Monday, 2 October 2017

'DO YOU LOVE HIS APPEARING?'

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" - Revelations 22:17
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You cannot expect the return of someone you do not love. It is only when you love a person that you will be eager for them to come (return) because you're missing their absence.
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Are you anticipating the return of the Lord? Paul said a crown of righteousness will be given to those who love His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8). Not everyone wants Jesus to come although their not wanting doesn't stop His return, it only shows their lack of preparation.
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If you love His appearing, you'll do all that is in your best to be fit for His return. Those who love His return will be like the five wise virgins who had sufficient oil in their lamps (Matt. 25:1-13).
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Faithful brides would love or await the return of their bridegroom. Are you eager for Him to come? Prepare your garment. Make it unspotted with the things of this world. Take with you sufficient oil.
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Those who love His return do not just say it in word or tongue but their deed portray it in all sincerity. If you truly love His return, you will not allow the temporal glories of the world distract you.
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Check your heart deeply, what is that thing that is preventing you from anticipating His return? Is it because you want to marry, enjoy the short-lived pleasure of this world? They can't be compared with a tittle of the one-tenth of the glories of heaven.
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If your heart is not genuinely panting for the return of the Lord, then what your heart pants for will prevent you from reigning with Him.
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Take heed to yourself, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and the cares of this life and so that day come upon you unawares; watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:34, 36).

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