LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF 1 JOHN 2:28 (Amp)
"Now, little children (believers, dear ones), remain in Him [with unwavering faith], so that when He appears [at His return], we may have [perfect] confidence and not be ashamed and shrink away from Him at His coming."
10 KEYS THAT WILL HELP YOU PREPARE FOR HIS COMING .
1.Without prayer you will miss it. why ? Because the only one who can help us to make the rapture has asked us to pray always without ceasing. The five virgins in the bible missed it because they lacked oil.(Matt 25) prayer will always keep your oil burning in preparation of the lord's coming .Luke 18:1(Amp)"Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart,."
2.Grow in knowledge - Ignorance will not be an excuse on that day , that you were not informed or ever told about Jesus . No , no ,no! Knowledge is strength (Prov 24:5)lest you faint on the way and become weary , but rather you grow in knowledge , for with knowledge comes the ability to be able to discern the time of His coming and seriously prepare for it . Matt 24:32,33 (Amp)"“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so you, too, when you see all [f]these things [taking place], know for certain that He is near, right [g]at the door."
3.Fellowship with the brethren - you cannot prepare on your own . Bible says there is a need for us to encourage one another knowing that the day of His coming is near .so "my pastor did this to me or that sister did this to me so I won't go to church ..lol. is wrong , It will only breed hatred and you will miss His coming . love and forgive for the word sake is the key to preparing for His coming . Amen. Mark 4:17
(Amp)" and they have no real root in themselves, so they endure only for a little while; then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they [are offended and displeased at being associated with Me and] stumble and fall away."
4.Shun immorality - This is one of the biggest temptation in church today .The flesh is weak but the spirit is willing to do right .One of the ways you can escape this temptation at this end time apart from fleeing , is prayer . your deliverance will surely come when you pray hard against it . Why? God said so . Joel 2:32 "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."
5.Holy Living - Total obedience to God and doing what is morally right in the sight of God . It is not something that happens over- nite , but obedience is like a process , the more you obey Him the more you grow in grace to obey the more till you become perfect in holiness. Heb 10:14 (NLT)"For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy."
6.Evangelism - you cannot call yourself a believer and say you have never preached to a stranger about Jesus ?? hello o. The good news about evangelism is the more you preach Jesus the more His grace comes upon you and creates that awareness that He is truly coming back. If you are a serious believer , it prepares you . Paul said in scripture I discipline my flesh so I would not be a cast away on that day .1 Cor 9:27 (NIV)"No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."
7.Beware of pride - Satan was cast a way from heaven because of it . so it is a serious matter . "I have arrived , I am over anointed , I carry excess grace ..i , i , i ..lol." not for heaven if you know you want to
be there . But God have mercy on me and help me at lest you sure is not going to be by your anointing , but of the one who showeth mercy on us . Romans 9:15(Amp)"For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I have compassion.”
8.A heart of forgiveness - unforgiveness will cause many to miss it . May the lord help us all in Jesus name , Amen. Forgiveness is to be done continually till the day Jesus will come . There is no one in this earth , who would not tell you that he/she has not been hurt before . So your case cannot be an exception . we practice forgiveness and we learn to forgive . Why? Heaven on my mind !!Eph 4:32 (Amp)"Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave [a]you."
9.Mercy -Is one of the surest ways to prepare your self . A man that is always quick to show mercy on others , will always enjoy God's mercy . Matt 5:7 (Amp)"Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy."
10 . Joy - Let your joy be full with expectation of the lord's coming always. That is one thing that keeps any truly believer prepared . Knowing that this is not our home . Thank you Jesus . !!John 15:11 (Amp)"I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing."
prayer : Father help me lord to prepare for your coming in Jesus name , Amen.
We all will make it by His grace in Jesus name , Amen.