Monday, November 12, 2007

ReJOYce and Stand Firm For HIS Coming is Nigh

Yes, I took liberty with the spelling of rejoice but I am re-joy-cing this morning. Last night was a momentous time for my children and Mark and I. We finally broke through the cloud that has shadowed the childrens eyes from the truth. Yes, we have taught them God's Word, taken them to Church faithfully, and spent time in prayer with them. Yet they didn't seem to understand how soon Christ is returning or how important it is for them to DAILY live for Christ, repented and ready for the rapture. We have tried to teach them that television is full of things that can harm your soul, yet, when we visit homes that have a TV, they glom to it and ignore our warnings until we have to physically remove them from the room and chastise them for their disobedience.
Unfortunately, last night was one of those occasions when I had to go in to a room and make my child exit because she was watching TV with a relative. Mark and I had just spoken to her and her sibling about always asking 'what would Jesus think' before doing something that may be questionable. Yet she willfully went in and ignored our suggestion. When I got her out of the room, we talked about what she had done. The other two children were listening in and when I pointed out that if you are not ready for God's coming then you would spend eternity in Hell, burning, never feeling God's presence again, never seeing your parent's faces again, she broke. My son broke as well and felt convicted over some of the PS2 games WE have ALLOWED him to play. That convicted my heart and at the same time left me rejoicing for the power of salvation was strong in his life! The children then spent close to 30 minutes repenting and praying (alone at first) for God's help. It was beautiful!
This morning I was reading the Word and came upon James Chapter 5. It reaffirmed what we had felt last night and I wanted to share it with you.
James 5
1Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
The McVay family has already spent time this morning reading God's Word and reaffirming through prayer that we want to make it to Heaven!
Keep the Faith, neither turning to the right or left. Stand firm in the Word. Don't let Satan fool you into thinking your ways are right. Live your life as an example of God's grace to this wicked world. Be patient, just, and love your neighbor as Christ loves you!
Hope to meet you in the Rapture when we see our God, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for our redemption!