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Are You Ready?
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Luke 2:8-11

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.'"

Our day and age is also dark and foreboding. Like those shepherds so long ago, we also need companionship to cope with a ferocious enemy that threatens to attack and destroy. Just as the shepherds banded together for protection, so do we, in our modern world, need protection.

The wolves of immorality and degradation prowl around and look for the opportunity to seize any sheep that are not being protected by the Shepherd. Today this threat comes through media as well as our association with ungodly people.

Like those shepherds so long ago, we too are living on the eve of something big. The things which are occurring in our world indicate that the King, the Lord Jesus Christ, is coming again. Just as His first coming was a spectacular event, so will His second coming. Are you ready?

Beginning with Genesis 3:15, in the first book of the Old Testament, on through to Malachi 4:1-6 in the last book of the Old Testament, the Lord prophesies of the coming of our Lord and Savior.

The Old Testament prophets foretold that Jesus would come into the world the first time. They also foretold that He would come back to receive His own to be with Him forever more. Are you ready?

The Lord spoke to Joseph and Mary in order to prepare them to receive the absolute miracle of a virgin giving birth to a Son through the Holy Spirit. Even as great as the miracle of His virgin birth was, greater still was that He would one day shed His blood to pay the price for our sins.

The curse of the fall was passed through the blood of the father. His blood was not contaminated with Adam's curse, since He was born of the Holy Spirit. Dying on that old rugged cross, He drove a nail through the heart and power of Satan. It was now possible for men and women, boys and girls to receive His new life, so abundant and free. We are truly on the eve of eternity and joy which is beyond anything this world can ever offer. Are you ready?

It is much more than knowing “about” God. It is not just knowing “about” Jesus coming into the world. What is it then? It is establishing a personal relationship with Him. It is confessing that you are a sinner and need His blood applied to your life in order to pay the price for your salvation. Then, and only then, will you be ready to meet the Lord when He comes for His own.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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