By His Grace: One minute to midnight

Edith Nevis

“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.'”

Edit Nevis

How true, and for such a time as these in which we now live where the evidence of Christ's eminent return is revealed day by day. How do I know? The prophets foretold long ago what we are to look for as signs of his coming and with 100 percent accuracy.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”

“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.”

Many are at a crossroad in life and, unfortunately, continue to stand at the threshold of uncertainty while doubting the validity of this truth presented in the gospel. Are you one who questions what’s the urgency? Be not deceived, search the word of God for yourself for it is one minute to midnight where a choice to believe or not is now at hand.

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”

As a believer this is a time of great hope and joy. Why? In two short weeks, you and I get to fellowship together once again not since April 31, 2019, in celebration of the resurrection of our soon coming King. It will be a celebration like no other, a moment where we join in love and on one accord here in the earth as it is in heaven before the throne room of God in Praise in Worship.

For it is written, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The time has come even for the believers in Christ to place all fear of this horrific pandemic behind us as we look towards a brighter future. Were we not commanded as disciples of Christ that through our testimony we are to go out and share the gospel? How can this be achieved when afraid to venture back out into the land of the living.

For it is written, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—  that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

You may question how to move forward when so much has been lost. I never said it would come easy. What I do know is when we call on the name of Jesus, his love is sufficient in our weakness. He promises never to leave us. And I can assure you if you take a step towards Christ, he will take two steps towards you.

Question: Where do you want to dwell for eternity? If heaven is your answer then by your own free will, you accept Christ as lord and savior. Allow me to extend an invitation to experience his wonderful love and all that it brings with it. This has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship.

Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Welcome into the family of Christ.

May the lord keep you and bless you continuously. Shalom, go in peace.

Bible references: Mark 1 NKJV; Joel 2:28-31 ESV; Revelation 1:1-3 ESV; Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV; 1 John 1:1-3. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.

-- Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at enevis@gannett.com.