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Are we living in the last days?

(Matthew 24:3) As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

(2 Peter 3:3-10) First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”

‎✔ People will be distracted with life.

(Matthew 24:37-39) As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

‎✔ People will forget God.

(Matthew 24:12) Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

‎✔ People will not be ready.

(Matthew 24:40-42) Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

(1 Thessalonians 5:2) For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

What Should I Do?

(1 Chronicles 12:32) (The men of Issachar)…understood the times and knew what Israel should do.

(1 Peter 4:7) The end of all things is near…

  1. I should think clearly.

(1 Peter 4:7) The end of all things is near therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.

(Philippians 3:18-21 NLT) For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

  1. I should focus on relationships.

(1 Peter 4:8-9) Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

  1. I should make a difference.

(1 Peter 4:10-11) Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

  1. I should receive God’s grace.

(2 Peter 3:11) Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?

(Isaiah 55:6-7) Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

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Help me I’m stressed!

(Proverbs 17:24 GN) An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.

✔ My resistance is lower.

(Luke 21:34) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.”

 

✔ My emotions are inconsistent.

(Job 9:25 NCV) My days go by faster than a runner; they fly away without my seeing any joy.

 

✔ My productivity suffers.

(Proverbs 21:5 Message) Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.

(Proverbs 19:2 GW) …a person in a hurry makes mistakes.

 

✔ My life loses meaning.

(Psalm 39:6 NLT) We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.

 

✔My relationship with God seems distant.

(Psalm 46:10) Be still, and know that I am God.

(Ecclesiastes 4:6 GN) It is better to have only a little, with peace of mind, than be busy all the time…

 

The distance between the truth I know and the truth I live equals the pain I experience.

 

What will I do?

(Hebrews 4:9-11) There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.

 

  1. I will rest my body.

(Psalm 127:2) In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat--for he grants sleep to those he loves.

 

  1. I will replenish my soul.

✔With quietness.

(Psalm 23:2-3) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

 

✔With enjoyment.

(Proverbs 17:22) A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

 

✔ With people.

(Hebrews 10:25) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

  1. I will refocus my spirit.

(Psalm 92:1–2, 10, 12, 14) A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day. It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night…You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.

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Dealing with Difficult People

(2 Timothy 2:23-26 NLT) Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

What are my choices?

✔ You can choose to curse it.

✔You can choose to nurse it.

✔ You can choose to reverse it.

The Biblical Response

  1. Realize you cannot please everyone.

(John 5:30) By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

  1. Refuse to play the game.

(John 2:24 NLT) But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people.

  1. Rise above it.

(Isaiah 40:31 NKJV) But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

  1. Never retaliate.

(1 Peter 3:9 NLT) Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

  1. Release them.

(Matthew 5:44 NLT) But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

  1. Live redemptively.

(Ephesians 4:32 NLT) Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

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Family Essentials

(Proverbs 24:3) It takes wisdom to have a good family, and it takes understanding to make it strong.

✔ Authentic faith.

(Proverbs 14:26 LB) Reverence for the Lord gives a man deep strength; his children have a place of refuge and security.

(Joshua 24:15) Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

✔ Intentional schedules.

(Psalm 39:6 NLT) We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.

(Ecclesiastes 4:6 GN) It is better to have only a little, with peace of mind, than be busy all the time…

✔ Discovering purpose.

(Acts 20:24) However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…

(Ephesians 4:29) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.

(Mark 10:16) And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

✔ Right relationships.

(Proverbs 27:19 GN) A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

(Proverbs 13:20) He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

(2 Corinthians 6:14) Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

✔Amazing grace.

(Ephesians 4:32) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

A Time to Gather Stones

(Ecclesiastes 3:5) There is a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.

(Genesis 31:44-46) “Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.” So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap.

  1. Acknowledge my own mistakes.

(Romans 3:23) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

(Matthew 7:3-5) “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

  1. Abandon my right to get even.

(Romans 12:19) Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.

  1. Apply God’s grace to my relationships.

(1 John 4:8-11) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another

Part 5

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Changing Expectations

(John 16:33) "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

(2 Corinthians 4:16-18) Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

God is sovereign.

Nothing is out of His control.

(Job 42:2 MSG) I'm convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.

(Isaiah 55:8 NLT) “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

God is authentic.

He is who He says He is.

(Psalm 136:1) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

God is involved.

The end is never the end.

(Genesis 50:20 NLT) You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

(Romans 8:28 NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Dealing with Disappointment

  1. Turn to God immediately.

(Psalm 55:22 MSG) Pile your troubles on GOD's shoulders— he'll carry your load, he'll help you out. He'll never let good people topple into ruin.

  1. Allow others into the situation.

(Ecclesiastes 4:12) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

(Proverbs 17:17) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

  1. Turn your pain into purpose.

(Philippians 3:12-14) Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

  1. Live with an eternal perspective.

(1 John 2:17) The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

(Philippians 3:20) But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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