God and the devil have been engaged in an all-out war for the souls of men for a very long time. And as Christians, we are to be God's representatives on the earth in this war. We are His soldiers. We have been empowered with many a tool to bring forth destruction upon the kingdom of darkness. Sadly, however, in these modern times, we Christians have become increasingly confused individuals.
Luke 13:6-9, John 15:8, 16, Matthew 25:14-30
You will be amazed that God frowns at an unfruitful child. He is not coming to judge only the sinners, the Lord is coming also for the unfruitful Christians, He calls them wicked servants (Luke 19:20-24). Even Jesus had to curse a fig tree that had only leaves but without any fruits to show for it. A Christian should not only be full of activities but be full of results.
Take note of the following things that you must take along as you go into 2017:
1. The Sword of the Spirit: Load yourself with words from God as you are going into the year. Whatever your work is―a doctor, a banker, a business man―load yourself with words from God.
Text: 1Thes4:14-18; 1 John3:2, Matt.24:3, 27-51, 25:31-46; Jude 14; Rev.9:11-21; Zech 14:1-5
Rapture is a military term meaning “a quick take away". Hence, the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord".
The very next event on God's end time calendar is the rapture of the church. This refers to the catching up of all the believers in Christ for a glorious meeting with Christ in the air. And one notable thing about it is that it is imminent and could take place any moment.
TEXT: Rev 1:7-9, Acts 1:9-11: “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”1 Thessalonians 1:10
In our text above, Paul was re-enacting their hopes in the second coming of the Lord. He admonished the Church to wait for Him. It is interesting to know that Jesus is still coming back.
By asking for Him in the place of prayer i.e. you personally desire Him, you have to understand that the promise of the Holy Ghost is meant for you and your children (Acts 2:39). Yielding yourself to the Holy Ghost, the power of God is going to come upon you and you will begin to speak in tongues, which is the evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism. Acts 2:1-4, 10:44-46.
Introduction: Knowing whether one is saved is a major question everyone needs to answer on this earth and on time. This is one of the questions that no other man can answer as much as the person involved. The young and the aged, male and female, white and black, learned and illiterate etc all need to answer this singular question of life – Am I genuinely saved?