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God's Command. God's Plan.

Ephesians 1:9-10 (AMP)
He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure,
which He purposed in Christ, 10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times
[that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—
to bring all things together in Christ,
[both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.

Throughout time it seems someone has been shouting the warning “Repent! The end of the world is near”. Now it’s like the boy who cried “Wolf” too many times. For from all the signs we can see that it really is close to the time when Jesus will return. We are living at the end of the end times. Jesus talked about being able to read "the signs of the times."  Yes. We can see the signs. Look at the middle east and all the turmoil there. Check out  the upheavals in the earth. . . the quakes around the world this year, man made crisis in Syria causing 4.3 million people to flee their homes, our country making poor decisions about our safety and economy; the Four Blood Moons all coming on Jewish holidays, as the Book of Joel has prophesied.

All these and more are a part of God’s long range plan, and they should be signs to us as predicted in the Bible that we are living in the end times. No one can predict the day of the return of Jesus, but we can keep our spiritual eyes and ears open and receptive.

So what are we to do to prepare? One answer I know to be key is to build a closer relationship with God. In knowing Him, we  have help in knowing what to do, for He has an assignment for each life. One thing we know for certain is that Jesus gave us all the “Great Commission” in Matthew:

Matthew 28:16-20 (AMP)

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain which Jesus had designated.
17 And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him;
but some doubted [that it was really He].
18 Jesus came up and said to them,
“All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth
has been given to Me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations
[help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words],
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you;

and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually
—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion],
even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:16-20 (MSG)
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee,
headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion.
The moment they saw him they worshiped him.
Some, though, held back, not sure about worship,
about risking themselves totally.

18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge:
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you:
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life,
marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.
I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day,
right up to the end of the age.”

This is the command of God, that we go forth telling everyone about Jesus and teaching them as Jesus taught us. Two things in particular strike me as I read this Scripture:
1. Verse 20 where Jesus tells us He will always be with us, so we do not go forth alone to teach and share the Gospel; but He is with us to give us the right words to speak to the right people. And He promises to be with us (Amplified version) regardless of the circumstances and on every occasion. To me that means even if I get myself into a difficulties, He will help me get out of it, when I call on Him.

2. Then also I saw in verse 17 that some of His disciples were not sure about "worshiping" Jesus. Despite the time spent with Him and the miracles they saw, they still doubted~ and did not risk giving their whole heart and soul to Jesus.

Am I that way? Have I truly given my whole self to Jesus? Or do I want to keep some control over my life to myself? Am I willing to risk giving it all to Him? According to Amplified version verse 17, worship means giving my all to Him. It’s not easy and takes trust, but it's what God asks of us. I'm willing to take the risk. Are you?

What this means to me:  I speak to Him each morning as I awake offering my day to Him. Then I get up and we sit and chat for awhile as He instructs me with His Word (often but not exclusively). I will also bring to Him prayers for friends, family, and self and we talk about them. It’s amazing how easy it becomes and how fruitful it is for me to have this close relationship with Him. There is a certain peace and quiet joy that fills me as we commune together. Then we walk together through the day.

I invite you, my friend, if you do not know the beauty of this close personal relationship with Jesus, tell Him you are sorry for your sins, thank Him for His sacrifice, and ask Him to be Lord over your life. He will come and you will enjoy the new spiritual understanding that your open eyes will see!

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