Living in Love in the Last Days
Regardless of our current beliefs, I think that all of us can agree on one thing. That one thing is that our world is rapidly changing! If we just stop for a moment and examine all that is happening all across the world we know that things have changed. This calls for us to re-evaluate things. To re-evaluate the very core of our existence.
There are 4 kids of responses to the “time of the end”.
People who deny and refuse to get involved in prophecies regarding the “time of the end.” This is the majority of the world. All 5 largest world religions refuse to deal with “time of the end” because of its complication, fear elements, and in credible diversity.
People who obsess over “time of the end” prophecies, theories of interpretation, charts, conspiracy theories, esoteric information, date setting, and predictions.** Very often behind this drive there is an obsession for tangibility, idolatrous knowledge, and let’s face it an intense lust for results. Fear creates results, followers, and money. People pay for pleasure and fear.
Denominations, cults, and groups who use “time of the end” information to elevate themselves and define WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG. This approach creates a “we versus the rest” mindset that is also very reassuring. Group mind is very powerful.
Those honestly accept the main prophetic pillars that point to the “time of the end,” but do not obsess over details.
Seek to understand and believe the signs of the times as presented in the Bible. Do not obsessed over details because I promise you, for every detail you believe, someone else will come and tell you, you are wrong!
In the confusion, time of the end lying preachers (false religion) will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes." “The love of most will grow cold."
Mystery Babylon, Confusion, False religion
The five major religions of the world have erroneous concepts about God. Religion is driving much of the confusion of the world. Religion is “As the human attempt to conceptualize, systematize, define, anthropomorphize (project humanity on God), use God to drive human behavior, create morality, question Him, (agnosticism), or reject His existence (atheism). All for the purpose to affect human behavior. Religion begins with the human search. A relationship with God begins with Him reaching out to humanity. Thus, He invites us FIRST to let Him love us (God’s love is timeless and sure).
I believe there are followers of God all around the world, who are hearing the voice of God and following Him in their personal lives. These people come from all walks of life.
In the end times, there will be chaotic conditions
- Exterme climate changes, natural disasters.
- Hostilities among nations.
- Military or militarized conflicts in the US, and geopolitical regions of the words.
- Economic crisis.
- Conflicts between the “left”, and the “right”.
- Hopelessness and loss of meaning.
Most people will lose their ability to love, and accept love.
The absence of love will increasingly create the vacum for violence to escalate at all levels. Loveless marriages, divorce, generational tensions, lack of compassion, greed, and demonic forces driving people to do the unthinkable.
The words of Jesus about conditions in the time of the end are in Matthew 24.
“Later as he Jesus was sitting on Mount Olives, his disciples approached and asked him, “Tell us, when are these things going to happen? What will be the sign of your coming, that the time’s up?” False religion “Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people.” Armed conflicts “When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over.” Natural disasters “Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming.” Persecution - Violence “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name. And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other.” False religion - Chaos - Absence of love “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people. For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes. Key to victory for followers of God “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come."
AntiChrist-Mark of the beast-Religio-political allegiance (Daniel-Revelation) “But be ready to run for it when you see the monster of desecration set up in the Temple sanctuary. The prophet Daniel described this. If you’ve read Daniel, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re living in Judea at the time, run for the hills; if you’re working in the yard, don’t return to the house to get anything; if you’re out in the field, don’t go back and get your coat. Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it especially hard.
Chaotic conditions as never seen-God will put an end before the world self-destroys “This is going to be trouble on a scale beyond what the world has ever seen, or will see again. If these days of trouble were left to run their course, nobody would make it. But on account of God’s chosen people, you, Friend the trouble will be cut short.
False religion, Anti-Christs “If anyone tries to flag you down, calling out, ‘Here’s the Messiah!’ or points, ‘There he is!’ don’t fall for it. Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better. But I’ve given you fair warning. So if they say, ‘Run to the country and see him arrive!’ or, ‘Quick, get downtown, see him come!’ don’t give them the time of day."
