of such contentment and satisfaction is living and doing everything we do ‘through Christ, who strengthens us.’ Some people may have more strength of character than others and may be able to achieve a state of contentment for a season of time, but it is only through the Lord Himself can this contentment be sustained on a daily basis.

    We ought not to waste our time waiting until circumstances are favourable in order for us to be in a state of peace and contentment. Perhaps for some of us, that time will never come!

    Jesus only is the One who satisfies and now is the time to find that out!

    As a parenthesis I would add that the lyrics of the song include the phrase “it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay if you’re lost, we’re all a little lost, and it’s alright.” I completely understand where she is coming from, but I wouldn’t want to leave that thought without providing a word of hope for all of us who are ‘a little lost’.

    As a Christian I must add that it really isn’t okay to be lost! We’re all a little lost, and that isn’t okay other than to know and understand that this is why Jesus came - “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19: 10.

    To continue to live life lost and to dare to die in that condition is not okay at all! Not when there is a seeking Saviour on the look our for lost souls like yours maybe! Let the Saviour bare the sin that causes you to be lost and trust that when He died alone on the cross, He was dying as your Substitute. Turn away from that old lost life and trust in Him with all your heart, then you will be able to join the countless redeemed people who have the praise of their beloved living Lord and Saviour on their hearts.

    “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay,
    and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
    And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
    many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
    Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust…”
    Psalm 40: 2-4.

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

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    When I was composing fresh thoughts for this months Blog entry, my train of thinking was interrupted by a cute little story I heard. Apparently this is a true account of something that happened a little while ago.

    This heartwarming story about a little boy called Thomas who came to School dressed as Superman! When the teacher asked him: "Why are you dressed as Superman?" The little boy replied: “Because Superman is my Uncle!" The teacher smiled and gently chided him for making things up. But he confidently affirmed that this was so, because according to him Superman was really his Uncle!

    He told all of his School mates, he told the playground Assistant, and soon the School Officer was informed about little Thomas and his ‘tales’! The news travelled fast and the little boy and his ‘tale’ of being the nephew of Superman was causing a bit of a stir, and the School Officer got in touch with the little boy's Mother.

    A conversation took place between her and the Officer. There was an expression of concern about her son and his fantasies, and the risk of him growing up believing in the reality of Superman fuelled by his imagined relationship with this fictitious character. “We try to encourage the children not to tell lies!” Said the rather frustrated Officer.

    The child’s Mother quietly listened to the concerns brought before her, and then gently replied that her little boy was telling the truth!

    She got in touch with her brother-in-law to ask if he wouldn’t mind going to the School to ‘save’ Thomas, and sure enough, at the appointed time, Mr Henry Cavill made a visit to the School much to the delight of a whole lot of excited children! Thomas was telling the truth after all, because he is the nephew of the Actor who portrayed Superman in the movie ‘Man of Steel’!

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    Now, our little Island of Jersey is famous for many wonderful things: the world knows us for our famous beautiful cows and the luscious milk they produce, and our lovely ‘Jersey Royal’ potatoes produced in the spring time, Lilly Langtry an actress of yesteryear, the lovely Jersey lily flowers named after her, then our very beautiful Island is a holiday destination for many, and of course - Mr. Henry Cavill (aka Superman) is a Jersey boy! Imagine that, we have our own Superman! :)

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    Some years ago, back when the movie was premiered, I wrote about this event and Jersey‘s 'Man of Steel'. It was an interesting and a proud moment for Jersey, in which I saw a valuable spiritual lesson, you will find it here… 

    But it doesn't take much to see that there is another spiritual insight into this recent incident I would very much like to share with you.

    Please allow me to tell you about somebody that I know is infinitely more powerful than any superhero that this world could ever produce. His name is Jesus.

    The Bible tells us that he is "God manifest in the flesh."  1 Timothy 3: 16.  ”In him dwells all the fullness of the godhead bodily." Colossians 2: 9. If ever we want to know what God is like, All we have to do is take a look at His beloved Son, because…

    "God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in times past
    under the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
    whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
    who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
    upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,
    set down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
    Hebrews 1: 1-3.

