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1/15/2017 ~ Watchmen


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Darkness has no bottom.
He calls for us to be watchful in His light.

"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. ..."
~ Matthew 24:42-43


To be watchful is a repeating key message found in the Lordís word to us.
Serious and grave is that we come to know God is real,
and that our meeting is immanent.


"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour you do not expect." ~ Matthew 24:44


We are most seriously warned to be ready for He is coming.

"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. ..." ~ Matthew 26:41

The flesh can be such a heavy agonizing anchor.
It is extremely important that we do not sever our personal relationship
with God. Preparing to meet your maker does not involve a vacation.
Casually ignoring Him retreating from daily, if not in each moment, prayer
leads to immersion in the world. Our perspective must remain in its proper
domain, eternity. To forget our source can mire one in the temporary
passings where the heart or soul of man is being tested for resolve. Too
often generic popular memory verses get sanitized and we can miss the
importance of the simple truth such as watching and praying. It is tragic
when lusting desires replace lifting love in distant aching hearts.


Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming
- in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, ..." ~ Mark 13:35-37


As we approach the midnight hour, who is your master?
Is time your master, or instead of a thief, is it an exciting blessing with
opportunities for more? Time is a creation of God where it is a statement,
a condition of what we will do with limitations and confinement. Can we
handle or endure being below God? We are all in a realm of material
bondage. Will we find desperate outrage or gentle thankfulness?
Genuine engagement with others or an isolated implosion in to the self?
God is socially timeless waiting to see what we look for and who we will
choose to become. In discovery, the excitement our heart holds can be
challenged by all that creation offers. One must rise to the top above
creationís magnificence to regard the creator deeply over the finite
descending unquenchable desires. Peace is a calm without desire.
"To watch" is synonymous with "To come".   Amen.


"... your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men
who wait for their master, ..." ~ Luke 12:34-36


Is the string of your heart connected to heaven or tied to a video game?
Time is where management can not be ignored. Preparing for this or
that can seem an endless exercise, especially where decay and dust
constantly approach. What one fills the self with becomes that which
one is. Waiting for God or not expresses either a heart of impulsive
recklessness or patient control. God is asking us for presence in Him
over careless disregard. Purpose, one way or another, has always
involved passion of thought. How close is He in our heart of thoughts?
To wait for the master to arrive is to pay attention to Him. Surely,
if we are truly waiting for the master, we are looking for Him.


"Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes,
will find watching. ..." ~ Luke 12:37


What God has instore for those that love Him is beyond the light we can
see. Is not that which is above all more valuable than all that which
is below? The faithful incessantly watch for His coming.


"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour you do not expect." ~ Luke 12:40


No matter how many times time has given us death, it always comes
as unexpected. We feel almost impervious to its affects denning it will
happen to us, though we fear and watch for it in others. Children cry for
their parents demise in the trap of mortal life. If we watch and wait for
death; cannot we watch and wait for life? Time itself is death of the
moment. Godís repeated warning is in all that is, that it is coming to an
end. What will be the impetus of our muster while we live under in this
constraint of dying time? God calls for us to be higher than where we are
and see Him for the greater glory that He is. Simple minds are limited
alone to the earth where dust decays. Belief in more than mere sands
upon the wind is where the faithful rise to eternally meet God.


For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, ...
~ 2nd Timothy 4:3


If the Bible is a lie, then there is no God.
If there is a God, then the Bible is His word of proclaimed inspired truths,
and all others 'facsimiles' lack credibility. False religion is more popular to
mankind for it is manís creation created for self-satisfaction, and pleasure
seeking; an acceptance of uncondoned behaviors, over that of an intimate
submission, and immediate accountability, to God. Many in their distance
from God answer to self without considering His ways or that we all
must eventually answer to God. It is a blatant dismissing of spiritual
accountability, while embracing and catering to the flesh. He has
announced His judgment seat, by which we all must pass, through Christ,
not Buddha, or some figment of Allah; Jehovah is His name. He does not
coexist with evilís end. Misgivings in proper worship, almost unbeknownst
to casual wanderers, ensnare one in the tangibles, disregarding those
things which are from above. When Christ asks if the faith will be upon the
earth when He returns, He is asking if hearts will pursue God over self.
Running away from His inspired word to another will not draw the
blessings we hope for, such as peace, love, sanctuary of heart.
He calls to all through His word and no man can replace that.


... and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside
to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:4-5


What we choose to hear and or regard is what we believe; passion is
defining. What we carry is who we are. Many turn from God not desiring
His ways. Truth can not be altered to fit illusions of what is not. Heaven is
One way and our emancipation into it comes by His ways,
and called out for behaviors and or habits of soul.

