Josua (15 Apr 2011)
"How to be ready?"


 
Dear Doves

I have asked myself: how to be ready for the rapture? Many of you have
probably asked the same. Here are my findings on the topic:

- Accept Jesus as Messiah (=Christ) who died for your sins and through
whom you get eternal life.

- Seriously repent over your sins & confess them. You are promised
that they will truly be forgiven!

- If you have bad habits, decide now to give those habits up until the
rest of your life. Be serious about this, don't think 'if the rapture
does not happen, I can still continue as I did in the past'. No matter
what happens, repent over your bad habits and from then on sin no
more! (I know what I am talking about, as I was consuming pornography
in the past, and I know that nearly every male Christian struggles
with this! But Jesus sets you totally free once and forever!)

- Take time to think if there is something you did not forgive to
anybody yet. If something comes to mind, forgive it immediately and
whole heartedly! There is no reason not to forgive. We have been
forgiven all our sins, and we shall forgive likewise! Don't go to bed
tonight before you haven't forgiven everything to everybody that comes
to mind!

- Read the Bible, the more the better! If you don't have a desire to
read the Bible, ask yourself why and think about a subject that really
interest you (e.g. 'First Fruits' or 'Bride of Christ' ) and search
for good articles about it. Don't waste too much time on the internet
about sensational end time topics. Focus on the word of God and Jesus
first!

- Realize that you are called to be the Bride of the Lamb (Christ is
the Lamb), and what precious gift this is! Ask yourself if you love
Jesus like a bride loves her groom, and if you are desperately waiting
for the wedding? If you don't have the desire to be with Jesus and to
leave this world, you are most probably not (yet) his bride!

- Ask yourself if there is something in your life you'd change, in
case that you knew 100% for sure that the rapture happened today or
tomorrow. If you find something to change, then change it as soon as
possible! Make sure you organize your life in a way that the
continuation of normal life is degraded to Plan B, while the Rapture
is your Plan A! It is a delicate balance act but you will not regret
it!

- Observe yourself. What do you do in every situation of your daily
life? Ask yourself if this is the right thing to do in expectation of
the rapture or if you should change your priorities!

- The money test: Go into a shop full of things of this world, e.g.
Computers, TV, Toys and Gadgets, Clothes, Jewellery etc.. Can you walk
through the whole shop and look at all things without the slightest
desire to buy something? Assuming you had the money, would you buy it?
Where is your heart? Are you ready to leave all material things this
world offers you? Do you have some spare money somewhere? How about
giving it to somebody in need?

- If you hear about the problems all around the world, what do you do?
Do you relax in the peace and security of Gods promises and
expectation of the rapture or not? If you can't wholeheartedly relax
in the blessed hope of the rapture, you have to ask yourself why. The
rapture is not something for the soft Christians who are afraid of
anything bad and just want to be out before anything bad happens (as
is often stated by those not believing in a pre- or mid-trib rapture).
The rapture is the blessed hope of those who DO trust 100% in the LORD
and who have won the fight against the desires of the flesh and its
natural fears!

- Tell others (especially Christians) about the second coming of Jesus
and your faith in the very soon rapture! Be brave and strong. It will
be an incredible encouragement for some, and a true headache for
others. In either case, tell them and encourage them to get serious
about their own faith. Tell them it is definitely time to wake up and
give up all lukewarmness! Always remember to fear God, not men!

Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV): "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always
obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God
which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."

Watch & pray!
Maranatha!
YBIC, Josua