Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day 10: {X}pect God's Ability to Save

The weakening of America, the volatility in the Middle East, massive Earthquakes, corrupt governments, devastating tsunamis and strange weather patterns...
...all point my mind to the second coming of Christ. 

{And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes on the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send for His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other}. Matthew 24:30 & 31

Although this is exciting for Christians, it is also scary. We all have people in our lives that do not acknowledge Jesus as their personal Lord. It breaks my heart. I am afraid for them. Unlike some popular opinion, I don't know any Christian who says "I want others to be like me." We know we are messes ourselves. We know that we are in desperate need of God. We are imperfect and sometimes that spills into our lives in such a way that harms our witness instead of helps it. Yet, at the end of the day- we are sinners saved by grace. We need Jesus for everything. When I was 20, I spent that year in a dark pit of depression and despair. I know that God allowed me to taste a small portion of the desperation that will be in Hell. Hell on Earth will not compare with the literal place God has prepared for Satan and the angels who rebelled against Him in the beginning of time. It's not meant for you and I, but God gives all of us free will. No matter what kind of life we have lived, salvation is offered to us freely. We can't earn it, manipulate it, or inherit it. It's a choice.

{For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works that no one should boast}. Ephesians 2:8 & 9

To be quite honest, there are many in my life that I have prayed for for decades. My belief in their salvation has waned. I tend to shoulder the burden of the salvation of others on myself at times. I forget that it is God Himself that sends his Holy Spirit to draw people unto Himself. It is my job to pray. It is my job to encourage, to help equip, and to speak truth to those who God has asked me to help. This blog is my responsibility, a platform God has given me, to teach what the Bible says.

Several months ago, I blogged HERE about my grandmother. I had given up on her ability to be saved simply because she had lived her entire life as an unbeliever. Yet, God showed me that A) He was listening to our prayers B) It is never too late, no matter how long a spirit of unbelief has been present, and C) The Holy Spirit can break through years of unbelief. God draws us, digs up the layers of unbelief, and grows us so that our lives are good. So that we can be FREE...

If you feel comfortable, leave the name of someone you are praying over. I promise to pray over each name and let's believe God together for their salvation. Time is short and it is his desire that no one partakes in the wrath that was and is meant for Satan.

{The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentence}. 2 Peter 3:9