TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, May 15, 2018:
The return of Jesus in the clouds to remove His church (believers) from this world before the battle in which Jesus defeats Satan.
Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we want to talk about this exciting event that could be coming very soon. We all need to understand that the scripture (above) tells us that the Lord will come at an hour that no one will expect. We tell you this so that you do not get caught up at the many predictions that seem to come from some that say they know the time when the rapture will occur.
The most important question for you today is that if the Lord would come today are you ready to meet Him? Nothing is more important for you than to be certain that you are ready if Jesus would return today. We hear some people say that because of all the good things they have done they are ready. They have been good parents, good workers on their job and good neighbors, etc. They have a whole list of things that they feel will make them worthy of heaven. These things are good but they are not what will get you into heaven to live eternally with Jesus.
In Matthew chapter 24 we have a lengthy account --- take a moment to read the chapter --- of how Jesus responded to His disciples when they asked about the date of His return. He told His disciples that only God the Father knows the date. In verse 36 He said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
Jesus did say that when He returns it will be like it was in the days before the flood. The people carried on in their worldly evil mundane activities every day and were not prepared when God’s judgement struck. They watched Noah for months building an ark and they ignored his warnings of what was coming. No doubt they thought he was crazy but when the rain came it was too late for them to repent.
When Jesus returns it will be sudden and without warning. There will be no last chance to repent. Your choice will have already be made. Make sure today that you have accepted Jesus into your heart, asked for His forgiveness of your sins and then make that all important commitment to serve Him and Him alone. Remember – TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 4:6.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Help me to be prepared for that great and exciting event of Your return to meet me in the clouds. May my actions always honor You and may others see You through me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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