End Times

Where Is the Promise of His Coming?

Never forget the promise…

The Bible is filled with promises—over 8,000 of them. There are promises for healing, blessing, forgiveness, peace, and provision. In different seasons of our lives, we cling to different promises.

But one of these promises is different. It is a promise that changes everything. This promise reminds us we aren’t home. It points us to the day when Jesus returns for his church and takes us to our forever home in heaven:

 “…I go to prepare a place for you to rest. And when everything is ready, I will come back and take you to myself so that you will be where I am” (John 14:2-3). The promise is sure. He WILL come back. It’s not a maybe or a hopefully—it’s a definitely!

When the time is right, Jesus WILL return for us.

Peter gives us some valuable insights about Jesus’s return in 2 Peter, chapter three.

  • In the last days, many will not believe in the promise of his return. Mockers will question the promise, pointing out that time has been marching on and Jesus hasn’t returned. (See 2 Peter 3:3-4.) Don’t be swayed by those who don’t believe Jesus is coming back. They are acting out of their own evil desires.
  • Jesus will return unexpectedly. Jesus will return like a thief sneaking into a house when the owner isn’t looking for him. He will command the dead in Christ to rise from their graves and the living Christians to join him in the air. He will take us to heaven to be with him for eternity. (See 2 Peter 3:10.)
  • The promise isn’t to scare us, but to comfort us. Regardless of what craziness is happening in the world, we know our future is secure. Though the world may be shaken, the people of God are unshakeable as they await his return. (See 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.)
  • We live in readiness. Every new day could be the day Jesus returns. Do we really believe in the promise of his coming? If not, we are probably living more loosely than we should be. But if we believe, we will be living godly lives, filled with the love of God, and sharing the message of Jesus with those who do not know him. We will be ready. (See 2 Peter 3:14.)

We live each day knowing this could be the day our Lord returns for us. The secret of living well is a deep belief in the return of Jesus. When everyone around us is worried, we’re at peace. When others doubt, we trust. We are faithful and fearless.

We don’t obsess about our past, because it’s been forgiven. We don’t worry about the present, because God is always with us. And we don’t fear the future because our Lord is preparing a home for us. One glorious day, he will return and take all of us home. That is our promise and our hope. Let’s be ready.

Dear Jesus, I am comforted by the promise of your coming. I know you will return for me. Help me to be ready and help me point others to you so they will also be ready when you return. Keep heaven in my heart and let the promise of your return shape the way I live. I ask this in your name, amen.

The Power of Words

Speaking God’s Promises

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

God’s word isn’t just something we read. It isn’t just good advice. It isn’t just a collection of amazing stories. No, it’s a weapon to use as we face battles. It’s a promise-filled resource to protect us and guide us and our families into the destiny God has planned for us.

There are some blessings we receive just because we are children of God. For example, we receive forgiveness, grace, and eternal life as a free gift. But there are also promises we must actively reach out for and apply to our lives. We activate the fullness of God’s favor for ourselves and our families by claiming the promises in God’s word and speaking them into our lives.

Promises aren’t about where we are now, but where we are going. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15) speaks to the future of our families. It’s not enough just to read that verse and take no further action. We must say it out loud. We must speak it over our homes. We must pray it over our children and our grandchildren.

Here’s a promise of provision in Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his descendants begging bread.” Our future isn’t begging. God promises to provide for us. When we’re struggling with finances, we can speak, claim, and pray this promise.

Great power and great victories come from speaking God’s promises into our everyday lives.

God always keeps his promises. Do you need freedom? There’s a promise for that. Do you need peace? There’s a promise for that, too.

What word from the Bible applies to your situation?  Find it and declare it out loud. Grab hold of the promises of God’s word and begin to proclaim them against the enemy.

Your breakthrough may be just one proclamation away.

Dear God, thank you for your promises! Thank you for your word! Your word is alive and powerful, and I am protected and comforted by your promises. God, I want to speak your word into my life. I believe speaking your promises into my circumstances will create positive change in my life. Help me seek and treasure your word more and more each day. In Jesus’s name, amen.