What If You Knew That This Day Was Your Last?

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How differently would you live your life if you knew that today was your last day to live? So many of us can get distracted with things that,  if we really weigh them out, are not all that important. How differently would you treat those around you? Would you reach out to someone who you haven’t seen in years? Would you forgive someone who has wronged you? How would you spend your time?

Each one of us is going to face the end of our time on earth one day. If you are a believer and you know anything about bible prophecy, you know that the rapture can happen at any time. What if you knew that the rapture was going to happen tomorrow? Would it make you check yourself? Would you finally look at those around you who need Jesus and would you tell them about Him so that they too could be saved? Would you tell your loved ones how much you care? Would you tell those friends you have that aren’t saved about Jesus?

I know it sounds extreme, but in reality, we never know how much time we have left. I’m sure that many of those who have gone before us thought they had more time. Our time on this earth really is short compared to eternity. Make sure that you are living life on purpose and not just for yourself. Look around you. See people who are in need and those who are lost. Reach out and be Jesus’ hands and feet on this earth as we should be.      If you knew this was your last day, would you be ready? Jesus died for each of us. He was perfectly innocent but He carried our sins on the cross and took our place. He died so that we could live forever with Him one day. Being saved has nothing to do with your church attendance or any of the good things you have done. What it boils down to is this. Have you asked Him to be your Lord and Savior? Have you surrendered your life to Him and let Him into your heart? So many people think that they have to meet some standard before they can come to Jesus. This is so far from the truth. He wants you just as you are, mess and all. He will work out the rest. Are you ready?
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

~ Dez

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What Will He Say to You?

hand of God

    I believe there are going to be a lot of surprises when we get to heaven one day. There is a saying that Joyce Meyer has that says, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” The first time I heard this it made me chuckle, but then I thought about it and I realized how sad it is that there are people out there who really believe that church attendance or participation will somehow earn them points or a special ticket to heaven. If only it were so easy. Sadly, people who think this way are stuck in religion that will never save them. It may give them a good image or make them “look” like a good Christian but it cannot change them or save their soul. You see, when we focus on our works, we take away from the very purpose of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. We are saved by grace when we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives and we acknowledge what He did for us. There are no amount of works that can save us. Yes, these things are good when done with the right motive and when you are in God’s will. Religion will never save you but a relationship with Jesus will turn your life around and will change you forever.

   I have always been a watcher since I can remember. I watch people. I have seen people raised in the church all their lives, turn away and go on to live their lives with no acknowledgment of God at all.  It makes me wonder when I see this what these people saw in their homes as they grew up. Did they see one thing in church and something different at home? Did they see a model of a real relationship with the Lord or did they see religion? I realize this may not always be the case. It just boggles my mind that someone could ever really know God and then turn away from Him. I guess this is why I have always wanted to be genuine and give my kids an example of a totally imperfect person who is saved by God’s amazing grace. I can recall seeing a lot of religion as a child and it bothered me even back then. I always looked at Jesus and how He always was the same wherever He went when He walked the earth. He is the best example.

If you grew up in a strict church like I did, you have to come to the point where you know the heart of your parents or those who raised you and realize that they did the best that they knew to do back then. No parent is perfect. We have to learn to give grace to others as God gives to us all. I had to realize this myself at one point. The church I grew up in was very legalistic. I’m sure they didn’t see this back then but as I got older and grew in my own walk with God, I realized that so much focus was placed on actions and rules of man. I don’t say this to talk down to anyone or to sound judgmental. We all need to take a real look at ourselves and see where we stand. It is not easy to look at yourself, but it is necessary if we want to see the truth and if we want to change. When you stand before God one day as we all will, what will He say to you? Will He welcome you into heaven or will He turn you away and say that He never knew you? God is not a giant control freak who wants a bunch of clones or puppets or a genie to grant your wishes. He is a loving Father who loves you and has a perfect will for your life. He wants to protect you from harm. You see, the devil also has a will for your life that will only lead to destruction, death, and eventual hell. This is what we get when we choose to live for “self”. When we choose to surrender to God, we place ourselves under His divine covering. No, life won’t be easy especially in the times we are living in, but He promises to walk with you and take you through every moment. But most important, He will save your soul. As you draw closer to Him, His love will forever change your life and will give you purpose in everything you do.

Matthew 7:21-23 – Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

~ Dez

Love Those Around You

jesus hugging a little girl

 

We really never know what others around us are going through. Just because someone has a smile on their face, they may be going through hell within themselves. Don’t be so quick to judge, but be quicker to show love, give a word of encouragement or a hug. You don’t know how someone may be struggling to reach out and you reaching out can save their life. I know because I have been on the other side of this and some people will never know how that one hug or that one uplifting word helped me out of a bad place. I realize more than ever that we need others in our lives. It may be hard to reach out and connect, but it is vital and necessary. Maybe you have been rejected or used by people throughout your life and you find it hard to let people in. I confess that I struggle with that, a lot. But I don’t want to miss out on relationships that I should have had because of fear or rejection or fear of being hurt. I have to learn to take the risk. I’m not sure why I felt to share this today but I hope it helps someone. Life is so fragile and we aren’t promised tomorrow. Love those around you and say those things that you want them to know. Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter and if you don’t know Jesus, let me introduce you to Him. He is my best friend. He loves you like no one else and He loves you just the way you are. He will never turn you away or reject you. He will comfort you and be there when everyone else leaves. He is this and so much more. So run to Him today if you don’t know Him and let Him love you like only He can. You will never regret it. #eveningthoughts #truthtalk #life

 

~ Dez