The truth about the Second Coming of Jesus “The Arrival of the Son of Man Jesus isn’t something you go to see. HE COMES like swift lightning to you! Whenever you see crowds gathering, think of carrion vultures circling, moving in, hovering over a rotting carcass. You can be quite sure that it’s not the living Son of Man pulling in those crowds.”
The Second Coming of Jesus “Then, the Arrival of the Son of Man! Jesus IT WILL FILL THE SKIES—NO ONE WILL MISS IT. UNREADY people all over the world, OUTSIDERS to the splendor and power, will raise a huge lament as they watch the Son of Man blazing out of heaven. At that same moment, he’ll dispatch his angels with a trumpet-blast summons, pulling in God’s chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole.
SIGNS of the Second Coming of Jesus is what we have, NOT A SPECIFIC DATE. Watch out for obsessive date setting “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. So it is with you: When you see all these things, you’ll know he’s at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.
“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.”
Conditions in the culture by the time of Jesus' Second Coming “The Arrival of the Son of Man Jesus will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood EVERYONE was carrying on as USUAL, HAVING A GOOD TIME right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They KNEW NOTHING—until the flood hit and swept everything away.”
The Second Coming of Jesus will happen all of a sudden “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that: Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind; two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind.”
Warning from Jesus “So stay AWAKE, ALERT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT DAY YOUR MASTER WILL SHOW UP. But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THE SON OF MAN IS GOING TO SHOW UP.”
I have to confess I get very impatient with people who try so hard to predict the time of Jesus' coming. You can read books and books of conspiracy theories and ignore what Jesus' said! NO ONE KNOWS! You have no idea!
I want to be this person. People who tend to obsess about the events of Jesus coming, prediction, date setting, conspiracy theories should be avoided. Do what God has called you to do. Fulfill your purpose. Live every day as if Jesus won’t come for 1.000 more years, be ready as He would come back tomorrow. That’s the key. By the way, most of “time of the end terrorists, and expert speculators” (Pastors, teachers), are making very good money out of scaring people, and satisfying an obsessive, neurotic need to know…
Religious hypocrites “But if that person only looks out for himself, and the minute the Master is away does what he pleases—abusing the help and throwing drunken parties for his friends—the Master is going to show up when he least expects it and make hash of him. He’ll end up in the dump with the hypocrites, out in the cold shivering, teeth chattering.”
Nothing can be more clear than the teachings of Jesus regarding the time of the end.
Mark of God’s followers in the time of the end
“This is how EVERYONE will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:35
Notice it’s not a message, doctrine or a teaching that will tell the world who are God’s people. But the witness of LOVE, compassion, and care.
Followers of God to let God love them, which then enables them to love others, have compassion, and not respond violently to persecution and attacks from the world. LOVE and the absence of it will divide the world in two groups: The majority of the world will be unable to love, and a small minority will continue to respond in compassion, and love to people, regardless of adverse circumstances. Most Jesus said, “will quit loving” (Matthew 24:12)
We are told by historians of the early church called “The Way,” (followers of Jesus. Acts 9:2 is the first mention of this church out of 6 times), that the way in which pagans and secular people KNEW followers of Jesus, was by the way they expressed love. They way they cared for each other. An anonymous onlooker from that epoch is said to have described them as, “Look how they love each other” They were truly a community of love and compassion.
The Bible, in the Book of Revelation, warns us that a POLITICAL-RELIGIOUS LEADER will arise in the LAST DAYS of the history of this world WHO DRIVE THE WORLD INTO A ONE-WORLD RELIGION. This is not a new idea. It was predicted 2.000 years in a vision God gave the apostle John in the Island of Patmos.
Ellen White, prophet of God, said 150 years ago the following: “WHEN the leading churches of the United States, uniting in such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall INFLUENCE THE STATE TO ENFORCE their decrees and to sustain their institutions, THEN Protestant America will have formed an IMAGE TO THE ROMAN HIERARCHY, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters inevitably result.” (Great Controversy, p, 445)
Only a “political-religious” leader, following the the model of the Vatican, like the United States could fulfill the requirements of having the appearance of a lamb and leading the world in worship.
