Sealed Forever

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Revelations Chapters 20 through 22

Sealed forever

 

I have a deluxe food sealer that claims you can seal food for years! I use it to seal wild game and fish that I catch. I am not sure I would trust it to seal food for more than one year though. This week’s reading is from Revelations 22:11, “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” This is talking about a sealing process that is so permanent that it will last FOREVER. Jesus is saying that when we die we are sealed in the state we die in forever! Jesus talked about this in Matthew chapter 25, when He explained what it would be like on Judgment Day. He said the goats will be on the one side and when He rebukes them for their ‘unjust, filthy’ lifestyle, rather than repent and ask for forgiveness, they try to pass the blame back onto Jesus. They claim they didn’t know. Ignorance of what is right is never an acceptable excuse. What Jesus is saying is that people who chose to live a lifestyle of selfishness and rebellion will be sealed in that lifestyle for eternity. They won’t even consider repenting when they are judged. This helps explain why there is going to be a Hell. People who reject God in this life will also reject Him in the hereafter. There is no second chance or repenting on Judgment Day. We make that decision now, every day. Our daily decisions become who we are and when we die we are sealed in that state. So who are you serving? Who have you surrendered your life to? Make the right choice today and choose to serve Jesus. It is the ultimate sealing process and will become who you are and will seal your eternal destiny.

What is it going to take to make 2018 BETTER than 2017?

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Is it going to take luck or the proper alignment of the stars, winning the lotto, coincidences, or someone else changing? No, none of those will make 2018, except maybe the last one. Things like making some personal changes, better organization or a stronger spiritual life are more likely to produce a better 2018.

In Psalm 90:12 we read, “Teach us to number our days that we may use them wisely.” Why would it be helpful to number our days? This simply reminds us that we don’t have unlimited time to accomplish the things we want to accomplish. When preparing for retirement one of the first questions asked usually deals with is, “How much time do you have left?” According to research and statistics, if you retire at 65 right now, are married, are reasonably healthy, and middle class or above, there is a 90% chance you will live to be 95 years old. Other things to obviously consider: accidents, genetics, and a nuclear war! This psalm says if we keep the idea of the limited time that we have on this earth it will help us use them wisely. This wisdom is expressed in a few other proverbs. Proverbs 13:16. “A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it.” Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” These scriptures are talking about making plans for our future and living intentionally instead of walking through life and letting stuff just happen. Even if we can’t think of numbering 30 or more years, how about one year at a time? We are already a week or two into the New Year, we only have about 350 days left in 2018. What kind of plans are we making so that 2018 is better than 2017? What goals do we have for this year? Have we written them down?

Without goals, you will have way too many regrets as you get older. We all have mistakes we have made in the past, but we don’t want to get to the end of the race and look back to a life of regrets. Here is a list of some of the top things old people regret as they come to their end:

1. Not taking more risks, especially when it came to pursuing dreams. The number one regret that people have on their death beds is that they were never brave enough to take that risk to pursue their dreams, but settled for what others expected of them. They regretted not taking responsibility for their choices. 

  • 2. Not taking more time to enjoy and develop family and friend relationships. In almost EVERY male the common thread here was that they worked too much and spent too much time and energy pursuing their careers and as a result neglected family and friends. Here is a hint, if you are working late regularly, it will cost you! If you have unfinished work at the end of the day, go home on time and come in early the next day. The key here is balance. We all have to work but we need to know when to stop! And one more thing, when around family and friends, turn off the smartphone!

 Even though we have goals, we need to always remember that our lives are in God’s hands. Proverbs 16:9. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” As we make our goals, we need to keep our hearts open to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit and submitted to His will. We may have a goal that we are pursuing and somewhere along the line, God may have something else for us to do. Remember that He sees the beginning to the end and be willing to make the changes as we go along. If you don’t want to live a life of regrets, ask God to help you ‘number your days,” so we use them wisely. Making goals that will challenge us and make us better people will help us to use our days wisely.

You’ve got a wedding invitation

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Revelations Chapters 17 through 19

You’ve got a wedding invitation

 

This week’s reading is found in Revelations 19:9, “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” I have officiated many weddings in my life. After the wedding ceremony, there is the reception. I don’t know of too many other celebrations that are more exciting, fun and enjoyable than a wedding celebration. They are filled with great food, dancing, toasts, and laughter! According to this passage, there is going to be one final wedding that will take place in heaven. After it, there is going to be the biggest wedding reception in the history of the world! The music, food, laughter, and dancing are truly going to be “out of this world!”

One thing for sure, though, there will not be any wedding crashers at this wedding reception. Only those who have their wedding invitation will be allowed in. In Luke 14:15-24 Jesus told a story about this wedding feast. It appears that the invitation has been given to everyone, but many have refused to come. Many made excuses that they were just too busy and could not come. Don’t make this mistake! God is preparing for a great day in heaven when all of His followers will be gathered together to celebrate what Jesus has done. It will be like a great wedding when Jesus is united with His church and the reception is going to one that people will be talking about forever! Do you have your invitation?