Look Up For Our Redemption Is Near

25 Whom do I have in heaven but You? And with You, I desire nothing on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 NASB

In reality, who is the one that will always be with us when we go through dark times? The LORD.

Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. A Spirit-filled believer will desire Christ more than this world. We look forward to His return, but meanwhile, we must keep busy doing His work in spreading the good news that one can have their sins forgiven if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

There will be times when we will want to give up the good fight of the faith, that is when the Holy Spirit energizes us to press forward. Our flesh is weak but God’s strength resides within us and will keep every believer moving toward accomplishing the purpose that God created us for.

God’s Word keeps us hoping in a dark world. The world is getting darker and more scarier, that is when the light in the believer will shine the brightest. All of our tribulations and struggles will one day come to an end, when Jesus rescues us from this sinful and corrupt world. Let us continue to look up, expecting His return soon. Everything Jesus said in Matthew 24 tells us that we are in the last hour.

Jesus Exposing The Whitewashed Tombs

27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you too, outwardly appear righteous to people, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Matthew 23:27-28 NASB

The word for “woe” in Greek is to express grief and the way it is used in verse 27, the grief is what the scribes and Pharisees will feel after their death in hell because of their hypocrisy. The reason the religious leaders were condemned by the Lord is because they were sending people to hell even though they knew the Scriptures.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. -Matthew 23:15

The scribes and Pharisees deceived people with intent for gain. They loved money and fame more than God.

And they love the place of honor at banquets, and the seats of honor in the synagogues, 7 and personal greetings in the marketplaces, and being called Rabbi by the people. -Matthew 23:6

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. -Matthew 23:25

The scribes and Pharisees are what you would call today false Christian leaders. Jesus described them as a whitewashed which one plasters the tomb with to make it white and clean. A false Christian comes the same way. They will look like a genuine believer in the outside, talking like a Christian, but inside the person is spiritually dead. Jesus being the Son of God, saw through their facade and knew that they were as false as one can get. They were living double lives.

Another way that a false teacher can be exposed is to examine their lifestyle. A false believer will be filled with greed and pride, putting himself above others. In verse 28, it describes them as lawless. The word “lawlessness” means one who lives without God’s law in their heart. They will give you the impression that they live according to God’s Word but privately, when no other Christian is watching, they live for the world and its pleasures.

A false prophet or teacher can only hide for so long. It will be a matter of time before God exposes them by taking off their Christian mask for the benefit and safety of the saints. God can use anything to uncover what is hidden and in our time, the Lord used politics. With politics, you will see if a professing Christian will walk the talk by aligning himself or herself with those who are pro-life and are against the homosexual agenda. Folks, a Christian has to be one 24-7 in all area of life not just in the church. A false one will oppose you when you stand up for good and righteousness. I’m telling you, there are so many wolves hiding in Christian garments.

Friend, we are living in a time where it will be very difficult to know who really is from the Lord. Many look so much like a Christian that it is almost impossible to tell the difference. Be very careful who you let into your life for spiritual growth. You might be letting in a wolf that will destroy your faith. Jesus warned us that before the rapture of the church, there will be many false prophets to deceive as many people as possible. Your only safety net is the Scriptures and prayer. Stick close to Jesus and you won’t be fooled.

If Jesus Would Come Today, Would You be ready To Face Him?

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and in a godly manner in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, eager for good deeds. -Titus 2:11-14

God’s grace came in the form of the person of Jesus Christ. The word “grace” means God’s kindness and mercy to give us a way out of our sins. Once a person dies in their sins, it is all over. Sin is what makes you guilty and death is one’s judgment. As long as a person is living, there is still time, all hope is not lost.

Verse 12 points to Christianity as a way of life. And that life is to reflect the life of Jesus Christ. The world is godless, denying Him through one’s lifestyle. The world and its system only benefits the flesh, how to make one sin even more. The reason for that is because of who is running it. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, it says, “in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they will not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” The word “god” in this passage refers to the devil. He is the god of this world. No wonder the Lord had to bring it into judgment many times in the past like in Noah’s day.

A christian can be easily pulled into the world. The world and the Holy Spirit are fighting for people’s souls and whichever one goes to, they will be molded into the side they have chosen. A person who picks the world will act like it and the one who chooses Jesus will be like Him. No one can stay in the middle, that doesn’t exist. The middle simply means the world. The good news is that as believers, the Holy Spirit will make sure to transform us daily into the image of Jesus Christ. The transformation is not in the sense of physical appearance but in character. We will hate what Jesus hates and love what Jesus loves.

Also, we will desire to see the return of Jesus Christ since we no longer belong to this world through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. Our home is not here but where God is at. If you claim to be a Christian the qualities mentioned should be in you and if not, you need to be honest with yourself and see if you have truly given your heart to Jesus. We are not promised tomorrow, we are only promised eternal life through faith in Jesus.

“who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed” Jesus came to die for us, taking our punishment upon Himself so that the Father can open up the door of mercy. The Lord wants all of us to live righteously and He has given us His Word as a guide to mirror. The gift of God through Jesus can only be activated by a person’s faith. It is not automatic. You have to choose to believe in Him. There are so many in churches who think they are Christians and are not. Self deception to me personally is the worst kind. I say that because it makes it very difficult for one to recognize it unless an honest self examination takes place—comparing your life with the Scripture.

I have spoken to a Christian who is not looking forward to the return of Jesus Christ but is more into this life and what it has to offer him. To me that’s off, something isn’t right.

Also, ask yourself, do you desire to be more like Christ? Do you love the things that promote godliness? Or, do you swing more into the direction of the culture which is antichrist? Remember, the only one that it will affect if one is not honest is yourself.

We are living in the end times no question about that. Now is the time to be more in God’s Word and prayer, To defend the gospel and Jesus Christ. To preach when it is easy and to preach when it is hard. Press forward with confidence.

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” -Romans 10:11