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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Amos 4:12

"Prepare To Meet Thy God"

Message summary: Today we consider the most important preparation everyone needs to make, our death and the coming judgment.

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“Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12). “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat” (Romans 14:10). Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts" (2 Peter 3:3).

There's a lot of emphasis in life about being prepared. I was in the Boy Scouts back in the sixties and still recall their simple motto, "Be Prepared". This has been a good motto all through life and will be till my final breath. We get prepared for storms, we get prepared for a career, we get prepared for marriage, we get prepared for retirement, and a host of other preparations we make in life.

"Prepare to meet thy God" road signBut today let us consider the most important preparation everyone needs to make.  As you might expect, I believe the most important preparation we must give serious thought to is our death and the coming judgment.

The notion of this coming judgment is scoffed at by most in our “enlightened” world. In fact this is predicted in the Bible. I wonder what the typical person, inundated by a worldly perspective, thinks when he sees a large sign on a barn or along the road proclaiming, “Prepare to meet thy God.”  We have signs like that on our rural roads.

Ridicule they may, but God’s Word clearly teaches a future judgment will include every person who has ever lived. All believers and unbelievers will stand before God’s judgment seat and give an account.

Even in the church there is a tendency to downplay the Judgment as we primarily focus on God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. Of course these truths need to be emphasized, however God’s Holy Word plainly tells us there will be a final accounting. Millions confess this regularly when they recite the Apostle’s Creed; “He shall judge the living and the dead”.

But I direct my word of encouragement today to the faithful people of God; to those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, to those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and now seek daily to please Him; to those who were once lost but now are found, “sinners saved by grace”.

No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

Because Christ died in our place we can face this Judgment with peace, confidence and a deep abiding assurance. Our standing is not based upon what we have done, for that would lead to vanity and pride, a works based righteousness, which Isaiah calls "filthy rags".

Rather it is based on what Christ has done on our behalf: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Our preparation for the Judgment fundamentally involves turning to God through Christ in faith. Here is a prayer that expresses that faith. If you have not done so already, I urge you to pray this prayer from your heart today. If you have already done so I encourage you to once again express to God this basic expression in reaffirming your faith.

“Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You came to this earth and died on the cross as a substitute for me. I place my faith in You and what You have done for me. I receive You into my life today and ask You to forgive me of my sins. I choose this day to follow You and walk in Your ways according to the Bible. Thank You for seeing my need and hearing my prayer of salvation.”

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, as we see the day approaching help us to be fully prepared for the day when we will stand and give account for the choices we make in this life. We know that preparation begins the day we commit our lives to You, but many other choices will confront our faith along life’s pathway. May our faith stand the test of time and our devotion to You be evident in this life so that we will be able to rejoice in Your words of personal commendation, “Well done good and faithful servant." In Christ's name we pray, amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me"  Video  CityAlight

"In Christ Alone"  Video   Keith & Kristyn Getty featuring Travis Cottrell

Brooksyne's Note: When our musical alarm, "In Christ Alone", went off at 5:15 am this morning I lingered awhile longer, not because I wanted to "snooze" a few more minutes but because I wanted to hear the words, "No power of hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hands, for I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ". What reassurance that fills me with before I even put my feet on the floor and before I leave our house today, not knowing what news we will hear or what difficulty we might encounter. All is taken care of when it comes to my eternal welfare and I can have great peace no matter what.

Tom and Marsha Neizmik
Last night we had dinner with longtime friends Tom and Marsha Neizmik. They are visiting Lancaster County to attend Sight and Sound today and made some time to stop over and visit. They are faithful laborers in the Lord and were a tremendous blessing to us during our pastorate in St. Marys, PA for nearly 16 years. We're so grateful for our long term friendship.

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