[QTVOTD] Caught by surprise…

“So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come.” Revelation 3:3 ->me: This is the following verse to yesterday and I think encompasses, again, an application to our comfy lives here in the US. WE HAVE IT SO GOOD!…TOO GOOD. One of the scariest prayers I pray is for God to help me see how much I need Him. Am I ready for what that might mean? Am I ready for God to put me in a circumstance where it is clear that all I can do is lean on Him? So, what do I do so that this is not a necessary avenue that the Lord must take with me? I must remember and hold fast to the teachings of His word through not only the reading the bible but also through the instruction of my pastors and spiritual leaders. It’s not good enough that I just remember…I must also obey and continually repent. Tonight before my quiet time I got down on my knees next to my bed and let the Lord know how thankful I am for the gift of His Son, that I feel the cleansing power of His blood, that I recognize that He chose to give up everything in heaven to come down, suffer, and be my sin bearer by dying on a tree and having all of God’s wrath laid down on Him…yet, I still sin. So…I must confess and repent…everyday. The coming of Christ as a thief is used to denote ‘unexpectedness’. The last thing I would want is to be in a valley of sin, a period of faith without works, or in a mindset of apathy when my Savior returns. What a devastating state of embarrassment that would be knowing all that He has done for me.

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