The Lord Jesus warned his followers, “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour” (Matthew 25:13). So those who are committed to obeying God should be paying close attention to the events happening in the world around them.
Today we see a religious leader taking action to unify the religions of the world in ways that are unprecedented. His name is Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis appears to be on a crusade to unite the religions of the world into one. He started fast from the beginning and has not slowed down. Since being elected Pope on March 13 2013, he has launched initiatives to reconcile differences between leaders of every major religion, including longstanding rifts between Christian denominations.
I believe the United States will follow the direction of the Pope in all political affairs, and the direction of the government, beginning September 23, 2015. In fact, I am convinced the next Presidential election will be heavily influenced by Pope Francis' agenda. The United States will order the world to follow the message of the Pope regarding the following issues:
- The environment
- Socio-economic issues. Compassion. What could be more “religious” than to cover the poor, eliminate discrimination, and create a sense of openness to all people. Forgiveness for abortion. Forgiveness for divorce.
- A message of love and compassion for sinners which will unite all religions. De-emphasize differences and proclaim the love, the mercy and the forgiveness of God.
God’s last message to the world is a message of compassion, love, mercy and grace.
“Legalistic” denominations with cultic tendencies like to speak of JUDGMENT. I believe in judgment. But if the judgment of God is not framed by GOD’S LOVE, His judgment will be used to create FEAR and religious behavior modification which is not healthy. There is a strong confrontation around the world right now between compassion, and intolerance. Intolerance is often used under the umbrella of religion. Ask God to give you a spirit of discernment.
I believe the world will become involved in a “new spiritual revival” like we have never seen before. Under the umbrella or love and compassion there will be great deception and confusion between the TRUE REDEMPTIVE TRANSFORMING LOVE OF GOD, and a SUPERFICIAL RELIGIOUS LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNITY.
The reason why I believe this point is so important it’s because God’s last message to the world is HIS LOVE… Inviting people to LET HIM LOVE THEM, and allowing the transforming power of His grace to follow Him. I have said this for years. THE DEVIL and GOD will preach the “SEEMINGLY SAME MESSAGE” to the world, and the ones who will know the difference will be those who have a RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, away from religion and legalistic dogma.
“All the world needs is LOVE” will sound like true religion. There is false love and true love. You can only be a true lover if you let God love you, FIRST!
There will be great tension between RELIGIOUS LEGALISM on one extreme, (Disenchanted people fighting a religious battle), THE ONE WORLD RELIGION that will influence governments and political moves at all levels, and a true RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD which calls for true loyal love to Him and His commandments, even unto death. Matthew 25:12 is about to begin its major fulfillment:
Due to FALSE RELIGION, (The ONE WORLD RELIGION. Many in the religions of the world will be disenchanted and will open up to God’s love and grace), and the chaos, violence, environmental disasters, and the confusion of the world, MOST people will lose their ability to love and be loved.
- The world will become a jungle of conflict BETWEEN the absence of LOVE on one extreme, and FALSE LOVE, driven by fear, on the other extreme.
- Perhaps a major global attack against ISIS and Muslims who do not surrender to the ONE WORLD RELIGION.
- A possible economic global crash.
- Persecution against those who remain loyal to God, and refuse to follow the ONE WORLD RELIGION.
This message of unity has been the ongoing theme by Pope Francis in meeting after meeting, and nation after nation. Pope Francis has not only sought unity among Catholics, but has ventured much farther than any previous Pope in reaching out to people of other religions. This is a pre-requisit for the second beast, the United States, to call the world to follow the Pope.
“And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed." (Revelation 13:12)
Believers everywhere should be watching and praying, on the alert, sober and fully awake for the devil comes craftily, cloaked as a lamb. Vigilant but not rooted in FEAR, legalism and a judgmental spirit.
