The Time is Come and the Time is Now

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

I was awakened this morning by the Holy Spirit to pray and I heard the words: The time is now. So immediately I began to pray and the LORD said to share this word with anyone that has an ear to hear.

1Pet 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 

1Pet 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 

The Apostle Peter said that the time is come for us to judge ourselves. Why would he say that? Because it is better to judge ourselves now than to be judged by the Righteous Judge of heaven and earth who is the LORD, El Elyon, the Most High God.

Ecc 3:17 says, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

The Apostle Peter by the spirit of the living God tells us that the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God. How do we judge ourselves?   Well Paul tells us in 2 Cor 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves.” The Bible gives us revelational guidance how to examine ourselves.

Just as the Passover lamb was examined in Exodus 12 for no defects or blemish, even as  Christ was examined by the religious and Roman authorities, and there was no fault found in him,  we must examine ourselves to make sure we are in the faith!  As the Church abides in our homes, we should be abiding in the LORD like never before. (John 15: 3-8) We should be abiding in the Word, and we should be abiding in prayer to examine ourselves. Why? because the time has come according to Peter to judge ourselves.

The best example to follow in judging ourselves is found in in Phil 2.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 

Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 

Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 

Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 

The example of Christ is no reputation, in other words, he did not strive to be at the top. He did not chase after popularity, but instead he served others. He was also humble, he knew who he was, but he walked in humility. He was also obedient and willing to do the will of the Father even if it meant dying on the cross as a sacrifice. So we find the following attributes of Christ: No reputation, servant, humility, obedient, and willing to sacrifice.

Peter than says in 1 Pet 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 

For those that do not know the LORD, the time is now. The time of salvation is at hand. It is not so much a church relationship, or a religious relationship, but a relationship with Jesus Christ! How do we do this? By accepting his sacrifice and death at the cross of Calvary.

Rom 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

What is salvation? It is being saved. It is being born again in Jesus. Salvation literally means something saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, help, salvation, saving (health), and welfare.

Paul confirms the timing of the LORD in Rom 13:11, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 

Rom 13:13  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 

Rom 13:14  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. 

The Apostle Paul says that the times in which we live are critical. He says that it is “high time” which is an expression to denote the seriousness of the times that we are in, that it is time for us to awake out of sleep. What sleep is that? Spiritual sleep. In other words, open your eyes and wake up! For now, or salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

These words were penned hundreds of years ago, and ring ever so true today! Paul says the night is far spent, the day is at hand!  Self examination will cause us to cast off the works of darkness, and to walk properly according to Rom 13:13.

So he says, put on the LORD Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. In other words, don’t allow the flesh to dictate your behavior!

2Co 6:2  For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.  “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Paul then says in an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.  In other words think about this, when you needed divine assistance and cried out to me, I heard you. When you needed help, I helped you, and now is the acceptable time and NOW is the day of salvation!

With all that we have been through in our churches, communities, cities, and country, the time is now to seek the LORD. We have sought everything else and it has not worked.  We have leaned on our own understanding, and it has not worked. Now is the accepted time, and behold now is the day of salvation in the LORD! 

On this Resurrection Sunday in which it is referred to as Easter Sunday, for those that are saved, let us celebrate Jesus for he is RISEN! If you are not saved, don’t delay in receiving Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior. Tomorrow is not promised!  The time is now.  If you would like to know more about salvation and having a personal relationship with Christ the LORD!  Click this link: https://firmfoundationcf.org/salvation/

May God bless you!

Pastor Quinn

Come unto me and I will give you rest

Mat 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Mat 11:29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

Mat 11:30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

Because of the crisis that is upon us, many are weary and heavy burdened, but the LORD desires to give us rest in the midst of the storm. When we think about it, God is literally showing the entire world that we are not in control of anything. It doesn’t matter what your religious persuasion is, or whether you are rich, poor, Black, White, Jew, Hispanic, Asian, Indian or Islander, we all need rest. 

In my reading today in Psalm 4:1, David called on the LORD and said, “You have enlarged me when I was in distress, have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”  He goes on to say in Psalm 4:6, “There be many that say, “Who will show us any good? Lord lift up your countenance or presence on us!” Isn’t that the cry of many?

The answer to that question are the words of Yeshua Christ who said in Matt 11:28, “ Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The LORD is literally saying, “In the midst of this pandemic crisis, stop toiling, worrying, running to and fro and being fearful.”  If you would take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, you will find rest for your souls!” Because my yoke is easy and my burden is light!”

Do you know what  a yoke is?  It is a heavy piece of wood that served as a coupling to hold two oxen together to plow the fields and haul heavy loads. Today a yoke is a heavy burden that you are carrying that is weighing you down. The LORD is saying, I won’t put more on you than you can bear. You don’t have to carry this load. I am here to lighten the load.  As a matter fact, I want to take the load off your shoulders. Cast your worries, your cares, your fears, and your sickness on me.  Why? Because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

So what can we do? Well Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”  1 Pet 5:6 -7 confirms it, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

I want to encourage everyone reading this to humble yourself and call upon the name of the LORD. If we want to see change and healing in the land, it will start with each of us as we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, repent and confess our sins as a church, a people, a community and nation! Why because the LORD desires to give us rest!

Rest will come when we come unto him. I want you to know that the LORD’s  burden is easy and his yoke is light. Today, release that burden and yoke and come to Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamishiach)  by accepting him as LORD and Savior. I am not talking about religion, I am speaking of relationship with the one true God. (Deut 6:4-5) 

How do you do this? Act 2:37-38 tells us:  “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The LORD has provided a way to give us rest and assurance that he is with us and cares for us. If you want to know more about laying your burdens down and coming to Jesus Christ, go to this link: https://firmfoundationcf.org/salvation/

May God bless you!

Pastor Quinn