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Do we really believe the promises of God?

November 16, 2012

God has promised repeatedly that Jesus will return. He will return for His bride, the church. All those who have put their trust in Him will be caught up to meet Him, whether they are are alive or have died. And the promise continues that we will be with Him for all of eternity.

This is the blessed hope. This is the glorious anticipation. We long for this day. We yearn to be with Christ for all eternity.

But do we really believe it?

How do we know what we really believe?

Our actions. James tells us that our works demonstrate our faith. (James 3:18-26).

So if we really believe that Jesus is coming again, our actions should reflect that.

Peter wrote, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness?” (2 Peter 3:11)

If we truly believe that Jesus is coming again, our lives should be different. If we truly believe that everything around us will be destroyed in fire, we should have different priorities.

“Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” (v 14)

If we really believe the promises, we will be living the life. We will be living in anticipation of His return. We will be living lives that are holy. We will be fighting sin. We will live at peace with God and others.

So turn it around the other way.

If you’re not looking forward to the return of Christ, you don’t really believe that He is coming back.

If you’re not living a life that is set apart from the world and toward God, you don’t really believe that He will destroy the world with fire.

If you’re not fighting sin in your life, you don’t really believe that you’ll spend eternity with Christ.

If you’re unwilling to forgive, if you’re causing arguments, if you’re greedy, if you’re selfish…you don’t really believe the promises that you sing about on Sunday.


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