Saturday, August 28, 2010

How will we meet the King?


2 Samuel 20:1

The Story

When king David returned to his throne in Jerusalem, some were pleased and welcomed him, but other were not that glad.

Sheba was a rebel and a wicked man. He wanted to overthrow the king; he wanted David ousted from the throne.

He hated David and tried to lead Israel in rebelling against him.

In response, David's general went after him and he was finally killed (2 Samuel 20:22).

Lessons

Everyone who is not in a personal relationship with Jesus is the enemy of God (Romans 8:7).

When King Jesus returns, they will find themselves in the same position as Sheba.

They will rebel against Him and they will find themselves on the outside of salvation, on the outside of Heaven, on the outside of hope, and on the outside of grace and mercy of God.

Remember...

Many people will be enemies of God.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

Jesus went to a cross and gave His life in our place.

If we will receive Him as the sacrifice for our sins, then God will save our soul and take us to Heaven when we leave this world.

When Jesus comes again, we will be ready.

The King is coming.

How will we meet the King?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Will You Be Found Working For Him?


2 Samuel 19:31-40

The Story

King David returned to his throne in Jerusalem.

Some were pleased and ready to receive him; others were not that glad.

Barzillai was 80 year old.

He came down to welcome the king home with great joy and happiness.

When king David was away in exile, he was instrumental in seeing that the king's needs were met (2 Samuel 17:27-29).

He was still serving the king when he returned.

Barzillai was old yet he kept living, giving, and working for the king.

Lessons

Will we be found working for Him when He returns?

Do we continue to serve the Lord God with faithfulness?

Will we be found living, giving, and working for the King when we are old?

Remember...

Some Christians will be found living, giving, and working for the Lord God when He returns.

And the Lord God will bless their faithfulness to Him.

Stand our ground for Jesus and keep fighting for the glory of the Lord.

And we will receive our victory crown.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Are You Waiting?


2 Samuel 19:24-30

The Story

King David returned to his throne in Jerusalem.

Some were pleased and ready to receive him; others were not that glad.

Mephibosheth was waiting for his return and he came out to meet the king.

This was the man who had been misrepresented by his servant Ziba.

Mephibosheth hadn't washed or shaved since the day David left Jerusalem.

He had spent his time in mourning over the king's absence.

He was waiting for his return.

Lessons

Not every Christian will be worried when Jesus returns.

There are some who has spent their entire life waiting for Jesus to return.

Some of them are looking for Him right now.

One day their hearts' cry will be answered.

The Lord Jesus will do as He said; He will return in power and glory and take His people to be with Him in Heaven (1 Thes. 4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-52).

Remember...

Many Christians will be waiting for His return.

Will we be found waiting when He returns?

Or, will we be caught looking at the world and all its treasures?

The King is coming.

Let's keep watching and waiting for His return.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Are You Ready?


2 Samuel 19:17

The Story

King David returned to his throne in Jerusalem.

The people of Israel were at odd with his return. Some were pleased and ready to receive him; others were not that glad.

Ziba was worried when he saw the king coming.

When David left Jerusalem, Ziba came and brought him food and other necessities (1 Samuel 16:1-4).

In the process, Ziba took the time to slander the name of Mephibosheth; by doing so, he obtained all the property of Mephibosheth under false pretenses.

Ziba proved to be a hypocrite!

And so he was worried as he saw the king returned.

Lessons

Many have professed love and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ.

They have expressed their desire and commitment to live for the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:16; 2 Corinthians 6:17).

But they prove to be unfaithful to Him, to His Church, and His work.

They are hypocrites!

And they will be worried at the King's return.

Remember...

Many will be caught off guard when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.

They will be worried!

The Lord Jesus Christ has warned us to be ready (Matthew 24:44); we are to be prepared for His return.

If we are lost, we are to come to the Lord Jesus Christ today and be saved.

If we are saved, we are to live our lives in such a way that we will not be ashamed at His appearing.

Are we ready?