    When the people of that day when Jesus walked this earth were looking at Him, they were seeing God in the beauty and perfection of His character. This is what the apostle John writes about Him:

    "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.
    The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him;
    and without him was not anything made that was made.
    And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
    (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth."
    John 1: 1-3, 14.

    When He lived on Earth around about 2000 years ago, He was able to solve all sorts of human dilemmas. He was able to cleanse the leper, open the eyes of those who were blind, open the ears of those who were deaf, and He was even able to raise people from the dead! He was able to control the weather and commanded a raging storm to be still, and immediately there was a ‘great calm’! He was able to feed thousands of hungry people with nothing more than a young lads provisions for the day: five loaves and two small fishes! He was able to heal the brokenhearted, give dignity to those whose lives were so deep in depravity that they had to hide away from everybody around them. And He was able to deliver those incarcerated by demon possession!

    What a Man was He!
    Isn’t the world looking for someone like this today?

    But sadly the vast majority of people who live in this world don't want anything to do with the beloved Lord Jesus, like they didn’t want Him when He was here, and they are looking for another man, a ‘Mr. Fixit’ to sort out the worlds problems. The man the world is waiting for is destined to arrive on the scene sometime soon, and he will appear to have all the answers to the dilemmas and the problems in which this world has descended into.

    However, I would not recommend any of my readers being here at such a time as this, because unfortunately, Mr. Fixit, or as the Bible calls him - ‘the Antichrist’ will not be the person who everyone will have been led to believe he is. His name suggests that he will be much more than merely being apposed to Christ, but rather, he will rise to power … ‘instead of’ Christ! As the Lord Jesus was God in a human body, so the Antichrist is the complete opposite!

    This man will be the Devil himself in a human body!

    Those who are here to see this man rise to fame will have missed the most marvellous event that every Christian today is, or rather ought to be looking forward to, and that is the promised coming of our beloved Lord Jesus to take us away from this world to be with Himself.

    "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    I go to prepare a place for you.
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
    that where I am, there ye may be also.”
    John 14: 1-3.

    This is what the Bible calls our “blessed hope“. (See Titus 2: 13.)

    After this miraculous event, which is set to happen very soon, (although we do not know it's appointed time), the world will descend into chaos and perplexity. While the world will be going through a time of great tribulation, God’s people who trusted in the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour while here on earth will be safe in His presence away from all the horrors that this world is about to experience.

    This precious Man who ‘came into the world to save sinners’ like you and me, He is able to deliver all those who are trusting in Him from the wrath to come upon this world and all those who reject Him.

    He has already done all that is necessary to ‘save’ us from this demise when He ‘showed up’ and lived His perfect and sinless life, (which displayed the life and character of God), and ultimately gave up His own life on the cross, (which displayed the love of God).

    There on the cross He did something infinitely greater than any super hero could ever do - He took our place, and in His own body He bore the wrath of God we deserved. 

    Because the sinless Savior died my sinful soul is counted free
    For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me
    C.L. Bancroft

    The world is set to endure the wrath that Jesus died to shelter us from. But sadly those who reject God’s offer of pardon and deliverance will have to face the wrath of God on their own.

    Much wiser it is to trust implicitly in the Lord Jesus, ‘who loved us and gave Himself for us,’ so we can be forever with Him and in His divine protection rather than to risk being left behind to face the horrors that are yet to come! 

    Do not trust your own chances, or wait another moment of time - the promise of Jesus’ coming could happen at any moment. Come and join those of us who are occupied in the interests of our beloved Lord while we are watching and waiting for His promise to be fulfilled.

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    Here's how to know for sure you can be ready for heaven.
    It's as simple as 'ABC'

     ABC

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    “Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.
    And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.”
    John 21: 12

    A small company of disciples of the Lord Jesus returned to their fishing boats they left a while ago. It was a while since they had seen the risen Lord and perhaps a little despondency had crept in. Peter announced: “I’m going fishing”, and the others followed.

    It was a long disappointing night of fruitless work. They caught nothing! What a waste of their time and effort! As they rowed back to the shore feeling defeated and exhausted, they caught sight of ‘a Man on the shore’! He called out to them, asking them if they caught anything? Of course they had to tell Him that they hadn’t.