Rejoicing because the end is near. Sharing the GOOD NEWS of God’s love with neighbors, family. Loving people, expressing compassion, praying for miracles of transformation. Keeping our marriages and families together under the umbrella of God’s grace, healing power, and LOVE.
The DEVIL and GOD will be preaching the “seemingly same” message in the time of the end. That’s why it will be so confusing. The devil just wants to copy, imitate everything God does. The is the false light.
It’s a misconception to believe that the DEVIL will be preaching LOVE, compassion, unification to the world, while GOD calls his followers to preach LEGALISM, RIGIDITY OF DOCTRINE AND DOGMA. I want you to catch the subtlety of what I am saying.
Don’t put your TOTAL TRUST IN END-TIME PROPHECIES, the fear mongering details some Pastors and churches use to create obsessive addiction to details, and predictions of the end. This is all part of what I call RELIGION. Speculation and conspiracy theories run high in the realm of RELIGION. INSTEAD PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD. Let God LOVE YOU, and develop a RELATIONSHIP with Him, by surrendering your life to Him! God will never let His people be deceived. Study prophecies for awareness without falling into human obsession!
The prostitute riding the beast. UNION OF CHURCH AND STATE AS ONE CONTROLLING WORLD POWER.
Here is my strongest conviction about the time of the end and the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. When understood properly, the prophecies of Revelation have PRACTICAL PURPOSES AND APPLICATIONS: to teach us how to live today and prepare us for the future. NOT THE CREATION OF FEAR, AND SUPERIOR ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE that gives you an edge on the rest of the people. A RIGHT understanding of prophecy will inspire and motivate you to reach others with the gospel of God’s GRACE, not make you denominationally ARROGANT, full of idolatrous certainty. That is not the spirit of God!
“God’s grace is not defined as God being forgiving to us even though we sin. GRACE IS WHEN GOD IS A SOURCE OF WHOLENESS, which makes up for my failings. My failings hurt me and others and even the planet, and God’s grace to me is that my brokenness is not the final word … it’s that God makes beautiful things out of even my own shit. Grace isn’t about God creating humans and flawed beings and then acting all hurt when we inevitably fail and then stepping in like the hero to grant us grace - like saying, “Oh, it’s OK, I’ll be the good guy and forgive you.” It’s God saying, “I LOVE THE WORLD TOO MUCH TO LET YOUR SIN DEFINE YOU AND BE THE FINAL WORD. I am a God who makes all things new.” ― Nadia Bolz-Weber, “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner”
I believe there will be two churches in the last stretch of the “time of the end” before the Second Coming of Jesus. “The parable of the sheep and the goats: TIME OF THE END." Very few Bible students see a prophetic message in this parable.
1) All the world’s issues at a local and global level will all be about RELIGION. You must be aware of this! I know it sounds impossible, but we are slowly moving into that era.
Just a careful listening at the events that took place this week in the USA as result of Pope Francis' visit, will give you a glimpse of the future.
The issues we face globally are geo-political conflicts, ecological, environmental, financial disintegration, violence, crime, family values, the increasing number of young people who choose to cohabit instead of marrying, issues of sexuality, pornography, drug abuse, injustice, the value of life, death penalty, euthanasia, incarceration, poverty, discrimination, xenophobia, immigration and disease, among the main themes shaping our political, cultural and global debate. You see, Friend, at the bottom of the global landscape, are the spiritual issues, the issues of the heart, the kind of relational life we choose to live.
It’s my conviction that soon or later, all those issues will fall under the umbrella of RELIGION. We are almost there. The 5 large religions of the world are speaking to those issues, and in some instances the conflicts we face are driven by religious motives, particularly in the case of the 3 Abrahamic religions which tend to be religions of violence. I believe Pope Francis this week bundled up together the major issues we face under the big themes of God, church, humanity, life, love, compassion, community and the urgency to “rebuild our home.”
2) There will be a FALSE church with FALSE RELIGION. This is what Jesus and the Bible say.
