We are in times when congregation centers are limited for gathering. For about a year they were also closed partly. Most of the activities were stopped and plans for the future were postponed.
In these times God looks at us His children, more than all the people of this world. What does He want to tell us in these times?
He wants us to focus on Him, to take time with Him, especially when we are more time in our homes (Matthew 6:6).
He wants us to make the right priorities in our lives – to put Him first!!! (Matthew 6:33).
He wants us to live our lives according to the life of Yeshua, as we read in the book of the New Testament (John 14: 6).
He wants us to be, not only believers in Him, but those who follow Him (John 10:27, 28).Our exact name is not only “believers” but “Yeshua’s followers”.
This is the time to prepare oneself personally toward the meeting with the groom… “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7).
“And His wife has made herself ready” – what does that mean? The intent is – that it is our job and our responsibility to prepare ourselves before the meeting with Him. This is our job only, no one will do it for us.
– How do we prepare? In prayers with the guidance of the Lord, in forgiveness to the others (if necessary), in confession before Him of sin (if necessary). “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25). According to this verse we see the connection between prayer and forgiveness. Only when our heart is clean before Him, can we work Him with joy, love, peace and thanksgiving. “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Col. 3:12-15). According to this verse we see the process: humility, forgiveness, love, peace of God and thanksgiving.
– Where do we do that? In our room in our quiet time with God. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matt.6:6-8).
There in the room, we can pour out our hearts to Him (Psalm 142:3), there we can ask and beg Him to change us (Psalm 51:12), there we can confess before Him and repent (Psalm 25:11, 103: 3, Daniel 9:19, Psalms 86:5, Psalms 130:4), there we can cry out to Him for help (Psalm 142: 2). We have this example of the prophet Daniel who in time of trouble, entered his room and there he “…knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God… (Daniel 6:10).
We all want to be among the 5 wise maidens, whose vessels were filled with oil – with the Holy Spirit. The Lord instructs us to watch and be filled with the Holy Spirit, only then can we survive these hard times. “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming (Matt. 25:13). To be filled with His Spirit, we must first to be emptied from ourselves, from our fleshly thoughts, and from our fleshly deeds. When we stand before Him exposed and transparent, in utter humility, He will fill us with His Spirit, by His grace. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Rom. 12:1-3). According to this verse we see the process that leads us to know the will of God: to put ourselves a living and holy sacrifice to God (to deny our “ego”), not to resemble this world, (to be different from the people of this world), to renew our mind, to discern between spirits, to fight against pride (that the enemy wants to stumble us with) and be strengthened in faith.
Spiritual discernment, is a gift from God and is critical for us today. It is the one who distinguishes us, the believers, from those who do not believe. This gift helps us how to act in this time of crisis in the world, and to act in the wisdom of God, in order not to fail in the race to the goal – the eternal life!
This gift, and every other gifts of God, is given to us by the Lord, that we may use it for His sake wisely. Through the gifts He gives us, it is our job to bring Him honor, to spread His truth, justice and peace to the people of the world and to guide them to the right choice, in order to reach His kingdom. The most important, is: to be a good example for others through our lifestyle dedicated solely to the Lord. If we do, we will receive the reward, we all expect and we will hear the Lord tell us: “…Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matt. 25:21).
The glory and the honor to God!