Advent has come to a close and Christmas is here. Let’s review the lessons we learned from the first coming of Jesus so we know what to expect concerning His second coming.
Adverse circumstances, rampant wickedness, or evil people do not deter the timing of God. His timing is always perfect. He came the first time at a hostile era of the history of civilization, and so it will be at His second coming.
The prayers of God’s people are always before Him, and He answers them in His perfect timing. Just as Zechariah and countless others prayed for a Messiah, we must continually pray for the second coming of our Messiah.
Our lives are not random. God places us into the right family, at the right place, and at the right time so we can carry out His specific will for us. Our goal is to live for God so He can advance His plans forward.
As children of God, our part is to be transparent and submissive. It is up to us to give God permission to work in us so we can fulfill our specific and extraordinary destiny. As we cooperate, He overshadows us with His Holy Spirit.
As we cooperate with God and speak His word over our lives and situations, He brings His will into existence. Angels work on our behalf preparing the way before us.
Just as the teachers of the law knew the scriptures and what signs to look for concerning the birth of Jesus, we must know and understand them about His second coming. It is our responsibility. Only then will we be prepared for His appearance just as the wise men were so long ago. We wait by living a virtuous life, intercessory prayer, and with willingness to suffer for Christ’s sake.
God always confirms His word with plenty of witnesses who could testify. His next event will be for all to see.
Finally, we must be bound to Him, heart to heart. When others see us, they should see Jesus through us. As we live daily to please Him, fulfilling God’s destiny in our lives, we can be assured that we are ready for His coming. It is the best gift we can bring Him.
So, we wait with patient anticipation for His return. It may or may not happen in our lifetime, but it will happen. Even if we leave this world waiting, we set an example for others to follow. As long as we are here:--
* Submit to God's will for your life
* Live well and be a good witness
* Study what the Bible says
* Always meditate on God’s word
* Make sure your actions line up with His word in your daily life
* Pray continually
* Speak His word over every circumstance
* Embrace His love and demonstrate it to others
Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year to all,