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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, July 11, 2022, Independence Day here in the United States, and this is Episode #28 of Series 2022. This episode is titled
God’s mercy is amazing. But so is God’s judgment.
God’s mercy is for those who repent of their sin. But God’s judgment is for those who do not.
Since the time of Christ on earth, we have been in a period called “the Age of Grace.” That period was determined by God to last 2000 years. The 2000-year period is almost up. We are nearing the end of the Age of God’s Grace and about to enter the Age of God’s Wrath.
The big problem is that few people are paying attention.
All around us, people are caught up in the things of this world. Money. Jobs. Careers. Family. Sports. Entertainment. Pleasure. Yet, God is clearly speaking. He is continually trying to get our attention.
Here are a few ways:
1) Through signs in the Heavens and in the Earth. In Luke 21: 25-28, the Bible says this: “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among the nations, bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the surging of the waves. Men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
In the past several years, we have witnessed blood moons, solar eclipses, unusual planetary alignments, severe storms, an increasing number of earthquakes, strange weather patterns–all containing a warning message from God that He is calling the earth to repentance. But few there are who are noticing and interpreting these signs as warnings from God.
There is a telling verse in 1 Chronicles 12: 32 about a group of men who had defected from Saul to join David, the rightful king of Israel, in Hebron. These men, sons of Issachar, knew how to read the signs of the times and to interpret them: “From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.”
Notice what happened when the sons of Issachar paid attention to and understood the signs of the times. They were able to advise Israel regarding the best course for the people to take. We, too, need to pay attention to the signs God is sending us so that we will know the best course to take.
2. Through the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. If we study the Bible, we will soon notice that what is happening in our world today–politically, economically, socially, and globally–has been predicted in the Bible. The problem is that most people don’t read the Bible. They consider it an outdated book with no relevance to our own day. Yet, the Bible is so closely linked to what is going on in our day that we are foolish not to give it our utmost attention.
3. Through the repeated warnings of Christ-Followers who do not want to see people go to hell. Those of us who follow Jesus Christ do not want to see anyone go to hell. This is the reason we tell others about Jesus Christ and what He has done for them. It is highly likely you came to Christ because of the witness of a family member or friend. I myself came to Jesus because of a courageous young woman who shared the Good News of the Gospel with me when I was in my early twenties.
There are many other ways in which God is trying to get our attention. Perhaps you are going through a trial in your life. God is allowing this trial to get your attention. He wants you to realize how much you need Him and how much He wants to help you.
If you have not been paying attention to God’s warnings, open your eyes and your ears and start paying attention now. Tomorrow may be too late.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, pray this simple prayer with me now.
Lord Jesus, I repent of my sin. I want to spend eternity with You. I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
If you sincerely prayed this prayer, welcome to God’s family! Please write down today’s date. It is your spiritual birthday. And please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to send you a free PDF booklet, titled After You’re Born Again. This booklet will help you to get started in your walk with Jesus.
I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He teaches you how to live.
Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn Truth and experience fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers. It is critically important in these last days to fellowship with other believers who are mature in Christ and who can guide you as you grow in Him.
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