by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta
Recent natural disasters bring to mind the signs of the times Jesus talked about. Hurricanes carve paths of destruction across miles of land. Volcanoes erupt and decimate all in their paths. Drought and floods kill people and animals.
Each year the earth suffers violent weather patterns. We prepare as much as possible for power outages, scarcity, and damage because we want to protect property and lives.
But the most important part of our lives to protect is our spiritual condition. With Halloween right around the corner, we are reminded of how evil is glorified in the world today. Images of devils, ghosts, and vampires cover lawns and store windows.
The signs of the times can indicate the return of Christ is near. And even if His second appearance is years away, we don't know when we will be leaving this earth in death.
Here are 3 ways we can prepare for meeting the Lord.
The first step to prepare for meeting the Lord is to know Him. Knowing the Lord and submitting our lives to Him prepares us for eternity but also for life on this earth. Jesus told His disciples that if the world hated Him, it would hate them also. The spirit of anti-Christ is already present in the world. Christians are being put to death, imprisoned, and tortured all over the planet. Relationship with Christ keeps us strong in the face of persecution.
The second step in preparing for the end of this age is to have a deep knowledge of the Scriptures to avoid being deceived. The devil can use signs and wonders as an imitation of God’s power to trick people into following him. If anything doesn’t glorify Christ and uphold Him as the Son of God, the doctrine isn’t the truth.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV)
Third, we are not to be in fear. Jesus said, And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28 KJV).
Our spiritual preparedness is not only for eternity but for this life as well. In Luke 19, Jesus tells a parable of ten minas as an illustration for His church to be occupied with His work until He comes back to the earth. We are not supposed to hide in the hills, sitting around doing nothing. Spreading the gospel is necessary until the church leaves the earth.
Hosea 4:6 tells us we are destroyed because we lack knowledge. We can make sure we are not in that group if we will become grounded in the Word of God to be ready for service on the earth and life in eternity.
Knowing who we are in Christ will give us the knowledge and wisdom to navigate events that come our way.
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