By His Grace: The second coming of Christ

Edith Nevis

It was just before 7 a.m. when I was awoken with a sense of urgency behind the command: It is time to get up! Never taking for granted how I was allowed to experience another day, quickly I rose in a posture of thanksgiving and began praising His holy name in song, "Worthy is He."

"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

Edit Nevis

It is a blessing when you and I are given another day, for I am reminded someone did not awaken this morning. And as we begin each day, inquire of the Lord what he would want us to do and on His behalf. In every area of life include the Lord. He directs the path of the righteous.

"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives."

What the Lord would want me to share with you is that he is coming!

"As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."

There are those who are skeptical (having doubt) of the coming of the Messiah, even going as far as questioning the existence of heaven and hell. Eternity is a long time to spend separated from God. Be not deceived by the enemy. His imminent return is true, and heaven and hell is real.

"For the Son of Man is going to come in his father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done."

The rewards awaiting the believers in Christ, when we stand before the Lord to give account of our life is given at the Beamer Seat, otherwise described as the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is when you and I will be judge and awarded by Christ for the works we have or have not done on His behalf within the earth.

"Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials — gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames."

Set not your heart upon things of this world, for it is not your home. Where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father is home for you and me.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

Seek the Lord while he still can be found. Will you accept him into your heart today?

"If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his father’s glory with the holy angels."

You are precious to God, and he loves you very much.

To make sure you will be heaven bound to be with our Lord and family for eternity, first a relationship must be established with the Son of God. For those who desire a relationship with the Lord, or would like to renew it, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his unconditional love for you. By your own free will you accept Christ as Lord and Savior.

When you declare with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, it is written you will be saved. This has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship. For it is written, "It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

Please repeat this prayer: "Lord, Jesus, forgive me of 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.

Until next week, be blessed and go in peace. Shalom.

Bible references: John 4:24; Psalm 37:23; Matthew 24:37-39; Matthew 16:27; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; John 14:1-3; Mark 8:38; Romans 10:9-10 NIV.

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