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8 Be [makrothumeo] ye [humeis] also [kai] patient [makrothumeo]; stablish [sterizo] your [humon] hearts [kardia]: for [hoti] the coming [parousia] of
the Lord [kurios] draweth nigh [eggizo].KJV-Interlinear
8 You too be patient; strengthen
your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. NASB
So, the world is
unstable, people are not nice to you, the bills just keep coming, there are so
many differing opinions that your head would spin off if you tried to keep up
with them all.
We work hard to keep
up and try as we may to have a decent life, but there will always be those who
take short cuts, those who will cheat us, those who will take advantage, and
even if we are so lucky to have good fortune in life, anything of this world is
not really an advantage anyway.
Do we take on the
world and chase after this thing and that?Do we get even?Do we try to
convince others of our better ideas and ignore the frustration if people don t
listen to us?Do we join the bandwagons,
the crusades, the causes that are always around?
And the Bible says no
to all of this.
Your first concern is
that the Lord is coming and coming soon.When soon?Well in human history
He may not schedule the Rapture for another century, but for your personal
life, He may call you home tonight or tomorrow, or perhaps a decade from now.
The Lord is coming and
history is cruising toward its final scene.For centuries people have known this fact and they are no longer in this
Your first concern
should be your spiritual life, because of the very fact that Christ is going to
call you home one day.Whether you live
to see the Rapture and the close of our dispensation is not relevant.What is relevant is your personal spiritual life
and whether or not you will be fully prepared when your number is called.
Do not let the world
worry you regarding wars, or economic downturns.Do not let the world s problems, and it has a
lot of them, worry you as to whether the climate will make us all desert
residents, or swamp residents.Do not
fret over the bills, or who is running for whatever office, or who has cheated
The Bible states
clearly, Stop worrying about anything, but in everything through prayer and supplication,
let your requests be made known unto God.The peace of God (doctrine in the soul) will garrison your hearts and
minds, through Christ Jesus.For of Him,
and to Him, and through Him, are all things.
Jesus Christ controls
history. In doctrine, the world may try
to hammer your life, but you have someone within you, Christ, who is greater
than this world, and nothing can take you out of His protective hands.
So, be patient, study
your Bible everyday, grow up spiritually, live your life in fellowship, and
wait on the Lord.All things will come
to those (mature believers) who wait (on the Lord). The Lord does not depend on the methods and tools
of man, the Lord works His will without regard to human means.
The battle is the
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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