Tuesday, December 4, 2018

AMAZING LOVE


AMAZING LOVE
by Sharon Cravens

God’s amazing love came down
So very long ago
In form—a tiny baby
As the prophets had foretold.

Wholly God and wholly man
A wonderful mystery
He offered Himself a sacrifice
Hanging from the tree.

Filled with grief and sorrow
Enduring so much pain
Paying the debt for all my sin
To make me whole again.

He offers this great gift of love
To all who will receive
And look to Him in simple faith
Forgiveness to receive.

Why did He do this?
What did He gain?
What could be worth 
All the sorrow and pain?

Though I can’t understand it 
It’s quite clear to me
It was all for His love—
Love for you and for me.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT....KEEP LOOKING UP!

Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

“he that shall come” – In context, this applies to Jesus

In looking at the Greek for “tarry,” there is implication to a specific time that will happen on schedule; it is already designated on God’s calendar.  When the Lord returns, He will be right on schedule.  It’s the phrase “a little while” that causes misunderstanding because we are so quick to read things from our perspective without considering God’s perspective.  What to God is a very little while can be a very long time from human perspective.  Scripture tells us more than once that there is a great difference in looking at time from heaven’s perspective as compared to earth’s.

Psalm 90:4 “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”

2Peter 3:8  “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

This is a quote from the prophet Habakkuk. 

Habakkuk 2:3-4 “…though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry….the just shall live by his faith.”


Faith carries one forward and not backward.  Faith moves one to persevere and not quit.  Faith confronts deception with the truth.  Faith makes one strong, not weak.  Faith leads one to obedience, not disobedience.  Faith acts in confident expectation, not fear.  In short, faith leads one to accept God’s gift of salvation, not reject it.  One who rejects God’s gift gives God no pleasure, and they will in fact suffer His great displeasure.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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Friday, September 7, 2018

A FRESH LOOK AT THE OLIVET DISCOURSE PT 9

Jesus then gives another illustration of this event.  He tells the story of a man who heads out on a journey, delegating duties to each of his servants and commanding the overseer to be vigilant and watch for his return.  He told them that he didn’t know how long he would be gone and didn’t want to find them sleeping on the job when he returned.

In context, the obvious application is that when Jesus returns, it will be at a time unknown, but should not be unexpected.  Again, this cannot apply to the time when He returns in all His glory as King.  According to Daniel, a specific time has been allotted for the tribulation; and we can know for sure that the LORD will return seven years after it starts. 

Daniel 9:25–27 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

In summary, the reference to Messiah being cut off is a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus.  After that time, Jerusalem and the temple will be destroyed (which happened in 70 AD).  The “prince that shall come” is a reference to the Antichrist.  The first real identifying factor of the Antichrist will be when he confirms a covenant between Israel and “many” nations for one week, or seven years.  In the middle of that week, he will break the covenant and stop all sacrifices when he declares himself to be God in the temple, as revealed by Paul.

2 Thessalonians 2:3–4 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

This act is the abomination of desolation foretold by Jesus earlier in this chapter.  

Jesus gives yet another illustration of a man whose home is robbed because he had no way of knowing that a thief was coming.  If he had known, he would surely have been prepared.

There are some verses in Revelation that I think are directly related to this illustration.

Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” 

Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”


The purpose of each illustration is to point out the importance of expectation and preparation.  Jesus is going to come without warning, like the thief, and we need to ever be in a state of expectation and readiness.  The one who is truly watching will be ready—will not be in a position of shame to meet the Savior.  This is a truth that has become much more important and real to me as I have grown older and more absorbed in His Word.  I am so much more aware of what I am doing each minute.  I so want the Spirit to be at home in my being.  This makes it much easier to make choices in entertainment and in how I prioritize my time.

The LORD goes on to say that the servant who is busy doing what he was assigned to do will be rewarded.  The evil servant that is disobedient and wicked in light of the fact that his master’s return is delayed will be appointed his portion with the hypocrites.  He will be revealed for who he truly is—a servant in name only.

Jesus goes on to emphasize the importance of avoiding sinful behavior that will result in one being surprised and unprepared when He comes.  He then goes on to say that you want to be accounted worthy of escaping all the things that will come to pass (in reference to the tribulation) and standing before the Son of Man (Himself).  This emphasizes the truth that He is talking about the rapture.  So, how is one accounted worthy?  By being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus as a result of accepting His gift of salvation.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Ephesians 2:8–9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Come Lord Jesus!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A FRESH LOOK AT THE OLIVET DISCOURSE PT 8

We are to be approaching God with earnestness and eagerness for the LORD’s return, even though we don’t know when that will be.  He then goes on to give an illustration concerning that time, making reference to the days  of Noah. In the days before the flood, people were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark; in other words, they were living life as usual.  Only after Noah was in the ark did the people recognize the truth of his preaching.  Noah knew all along that God was going to destroy “all flesh wherein is the breath of life” under heaven.

Genesis 6:13 & 17 “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”

Scripture also tells us that Noah was a preacher of righteousness.

2Peter 2:5 “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly….”

This tells me that his situation was much like that of Christians who share the truth of God’s coming today.  He knew the truth and was faithful to preach it, but the people ignored his message because they didn’t believe it.  We who have been redeemed by Jesus know the truth and are faithfully declaring it to those around us, but they choose to ignore it because they don’t believe it.  

This is not the first time that Jesus had taught this truth.

Luke 17:26-30 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

Note that Jesus included the example of Lot in His earlier teaching to emphasize His point.  I think the important truth to note is that God is going to deliver His own before exacting judgment on the wicked. 


As He continues to paint His word picture, the LORD says that two will be working in the field; one will be taken, and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and the other left.  This is descriptive of what happens at the rapture when the LORD takes the family of believers home to heaven and leaves the unbelievers behind to experience the coming judgment.

(to be continued...)