    At this point they didn’t know who this Man was! But He said something to them that was odd and yet familiar: “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” We don’t read of any conversation going on between the Man on the shore and the exhausted fishermen - they just threw the net into the sea as suggested, and this time they caught a great haul of fish!

    Then the penny dropped as it were; it was John who recognised who the Man was, and said to Peter: “It is the Lord!” Peter, forgetting all about the fish, and how tired he was, grabbed something to put on to make himself decent, launched himself into the water to get to Jesus as soon as he could! The others brought the boat and their catch to shore.

    When they arrived, they saw a fire and the smell of fish and bread cooking wafted from where He was to where they were! How inviting! And after obeying His instructions to bring all the fish ashore, nobody dared question who He was or what He was telling them to do, because they now knew who this Stranger on the shore was.

    The disciples knew that their earlier efforts were fruitless. Their energy was spent and they were defeated. And all this because they went back to the life they had been called from to become ‘fishers of men’!

    Why did they do this? Was it because they grew despondent waiting for Him after He rose from the dead? They had seen Him a couple of times before, but it had been a while since then. He told them to wait, but for how long He didn’t say! And so they did what came naturally. There was nothing wrong with what they did, but now it was a fruitless work because Jesus had given to them a more noble calling, and they had to wait until He made them ready for this, their new vocation.

    None of us like waiting do we? If we are not careful the weight and impact of the Words of God gradually dissolve and we begin to drift back to the life from which we were delivered. Perhaps there is nothing wrong with some of those things we used to do or think … but now the doing of them, the occupying of ourselves with those things we once spent our time doing has become a fruitless waste of our time and energy.

    The Lord has given to each of as a high calling … a life that cannot be lived in our own strength or according to our own ability. However, most of us, if we were honest would have to admit have wondered off at some time or other and done our own thing. And what has become of that? Perhaps our lives resemble what was said of the disciples after toiling all night … “That night they caught nothing!” If it was not for this precious account we might feel like bowing our heads in shame and giving up!

    But just as He was there for the disciples, so He is there for us.
    Bless God that there is ‘A Man on the Shore’ for us also!

    Did He reprimand them for not waiting for Him, and for returning to their old life? Was He harsh with these exhausted men? Had He given up on them, like perhaps we would do either on ourselves or someone else? Of course not! He had every right to express His disappointment in His failing followers but He didn’t. Perhaps this is because the Bible tells us that: “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Psalm 103: 13-14.

    This precious account gives to us all hope in the fact that while we still have a few moments of time left, we can do something meaningful and of eternal value with them. Our lives may have left us exhausted, defeated and fruitless, but our Man on the shore is there to give us hope. 

    Does this give us the license to live careless lives knowing that everything will turn out all right in the end? Absolutely not! The Bible says: “to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4: 17. But it does give to the one with a true and contrite heart the comfort in the knowledge that the same Saviour who came to die in the place of sinners like you and me, receives them all whether we are a lost sinner or a saved sinner!

    My beloved Lord Jesus who is gracious and long-suffering and is not willing that any should perish, also extends all the grace necessary for the wondering believer to arrive home in heaven with many treasures awaiting him … or her :)

    And so what of all those wasted hours, days, weeks … even years? Is there anything left that we can give to our loving Lord that He will value? How will the moments of time that we have left amount to anything in eternal ages?

    My beloved Lord Jesus is a wonderful Restorer. He restores the soul of the wonderer, and He restores 'the years that the locust have eaten.' (Joel 2: 25.) Look at the barren land after the locusts have been free to devour it! My beloved Lord has the incredible ability to restore out of the barren life fruitfulness, as if all those wasted years had never happened.

    The Man on the shore took them back as it were to the place where they went astray and brought them back to Himself. Soon they would go in the power of His gracious Holy Spirit with a message that would change the whole world.

    Our beloved Man on the shore can do the same for you so that you can prosper both in time and for eternity! Don’t delay - He in abundant grace and mercy is waiting on the shore just for you. 

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