Friday, March 13, 2015

Until the End ~ Lent 2015

God’s Faithfulness ~ Our Everlasting Hope!
LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 NIV

During this season of reflection and renewal, join me in exploring God’s Faithfulness. Do you find strength for every circumstance in God’s Faithfulness? God IS Faithful!  God’s Faithfulness is our everlasting Hope! ~ Donna Oswalt


But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment.

Revelations 2 and 3 describe how each of the seven churches will be recognized by Christ before the Great Tribulation. Two churches – the persecuted church and the faithful church – find favor with Christ and are encouraged and promised security. “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” [Rev. 3:11] To the other five churches - the loveless church, compromising church, corrupt church, dead church, and lukewarm church – Christ points out their weaknesses; then, Christ calls to any of them who will hear, calls them to repentance, to perseverance, to faithfulness. God’s promises are faithful until the end.

Referenced various times in the Old Testament, Peter speaks about the end of time, the judgment of the Eternal God, the Resurrected Christ – I AM. From the beginning of the first church, followers endure persecution, slander, beatings, prison, and poverty but remain faithful. Today, like then, some churches suffer from a lack of passion and moral purity, idol worship and false teachings, good deeds without faith. These still have an opportunity to change, to move beyond good intentions, to listen for God, to speak His Truth, to love like Christ, to worship with enthusiasm, to quench hunger and thirst with God’s word, to hope! God’s faithfulness remains true until the very end.

Christ, I read Your promise: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him...” Bring revival to this world, to the churches, to the lost, and to my lukewarm passion, my faded purpose, my spiritual poverty. Great is Your faithfulness, then and now and forever. – dho

Focus Point: God’s promises are faithful until the end. 

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