Thief In The Night
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which, the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up – 2nd Peter 3:10.
We are told that the Lord is not slack concerning His promises. He does not delay beyond the appointed time; He will keep to the time appointed in coming to judge the world. Good men are apt to think God stays beyond the appointed time, that is, the time which they have set, but they set one time, and God sets another. What men count slackness is truly longsuffering, and that is towards all of His people; those that are professing to be Christians, and non-believers. His longsuffering is given both to the professing Christian and non-believers time to prepare themselves for His coming. God is not willing for any of His people to perish, but that all them would come to repentance. God has no delight in the death of sinners (Say unto them, As I live saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked – Ezekiel 33:11). Throughout the Bible, it shows how God always cried out to His people through godly men to return to Him with repentance and serve Him by His status because His desire is not for His people to perish.
A thief never informs you when they’re coming to rob you it always with a surprise. This is also the way it will be when Jesus return, it will be a surprise for the non-believer as well as the carnal Christian.Thousands of years, we have heard that Jesus is soon to return, no one knows the day or the hour, but when He return, He’s coming to judge the earth of its wickedness and the people who rejected His calling. Many don’t believe that God will allow someone to be in eternal damnation, but if it wasn’t so, He never would have allowed it to be in His written instructions known as the Bible (And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter into life maimed than having two hands to go int hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched – Mark 9:44). To “cut it off” shouldn’t be taken figuratively, it means to take whatever drastic action is necessary to avoid sin.
Sin is like cancer, its terminal and will spread from one generation to another. Satan has captured the hearts and minds of God’s people to the point we hardly ever stop to think where we may have sinned against God and try to correct our actions because we have allowed Satan which is a thief and a robbery to influence us that our lives are pleasing to God. He keeps us busy so we don’t take the time to read God’s instruction manual to see if our life is in line with God’s Word. He has many fooled thinking all they have to do is believe in God without the works to manifest a godly lifestyle that will manifest who’s servant we are. According to the book of James faith and works should be together whether it’s for believing God for something or by faith and works through submission to God’s Word.
The reason why people like religion its because it doesn’t require anything of them. No commitment, moral or ethical standards. Do what you want, when you want and who you want to do it with and how you want to do it. The Bible is a guide to direct Christians to live a life that will be pleasing to Him and uncomfortable at times for us. He’s commandments are to love each other as Jesus has loved us and to love God. When you love someone it’s a daily thing; true love never dies, as we love God and people we will give our all to them; spirit, soul, mind and body. That’s why people get into strongholds of souls ties because they have given the person every part of their being which should have been given to God.
Jesus is coming, and He’s coming for His church, a church without a wrinkle, blemish or spot. The only way we can survive is to hide our lives in Christ Jesus. When we give Him our total being, He prepare us to meet Him at His return. Jesus’ coming will be as a thief, and Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy our relationship with God as a thief. He had stolen the time of God’s people when they prayed and sought God in prayer, fasting is now out of the question unless a yearly fast is called by the church. No time for personal prayer, personal fasting, personal reading and studying the Word of God. Christians have allowed Satan to take what keeps the armor on for the soldier to fight and win. Jesus is coming, will you be prepared for His coming?