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An Appointed Time

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment – Hebrews 9:27.

Everyone has an appointed time to meet death or Jesus. Every day we live, we’re one day closer to death. The question is, will we be at peace with God?

Heaven and hell are real, and it appears more will be entering hell than heaven by hearing about their lifestyle. The prophet Isaiah stated that hell had enlarged itself (Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it – Isaiah 5:14). Death is not exempt from the rich, the professional, or the educated. Everyone has a day to meet death; one can gain everything this world has to offer, but they can’t take it with them. You will never see your money, car, or home running behind a hearse!

It is not God’s desire for anyone to perish; this is why He gave His only begotten Son for the sins of the world. Jesus didn’t have any sins, but we do, and He came to die for those who would accept His salvation to be reconciled to the Father.

Although Christians have been reconciled to the Father, they have a role to play in keeping their salvation and being in good standards with the Father. Just like parents want their children to follow their instructions, our heavenly Father wants His children to follow His written instructions He has given in His written Word.

We’re the spiritual Jews, and just as He instructed them to be holy, He has called us is to be holy in spirit, body, and soul. Holiness means you have to separate yourself from the world’s actions. He is not going to do it for us.

As Christians, we can’t look, listen, and go places where we know the Spirit of the Lord is not present. You will not find Him in a stepper’s club, a lounge, or a secular concert. Our eyes and ears must be protected so that everything will not filter through them. Many people have problems living a Christian life because they participate in the actions of the world, and they don’t have control over their flesh; the flesh dominates them.

Most of the time, what we watch and listen to hinders us in our Christian walk. They bring thoughts and influences to our minds, and the more we think about it, the sooner or later we will carry out the actions of our thoughts.

For instance, you’re watching television, and they advertise food. The more they advertise food, the more you want to eat something. You can be one who doesn’t eat sweets; keep watching; you will desire sweets. This goes for anything else we’re watching and listening to. What we place in our eyes and ears is what we will become.

Many have become addicted to shopping because that’s all they look at. We would become spiritual if we placed that much emphasis on spiritual things. God wants us to enjoy life, but He doesn’t want us to focus so much on this life and not where we will spend eternity.

We all have an appointed time to meet death or Jesus; whichever one comes, we must be in Christ; if not, we will end up in hell for eternity. We must accept salvation by Jesus and then be a doer of the Word of God. Accepting salvation and not submitting to the written Word of God is disobedience, and disobedience is sin, and the wages of sin is death.

To get to know your spouse, children, or co-workers, you had to spend time with them. How much more with the Father? We get to know Him through prayer, reading and studying His Word, and applying instructions to our daily lives.

Most Christians may spend thirty minutes with the Father within a week. They will not take time to pray or read His Word and wonder why they never feel Him or hear His voice. He doesn’t know you because you don’t spend time with Him to get to know Him. When you build a relationship with Him, you will be able to feel His Spirit and hear His voice.

Take the time to get to know Him; you have an appointed time; be prepared!

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