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March 22, 2014

Judgment Day Therapy

by Dave Malnes

Sometimes are minds tend to wander.

We lose focus, concentration, and are easily absorbed into the currents of life. If we are not careful, the current can take us away from the safety of the shore and into the depths of the sea. We can be overcome by life’s worries and distractions and lose our eternal perspective.

This is why we need regular doses of Judgment Day Therapy.

It helps keep our minds straight. It gives a long-term perspective over short-term challenges.

In the twinkling of an eye, like a thief in the night, the trumpets will blow and without any prior warning, Jesus Christ, King and Redeemer, will return.

Jesus never told us that he would redeem us from suffering, but rescue us from the plague of sin that currently inflicts and surrounds us. Yet, our faith is tested when we think of the short term and expect immediate results. Instead, Scriptures point us to the long-term. Like an expectant farmer who plants his seeds, we wait with patience and confidence. At that time when the Great Harvest arrives in all its splendor and glory, we will be ready.

In these weeks leading up to Easter we can look to the cross as not just a symbol of suffering as a result of our sins, but a message of hope that comes with reconciliation. For it’s the cross and the empty tomb that loudly proclaims that sin, death, hell, and Satan have been defeated. Faith receives the full assurance and status of free and full forgiveness.

So, in the meantime… Hold on. Remain in Christ. He is coming.

Judgment Day Therapy is reminding ourselves of these promises. By the power of His Word, we go to the Almighty Counselor to have our minds and spirit renewed, refreshed, and refocused.

Would you like some therapy?

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.  (1 Peter 4:1-11)

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