Dedication, determination, consideration, all define what we are. Certain
truths cannot be ignored whereas arrogance defeats humble submission
in His presence, which is what He looks for from us, not by dogmatic
insistence, but from an eagerly willing and loving thankful stance. Mature
Christians are removed from guilt as He bears that weight upon Himself
welcoming the faithful. We love Him for He loves us first with such a
greater intent than we can fully know. May our belief always be tempered
in His furnace of truth. Humbly call and pray for His guidance and wisdom
to be revealed, that our hearts may be softened and thorns removed.


... let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
~ 1st Thessalonians 5:5-6


Light is our lesson in life. Vision and blindness are upon us. Wake up to
God is the call. Pay attention, to know Him is where reality fits truth over
lies. Strength of character is to remove oneself from the vices that cause
stupor. Sentient capabilities are best served in life with the tingles of real
conscious living, over those unmitigated desperate escapes from that
which confronts one, whatever painful or suffering situations may be.
Excuse has no champion. Running to the hole of self pity and or misery
serves no one. Drugs and dependence is not reliance on God. One can
live as dead if God is absent. Put off sin and watch for God is the solution
to the problem for all, especially for the afflicted under the despair of
oppression. All are inherently good enough to rise back to Him and His
saving grace; it is the choice He offers as He pleads for our return.
He is making a distinction between those that sleep verses those
who choose to be sober, and in this is defined His judgment to come.


... But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith
and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:7-8


What draws us into eternity is our faith
where our hope remains in His love.


... praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful
to this end with all perseverance and supplication ... ~ Ephesians 6:17-18


Armor to Go
Helmet of Salvation = Our Hope
             Word of God = Our Defense

True Christians fall more deeply into prayer as we grow closer to Him in
understanding and love. Is our hope casual or something more serious?
The word is our defense to protect the treasure we hold dearest.


But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious
and watchful in your prayers. ... ~ 1st Peter 4:7-8


To those that habitually hate, themselves and or others,
along with blaming family members, they can find solace and
exoneration through love. Love both starts and ends with God. In fact,
love covers all sins and is how Christ has come to save us.
Lift your heart in the light of His love and you will find life.


"Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, ..." ~ Revelation 3:2

There is a hole in the justice of man. Our goodness is fading upon
legalizing lawlessness. Who among us can claim justice can be served
without regard for accountability for all under God? When menís whims
rise above Godís rules, to favor the sinfulness, blessings shall evaporate
from view. Commit your heart to God and He will establish your thoughts.


... if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will
not know what hour I will come upon you. ~ Revelation 3:3


God has written right and wrong upon our hearts for those who will listen.
Therefore is a defining and conclusive word. It is, therefore believe.
To deny Him and His ways therefore announces oneís end. Souls
are accountable to a higher order than the petty ordinances
of man that slosh in confusion and preference.


"Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his
garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." ~ Revelation 16:15


Time reveals all natures
Coming as a Thief = To Take Life
      Keep Garments = Put on Christ
            See Shame = Sinfulness


There is a thief waiting in the corner of all of our lives.
It is coming to take our lives, and in the flash of a moment,
we all will be standing before Him. Being ready in Him
preserves our dignity over the shame we all must bear.


... For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, ...
~ Proverbs 8:32-33


If one chooses not to hear God and His word,
there will be no sacrifice of mercy for this one.


"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily ..." ~ Proverbs 8:34-36

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:15

... "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, ..."
~ Revelation 18:4


To turn away from truth is to invite death. It is true that he who loses
his life for the sake of knowing God finds his life as living waters refresh
and lift the spirit. I was raised in a family of professing atheists.

I wholeheartedly believe atheists believe in God, it is just that they
hate Him rather choosing careless pleasures over regard for His word.
How Can one come out of the sinful world if one does not know what
to look for, in relation to Godís will? Ignoring His ways will not
exempt one from purposed ignorance.


Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Let all that you do be done with love. ~ 1st Corinthians 16:13-14


The test remains for each of us whether we choose to courageously
believe or not. In any event, He calls us all out to have love in all we do.
Love is the innocence of creation that bear eternity on our souls.


... always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you
a reason for the hope that is in you, ... ~ 1st Peter 3:15


Eternal life has no comparison and for us it is a hope in Him.
Our faith is our victory while we live out our lives waiting upon
His promise. Hope cuts truthfully the razor of our faith.


Watch for His Love approaches
Watch for we do not know when the Lord is coming
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation
Be ready always to receive the master
Times of false teaching and deception are upon us
Do not sleep but watch and be sober
Salvation is in His word and keeping prayerful
The end is here so be seriously watchful in prayer
Hold fast and repent
Blessed are who keep His ways and do not disdain it
All those who hate me love death
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, & be strong
Let all that you do be done with love
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts ready to answer

Watching for the Lord welcomes His coming.
Time is a vacuum retreating into the darkness.




 

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