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Monday, April 4, 2016

God is Consistent and Constant

In review of Matthew 24:35 it says, “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.”

Today’s verse comes from Matthew chapter 24 where Jesus’ disciples ask him what sign will signal his return and the end of the world. Jesus tells them to not be misled, for many will come in his name claiming they are the Messiah and thus deceiving many.  There will be wars, famines and earthquakes. This will only be the beginning.

He then tells them that they will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. They will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. Many will turn away, betray and hate each other. Many false prophets will appear and will deceive many. Sin will be rampant and the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved. The Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.  The day is coming when you will see a sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.

Then if anyone says, “Look, here is the Messiah,” or “There he is,”, don’t believe it. There will be false messiahs and false prophets who will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, even God’s chosen ones.

Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will go dark and there will be no light from the moon. Stars will fall and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.  Then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among the peoples of the earth. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world.

So I am to learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout I’ll know that summer is near. In the same way, when I see all these things, I can know his return is very near.  Heaven and earth will disappear, but Jesus words will never disappear.

So I should keep watch! For I don't know what day the Lord is coming. I must be ready all the time. For a faithful, sensible servant is one whom the master can give responsibility to and knows that he will handle it rightly while he is away.

It’s good to know that God never changes. He does not waver, and there are no unknown variables in His plan. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is in my life all of the time, working out my circumstances.

This means that if God's Word says something, I can trust in it! When God says that He has plans for me to prosper (Jeremiah 29:11); I can count on prosperity. When He says that He will heal me (Isaiah 53:4), find comfort in His promise and rest in His truth. God is the one constant.

This morning Father, I’m assured that You never change. Thank You for being my constant in the midst of life’s trials and circumstances. Help me to stand in Your truth and constantly renew my mind. Let me rest reassured that You’re always working all things for my good. You never change, You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Today I rest in You. In Jesus’ name.

Bottom Line:
God is Consistent and Constant and will be till the end of time.

What this means to me:
God is the one constant in a life of ever changing things. I can count on him. I must remain close to him so that I won’t be deceived.