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The Eleventh Hour

Sometimes it’s hard to put into print, what God has spoken to your heart. I have been struggling with exactly how to start this post, and really how to put it to words. My original title was , “Why did you stop serving God?” Because, that’s the question that the Spirit of God posed to me this week.

It has been more than a year since my last blog post on this site. And the Lord gently asked me this week during our revival meeting at church, “Why did you stop writing for my glory?”

I had my reasons ready. They were good.

1.) It was too hard to get something published on a regular basis, I was too busy.

2.) It wasn’t making a big difference. Only a few people were reading.

3.) Every time I wrote and published something, I suffered a spiritual attack.

One of the last posts I made here, in Feb. 2018 was about discouragement. Yes, I was discouraged, but, that wasn’t the real reason that I stopped writing. The root of the problem was that I hadn’t properly maintained my armor. So, in discouragement, I gave up what I was doing for the Lord.

Ephesians 6:10-19 KJV
[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; [19] And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, …

Anytime you step out to do something for God, you put yourself in the eye of the enemy, and it is imperative to keep your armor strong, if you want to be able to stay in the battle.

Yes, I was discouraged, but, that wasn’t the real reason that I stopped writing. The root of the problem was that I hadn’t properly maintained my armor. So, in discouragement, I gave up what I was doing for the Lord.

Satan wants to make you think you’re disqualified from service, even if you’re not. It’s one of the fiery darts he uses in his attacks againt the kingdom of Heaven. He wants you to think that you cannot make a difference in anyone else’s life. But, in the hands of the master, even the least of all servants can be a great blessing for the Lord.

Don’t Hide Your Talents


The Lord used a couple of passages of Scripture to start speaking to me about this.

The first was the parable of the talents. Matthew 25:14-29. Every time I hear or read this parable, It worries me that I will be just like the one servant that buried his talent in the ground, and didn’t take what his lord had given him, and make more with it. 

Then the Lord showed me in the parable of the Eleventh Hour, that it’s not too late to do what I can in the Lord’s vineyard. Matthew 20:1-16 I want to be faithful to take what the Lord has given me, and make it grow. What God has given me to use for his glory is different from what he has given everyone else, and he doesn’t expect me to do any more for him than use what he’s given me to the best of my ability to serve him in his vineyard, until he comes back.

The Lord impressed on my heart this week how close we are to his coming. Any born again Christian who knows their Bible would agree that we are living in the Eleventh Hour. But, the good news is that the Eleventh hour is not too late to work in the master’s vineyard and still reap the rewards of service!

If no one, but the Lord Jesus ever know what about your work in his vineyard, it doesn’t matter. The master is good, and he will do what is right. If you do what you do for the Savior, and for his glory, then who cares? At least you’ve not buried your talent in the ground!

 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV

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This is an encouragement to Serve the Lord . Wherever you are at in your walk with him, or in your life. You may not think you’re making any impact. So what? Use what he’s given you for his glory and lift him up whatever little bit you can! At least when you stand before him you won’t have buried what he’s given you in the dirt! When light goes into the ground, it can’t be seen. When salt goes into the ground it can’t be tasted or used.

 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. Luke 12:37 KJV

The Lord is Coming, are you ready? Are you watching? Are you serving?

We Will All Stand Before God One Day


And It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgement. Hebrews 9:27

Can you see yourself there? Before God? What have you brought to lay at his feet? Is it years of faithful service? Years of toil and care? Will it survive the fire of God. Will there be gold and silver and precious stones left after the rubble of everything else is burned away?

Can you picture Jesus hanging on the cross, bearing the punishment for your sin? Jesus Christ not only bore the sin of the whole world, he bore your sin personally.

He bore my sin personally.

Go back in time and see him as he stands accused before Pilate, a spotless lamb, found without blemish, and praise his name!

He opened not his mouth in his own defense, but now he is our eternal defense.

Watch as with courage and submission, he who knew no sin, becomes sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, and praise his name!

Behold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!

See him as he is beaten and scourged, as he is led like a lamb to the slaughter, yet still, he opens not his mouth in his own defense.

See his as he is lifted up. Look into his battered eyes. See the love. See the forgiveness. See the light of the eternal God, and praise his name!

I say, He is Worthy of our praise, and he is worthy of our service.

The question is not am I worthy to serve him. The question now becomes is he worth the price I will pay to serve him?

Oh Lord! Thou art worthy!

Yes, he is worth it! Every battle I fight to keep pressing on for his glory, He is worth it! Every struggle to stay in the fight for good and right, He is worth it! Every rejection faced on his behalf, He is worth it! Every sacrifice made, He IS WORTH IT!

The eleventh hour is not the time to give up in discouragement and say, “It’s too late, I’ve wasted my day!”

The eleventh hour is the time to dig in your heels and give God your best. After all, hasn’t he given you his best?

Whatever it is you do, if it’s for his glory, it returns dividends. Don’t let Satan deceive you into thinking your work for the king is unqualified.

I made up my mind this week that if God gives me something to say on this blog, I will say it. Because, I want to serve him. I want to lift him up. I want to be a part of fulfilling the great commission.

I didn’t promise God to post once a week, or once a month even,  I promised to write when he speaks to my heart, and gives me something to say.

Press On, Christian!


 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 KJV

The reasons I gave God for quitting were true, but they weren’t a good enough reason to let my little light stop shining. They weren’t a good enough reason to bury my talents in the ground.

It’s so easy to let the cares of life take over the day, and not take the necessary time to press on for Christ. It takes time to prepare the inner man for service, and if neglected, our spiritual armor, which is necessary for service will not protect us from the battle of service.

But, God’s grace is always sufficient, and he is our strength in weakness. He is our armor in battle, and He is the reason we can and do go on.


Work, For the Night Is Coming

Author: Mrs. Harry Coghill
Tune: [Work for the night is coming] (Mason)
Published in 1051 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

 

1 Work, for the night is coming,
Work thru the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work ‘mid springing flow’rs.
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man’s work is done.

2 Work, for the night is coming,
Work thru the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor –
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give ev’ry flying minute
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

3 Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is dark’ning,
When man’s work is o’er.

Source: The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #451


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