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The Hour is Late!

I woke up early this morning, in the second watch of the night, hearing the following words:

“If the good man of the house had known what hour the thief was coming he would have been prepared for him.  In an hour you think not the Son of Man comes.”

I found the first statement in Matthew 24:43  “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.”  The second statement is found in Matthew 24:44  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Since Jesus returned to the Father the disciples of Jesus have been looking for His return, for He promised:  “I go to prepare place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14: 2-3

It is written in Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven”  This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

When Jesus came to Earth the first time He came as the suffering servant, when He finished His assignment He went back to Heaven and He is going to come again, but when He returns this time, He will come as King.

The last days began when Jesus left planet Earth to return to Heaven.  Ever since that time His family has been expecting all of the things recorded in the written word of God to come to pass.  We await the wedding of the Messiah and His Bride.  In Luke 12:36 I saw these words:  “wait for the master when He shall return from the wedding.”  Interesting and thought provoking!

We will be blessed if we watch for His return according to Luke 12:37.  There is a blessing in watching and being ready.

He could come in the night, Luke 12:38 says the second watch, 10 P.M. to 2 A.M., or the third watch, 2 A. M. to Sunrise.  Matthew 25:6 says:  “And at midnight a cry was heard:  ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming go out to meet Him!’  We should note that all of the virgins spoken of in Matthew 25 were asleep when He came.  The difference was preparation.  Five were prepared and five were not prepared. (note:  time in these passages is in Israel)

Matthew 24:48 and 25:5  both talk about the Master delaying His coming.  God is merciful and would that all men be saved, but that does not mean that all men will be saved.  I do believe that it is possible that His coming could be delayed because of His mercy upon the lost souls in the world, and I further believe that He hears the prayers of His people and this may affect His timing as well.

Matthew 25:13  “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

When company is coming to your house, you want it to be clean and in order, if they will be staying for a meal you will prepare food, if they stay the night, then a room is made ready for them.  This is preparation.

How do we prepare?

It says in Matthew 24:37-39 that when Jesus comes it will be like it was during Noah’s time, people were drinking, getting married etc., in other words, life was going on normally, then the flood came and swept them all away, all  except for Noah and his family who were in the ark.

Noah was told a flood was coming when it had never rained.  He was told to prepare a vessel for himself and a pair (at least) of every animal.  He had to deal with ridicule and derision from the people on a daily basis, but he kept getting ready.  When the hour arrived and the ark was ready, they went in and God shut the door.  The sky opened up, the earth split apart and the waters rose, carrying the ark above it all.  Eventually, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  Leaving the ark, the Noah family went out and began to live on the purged Earth.

God prepared a man, Noah prepared an ark, God prepared a renewed Earth and man spread abroad over the whole earth from there.

We have been told to be ready for many years.  Our leaders have told us over and over, “Be Ready! Jesus is coming soon.”  “Be ready, be prepared.”  How?  First of all, have your heart ready.  Make sure that you are born of the Spirit of God, born into the family of God, baptized into the Body of Christ.  If you know how lost you were without Jesus, you will love Him intensely.  “He who is forgiven much, loves much.”  Luke 7:47

Secondly, love will be the hallmark of your faith, your relationship, not only to God, but also to people.  The first commandment is to love God above all and the second is to love people.   Love is the fulfilling of all law. Galatians 5:14  Romans 13:8  Jesus command was to Love one another.  He said that the world would know His disciples by the love they had for each other.  John 13: 34- 35.

Going to church on Sunday and then living the rest of the week for the devil, the world, or your flesh, is not being prepared.  Religious tradition will not make you ready for His coming.  Unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment will keep you from being ready.  Are you offended at someone?  You are not ready.

If you want to be prepared for His coming, study Paul’s letters in the New Testament, read the Proverbs in the Old Testament…there are enough do’s and don’ts to open a person’s eyes to how God sees things and that should bring repentance and turning to Him with all of your heart….then you would be ready.

Many people call Jesus Lord.  But, Jesus must be Lord of all your life or He is not Lord at all.  Matthew 7:21  “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heave, but he who does the will of my Father which is in Heaven.”

Are you ready?  Have you prepared your heart and your life?  Have you given all you are and have to Him?  If not, why don’t you do so today.  He will receive you.

Blessings,

Joy

Joanna’s Song

Joanna does not have a voice and cannot tell her story, but I believe that it should be told.  I do not know of anyone with a similar story to hers and I think it would please her for you to know.

