Monday, June 09, 2014

Time to Start Living!

Hosea 6:2 (AMP) After two days He will revive us (quicken us, give us life); on the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him.

The apostle Peter quoted Psalm 90 when he said, "Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8 AMP). Since we know that Jesus was crucified about 2014 years ago, we know that two days have passed. We also know we will be lifted to heaven sometime during the third millennium. Our verse at the top gives us an encouraging message.

Many children of God have had to endure terribly difficult challenges and need a time of refreshment. This time of refreshment has come! Be encouraged, start expecting to see breakthroughs. Favor has increased in the body of Christ, along with wisdom and promotion. I am amazed at some of the situations that are changing---right in front of me. Brothers and sisters who haven't smiled in years are starting to smile again. Pain and discouragement have begun to fade away!

There may be debates on when Jesus will return for His children, but the passage at the top does not leave much room for debate. Like having money in the bank, you need to know refreshment is here to take advantage of.

So how do we tap into this refreshment? Hosea revealed it to us in the next verse.

Hosea 6:3 (AMP) says, "Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth."

The best way to know, recognize, and be acquainted with God, is to commune with Him. Spend time with His Word. Break bread and fellowship with Him. Now is the time to be refreshed. Time to turn sorrow into joy.

Take advantage---be blessed!

* A note to all my faithful subscribers. As you have noticed, my posts have been less frequent and sometimes random. This is to be temporary. I have needed to spend more time studying and writing my next book. I am not sure how long it will take, but I am planning to get back to providing weekly messages of encouragement.

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