3) There will be a TRUE church (God’s church) composed by people who LET GOD LOVE THEM, and they respond to God and the world in LOVE and COMPASSION!
First, let me deal with a religious misnomer, which rolls in the hallways of churches, cults, sects, and denominational gatherings which tend to obsess regarding the details of the time of the end.
“Time of the end” experts often tend to define the final conflict of 2 opposite ideologies as a very clear set of beliefs and propositions. They love to do that!
Such perspective provides people and members of those groups what I call an “idolatrous certainty.” What do I mean by “idolatrous”? A false sense of certainty which you worship as an idol. Like you go to an exam knowing exactly what will be asked of you, and you expect to know the answers to those questions. The whole emphasis is on dogma, beliefs, doctrines, behavior, “who is right and wrong,” and LEGALISM! Every word I wrote on my last statement is intended to be there.
What The End Times Are Really All About
The MESSAGE of the false and the true church of God in the “time of the end” will be SIMILAR on the surface. Thus, causing an ocean of confusion!
Does this make sense? There would no confusion if the messages of both churches would be diametrically different, and clearly defined.
Revelation 13:13 says that the FALSE CHURCH will perform “astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching." Unless you are totally in tune with God, in a deep relationship with Him, you will be deceived by these manifestations of supernatural power. How will you know what is from God and what is not?
Matthew 24:24 says, “Fake Messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of EVEN THOSE WHO OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER."
This simply means that the “false religion/church” will not show up with manifestations and messages that are seemingly “contrary” to God’s message directly. It will be a subtle underground form of deception like what the “serpent did in the Garden of Eden with Eve.” (Genesis 3:1).
If God performs miracles, the devil will also perform miracles. If God calls people to worship Him, the devil will also show up encouraging people to worship a “false god.” If God says “I love you” the devil will show up and say, “I love you better!” If God shows up and says, “It’s all by grace and grace alone, the devil will show up and say, “Ok, that means you are free to do whatever you want!” (Playing games with God is called legalism). The devil is a master at deception, lying and confusing the human mind.
The Greek word for "lawless" is "anomos" (a=without; nomos=law; and thus anomos means “without law or lawless”). In the New Testament this word is translated in different ways (“lawless,” “unlawful,” “wicked,” “transgressor”) but it always conveys the basic meaning of “lawless."
What is “lawless?" Let’s go deeper. “Lawlessness” is limited in its meaning to the context of the Biblical narrative. For you never have a total vacuum of laws. You either have “organizing laws,” “organic laws that enable life,” “purposeful laws," or you have “destructive laws,” “chaotic laws, that kill life and wholeness."
This specific kind of “lawlessness” is the absence of God’s purposeful order, harmony, predictability, and relational wholeness. What would happen if the law of gravity would stop working? Can you imagine? The absence of such law would creates a vacuum for the law of anarchy, complete chaos, loss of living purpose. You get the idea!
If you are “LOVELESSLY” obeying the 10 commandments you may be “LAWLESS." This comes as a shock to some.
The entire law of God is invalidated by the very absence of what the law is supposed to direct you into: LOVE. The law is a mirror of what matters to God, LOVE! The law is supposed to show you WHOM you need in your life to LIVE forever!
People ask me all the time: “Is it possible to observe the 10 commandments and be lost?" Sad answer. Absolutely. Of course it possible! You can be “good” or “bad” measured by the 10 commandments and still be lost.
LOVE is what distinguishes the lawful activity of the wheat, and the lawless life of the “weed."
Remember 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3? You can do some pretty amazing things and be very unloving. You can be a moral RAMBO and yet be empty of love.
Remember the “Rich Young Ruler” who came to Jesus? He kept the 10 commandments perfectly! Here was the perfect candidate to expand Jesus' ministry! The disciples were so shocked… They said, “Jesus, how can this be? If this guy is lost… who can make it?” They were still learning the basic lessons of law obedience,” and “life relational wholeness” that only comes as a gift of God’s grace!