“I was a dream within God’s heart before the world was created…because He has a Father’s heart.  He had a plan for my life, and when He created Adam He saw those who would come from his loins; I was among them.  When the world became so wicked, when all men hated God, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” and he and his family were spared the deluge; I was in his loins.   My father Abraham was told that his “seed” would be as the sands of the sea; I was in his loins.  And, when the “fulness of time” had come, I was conceived in my mother’s womb from the seed of my father’s loins.  But…….I never came to birth.”

You are probably thinking that this child was aborted and if so you would be wrong.  Nor was she a product of SIDS, some disease or illness.  I was Joanna’s mother, my husband was her father and the true story, up until now, was known only to a few.

My husband and I married when we were in our mid twenties during the time of the Viet Nam war.  When my husband returned from Viet Nam our intention was to start a family, however, conception did not come.  It was a very distressing time.

From the time I can remember, as a young girl, I wanted nothing more than to be married and have babies.  I had very few “boyfriends” while I was in high school, and for many years after high school I saw no one.  There was a short period of time when I dated, but again nothing that lasted.

When I met my future husband there was something that happened in my heart, I came to realize he was the one I had been waiting for, and now almost 50 years later, that spark is still there.  In fact, I love him more today than I ever have.

We desired a family, but conception did not happen and so there were fertility tests, much sorrow, grief and pain until finally the miracle of conception came.

To our union God brought two sons….God’s gracious gift and Truth teller.  We were blessed to have them.

Joanna’s story begins when our boys were eight and ten.  I am from a family of seven, and though I was not raised in my parents home, I loved a big family and wanted at least six children.  My husband and I did not agree on the number, and as it turned out there were just the two boys….until I became pregnant for the third time.

I am what some would call a “girly girl”.  I love ribbons, lace, fixing hair, etc…the whole dresses, shoes, purses thing.  I wanted a daughter to do all of those things with.  That was the desire of my heart and Scripture says that God gives us the desire of our heart.  I believe He puts the desire in our hearts and then fulfills it.  Others may disagree and that is their prerogative.

When I knew that I was pregnant for the third time I was excited and afraid at the same time because my husband did not want any more children.  As it turned out he was accepting of it.  That, however, is also not the end of the story, for early one morning when I woke up, the Lord put a very serious question to me.

I heard these words:  “Do you want to have this natural child or would you like to have spiritual children.”  You might say, “Why can’t you have both.” , and for some that is possible, very possible and probable, but not for me.

Do you know that God is so personal with each of us that His plan is tailor-made just for us?  In fact, one day He made this statement to me:  “If you had been the only one who needed to be saved I would have died just for you.”  That is almost beyond belief.  There is no earthly love like that!

I asked for a day to think about God’s question and I was given that time.   For some reason, probably only known to God, I am a one track-minded person.  When I do something, that thing is what consumes my heart, my thoughts and actions,  I really cannot explain the process that went on inside of me, but in the end, I chose spiritual children.

The next morning, the Lord came for my decision.  I laid my desire for a daughter on the altar of the Lord and I received future spiritual children by faith.

I made breakfast for my boys and saw them out the door, when I closed the door the cramping came.  Joanna had been two months in my womb when she went home to be with the Lord.  A visit to the doctor confirmed the pregnancy and his statement was, “Normally, when a woman loses a baby we have to do a D&C, but your uterus is clean so we won’t have to.”

Today I am the joyful mother of two handsome sons, who have brought me two beautiful daughters-in-love and ten grand-children.  To this number God has added many spiritual children.   It is a privilege and a responsiblity that I cherish.

The end of this story, this song, is that Joanna awaits her family in Heaven, where she is now thirty-three years earth age.  How I look forward to meeting her and hearing her side of the story.

Pastor Steve Poe tells “The Story” as having  two stories, the Upper Story and the Lower Story.  While John Eldredge tells of the Inner Story and the Outer Story.  The Bible is God’s story, the story of His love as seen through His Son, Yahshua.

This morning I was thinking of John 3:16 where God tells us about His love, His heart for people.  He loved so much that out of that love He gave the ultimate sacrifice, He sent His Son to earth where He was horribly mistreated and ultimately crucified by the Romans.  Jesus died and was buried in a borrowed tomb.  Again not the end of the story, because on the third day He arose.  Today He is with our Father.

Joanna returned to her creator and now you have heard her story, her song.  I pray that it has blessed you, dear reader, or at least caused you to think on these things.

Joy