Saturday, February 17, 2007

Are You Ready To Leave???

I Thessalonians 5:2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

God tells us that the Lord is coming in the rapture as a thief in the night.

Think about this for a minute. Just as a thief does not send out fliers to announce to us when to expect him to come and rob us...the Lord has also not given us a date or time that He's coming for His church. He gives us things to look for leading up to it but He does not give us a specific time that He's coming. So just as a thief comes will the Lord. Will He find you doing His will when he comes? Or will He find you living in sin? Since we don't know when He's coming we should be always doing as He would have us to. I for one don't want to be ashamed when He comes.

A thief also comes for something of value. He does not go for things that are unimportant to him or has no value. Jesus is coming for His Bride. We are precious and of extreme value to Him. Think about this...I may not be much to you or anyone else...but I'm valuable to the Lord...and so are you!!!

Thirdly...a thief leaves quickly before being discovered. At the rapture there will be chaos like this world has never known before. People will have loved ones to be gone. Mother's will have babies taken and not know where they went. Children at the age of accountability that are not saved will find their parents that were saved gone. Some will know what has happened. Those who were warned yet didn't heed the will be too late for. Others will have no clue what happened. Jesus will come and take His Bride without people seeing Him come and go. Only the church will hear the trumpet and the shout to "come up hither" and will then see the Lord face to face. I can't wait!!!

The question is...are you ready? If you are...then you are looking forward to that day. If you are not ready then you better get ready. He's coming back SOON!!! We don't know when but it very well could be today!!!

"...Even so, come, Lord Jesus." Revelation 22:20


Anonymous said...

Great post! I do have a question though and it may be a dumb one but I am going to ask it anyway. When does a child reach the age of accountibility? I have two daughters - one is 10 and saved; the other just turned 4. Although this may sound like a dumb question to some I am very serious in asking it. Thanks Julie!


Sis. Julie said...

Tiffany....This is not a dumb question. I once had this question fact...I'm sure everyone has had it at one time or another.

The age of accountability is when the child reaches the point in their life where they know what sin is and are able to understand they are a sinner and going to Hell and that Jesus died for them. This age is different for every child. My daughter Kristina was saved at age 5. She was sorrowful about her condition and there was a change in her life once she said she was saved. On the other youngest daughter Michelle said she got saved at age 4. She did not have the ability to understand what sin was or that she was a sinner. We went with what she said for many years (although her daddy and I never had peace about that profession) and then at the age of 11 she came under conviction and saw herself a sinner on her way to Hell. At that point she called on God for salvation and a visible change took place in her life.

I guess I'm trying to say that the age is different for each child. So it depends on whether they see themselves in need of the Lord and that they have done wrong against Him. Very few are saved at the ages of 4 or 5 (although it is possible) but there is really no way to know the age for everyone. If you're not praying for your 4 year old to be saved I'd begin to. God will reveal Himself to her when she is ready.

I hope this helps.

Pam said...

Super post! My youngest child went through the same as your little Michelle. Though he went through the motions of getting saved at VBS age 4, later at age 8 he really got save! Hallelujah! Point is - Mommas need to stay on their knees for their kids.

Anonymous said...

Julie thank you so much for your response! That was very helpful and I am happy to know my question didn't come off as stupid. My 4 year old doesn't understand yet. Of course she knows Bible stories and songs and we pray with her and for her and our older daughter daily. I also pray daily for their future spouses as I feel that too is important. I understand more now so again I thank you for your response.


Sis. Julie said...'re so right about us staying on our knees concerning our children.

Tiffany....I'm so thankful that you received help and understanding in this area. Praise the Lord. Isn't God just Wonderful???!!!!

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Bro Tim said...

Mrs Julie I am so glad that I know I am ready. It would not hurt my feelings one bit if he rescued us out of this world today. I for one am tired of the battle going on in my life. Good Post.
Bro Tim

Cindy said...

Wonderful post! I am ready but I must admit there are some around me that I love and care for that are not ready and that scares me a bit. I want them to all be with me in Heaven!

Great response about when children and being saved. My daughter made the descision a couple years ago, but I truly do not believe she made it for the right reasons and I pray about it daily.


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