The “wheat” are like magnets of life. I love the stories of Jesus. How He attracted people. The Samaritan woman. The wheat manifest love, compassion, empathy, they walk in the shoes of the broken. They bring the healing of God to the suffering and people who live in the margins of the culture. The wheat speak with the distinctive tone of the God who is a Shepherd.
The wheat are God’s TRUE CHURCH in the world. The wheat DON’T SPREAD FEAR, USE FEAR TO ATTRACT PEOPLE. Fear is not from God. (1 John 4;18) Condemnation is not from God (Romans 8:1)
John 13:35 says, “In this, the world will know you are WHEAT, they will know you are MY TRUE CHURCH…,IF you LOVE!" There is is a big IF again! The absence of love immediately reveals you are weed!
Two living organisms, the weed and the wheat, living by different laws: One grows to produce good crop, the other to produce nothing… just make the life of the wheat as miserable as possible!
In the end false religion will not be about false doctrines but the ABSENCE OF LOVE (Mathew 24:12)
This parable has profound implications as to how we approach the people who come to us. If I read this parable right, God calls us to proclaim His message of love, grace, transforming power to ALL alike. This parable reminds me I don’t know who is “wheat” and who is “weed." I must be inclusive, welcoming, loving, compassionate, merciful, gentle to all people. In fact, as a Pastor I must make sure that “farmers” are not out there pulling “weeds.” Those “farmers” are the darkest secret of churches who consider themselves to be carriers of the “truth of God.” They are the modern Pharisees. They are the ones who want to stone the woman caught having sex. They judge the Zacheous of this world. They are quick to judge the woman who crawls under the table to anoint Jesus' feet with a mix of perfume and tear of gratefulness.
Let the paradox sink in, for you are in the farm… It’s only the foolishness of the cross that explains this upside down parable of Jesus.
There will be a large visible “church” or world religion that will desperately attempt to save the world, the planet by a mix of religion, technology, science and politics. It’s not hard to believe it, if you are watching the way things are rolling now.
There will be, I believe, a fragmented, invisible, perhaps underground church that will be persecuted for for resisting to worship a false system of salvation.
What to do?
Share a meal with others
“You have endurance and have put up with hardships on account of my Name, and have not grown weary. But I hold this against you - you have let go the fellowship meals that you first had. Remember where you have fallen from! Change your minds, and do the activities you did in the first place. (Rev. 2:1-6, Source NT)
Witness for God Based on Your Lifestyle
Witnessing for God is the most dynamic strategy to remain alive in God and grow spiritually. When you become a witness for God in words or deeds God uses you! When you invite someone to come to fellowship with you, God blesses you, and the person you invite.
Be a friend to a stranger.
God uses good, faithful, witnesses to spread the good news of a loving, gracious God. Angels would love to do what you are called to do. Angels would like to tell the world about the glory of the God they worship. Yet the privilege is given to you and me.
Witnessing for God, sharing the Good News with “lost people” wherever you go, IS NOT A CHOICE if you really are a follower of God! Do you know someone who needs SOMEONE to tell them God is good? Are you that SOMEONE? Who will be in heaven because of you? Let’s pray that God will fire us up to reach people for His kingdom! The time is short, Friend! There has not been a better time than right now to tell people about God. In the midst of the “dark news” of the day, followers of God have “Good News”!
The best way to witness to someone is to listen to them, share what God has done in your own life, share your testimony! This is how to make your faith attractive!
Here is Jesus’s promise for you: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of [people]" (Matthew 4:19). The phrase “fishers of [people]” could be better translated, “catch [people] alive.” Not only that, but the phrase is used only one other time in the New Testament, in 2 Timothy 2:26, where Paul speaks of those who have been taken captive by the devil to do his will. In other words, they are caught alive by Satan. It so sad! I have seen people alive in church, hearing the Word of God for years, and suddenly the devil takes them alive because they have not been committed to God totally and takes them away! We must “catch people alive.”
“Go out and TRAIN [disciple] everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then INSTRUCT THEM IN THE PRACTICE OF ALL I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."