Morning by Morning, December 21, 2012 - The Day of the Lord in Our Hearts
Good morning, Lord Jesus. December 21, 2012-Today is the last day on the Mayan Calendar; and today is the day of salvation in our hearts-a good day for salvation for everyone who doesn't yet know the Love and Grace of God our Creator and Father, revealed in Jesus Christ. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. ...
"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the Day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with His promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by Him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation" (2 Peter 3:9-15).
One day will be the last day on this earth as we know it. There will be a Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-10). Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again! (Revelation 1:7-8) There will be a "great and terrible Day of the Lord"-great for those who put their hope and trust in You alone for their salvation and terrible for those who will not (Malachi 4:5). But Your heart is full of mercy and love, not wanting any to perish, but that all would turn to You and call on Your name and embrace the fullness of Your salvation. And all who believe in You will never perish, but will have eternal life (John 3:16).
And You not only want us to go to heaven when we die, You also want heaven in us now (Luke 17:21; Romans 14:17). One day, there will be "a new heaven and a new earth" (Revelation 21:1). But at the same time, we can also experience a new heaven and new earth in our hearts every moment of every day between this day and the Day of the Lord to come. "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).
On the Day of the Lord there will be both mercy and judgment. "For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil" (2 Corinthians 5:10). And each one of us will need the fullness of Your mercy because all have fallen short of Your glory in our lives on this earth. But we have a Savior who is reaching out today to each one of us who will humble themselves and open their hearts and call on Your name for Your forgiveness of our sins-"that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
"See, now is the day of salvation!" (2 Corinthians 6:2) "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, 'Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.... Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the Living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.... For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who is every respect has been tested, as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 3:7-4:16).
Lord Jesus, I look up to heaven and call on Your name, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). And I call on Your name for everyone on this earth who still needs to know the love and mercy of our God who has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ. Let today be the day of their salvation. Let today be a great day of the Lord for them, when all the old things pass away and all things become new-a new heaven and new earth in their heart-the fullness of Your salvation, from the inside out. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I join with you in the agreement of prayer for everyone on your heart who needs to know Jesus. May the Holy Spirit of the Living God break into thier circumstances and awaken thier spirit to call on the name of the Lord and be saved. This will probably not be the last day on earth for most of us, but it is the day of salvation -- like every day -- for all of us. God bless you, my friend. Merry Christmas!