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Facedown-It Doesn't Matter How We Get There
8/20/2010

Facedown - It Doesn't Matter How We Get There

 "Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. Isaiah 45:22-23 (NKJV)

I remember being awakened around 6:00am by the violent shaking produced by the 6.8 San Fernando (Sylmar) earthquake back in February 1971.  My bed slammed from one side of the room to the other and everything on the shelves came down as well.  I remember trying to get up and instantly hitting the floor facedown.  

It is funny how my memory is so vivid of this event, and it feels as though it was just a few days ago.  I believe it was then when I truly began to understand the awesome power of our earth and I also began to realize just how small I was in comparison.  Now being a So Cal resident for most of my life, I have been in many earthquakes since - some bigger, and some smaller -but none produced the same affect within me personally.  I guess this is the way it is with many things in life - the first time being more significant.  

As significant as this particular earthquake was within my life, there was another event that shook me even more - it happened one Sunday evening while accepting Jesus as my Savior.  Just 6-years after the shaking in the Sylmar valley, I found myself in Riverside California, walking down an isle at the beckoning of Pastor Greg Laurie.  This particular night signified another first for me in that I had never heard the Gospel message before, nor did I have a relationship with God.  All this changed in an instant.  

Many years would pass before I began to read my Bible faithfully, and in many ways; I had just added Jesus to my existing lifestyle.  Try as I may, I never could quite seem to reform and walk in the ways of those wholly devoted to God.  I had no problem accepting the fact of Jesus dying for my sin, and had eagerly accepted God's free gift of salvation, but I hadn't really confessed Jesus to be my Lord.  This would come later as God knew the plans He had for my life, and He was faithful even when I wasn't.  We are told of this in the Book of 2Timothy.

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2Timothy 2:13 (NKJV)

We are told in Philippians 1:6, we can be confident about God's faithfulness, as it says "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."  This Scripture should give us all a great peace of mind even if God chooses to use an earthquake to do this work.  Actually, I believe God uses many different types of earthquakes to get our attention.  For some, it may be an actual earthquake causing them to cry out to God.  And for others, it may be a bout of cancer, or an illness, and even a loss of a job or loved one.  

Q:    What can we glean from this?

A:    We can know with total assurance, each of us will in fact bend our knee and confess with our mouth, Jesus is Lord.

God knows our time on earth in these temporary tents we call bodies is only for a very small time.  And He will shake us up every now and then to get us to focus on the bigger eternal picture.  We have limited time to acknowledge God for who He is, and to decide if we want to have a relationship with Him.  He has given us the freedom to say either "yes" or "no."  But in His faithfulness, He will do whatever He has to, in an attempt to get our attention and to show His love - even if it means tearing apart this temporary body we have been given, or the temporary heaven we have set up for ourselves here on earth.  

We will either willingly choose to confess with our mouths, "Jesus is Lord," or we will do it on Judgment day.  But every tongue will confess.

For it is written:  "As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God." So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
Romans 14:11-12 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to think about your relationship with Jesus.  Is He the Lord of your life?  Are you spending time with Him and getting to know Him by reading His Word, and by spending time in prayer?   Satan and his emissaries will do an unbelievable job in distracting us to spend our time doing more important things, and we need to be mindful of his tactics through the use of distractions and decoys. 

I want to encourage you today to simply make the commitment to go facedown before the Lord and confess who He is in your life.  It can be because of His great mercy upon our lives, or it can be through a great tragedy - it really doesn't matter how we get there.

STUDY QUESTION: What 3-things can we see being required by every human being at judgment time according to Romans 14:11-12?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are there any areas of your life where you have not bowed down and allowed God complete Lordship over?

APPLICATION: Ask God to reveal any and every area with which you are not yielding.  Lay these areas down and allow God to be Lord of them.  

Father, Thank You for being faithful when I am faithless.  Thank You for allowing certain earthquakes within my life to shake up my complacency.  Lord, show me any area in my life where I am not submitting to You.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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