What Is the Cost?
"What would you do if I ask you to lay down your life for Me?
"When My Spirit came to you in your hour of repentance, did you not agree to give Me this life in exchange for eternal life with Me? How will you enter My kingdom if you remain trapped in your mortal body? When the trumpet sounds, will you be ready to lay your life down for Me? Every good soldier knows he must give his life to the cause, or he is not fit to wear the uniform."
It Is Written:
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that lives in you" (Rom. 8:11).
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonderful works in Your name?' But then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice evil'" (Matt. 7:21-23).
The Hour Is Coming
"I see the cavalry of trucks and cars headed down the freeway with somber faces staring out the windows.
"Deep down within, you knew this hour would come. But what you could not see at the time you made the decision to heed My call was that the outcome would suddenly turn. As your unit came closer to the battleground, you quickly noticed everyone appeared frozen as they stared upward. Everyone on the road began to pull over and got out of their vehicles to see what was above."
It Is Written:
When the waves of death encompassed me, the currents of destruction made me afraid. The ropes of Sheol were wrapped around me; the snares of death were opposite me. In my distress I called on the Lord, and cried out to my God; from His temple He heard my voice. My cry reached His ears. Then the earth quaked and trembled; the foundations of the heavens rumbled and shook, because He was angry. Smoke rose from His nostrils, devouring fire from His mouth; coals blazed forth from Him. He bowed the heaven as He came down, with thick darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub as He flew, and appeared upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness canopies around Him, dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him embers of fire are kindled (2 Sam. 22:5-13).
"Shocked as everyone was, you could see what now you know to be the Lord's chariot, which He rode upon. You might say the new sheriff, president of the United States, has more than enough backup.
"While hovering over the nation's capital, everyone could hear the sounds from heaven above. Immediately, a blanket of peace fell upon the multiple thousands who stood in awe. The pulsating globes under the craft had the ability to radiate a tacit soulish vibe that clearly demanded that everyone stand down.
"Then a powerful voice was heard from atop the third tier. You could see afar a man in a white robe standing as He looked below. He said, 'I AM, a man of war' (see Ex. 15:3). In the blink of an eye, the sky was filled with all types of angels. His vengeance was clear, and His mood split into various directions like laser beams of many colors sent out as His words touched everyone differently. Some people were wrecked with fear, others a powerful love; the majority wept with exhaustion as repentance was clearly being portrayed."
It Is Written:
"The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice. He sent out arrows and dispersed them; with lightning He sent them into confusion" (2 Sam. 22:14-15).
Do Not Take This Life Too Seriously
"For this life should not be what you are living for. You must believe what I am saying to you today. If you lay down your life for My name's sake, I will vaporize your enemies, and all these prophesies will come to pass."
It Is Written:
"Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake." (Matt. 5:11).
"You will be hated by all men for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved" (Matt. 10:22).
"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it" (Matt. 10:39).
"For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it" (Matt. 16:25).
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for My name's sake shall receive a hundred times as much and inherit eternal life" (Matt. 19:29).
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